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Rockabilly
10-15-2006, 08:00 AM
I'm pretty new to collecting Sideshow and 12" stuff, but I'm really getting sucked in quick. I'm wanting to expand my horror collection with some of the earlier universal classics releases from Sideshow as well as the modern horror stuff. I know the modern horror stuff seems to be great, but what about the Universal Monsters, how's the quality on them? These were made fairly early in Sideshow's making 12" figures right? I'd like to know whatever you guys can tell me about 'em, articulation, quality of clothing, sculpting, paint, and whatever else I need to know.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Freddie_Freeloader
10-15-2006, 08:39 AM
I own the Silver Screen Edition of The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Invisible Man. Gotta say I like them all. I really wanna get Boris Karloff as the Mummy but have had a hard time finding one.

Customikey
10-15-2006, 08:41 AM
It depends on which ones you are intewrested in. Like SW, some are great, some need work. For perfect out of the box, see Creature from the Black Lagoon ($$$), Phantom as the Red Death, Phantom, Son of Frankenstein, Bride of Frank, Larry Talbot, and Renfield.

Dracula ($$) is pretty good, but needs adjustment and a repaint.

Like so:

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/5298/p9250003qo1.jpg

You can also look into the Silver Scren figures, like Drac, Vampyre, Phantom, and London After Midnight, all quality.

Customikey
10-15-2006, 08:44 AM
I own the Silver Screen Edition of The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Invisible Man. Gotta say I like them all. I really wanna get Boris Karloff as the Mummy but have had a hard time finding one.


Oh, I forgot about the Invisible Man! I don;t own one, but it looks like a great figure, along with Werewolf of London.

Gruff Old Bear
10-15-2006, 08:52 AM
Mikey, you should really have a before-and-after of Dracula. Anybody who sees your repaint (or Les's, in my sig below) who looks for a Drac will think when they find it that it's the wrong figure. The hands-down worst factory paint Sideshow ever released.

To Mikey's list of good-to-go right out the box winners, I'd add the color London After Midnight, which is a terrific and underrated figure with its real hair and beaver hat (it turns up on eBay fairly often), the Mr. Hyde figure, and Fritz from Frankenstein.

All the early figures had looser joints than today's releases and only a clip-on foot brace instead of a stand. They fall down a lot if you don't add your own stands.

Rockabilly
10-15-2006, 09:01 AM
Thanks for all the help guys.

What about the Wolf Man Lon Cheaney, White Zombie Bela Lugosi, Nosferatu the Vampyre, and which Frankenstein is better Bride of, House of, or original Frankenstein?

kain4521
10-15-2006, 09:05 AM
Thanks for all the help guys.

What about the Wolf Man Lon Cheaney, White Zombie Bela Lugosi, Nosferatu the Vampyre, and which Frankenstein is better Bride of, House of, or original Frankenstein?

You can't go wrong with the original Frank.

Dr.Mirakle32
10-15-2006, 09:10 AM
The pics aren't very good, but here is my small Sideshow Universal Monsters collection:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/monsters.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/IMG_0024.jpg
http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b94/ryanjeri/monsters2.jpg

EVILFACE
10-15-2006, 09:13 AM
Ardeth Bey, Red Death Phantom, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Son of Frankenstein are my favorite. They rule.

Shai
10-15-2006, 09:23 AM
Some of the greatest figures Sideshow has done are in the UM line...They gainned there reputation on those figures...Poor paint jobs a la Star wars didnt exist back then...One of my all time favorite Sideshow figure still today, is that Vampyre Max Shrek 12''...

Gruff Old Bear
10-15-2006, 09:33 AM
The original Frank differs from all that followed in that it has a neck joint under the jaw, rather than at the base of the neck. It works well for that particular figure. I've always liked that one.

Darklord Dave
10-15-2006, 10:51 AM
Ardeth Bey and Hyde are really great - but the best is probably Invisible Man, just too cool.

All the Franks are good, the Bride is excellent, London After Midnight - heck, aside from Drac, they're all pretty great.

Freddie_Freeloader
10-15-2006, 11:01 AM
Ardeth Bey and Hyde are really great - but the best is probably Invisible Man, just too cool.

All the Franks are good, the Bride is excellent, London After Midnight - heck, aside from Drac, they're all pretty great.

whats the difference between the exclusive and standard invisible man and is it worth 30 dollars more

Bannister
10-15-2006, 11:03 AM
I find it funny that the color Dracula goes for a decent amount on ebay, yet has as bad a paintjob as everyone says. Ebay just makes no sense sometimes. I personally love all the monsters. My favorites being the Frankensteins and the Vampyre. I still need to pick up a Red Death, Invisible Man, Hyde, and Ardeth Bey. Once I get those I think I will have all the ones I want.

Bannister
10-15-2006, 11:04 AM
whats the difference between the exclusive and standard invisible man and is it worth 30 dollars more
I think the exclusive offers you the option of displaying him with an invisible head.

Jair
10-15-2006, 11:16 AM
They really are terrific, I've got about 5 of the SSE ones, I just can't bring myself to actually open them up, I've got them stored in a tote in the closet. My wife got them for me 3 christmas ago.

