McFarlane's Monsters
McFarlane Toys
Included in set:
Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, Sea Creature, Voodoo Queen, Werewolf

While McFarlane Toys are well known for their high level of detail and style, they're also well known for their focus on more mature toys, like the graphic Tortured Souls series and the forthcoming H.R. Giger figures. So, it was only a matter of time before they decided to take on the classics of horror, like Dracula and Frankenstein.

What can be said about the quality of the figures that hasn't been said before? McFarlane has set the standard for detail in collectible figures and this set is no different. The figures have a good degree of articulation (ranging from 11 on the Frankenstein to 21 on the Mummy) and come with various assorted items.

Where the set seems to meet a sticky point is in the actual design of the characters. Rather than going with a more traditional view of the classic monsters, the set designers have created over-the-top designs more in line with McFarlane's previous monster and Spawn lines. Traditionalists will most likely take one look at the series and put them back on the shelves as they have taken grand liberties with the design. While I know they couldn't use the exact look from the movies, I was hoping for a more "realistic" rendering of some of the monsters. Both Dracula and Frankenstein look to fantastical. But, on the other hand, the Sea Creature and Mummy both look pretty good.

Whether or not you want to purchase this series will most likely depend on your take of their redesign of the classic creatures. Traditionalists may pass these up, while collectors who enjoy a more fantastic view will want the whole set. I can't deny McFarlane's level of quality, even though I may take issue with their design choices.

- - Kinderfeld

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