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Funko Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Funko, 2014
Day #1,042: October 31, 2014
Funko Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein ReAction FigureThe Bride of Frankenstein
Almost Awesomest

Universal Monsters ReAction Figure
Item No.:
No. 4088
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 Bride of Frankenstein ReAction FigureWhen I saw the sculpt for The Bride of Frankenstein I was quite happy with what I saw - the head was appropriately understated and exaggerated, and the arms and torso reminded me a lot of the original 1978 Princess Leia figure. However, I noticed that in the packaging the legs were bent kind of funny. When I tried to fix them, the hip joint got loose and wobbly - oddly, the same loose leg problem was on Bif Bang Pow!'s Kanamit, who also had robe legs. Coincidence? I wonder!

Funko Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein ReAction Figure

Funko Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein ReAction FigureShe's not much of a toy, but she looks great. The sculpt is good, the bandages are nice, and the design feels like it came from 30 years ago - you really can't ask for much better than that. The leg detail is on the lower side but the head and arms are just magnificent. I think she could have benefitted from the wacky vinyl cape, but its absence doesn't hurt the figure one bit. The sculptor deserves a cookie for the stylized take on arguably the most important and significant hairstyle in genre film, with the aforementioned Princess Leia's hair buns likely at #2. These things aren't easy to do well, and yet here we are - the head is perfect.

Deco is also good, but has the same road bumps. The head, arms, and glossy white torso are all pitch-perfect. The legs, being painted, seem a little off - it doesn't match the rest of the figure, and that's a shame. We saw similar problems in the 1980s, as anyone who has ever owned a white Kenner figure likely remembers yellow limbs and a white torso, or white limbs and a yellowed torso. Here the legs look a little off-white, but as they're painted it's unlikely they will discolor with time.

This line seems to really work best as a carded collection - packaged samples being kept for decorations, or collectibles, seems to be the best way to go. She looks cool, but the engineering on the legs (or perhaps the materials selected) knock the wonderful sculpt and design down a peg. We've seen more of this kind of a problem this year, which is odd given this style of figure was perfected in the late 1970s and other lines having other odd problems are coming up for the first time in decades, after hundreds (or in some cases thousands) of figures. Why? I don't know - but I do know that this is a really nice figure if she's going to live on your shelves. Get her if that's your intent - if you want a cool toy, be prepared to fidget with (or perhaps cut, reglue, or otherwise tweak) the legs.

--Adam Pawlus

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