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Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man Funko, 2014
Day #1,041: October 30, 2014
Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man ReAction FigureThe Wolf Man
Refugee from 1983

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure
Item No.:
No. 4162
Manufacturer: Funko
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: est. $9.99
Availability: September 2014
Other: No foot peg holes

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Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man ReAction FigureOne of the stranger things I've seen in my decades of toy collecting is that facts change. Questions like "What color is Han Solo's jacket?" have had numerous answers - if you asked Galoob and Kenner in the late 1990s, they said that Lucasfilm told them that Han always wears black. However, there were exceptions - which means we saw Bespin Han usually wear black, but Hoth Han's garment has been black, blue, and a purple/brown color. It seems that The Wolf Man is not immune, no doubt in part due to the fact black-and-white movies screw with perceptions. This figure has a nice 1980s feel with a glossy shirt and appropriately old-school articulation, plus white teeth and faux Kenner eyes. It's good. Get one.

Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man ReAction Figure

Funko Universal Monsters The Wolf Man ReAction FigureFrom the front, this one seems to be the most fully-realized - but once you rotate his legs, you see a couple of things that may leave you scratching your head. The legs are a little stiff but the arms and neck move easily, just like you would want. The shirt is buttoned up to the top, the pants fit and aren't all torn up, plus the hands show signs of some monsterism. The wrinkles are good, although I would say the pants are sculpted nicer than a lot of modern action figures - so that's weird.

Also weird, the legs are sort of squared-off near the top - not a dealbreaker, just interesting - but what's really strange is that there are rear pockets that are right over the joint seams. So if you rotate the leg, the pocket splits. I don't recall seeing this much, but truth be told the rear pockets on pants are rarely sculpted. This might just be a case of Funko giving the figure too much detail. The deco is in line with modern releases, as Remco's 1980s output tended to have a bright tan face, while this one has dark brown paint instead. Burger King's was similarly retro. His shirt is green and his pants are very dark, and all of this is consistent with modern incarnations of the figure.

When I first saw the ReAction monster renderings, this was the one that probably smacked me up the head the hardest. It felt a lot like an early 1980s toy, and I like how it's pretty sturdy and stands up fairly well. It's a nifty take on the character, but between Remco and Burger King we've had plenty of vintage takes on this figure. This one, though, may have the neatest packaging - just be careful to not hold it too tightly, the printing is oddly tacky and feels like it might come off on your fingers like newsprint. The figure itself is fine - if you like what you see, this is one you would be wise to add to your toy box.

--Adam Pawlus

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