Evan

owtkasted
10-15-2006, 11:42 AM
I find it funny that the color Dracula goes for a decent amount on ebay, yet has as bad a paintjob as everyone says. Ebay just makes no sense sometimes. I personally love all the monsters. My favorites being the Frankensteins and the Vampyre. I still need to pick up a Red Death, Invisible Man, Hyde, and Ardeth Bey. Once I get those I think I will have all the ones I want.
You have to realize that most SS collectors dont even know about this place or are not nearly as pickey as most of you guys, most dont know or care that it has a "bad paintjob".

Batty
10-15-2006, 11:57 AM
You can't go wrong collecting these. The 8" universal Monsters are the first SSC figures I ever bought. I then went on to collect most of the 12" line, including a few of the SSE versions.

My favorites are Dracula, the Phantom, the Mummy, the Vampyre, Red Death and almost all of the Frankensteins. My signed Creature from the Black Lagoon is the prize of my collection.

galactiboy
10-15-2006, 01:13 PM
The classic monsters line is great. Not sure why theirs no love for Drac though... I still think its a great figure. And I think the pasty complexion works. But the Vampyre figure is just awesome.

I have the ex Invisible man, and I have to say the extra role of gauze, while interesting is not worth the extra $ IMO. And one other great figure is the Metaluna Mutant. Not very poseable, but awesome looking!

PosterBoyKelly
10-15-2006, 03:38 PM
I have the Silver Screen Editions of Frank, Vampyre and Phantom,and I'm looking for a SSE Dracs, I love these. I don't care for the color ones, since I never seen these movies in color. I mean, they were black and white and I like them being true to film. All very nice though.

Customikey
10-15-2006, 03:42 PM
Mikey, you should really have a before-and-after of Dracula. Anybody who sees your repaint (or Les's, in my sig below) who looks for a Drac will think when they find it that it's the wrong figure. The hands-down worst factory paint Sideshow ever released.


You're absolutely right. Sorry. Here's a pic of the original, untouched figure next to my first attempt at painting him. The first pic I posted is the second attempt, which turned out much better. It's a beautiful sculpt, although I'd love to see Sideshow call "do-over" and give us a new one with a better costume. This one is fine, but their tailoring has gotten SOOOO much better since the first releases.

http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/9715/draccompare9re.jpg

Batty
10-15-2006, 03:54 PM
Mikey - While I do think your repaint is excellent, and a huge improvement over the original, I've always felt that Dracula should be more pale looking since he is a vampire. But that's just my opinion.

And you're right about Oluf's sculpt.

Rockabilly
10-15-2006, 04:17 PM
If the main gripe on Dracula is that he's really pasty looking, I can live with that.

galactiboy
10-15-2006, 05:09 PM
Well he's pasty, but he does have an odd roseyness to his cheeks and forehead that could be more of an issue. I've never been bothered by the paint... but of course Mikey's repaint is an big improvement.

Drac is a solid entry and looks great hangin' out with my other vampires.


http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e381/galactiboy/vampires.jpg

Shai
10-15-2006, 05:11 PM
Well he's pasty, but he does have an odd roseyness to his cheeks and forehead that could be more of an issue. I've never been bothered by the paint... but of course Mikey's repaint is an big improvement.

Drac is a solid entry and looks great hangin' out with my other vampires.


http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e381/galactiboy/vampires.jpg

Nice Vamp Collection, I like the Chris Lee Drac.

galactiboy
10-15-2006, 05:13 PM
He's a real cool figure... only complaint is he's short. Christopher Lee is a giant and should tower over most figures. But alas he's just at or below 12", however the base is a bit raised so that helps.

But a real solid figure from Product Enterprises, an British company I guess.

Spideyfan
10-15-2006, 07:30 PM
Here are some My Classic Monsters. Not the best pics. I am just figuring out the digi cam.
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/5750/mon1wc2.th.jpg (http://img242.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mon1wc2.jpg)
http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/9909/mo2xl9.th.jpg (http://img223.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mo2xl9.jpg)

Customikey
10-15-2006, 07:39 PM
Of all the 12" figures I've had since getting into Sideshow's stuff, the ONLY one that has never spent time in rotation, but always been displayed, is Red Death. He's just a striking, gorgeous figure, well-executed in all respects. Just magnificent.

Since it couldn't be seen under the robe, and since no one would know it's there but me (and now, I guess, all of you) I strapped a spare Gen. Lee saber to him in homage to the terrible film of the musical that added in that pointless sword fight in the middle of the film. I figured, "Why not? Erik probably would keep something sharp handy when he ventured out into the Masquerade."

Vince
10-16-2006, 03:31 AM
they are all great.

but my favourites are Red Death, Creature, Invisible Man and all the Frankensteins...

FlyAndFight
10-18-2006, 09:07 AM
I had quite a bit of these figures at one point but had to trim down my collection. The 3 that I kept were Bela Dracula, original Karloff Frankenstein and London After Midnight.

abake
10-24-2006, 01:52 PM
I have the original Frankenstein, The Vampyre, Bela's Dracula nd the Wolfman.
All nice figures, not up to today's standards in paint apps or clothing, but good looking nevertheless.
I'm thinking about having all of them repainted and doing some customizing on the clothing. Anybody have repaints of Frank?