Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Universal Monsters Funko POP – The Wolf Man

Even a man who is pure in heart
and says his prayers by night
may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
and the autumn moon is bright.

The Wolf Man, 1941

Werewolves – my favourite mythical (OR ARE THEY?) creature. Yet strangely enough, I’ve never actually seen the Universal Movie that this POP is based on! I used to own it, but through various circumstances no longer have it, and have yet to track down another copy.

Nonetheless, Lon Chaney Jr’s makeup is among the most iconic in horror cinema, and it’s a werewolf, which makes this an essential POP purchase. The sculpt on the Wolf Man is great! They’ve really captured the look of the character, while sticking to a cool and cutesy form. It’s up there with The Creature from the Black Lagoon, who is possibly my favourite overall POP.

His body is crafted from multiple pieces – one for the torso, one for the legs and separate arms. Funko has really been moving away from its original base body of late, which I have mixed feelings about. It’s definitely appropriate for some characters, but the problem is that a lot of older POPs are beginning to look a little ordinary by comparison, with their rigid pose.  

The paint is several cuts above most Funko POPs – there are a couple of fuzzy spots, but the only real notable weak points are the claws on his feet and the ragged pant legs, both of which are entirely forgivable.   

Final verdict? I’m thrilled with this POP – he’s instantly become one of my favourites. And as a side note, Funko would really be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t do a 2010 repaint of the mould.  

Pic from Amazon

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