It's par for the course these days that a big picture like VAN HELSING is accompanied by a ton of marketing tie-ins and offshoot products, just as it goes without saying that the coveted toy license for such a film is often split among several companies, with each focusing on a particular type of toy, be it statues, busts, maquettes, action figures, or what have you.
In the case of VAN HELSING, those who are less interested in display pieces and prefer to actually play with their toys are advised to check out JAKKS Pacific's line of 5" action figures. These suckers are all about playability, with 12-16 points of articulation each and cool "action" features which amp up their hands-on appeal.
The Frankenstein's Monster figure
Next up is the Wolf Man, where you actually get one and a half figures for the price of one... Wolfie's
Much more successful is the Dracula figure, which channels actor
Saving the most monstrous for last, we have the Dracula Beast (photo at top of article), which presumably is a less than human manifestation of the Count. At about 6 ½ inches tallwith a 12-inch wingspanthe Beast is certainly the biggest of the group. His paintjob is made up mainly of blacks and dark greys, which makes his wide-open and toothy pink mouth stand out quite clearly. But it's the huge wings that make this figure worthwhile: aside from their creepy appearance, if you squeeze the figure's legs together the wings flap! What will they think of next?
Also available from JAKKS are Van Helsing and Anna Valerious figures, plus deluxe playsets for Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Van Helsing. The company is also offering 12" figures from the film, a Castle Dracula playset, and last but not least, their own versions of the original Universal Classic Monsterswhich we hope to be reviewing here soon.