Red Hair Dreadful Dracula
8 Inch Scale
By: Classic TV Toys
Classic TV Toys began making retro MEGO type 8 inch action figures in 2005. The company produced several of their own designs and creations, but some of their most sought after properties are the reproductions of old Mego licenses. Long before Mattel and some of the other big names got into Mego Repro, Classic TV Toys were making cloth 70’s style dolls.
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. Speculation is that Universal accused Mego of replicating their Dracula without paying for a license and the red hair was supposed to differentiate it.
The original red haired Mego Dracula is very rare. When Classic TV Toys started making their Reproduction Mad Monsters, they made a smaller run of Red Haired Draculas to commemorate the infamous Mego incident. So how does this 2005 figure compare to it’s 1970’s counterpart?
The original Mego Mad Monsters came in a variety of packages but all the red haired Draculas are believed to have come in cool boxes with a nice drawing of Dracula on it. It’s worth noting that the artwork for Dracula never depicted him with red hair. The CTVT version comes on a simple card, similar to other Classic TV Toys Releases.
To help separate these from the regular Mad Monster Repros, the package is bright red to reflect the color of the Dracula. The regular version has a black card. There is also a “EXCLUSIVE” sticker on it. Call me crazy, but I kind of like these packages. They’re very toy-etic and I love the bright color.
The back of the package shows the rest of the regular series. It’s a shame it doesn’t advertise the Blue Frankenstein, which is similar to this Red Dracula. Oh well. So much more could have been done with the back of the package.
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.
The good news is that as reproductions go, this one is pretty good. Obviously CTVT didn’t have access to the original molds or anything, so their new mold is quite good. It’s not perfect, mind you. There is definitely some spots where you can see this is considerably softer than the original sculpt. Dracula still has that strange look that the Mego is known for and overall, in terms of raw sculpting it’s pretty good.
The glow in the dark hands seem a little smaller, but that may just be my eyes playing tricks on me. I’m not a huge fan of the glow in the dark hands. They do glow, but not super bright. The other strange thing is that the face seems to be made of glow in the dark material as well, with the eyes painted. The original figure had a flat white molded face and glow in the dark eyes which were separate pieces. This is the opposite of that and not as effective.
The real problem with this figure isn’t the sculpting, but the costume. The original Mego Mad Monsters Dracula costume was sort of goofy, as it’s one of those printed suits that Mego loved to use in order to cheap out. As if that didn’t look bad enough, the CTVT version is waaaaaay too small. The crotch of the figure is actually about an inch above where the crotch of the costume is. This guy can barely move because his costume is so tight. It’s like shoving Shaq into one of my old pajama outfits.
The cape also looks pretty goofy. I suspect with a better suit and a nicer cape, this could look like a fairly neat little figure. It’s not perfect by any means, but as a repro, it’s not the worst thing in the world. It’s a shame that CTVT chose to cheap out on what is already a reproduction of a cheapo figure. That seems to be the trend with the Re-Megos as of late… Making them even cheaper than the original figures.
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.
The real problem is that the aforementioned costume is so tight that you can’t move his legs even if you wanted to. You can barely move the arms as well. CTVT had some issues with their bodies breaking, so I don’t know if this one is staying together so well because the tight costume is holding it together or if it’s an improved body.
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. Then again, for $10 you could definitely do a lot better too! If you’re looking for a repro of the classic Mego Mad Monsters, these are your best bet. I’ve seen this guy go for as high as $20. He’s not worth that by a long shot. For $10, I don’t feel too ripped off. Actually, I got this guy for quite a bit under $10… But in general they run about $10 and that’s not a horrible price.
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 7
Articulation – 5
Accessories – N/A
Value – 6
Overall – 6.5 out of 10
A decent sculpt that is wrapped in a terrible outfit. It looks alright on the shelf and resembles what it’s supposed to. Just don’t go out of your way to get one of these guys. It’s a shame these weren’t a little better. I can really imagine kids having a good time with a simple Dracula figure like this. Red hair or not, it’s a fun little trip of nostalgia.