It's a mouth full! Diamond expands their "Select" line with a journey to the dark side...a classic dark side we horror fans hold close to our hearts. Universal Monsters is often visited by collectibles companies but not rendered with the most care. Diamond has a clear love for the source material and pours it all into their new figure line. You can see the fruits of that labor HERE, but today, Diamond released a little official info and an image of The Creature from the Black Lagoon UM Select figure.
What better way to expand this specialty market exclusive line then the Iconic Universal Monsters. This now annual line debuts with none other then the legendary Creature from the Black Lagoon! Sculpted by Rudy Garcia with a base sculpted by Jean St. Jean, this seven-inch portrayal of the infamous Creature depicts the legend in perhaps it most screen accurate detail. The Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme as well detailed base featuring the films alluring Femme Fatale. In stores this May, $19.99.
These figures are packaged in the deluxe style like the Marvel Select figures with a bigger base, but there will also be a second version with a smaller base and smaller packaging for mass market and a 15.99 price tag. Deluxe Frankenstein will come with the lab table and the Mummy with his sarcophagus. There are paint variations between the two lines as well.
Universal Monster Retro-Style (AKA Mego) action figures are also on the way with Dracula and The Wolfman in wave 1 then the Mummy and Frankenstein in wave 2. EMCE lends a hand there, as you'd expect.
Minimates get their turn as well, starting with The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The heroines in these sets will only be available in comic shops. Mass Market versions will include a Black and White version of the main monster.
Universal Monsters is centered around the Halloween holiday, so every year, we'll get new releases for the lines. There will also be "evergreen" items that will hit the shelves year round. Which is which was not revealed, but I suppose we'll find out soon enough!
Thanks to Heather Buckley for info gathering at Toy Fair 2010.