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Top 10 Wolfman Figures
Teen Wolfs, Werewolves and Jedi, Oh my!
By Robert T. Trate
February 05, 2010
Lon Chaney Jr as the Wolf Man in the 1941 Classic by Universal
© Bob Trate
In 2008 I sat in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con and saw the first trailer, twice, for the new Wolfman movie starring Benicio Del Toro with make-up by Rick Baker. These men were on hand but what made this panel so exceptional was their love for the character and the original 1941 film. The footage looked amazing but hearing their stories and how they came to do the film indicated to me that this was more than just some remake. The film did not come out when it was supposed to. Nor did it come out last October when it was slated for a second release. This immediately put up a red flag. Now the rumor has it that Del Toro didn’t want the Wolfman to interfere with the release of Che. I don’t know about you but an art house film like Che wasn’t playing at any mega-movie-plex near me. So I’m going to walk into the theater next week with low expectations. Last year, at the International Toy Fair, Mezco Toyz had their incredible Wolfman action figures, both 7 and 12 inch, on display. Without a doubt one of these figures was going on my toy shelf regardless what I thought on the film. I started to wonder how many other Wolfman action figures have there been? In my search for them I discovered an unbelievable assortment of artistry and characters. Sadly in compiling this list of the Top 10 Wolfman Figures Sideshow Collectibles’ renditions of Bela the Gypsy and Larry Talbot from the 1941 got bumped from the list. There are tons out there but here is Mania’s Top 10!
He is on screen for a moment but if you squint hard enough you’ll see Voolvif Monn at the battle of Geonosis during Star Wars Episode 2 Attack of the Clones. However his full appearance was made during the first Clone Wars cartoon by Genndy Tartakovsky. The original Star Wars Wolfman, Lak Sivrak, almost made the list but he doesn’t come with a light saber.
From NECA’s Nightmare Before Christmas Series 3 comes the Wolfman. Not just any Wolfman but one that sings and dances. Tim Burton placed this classic movie monster in his assortment of Halloween Town characters solidifying that another generation will know about the Wolfman. It is also a figure worth displaying for two different holidays.
The son of newspaper man and now mayor of New York City, J. Jonah Jameson was an astronaut that journeyed into space and kept coming back with all kinds of problems. His transformation into a Werewolf was not only unique for the Marvel Universe (read full bio here) but for Werewolves in general. Mix that with a daddy that hates Spider-Man and you have a classic villain for old Web Head. This figure was released in the United Kingdom and as far as I know doesn’t have a U.S. street date yet (seen here).
7. Werewolf by Night
The “classic” movie monsters have been given their due in the Marvel Universe both in comics and now in action figures. The Marvel Legends Monster Box Set features only four of them, sans the Living Mummy. This is the only way to get Jack Russell (see bio here) in his cursed form. With the recent resurgence of the character in the Dead of Night MAX books hopefully there are more tales to come.
From the movie the Dog Soldiers (2002) comes the Werewolf. The figure is incredible but I never even heard of this movie directed by Neil Marshall (Doomsday) and starring Kevin McKidd (Rome). The figure is from the third Now Playing Series by Sota Toys. An incredible figure and one that has prompted me to put the film in my Netflix queue.
5. Teen Wolf
I found this incredible figure on Toysrevil.com. Though the jersey is not accurate I have nothing else to complain about. I never thought there would be an action figure of Michael J. Fox as Teen Wolf playing basketball! There hasn’t even been a Marty McFly figure (and why not?). Sadly the last update on the figure is from June of last year but hopefully he will be appearing on some specialty web sites soon.
4. Werewolf of London
Sideshow Collectibles, of course, has outdone themselves with this relatively unknown horror classic. Henry Hull is the Werewolf of London looking completely dapper in his evening wear. This earlier Wolfman film came in 1935 with less hairy make-up devised by the legendry Jack Pierce. I think it is time to rediscover this early Wolfman film; if anything to witness Pierce’s incredible make-up.
3. American Werewolf in London
Again Sota Toys make this list with their two-pack rendition of the modern horror comedy classic. Not only do you get David Naughton as the Werewolf but Griffin Dunne as the torn to shreds Jack too. If only there would have been more than one Jack figure in his various levels of decomposition. Still they are both must have Wolfman figures.
2. The Wolfman
There are several different versions of Benicio Del Toro’s Lawrence Talbot Wolfman in action figure form. The one and only, for this Toy Maniac, is the 12 inch bloody variant from Mezco Toyz. Big, bad, bloody, beautiful and it just falls short out of the number one spot.
1. The Wolf Man
Several years ago Sideshow Collectibles put out the Silver Screen Edition of all the Universal Classic Movie Monsters. They would put out color renditions as well but the black and white versions are the ones that the true fan wants. Complete with stand, wolf heads cane and that classic Universal appeal easily makes this the number one Wolfman figure out there. This figure is a true classic and one to howl at the moon about (seen here on Amazon).