Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Funko's Movie Monster Figures Get Their Own Haunted House




For such low-detail action figures, Funko's set of classic Universal movie monster figures (Dracula, The Mummy, etc.) sure do have some nice real estate.

As part of the exclusives that it produced for this year's San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), Funko produced a multi-story haunted house play set that's scaled to its line of 3 and 3/4 inch ReAction figures. While the ReAction Universal monster figures would be the most logical choice to go with this play set, it can be used for any of the 3 and 3/4 inch figures Funko has produced for its multi-licensed ReAction line. Thus, if you want Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor and Snake Plissken fighting Pinhead in a haunted house, or have the cast of Goonies form their own monster squad to fight Michael Meyers, Jason Vorhees and the Predator in a haunted house, you can do it.

Despite the fact that Funko designed its ReAction figures to emulate the kind of action figures that were made in the '70s and '80s, their prices are vastly different. For example, Remco made its own series of action figures based on classic Universal movie monsters (a.k.a. "Mini Monsters") back in theearly '80s. That line included a "Play Case", a combination haunted house play set and an action figure carrying case, and a "Monsterizer", a sort of experiment table for the figures that any mad scientist would love. The Remco figures cost around $3 each, with the Play Case and Monsterizer costing around $8 each.


Above: Toy catalog photos of Remco's Mini Monster Play Case (left) and Monsterizer.
(Photos courtesy of Plaid Stallions.)


In contrast, the ReAction monster figures cost $10 each, while the haunted house costs $75. For that kind of price, one would hope that the play set would include a trap door in one of the floors, a dungeon with a lockable cage, and at least one coffin or sarcophagus. None of those features are included, although it does have a balcony from which monsters can use to throw hapless victims to their demise.




Then again, if the haunted house isn't too pricey for you, then you might also want to consider buying another Funko SDCC exclusive: "Spirit Glow" versions of four ReAction Universal monster figures. Those figures cost $65 each at SDCC.


Spirit Glow ain't cheap, even for classic monsters.



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