Universal Studios Monsters: The Phantom of The Opera action figure by Sideshow Toy (1999)

Universal Studios Monsters was a collection of posable action figures released by Sideshow Toy between 1999 and 2001. The 15 figures in the collection featured realistic interpretations of some of Universal’s most iconic movie monsters, and the actors who portrayed them. Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking a closer look at the collection, and this week it’s the turn of Lon Chaney’s classic interpretation of The Phantom of the Opera, based on the film released by Universal in 1925. Continue reading Universal Studios Monsters: The Phantom of The Opera action figure by Sideshow Toy (1999)

Universal Studios Monsters: Son of Frankenstein action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)

Universal Studios Monsters was a collection of 15 posable action figures released by Sideshow Toy between 1999 and 2001. The figures in the collection featured some of Universal Studios’ most iconic movie monsters from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. This week it’s the turn of Boris Karloff‘s creature from Son of Frankenstein, released by Universal in 1939. Continue reading Universal Studios Monsters: Son of Frankenstein action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)

Universal Studios Monsters: Werewolf of London action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)

Over the last few weeks I’ve been taking a closer look at some of my favourite action figures, namely those from Sideshow Toy’s Universal Studios Monsters collection released between 1999 and 2001. This week it’s the turn of Henry Hull’s portrayal of Universal’s first cinematic wolf-man — Werewolf of London — released in 1935. Continue reading Universal Studios Monsters: Werewolf of London action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)

Universal Studios Monsters: The Hunchback of Notre Dame action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)

The silent era of Hollywood established some of cinema’s greatest legends — Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin are just some of the many names that spring to mind — but few thrilled (and flat-out terrified) those early audiences more than Lon Chaney, The Man of a Thousand Faces. In 2000 Sideshow Toy paid homage to the silent star with an action figure based on his indelible performance as Victor Hugo’s tormented protagonist Quasimodo — The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Continue reading Universal Studios Monsters: The Hunchback of Notre Dame action figure by Sideshow Toy (2000)