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Funko Hikari Vinyl Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein Funko, 2014
Day #1,165: April 22, 2015
Funko Hikari Vinyl Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein Action FigureUniversal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein
#860 of 1,200

Hikari Vinyl Japanese Vinyl Figure
Item No.:
No. 5181
Manufacturer: Funko
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $49.99
Availability: November 2014
Other: Neat, but not awesome

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Funko Hikari Vinyl Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein Action FigureI was waffling over which version of this mold to get, and since I adored the glittery Life Force Metaluna Mutant I went with the similarly glittery Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein. Which is good, but not as good. Comparing the two, I have to assume someone made a mistake and meant to make the Mutant into one of the more expensive, premium figures. The added layer of metallic red adds a ton to the figure, while Frankie here (technically Frankenstein's Monster, which podcasters would dump on me for not pointing out) is a little on the plain side. This is the only time you can probably ever say with a straight face that the green, blue, and black clear glittery figure with a red gash on his head is a little plain.

Funko Hikari Vinyl Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein Action Figure

The 3-jointed figure is decidedly average for this line, which is odd because the bulk of this line is vibrant and pretty and ugly and awesome. The 7 1/2-inch figure is swell - the sculpt is good, but you lose a bit of that in the clear glitter. Depending on your display situation, the lips are pronounced and the various bolts and staples show up nicely. At some angles the neck bolts sort of melt into the green, which is a shame given how important they are to the Universal version of this creature's make-up. On the other hand, they did a bang-up job painting his head scar red so you can't miss it. They painted buttons on his jacket, and somehow managed to make thick black paint over the clear glitter plastic boots to come up with something pretty fantastic. Still, the abundance of clear unpainted glittery plastic on the torso and arms is a bit of a downer. If you look at some of the 2014 earlier offerings, you'll notice more in the way of unpainted clear glitter plastic whereas some of the 2015 offerings are a bit more covered, and therefore, more awesome. Well, not Boba Fett, he's got a lot of clear.

Funko Hikari Vinyl Universal Monsters Glitter Shock Frankenstein Action Figure

Were this figure $20 I'd declare it awesome and suggest you all get one. At $50, it's expensive - but people are dumping this one on Amazon in the $20-$25 range, which is really just fine. The flat head is perfect for having another figure stand on his head, and the hair is painted well enough to offset some of the other less defined regions. Despite not being the world's biggest monster fan I somehow keep buying figures of the creature, and I'll probably keep buying more - it's such a great design and tends to translate well into toys. I'd suggest getting it if the price is right, and if it isn't right maybe get one of the other versions first. (Unless, of course, you've got an awesome lighted display cabinet.)

--Adam Pawlus

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