I’ve been buying a lot of toys collectibles lately. It all started with the “Breaking Bad” Walter White action figure I bought on impulse while my wife was shoe-shopping several weeks ago. From there, it was just a hop, skip and a jump to purchasing all of the first wave of the “Star Wars” Black Series Six Inch Action Figures. I mean, my love for “Star Wars” predates my “Breaking Bad” fixation by several decades, and if I’ve got love enough for Walter White to purchase his likeness then it’s a slap in the face not to pay homage to Luke, R2-D2 and company in a similar fashion. And tell me that they don’t look freaking awesome hiding out on the shelf above the fireplace.
I thought that would be it for a while, especially considering that I’ll be at New York Comic Con in just a few days, but I just bought another collectible: Mezco’s Nine-Inch Scale Universal Monsters Creature from the Black Lagoon action figure. Let me defend myself, just for a moment: I was at the local comic book shop and the owner had just gotten the big green guy in. He was minutes from placing the Creature on the shelf, and I had that much time to decide whether I could risk losing him. Okay, that’s not much of an excuse, really, especially with Mezco.com a few clicks away, but I’ve always loved The Creature and the comic book shop owner offered me a really good deal: Seven bucks off of retail price!
Now that I’ve not gotten The Creature home and unboxed him, I can’t say I regret my purchase one bit. He’s well-made, and super stylish looking. Hefty, too. This guy is impressive. The Creature is covered in bumps and scales, with a fin-like fringe running up his back, legs and arms. He’s solid green with pale yellow-green highlights on the fringes, abdomen, gills and claws. The manufacturers did some nice detail work, too: The palms of his webbed hands are covered in what looks like tiny little suckers, and the gills on his cheek are dry-brushed with just a little bit of the same pale green. The eyes are very detailed: The whites are outlined and you can see the tiny pupils. The mouth, slightly open, displays a red interior. The creature’s body is made of a rubbery-feeling plastic that feels good in the hand.
The Creature’s hands and feet are enormous compared to the rest of his body, and I have to admit that at first I wasn’t too taken with them. However, seeing the guy out of his box I think it was an excellent design choice. This isn’t a costume replica, it’s a monster, and I can imagine those giant mitts crushing the face of any arrogant scientist or adventurer who thinks he or she can to take the Creature down. The Mezco designer made some stylistic choices here that I think really work.
The Creature I bought is one of four different variants: The other three are “Glow in the Dark”, “Black & White” and “Translucent”. Those are available at the website. There are also “Mummy” and “Frankenstein” figures available.