Horror is one of the most popular genres in cinema. While many modern fans think of Michael Myers or Ghostface when the genre is discussed, the more classic, gothic era of horror has seen a resurgence in popularity lately. Especially the Universal Monsters thanks to companies like NECA. Now, the famed toy company has announced a new line of retro glow-in-the-dark action figures featuring some of the genre’s most iconic monsters.
The 7-inch figures feature The Mummy, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, with each monster having multiple points of articulation. This wave is retro for more than one macabre reason, as it’s inspired by Universal’s own line of 1980s action figures, dubbed the Universal Famous Mini Monsters toy collection. Just like what Hasbro did with their retro star wars According to Kenner, NECA is bringing back an old style line, just with the companies adding incredible attention to detail. NECA has made a name for themselves with their various movie figures spanning every genre imaginable, but it’s their horror figures that have really captured the hearts of moviegoers. Whether it’s their endless outings of characters from the Halloween, Friday 13Where Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, their 7-inch figures are some of the best in the toy business.
Over the past two years, the company has slowly expanded its own horror legacy with Universal Monsters. In their Ultimate line of 7-inch action figures, the company has already made Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Mummy, and they recently announced The Invisible Man will be joining their growing monster team. What separates these new figures from their ultimate counterparts is their ability to glow in the dark, which is likely going to look very spooky on your toy shelf, and the fact that they don’t come with any accessories. . However, this retro line is packaged on a classic tribute blister card that looks identical to the original Monster Mini toy packaging.
The Universal Monster franchise, which includes classics like The Bride of Frankenstein and The werewolf as well as underrated gems like The invisible Man, still contain some of the best movies of all time. Many of these films celebrated milestones like Dracula90th birthday and The werewolf‘s 80th Anniversary last year. In addition to that, The Mummy turns 90 this year. Despite being nearly 100 years old, these genre staples are still very much ingrained in our modern pop culture. Every Halloween, Universal Monsters always seem to be at the top of most horror fans’ must-have list. That’s fitting since these new numbers come out in October just in time for the spooky holidays.
Hopefully this shiny new line will see additional characters like Dracula, The Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, as the original Universal line also featured these fan-favorite terrors. It’s a safe bet given NECA’s monstrous track record. You can find more information about this wave at NECA website now and, as we approach the scariest time of the year, it’s never a bad night to have a monster marathon. You can also check out footage and watch the new retro trailer for the numbers below: