Sunday, February 16, 2014
Universal Studio Monster Action Figures: Remco vs. ReAction
A few days ago, I did a post about how Funko and Super 7 are expanding their ReAction line of 3 and 3/4th-inch Kenner-style action figures this year to include a number of popular movie and TV franchises. I paid particular attention to the ReAction's planned set of Universal Studio monsters, monsters that were previously available in as a similar series of figures that were released by Remco in the early '80s as part of its Mini Monster line. Since my post, preview pictures of the ReAction Universal Studio monster figures have been released on Entertainment Earth, so I've provided some comparison pictures so you can see how the new figure designs compare to their Remco predecessors. Click below to see the comparisons.
The Creature from the Black Lagoon:
The Phantom of the Opera:
As you can see, some of the ReAction figures are similar to the Remco designs, while others are not. In addition to these six figures, ReAction is producing two additional Universal monsters that Remco never did: the Bride of Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.
On the other hand, Remco released two sets of their 3 and 3/4-inch Universal monsters--a regular set and a set that glowed in the dark--and I don't know if ReAction will do the same. Furthermore, Remco released some playsets to go with their figures, such as the Mini Monster Monsterizer and the Mini Monster Play Case. As far as I know, no additional items will be released for the ReAction figures.
Speaking of monsters and ReAction, three of the monster-oriented franchises for which ReAction is making figures--Alien, Predator and Terminator--were also licensed by Kenner during the '90s. Below are some comparison photos of the Kenner originals and their ReAction versions.