When I think of the quintessential man-in-a-suit monster I always think back to the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Over the years the gillman has had dozens of plastic incarnations from 12 inch dolls to Burger King premiums, though unlike Dracula and Frankenstein there are no actor's likeness rights tied to the character so fans of the monster have always been lucky to get accurate figures. The first in this series was released last year just in time for the Halloween season. Frankenstein was met with a lot of positivity and with good reason, it was a great looking toy. Now seven months into 2013 the second figure from the line is making it's way into specialty stores around the nation.
The Creature is presented in a simple black & white box. He can be easily removed without destroying the package which is always nice. So far Mezco has kept things pretty simple and it works, I love that they opted to go with a grayscale design. If ever the word "classy" could be used to describe an action figure's packaging I think now would be the time.
The Creature has 11 POA, the head is on a double ball joint allowing for a better range in movement. The rest of the articulation is pretty basic for Mezco. The company is known for their stylized type sculpt, while I didn't care much for this look with their earlier Cinema of Fear line I must confess that I love what they've done with these characters. The exaggerated look just works for this license. There's a lot going on with this figure, nearly every inch of it has bumps and scales. The likeness is closer to the original look of the Monster, more so than with their past Frankenstein release- but as mentioned earlier that likely was due to likeness issues with Karloff. .
The paint is simple, a couple basic greens and a few lighter washes to bring the details. Mine has a bit of a lazy eye, so that's something to look out for when making your purchase. Other than that I've not no real qualms with the paint.
Zero...Zilch...Nada. Not that I was expecting any, though a fossilized hand would have been a much appreciated touch!
As horror fans we tend to praise the past decades for the abundance of cool merch. Aurora Models, Don Post masks, pre-code comics, it's true that companies were more willing to take risks in past years. However recently things have really picked up. Popular toys of yesteryear have been reworked and put back onto toy shelves while companies like Neca, DST, and Mezco have been spoiling us with much yearned for characters. This figure in particular is an obvious reminder of how great it is to be a fan during this era. I really hope Mezco keeps it up and this line brings in enough success for them to expand past the original three that were planned. How cool would a Chaney inspired Phantom look done up in Mezco's signature style?!