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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!
 

The Wolfman toys


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.
 
9. Wolfman

The Wolfman toys


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.

8. Man-wolf

The Wolfman toys


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 Wolfman toys


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.
 
6. Werewolf

The Wolfman toys


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

The Wolfman toys


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

The Wolfman toys


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

The Wolfman toys


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

The Wolfman toys


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

The Wolfman toys


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).
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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Wiseguy 2/5/2010 5:21:39 AM

Robert, you should be ashamed of yoursel. Never heard of Dog Soldiers? That's a new classic in the werewolf genre. I thought you were being facetious but it sounds like you really haven't seen it. Btw the figure does look excellent

The Eaglemoss figures, #8, always take about a month to hit the USA. But I already have mine so the Man-Wolf is already available. Btw, these are lead figurines about 4", not for kids or to handle frequently, you know what lead does

I happen to be a proud owner the #1 but in Premium Format version which is 1/4 scale. I just pretty much love everything by Sideshow but I stick mostly to the 1/4 scale line

The mezco bloody variant is very nice as well.

peak37pt 2/5/2010 6:05:48 AM

 Great list. 

Also, definitely watch Dog Soldiers. I picked it up this halloween and was so happy that someone finally made  an  awesome werewolf movie after a very long time. Plus, Kevin McKidd is great in everything. 

I'm really excited for the new Wolfman. It looks exciting. 

themovielord 2/5/2010 7:18:06 AM

2002 was a crazy year for me. I was working on a film and didn't really have to see many movies. I'm on it Wiseguy! Thanks for reading!

Wyldstaar 2/5/2010 7:30:45 AM

No Wetworks Werewolf from McFarlane Toys line?!  That thing looked awesome, and a heck of alot cooler than Man-Wolf and his goofy yellow tights.  Never heard of Dog Soldiers before, but now I'm gonna have to check it out.

DarthDuck 2/5/2010 9:56:25 AM

The only werewolf figure I have is from my old Ghostbusters toys.  Squeeze his legs together and his mouth comes together and his head goes back to make it look like he is howling!

NDorado 2/5/2010 12:39:28 PM

Man-Wolf needs a big comeback.  I was very disappointed not to see a cameo in the last Spider-man movie.

-- Nick

from City of Kik

http://nickleshi.blogspot.com

EagleManiac 2/5/2010 4:25:48 PM

I still say, the greatest "wolfman" movie ever done is An American Werewolf in London! Being both a serious gore fest and a funny as hell comedy, it is MY personal favorite of all-time in this category!

swisshammer 2/9/2010 10:18:56 PM

Robert: If you've seen all those other werewolf movies, then you'll LOVE Dog Soldiers. It fits nicely into any collection of werewolf movies and even holds up with American Werewolf in London.

themovielord 2/9/2010 10:24:29 PM

damn snow here on the east coast is keeping netflix from delivering!

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