Imperial


In the mid 1980’s Imperial toys held an impressive number of licenses. They had rights to most of the Universal Studios monsters, Godzilla and King Kong. What’s so interesting about that, is that Imperial did not make “good” toys. Sure it was the 80’s and toy sculpts weren’t perfect, but Imperial seemed particularly behind with the times. I can only assume that the licenses for these brands weren’t particularly expensive. How else can you explain a company with such inept toys holding the keys to so many brands?


In fact all of their Universal Monsters were particularly bad and it makes you wonder why they even bothered to license these toys. Most of these guys look vaguely like what they’re supposed to, but no better than say the Mego ripoff Dracula or Frankenstein. To the untrained eye, the Imperial Mummy would likely be the WORST of the Universal Monsters in terms of likeness… But tonight in the 31 Days of Halloween we actually pay tribute to the best of the Imperial Universal Monsters… The Mummy!


The first thing you have to realize to appreciate this Imperial Mummy figure is that it’s NOT supposed to be Boris Karloff’s Imhotep. It’s not even supposed to be Lon Chaney or Tom Tyler’s Kharis from the Mummy sequels. Instead, this is supposed to be the parody Mummy, “Klaris” from the Abbott & Costello film where they meet the Mummy.


Yes he does sort of look like Super Dave Osborne or some other stuntman after a bad accident…


But that’s how Klaris looked in the film. In fact Klaris, the so called “Prince of Evil” was actually played by stuntman Edwin Parker. Parker had previously been the stunt double for Chaney in the Mummy films when the action got too hot and heavy or when Chaney was too drunk to lumber around properly. In the Abbott and Costello film, he got his chance to star as the titular monster. Once you realize who this Imperial Mummy is supposed to be, it immediately makes all the difference.
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