DST - Universal Monsters - the Bride and the Wolfman bust banks

These two banks are the last Diamond Select Toys Universal Monster items for the 2013 season.  Sad times, making things even worse are the reports that 2014 will likely be the last year for Diamond's Universal Monster releases.  I'm sure some other company will come around and give us cool things eventually, but I've been a huge fan of what Diamond has done with the license and I'll certainly be sad to see them go.

This year's series of banks consists of The Wolfman and the Bride of Frankenstein.  The sculpt on the Wolfman is more accurate to the 1941 film than their past 7 inch figure, I think fans will be pretty happy with the outcome.  The Bride looks great, but it looks as if the company had to take liberties with the sculpt.  I'm not 100% sure but I believe I read that DST could not acquire the likeness rights for actress Elsa Lanchester. 

While the company had to dance around the likeness a bit, they still put out a product that's very accurate to the character.  The paint application on both banks is very well done, especially on the Wolfman.  Paint can really make or break a release like this and I'm happy to report that these both of these turned out great.  A lot of work went into bringing out some of the minor details of the sculpt, from the Wolfman's claws to the Bride's bandages. 

The Wolfman also has articulation in the neck and shoulders, a first for this line.  If they do indeed create two banks for next year I'm hoping the added articulation is something that carries over.

These should be hitting most specialty stores soon.  At a MSRP of around $20 bucks these are very affordable and should be on most fan's Christmas' wishlists.  The two banks get my highest recommendation, Diamond Select Toys did a wonderful job capturing not just the iconic look, but also spirit of these Universal Monsters.


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