Diamond Select Toys - Universal Monsters - Retro Series 4

In the 1970's a little company known as MEGO began releasing clothed action figures based on various comic book and movie properties.  With sales steady the line became pretty extensive with numerous characters being released.  While the popularity would decline before the 80's hit, the unmistakable style has since been resurrected thanks to companies like EMCE, Diamond Select Toys, and (eventually) NECA.

This is my first experience with this particular series and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with how they turned out.

Each toy is housed in a basic clam shell package.  For MOC collectors you'll be happy to know that they sync up evenly with EMCE's other releases.  Me?  I couldn't wait to unleash them from their plastic prisons.

Each figure has 14 points of articulation.  They're basic joints, but more then enough to get a handful of cool poses out of them.  I haven't had the best luck with figures of this style, I was worried the joints might be a bit loose.  Not the case though, in fact if anything they're actually too tight.

Typical with this line the sculpt and paint are taken down a few notches.  While the look is soft/stylized, I feel some of these retro figures manage to capture character's look better than the more highly detailed figures.  The Phantom figure is a prime example of this.

Much like the sculpt, the paint is a little less intricate when compared to the Select line.  It works though, everything comes together nicely and while these are simplified "retro" versions, they still remain rather striking and look great on a shelf.

The clothing is of a very high quality and manages to hit all of the same bases of their plastic brethren which is pretty impressive.  They're nicely layered on too, Metaluna Mutant has a vein design throughout the cloth, his scaly chest is made of a different separate material, and the shoulder/back pieces are plastic.  Diamond Select Toys did a great job adhering to the basic idea of the MEGO look while still providing a ton of detail.

None, though these are perfectly in scale with other DST accessories.  I really think a huge castle display is in order.

My first experience with this line proved to be a great one.  I really do not know which line I prefer now.  I love the detail and accessories of their normal UM Select line but these retro figures...There's just something  fun about them.  

I think if I had to pick one Phantom it would easily be the retro figure...It just sticks out.  While I do not have them in my possession, I think I'd probably feel the same way about their Retro Dracula and Wolfman.

I highly recommend purchasing the fourth series, you will not be let down.


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