Blue Hair Monster Frankenstein
8 Inch Scale
By: Classic TV Toys
Can you believe we’re already on day 7 of the 31 Days of Halloween? I promise it’s only going to get better from here with a ton of classic monster toy reviews coming up over the next three weeks. Today we’re adding a bookend to a review from last year with Classic TV Toys repro Mego style blue haired Frankenstein.
Mego’s Mad Monsters were an unlicensed series of classic monster figures, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolfman. At some point, for reasons unknown, Dracula received a makeover with red hair while Frankenstein got himself a coat of blue. Speculation is that Universal accused Mego of replicating their Frankenstein without paying for a license and the blue hair was supposed to differentiate it.
The original blue haired Mego Frankenstein is very rare. When Classic TV Toys started making their Reproduction Mad Monsters, they made a smaller run of Blue Haired Frankensteins to commemorate the infamous Mego incident. These guys are still available on the CTVT website, but are starting to run out. They have been available since 2005, though.
As with the Red Hair Dracula, Blue Frankenstein comes on a pretty typical bubble card. However his card is unique to him, with a blue backer and a nice little Frankenstein lettering on the top.
In addition to the change in color of the backer card, there is also a “EXCLUSIVE” sticker on it. Call me crazy, but I kind of like these packages. They’re very toy-etic. It is a little odd that the package art shows the rest of the figures in their regular colors, though.
Personally I think CTVT should have taken this a step further and produced new color variants of the other monsters. A yellow Wolfman and a green Mummy, perhaps?
Since this is a repro, not a reimagining, it’s entirely beholden to the original sculpt. It both lives and dies by it’s accuracy to the sculpt from the 1970′s. Whether or not you’re a fan will more or less depend on if you like that sculpt and Mego toys in general.
Thankfully, as reproductions go, this one is excellent. Obviously CTVT didn’t have access to the original molds or anything, so their new re-mold is quite good. The sculpt seems tighter to me than many of the CTVT repros.
On the subject of the sculpt itself, this is easily the best of the Mad Monsters line. The Mummy is a close second. This Frankenstein head sculpt is definitely attempting to look like Karloff, without looking like Karloff. You can see subtle hints of Boris throughout. The neck bolts have been placed on the temples, to avoid any legal issues.
The paint is decent, but nothing amazing. I feel it mirrors the original fairly well. I suspect if you gave this to one of those customizers who does really good paint, you could make this sculpt come to life.
Dreaful Dracula was saddled with a truly dreadful outfit that didn’t look very good and was a clear two sizes too small. Thankfully Frankie does not have those issues.
Instead Frankenstein’s costume fits him nicely. The body on thsis figure is nicer than most as well, as I’ve had my issues with CTVT in the past. This repro is actually on par with Mattel, EMCE or Cast-A-Way in terms of body. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to break at all. I don’t know why some bodies are great and others are crap.
Frankenstein’s coat is easily removable. His coat actually has gray sleeves which I suppose are to replicate his gray skin. It’s a bit confusing because technically he doesn’t have gray skin on his face or hands. Despite all that, it seems to work.
Underneath he has a jumpsuit that looks like two pieces (pants and shirt) but is actually sewn together. It’s certainly better than his blood sucking comrade who had a printed on costume. Since he’s straight out of the 70′s, he’s got a groovy disco belt as well.
One of the gimmicks of these figures is that they have glow in the dark features. Oddly, despite the fact that his head looks like it should ALL glow… Only the eyes do. The hands which are skeleton-like, glow fairly well. It’s hard to take a picture of glow in the dark features and these weren’t super bright, but you can kind of see the effect here.
Mego figures and by proxy their reproductions have decent articulation. It’s not the best, but you get string ball joint shoulders and string ball joint hips. The knees and elbows have hinges and the wrists are on swivel/hinges.
CTVT had some issues with their bodies breaking, but as mentioned above, this one is the best body I’ve ever received from Classic TV Toys. I guess it’s luck of the draw. I had no issues at all posing him or getting him to keep a pose.
Sadly this guy comes with nothing. You know my stance on that… All Megos should come with an accessory.
For $10 you could definitely do worse then this guy. EMCE Toys just recently teamed up with Universal Studios to produce an official licensed (but non-Karloff) Frankenstein. It’s only $20 and obviously looks a lot better than this. However, for $10 I still think this dude has a lot of charm. Blue hair and all.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 7
Accessories – N/A
Value – 7
Overall – 7 out of 10
Even if you don’t like Megos, I think you could have some fun with this toy. He’s very affordable and if you’re thinking about picking one up, I’d do so this year. Why? Because these CTVT repro figures aren’t being made anymore and as they sell out, they become harder to find and the price tends to skyrocket. ESPECIALLY on the monsters. They’re worth $10, but you wouldn’t want to pay $15-$20 per figure, so get them while they’re affordable.