2012
05.10

 

October is such an exciting month: the change of seasons, fall harvest, state fairs, and all the spooky fun surrounding Halloween. So what better month to have some more Universal Monsters set reviews! This Bride of Frankenstein and Villager set was released in last year’s wave 2 exclusive to TRU. So grab your torches/pitchforks and read on … if you dare!

 

Packaging

The packaging is the blister card pack showcasing the figures and accessories. The pack has an insert with the Universal Monster’s logo . The back shows the other figures available in the series with short bio of each of the two characters included. The TRU exclusive sticker is on the front.

 
 


 

The Figures

The Bride of Frankenstein

 
The Bride of Frankenstein was a sequel to Universal’s 1931 Frankenstein. Even though she only got about 7 minutes of screen time, she’s still made quite an impression on pop-culture.  Ideally I would have liked to have seen a black and white version of her to go with the rest of the B&W exclusives minimates.
 
Perhaps the most iconic image of her is that beehive hair with the lightning streaks on side and they nailed it with her sculpted hairpiece. I also love the facial expression and details; it’s very much like the shocked look on her face in the movie.
 
 
The Bride has a full body flowing robe with a minimate first, a sculpted female chest (somewhere across the pond, Danny is smiling). Even though this robe drastically restricts any leg movement it is a well done torso cover and really balances the figure. Underneath is a basic white blank. The arms have a good bit of details for her wrapped arms.
 
No accessories for the Bride. She is a great figure for customizers. Perfect hair for Marge Simpson and white blanks are always a good base. Not to mention the robe can be used for really simple Vampire Brides quick customs (be sure to check the forum for others that have already done this).
 
 
Overall I’m a little saddened we didn’t get a black and white version too (hopefully one day) but this is an wonderful recreation of such a classic Universal Monster in minimate form.

MMC Score – 9 out of 10


 

Villager

Who would have thought a simple villager could be such a fun minimate? I know I have a picture of a couple of these guys chasing the Bride, but in the movie they actually were chasing Frankenstein’s Monster. Grrrr Fire Bad!

You got to love that hat, simple and just screams old-world “Get yer pitchforks, we got a monster to chase”. Ok, not really but it still looks pretty good. He has a very detailed expression on his face with gritted teeth and unshaven scruff of a beard.

 

The villager has a new sculpted brown work apron that ties in the back (nice touch of detail). Underneath you have your basic open collar shirt with brown khakis. He’s showing off a little bit of chest hair (Wolverine, is that you?). The paint apps are well done throughout the figure.

 

What really makes this figure fun is the accessories. There’s a wonderfully done torch with little details on the wood. [GRRR, FIRE!] He also comes with a pitchfork for simple yard work or your occasional monster chasing. The villager is also another great character for customization. Since he’s a generic character you can mix and match heads/hair/etc to create a little army of villagers.

 

So all in all this is another great figure and probably one of the top Universal Monsters sets to add to your collection.

MMC Score – 9 out of 10

 

Review and pictures by Lurch77

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User Rating for Minimate #1:
Rating: 8.4/10 (7 votes cast)
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User Rating for Minimate #2:
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