Monday, October 31, 2016

More Scooby-Doo Monsters!

More Scooby-Doo Monsters!
MONSTER MONTH continues with three more monsters from Scooby-Doo.  The 21st, 22nd, and 23rd monsters of MONSTER MONTH are The Phantom Racer, The Witch Doctor, and Redbeard's Ghost!

The Phantom Racer, The Witch Doctor, and Redbeard's Ghost

The Phantom Racer Menaces Fred and Daphne


Phrightening Phantom Phace


The Witch Doctor

MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Universal Monsters Select The Mummy Version 2 Action Figure (2015)

Universal Monsters Select The Mummy Version 2 Action Figure (2015)
More Mummies!  Boris Karloff returns as the Mummy again for the 20th monster of MONSTER MONTH!  This figure is from Diamond Select, and is their second version of this character, their first version looked great, but had practically no articulation, only moving at the neck.  This version has, according to Diamond "approximately 18 points of articulation," which is approximately a huge improvement.  It has a great sculpt and paint job, and comes with and awesome base and several diorama pieces.  








Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sideshow Toys' The Mummy Boris Karloff Action Figure (1998)

Sideshow Toys' The Mummy Boris Karloff Action Figure (1998)

Boris Karloff as the Mummy is the 19th monster of MONSTER MONTH!  This 7 inch action figure of Boris Karloff as The Mummy was released by Sideshow Toys in 1998.  It's got a nice paint job and sculpt with lots of well done texture and details.  The articulation is a bit limited, but still miles better than the version Diamond Select put out a decade later which had 1 point of articulation (the neck).  It comes with a few nice accessories, including a base for the figure to stand on, a chest that opens, a scroll, and stone tablet covered in hieroglyphics.








Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Worst - Snake Tut (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)


The Worst - Snake Tut (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)
Meet the 18th monster of Monster Month!  All hail Snake Tut!  This Ancient Egyptian half snake, half mummy is known as the "Serpent God of Destruction!"   He's one of the new retro 3 3/4" action figure line from Super7: The Worst! The Worst are Super7's take on classic monsters like vampires, robots, and mummies, but all with some cool new twists, and done in the style of classic Kenner figures from the 1970s and '80s. This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures. The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago. The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka

Snake Tut has the standard retro-style 5 points of articulation, and comes with a snake-shaped staff.   He has a great sculpt, like all the Worst figures, with lots of fun little details, highlighted by a maniacal smiling snake face that looks both malevolent and cartoonish in equal measure. He also has an "X" sculpted in to his belt buckle, and many of the other figures in this line have an "X" in their sculpt as well, and there is even an "X" in the logo for "The Worst." It seems like there are little details like that throughout this toy line that help to tie all the figures together.

Fang Face!

BONUS! MUSIC VIDEOS:
Mad Man Jones - Snake Charmer



She - Like a Snake


MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Worst - Black Falcon (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

The Worst - Black Falcon (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

Monster Month! Entry #17! Meet Black Falcon: "Undead Warlord of Doom!"  Part of Super7's "The Worst" line of action figures, which feature new characters steeped in classic horror iconography, and made in the style of vintage action figures from the 1970s and 1980s.   This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures. The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago. The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka
Black Falcon is an undead skeleton clad in fearsome spiked armor, with skulls, a falcon, and "The Worst's" trademark letter "X" as part of the sculpt of his armor.  He comes with an impressive sword, with a "horned" guard that matches the horns on his helmet.

Bonehead!


BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
Blacklist - Shock in the Hotel Falcon



MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Worst - Batula (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

The Worst - Batula (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)
Arriving on dark leather wings, it's Day 16 of Monster Month! Today's monster is Batula: "Bat Prince of Darkness!" Yes, Batula: he's half bat, half Scott Bakula, and all monster!  Batula is one of the new retro 3 3/4" action figure line from Super7: The Worst! The Worst are Super7's take on classic monsters like vampires, robots, and mummies, but all with some cool new twists, and done in the style of classic Kenner figures from the 1970s and '80s. This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures. The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago. The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka
Batula has the standard retro-style 5 points of articulation, and comes with a sweet skull-topped scepter that fits easily in his hand.   He also has an old school vinyl coat/cape, like the ones on vintage Kenner Star Wars or Remco Mini Monsters figures.   I really love this guy, he looks like a vampire that leaped out of an old Mighty Mouse cartoon. He has a great sculpt, like all the Worst figures, especially in the details of his bat head.  He also has an "X" sculpted in to his tie, and many of the other figures in this line have an "X" in their sculpt as well, and there is even an "X" in the logo for "The Worst." It seems like there are little details like that throughout this toy line that help to tie all the figures together. I'll be featuring every figure from The Worst "Midnight Special" set this month, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

Bat Face


BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
The Birthday Party - Release the Bats


Warning - This video contains flashing images


MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Worst - X-2 (The Unknown) (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

The Worst - X-2 (The Unknown) (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)
Day 15 of Monster Month is being assaulted by X-2 (The Unknown): "Mysterious Shadow Assassin!"  X-2 is one of the new retro 3 3/4" action figure line from Super7: The Worst!  The Worst are Super7's take on classic monsters like vampires, robots, and mummies, but all with some cool new twists, and done in the style of classic Kenner figures from the 1970s and '80s.  This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures.  The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago.  The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka
X-2 (The Unknown) has the standard retro-style 5 points of articulation, and comes with a gun that fits easily in his hand.  He fits in great with vintage figures and modern retro figures alike.  he has a great sculpt with lots of neat little details, including some mechanical elements on his back and the back of his head, that indicate he might be more machine than man. He also has straps on his helmet and chest that form the letter "X," and many of the other figures in this line have an "X" in their sculpt as well, and there is even an "X" in the logo for "The Worst."  It seems like there are little details like that throughout this toy line that help to tie all the figures together.  I'll be featuring every figure from The Worst "Midnight Special" set this month, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

Robostuff


BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Fear (Of The Unknown)



MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Worst - Gas Phantom (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

The Worst - Gas Phantom (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)
Day 14 of Monster Month is being haunted by Gas Phantom: "Ethereal Specter of Evil!"  Gas Phantom is one of the new retro 3 3/4" action figure line from Super7: The Worst!  The Worst are Super7's take on classic monsters like vampires, robots, and mummies, but all with some cool new twists, and done in the style of classic Kenner figures from the 1970s and '80s.  This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures.  The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago.  The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka

Gas Phantom has the standard retro-style 5 points of articulation, and comes with a gas gun that fits easily in his hand, and a rubber tube to connect the gun to the gas canisters on his back.  He fits in great with vintage figures and modern retro figures alike.  he has a great sculpt with lots of neat little details. One of the things I like is the rope that runs around his neck and back, which reminds me of the rope that Robot Reaper uses as his belt. It seems like there are little details like that throughout this toy line that help to tie all the figures together.  I'll be featuring every figure from The Worst "Midnight Special" set this month, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

Gas Canisters


BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
T. Rex - Life's a Gas






The Gas Gun

MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Worst - Robot Reaper (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

The Worst - Robot Reaper (Midnight Special Version) (Super7, 2016)

"In-tru-der a-lert!  In-tru-der a-lert!"  Day 13 of MONSTER MONTH has been invaded by Robot Reaper: "The Robotic Harbinger of Death!"  Robot Reaper is one of the new retro 3 3/4" action figure line from Super7: The Worst!  The Worst are Super7's take on classic monsters like vampires, robots, and mummies, but all with some cool new twists, and done in the style of classic Kenner figures from the 1970s and '80s.  This figure is from the "Midnight Special" release of these figures, which are variant colored versions of these figures.  The Midnight Special Versions of these figures were released about a month ago.  The "regular" painted versions of these figures will be released some time in the future.

The Worst features awesome card art by Ed Repka
Robot Reaper has the standard retro-style 5 points of articulation, and comes with a scythe that fits easily in his hand.  He fits in great with vintage figures and modern retro figures alike.  he has a great sculpt with lots of neat little details, like tears in his robe.  This is a great figure from a great new toy line!  I'll be featuring every figure from The Worst "Midnight Special" set this month, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

Robo Skull


BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
The Turtles - Grim Reaper of Love (1966)


MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Technical Difficulties - Please Stand By

"Monster Month" updates are going to be a bit slow the next couple of days, but I should caught up and back on track by Wednesday.  Thanks for your patience.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kenner "Snap Up Swamp Thing" (1990)

Kenner "Snap Up Swamp Thing" (1990)

Enter the boggy waters of MONSTER MONTH Day 12 with Swamp Thing!  This is "Snap Up Swamp Thing" which was part of Kenner's Swamp Thing toy line based on the Swamp Thing cartoon.  This figure has limbs that come loose from his body and are only attached by a string, which lets him lie on the ground in pieces looking like a pile of mossy logs.  Then, you press a button on his back his pieces "snap up" back together.







BONUS!  MUSIC VIDEO:
Blur - Swamp Song














Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NECA Aliens Series 2 - 1979 Alien Xenomorph (2014)

NECA Aliens Series 2 - 1979 Alien Xenomorph (2014)
Day 11 of MONSTER MONTH.  The terror inducing Xenomorph from the 1979 film Alien.  This action figure is made by NECA and stands about 9 inches tall.  It's said to have over 30 points of articulation.  It's a great looking detail, with an extremely detailed sculpt, and a "corroded" looking paint wash that helps to make all of those details pop.


I had a few quality control issues with this figure.  When I first opened the package, a piece of the Alien fell out.  It turned out to be one of the "spines" on it's back.  Luckily, the piece was not broken, just loose, and it popped back in to place.  Worse, one of it's ankle joints either broke and was glued together at the factory, or the plastic somehow melted and fused together.  Either way, one foot is permanently stuck in a somewhat awkward position, making it difficult to pose and stand the figure.  The Alien's tale helps in this respect, though, as it made of a soft material with a bendable wire inside, allowing you to position it however you'd like, which makes it much easier to balance the figure.



BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
Wipers - Alien Boy


MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE BREAK...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Star Trek - Gorn - Funko ReAction Figure (2015)

Star Trek - Gorn - Funko ReAction Figure (2015)
MONSTER MONTH reaches Day 10 with the fearsome alien reptile species known as the Gorn!  This fellow is from the season 1 Star Trek episode "Arena," which originally aired January 19th 1967.  In the episode powerful aliens called Metrons place Captain Kirk and the captain of the Gorn spaceship they have been pursuing on a deserted planet and command them to fight to the death.

CAPTAIN'S LOG, SUPPLEMENTAL: "Weaponless, I face the creature the Metrons called a 'Gorn'. Large, reptilian... Like most Humans, I seem to have an instinctive revulsion to reptiles."
This is a really nice action figure, possibly my favorite from the Funko ReAction Star Trek line.  Both the sculpt and the paint apps are very good, better than figures of of the Enterprise crew. That's probably because there weren't any likeness rights to negotiate for The reptilian alien, freeing the artists at Funko to do their best work.

The Reptile and The Mustache


Bonus!  Music Video:
Motorhead - Love Me Like a Reptile



More photos after the break...

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