31 Days of Toy Terror: The Phantom of the Opera from Universal Monsters ReAaction by Funko
I'm head over heels for Funko's new ReAction brand and I'm going particularly gaga for their horror lines. The Universal Monsters just work so well in this format as they really are reminiscent of the 1981 Remco Mini Monsters. I've always loved the 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera, particularly due to Lon Chaney's exceptional performance and grotesque appearance. Fortunately, it is Chaney's portrayal of the Phantom that was chosen by Funko as part of the Universal Monsters ReAction series (Universal also remade the movie in 1943 with Claude Rains portraying the Phantom). Ready for a look at one of the most famous (and tragic) movie monsters around? Then join me after the break...
Of course there's little surprise as to the articulation on this guy: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck. I haven't mentioned it before in the reviews of these guys (that I can remember) but the Universal Monsters don't have holes in their feet. This is definitely a bit of an oversight (according to a Funko message board, it was apparently entirely accidental) as I think fans would like to be able to use some of the vast number of available action figure stands available to keep these guys standing straight and tall. He does stand well on his own, though, and the plastic quality feels excellent. He's very firm and solid.
Kenner Darth Vader's cape, the Phantom's cape is a thin piece of vinyl that fits over his shoulders. It is removable, but I'm leaving mine on so as not to risk tearing. Honestly, while some folks might not be too keen on a vinyl cape, this is exactly the kind of think that gives me a huge wave of nostalgia. I really dig it (Dracula also has a similar vintage cape).
Day 2: Erick Rowan from WWE Elite Collection
Day 3: Momo, the Missouri Monster from Legendary Monsters
Day 4: Jason Voorhees from ReAction Horror Series
Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th