If your a fan of the historical and iconic Monsters of Universal, you'll be pleased to know that Diamond Select Toys has been working hard to expand their Minimates mini-figure line to include a new batch of monsters this year, as well as resurrecting a monster that has been tucked away in the vault. Check out all the details below.
The first specialty-excluve 4-pack due out this fall is based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame (pictured above), Universal's first film adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, released in 1925. It starred Lon Chaney as the abused bellringer Quamodo, a mute, half-deaf hunchback who lives in the famed Paris cathedral. In the film, Quamodo is coerced into kidnapping the beggar Esmeralda, which runs him afoul of the smitten Captain Phoebus. That set's characters include Quamodo, Phoebus and the set-excluve Esmeralda and "King of Fools" Quamodo.
The second 4-pack is the long-awaited The Mummy set, based on the original Boris Karloff film. Released in 1932, The Mummy starred Boris Karloff as the resurrected mummy Im-Ho-Tep, who was entombed alive for attempting to revive a deceased princess. Now, pasng as a modern Egyptian named Ardath Bey, he has found a woman who must be his love reincarnated. This set includes Im-Ho-Tep, his Sarcophagus, Princess Anck-es-en-Amon and the set-excluve Helen Grosvenor.
There will also be an assortment of Universal Monsters two-packs available at Toys"R"Us, featuring some of the characters from these sets, as well as some excluve characters. One two-pack will pair The Mummy's Princess Anck-es-en-Amon with an excluve figure of archaeologist Henry Whemple (above), and another will present the stars of both films - Lon Chaney as Quamodo and Boris Karloff as Im-Ho-Tep - in retro black-and-white (below).
Pre-order the two excluve 4-packs today from your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer, and look for them and the Toys"R"Us two-packs in September.