NECA’s Universal Monsters line is one to check out right now as they are offering some of the most detailed looking figures for this franchise that you’re ever going to find in this scale. We recently reviewed both versions of their Universal Monsters Frankenstein figure and now we are continuing coverage of this line with a look at The Mummy. The Mummy is inspired from the classic 1932 film and starred Boris Karloff as he starred in this iconic role.
In the film, a team of archaeologists led by Sir Joseph Whemple uncover the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian prince Imhotep, along with the legendary scroll of Thoth. When one of them reads the scroll aloud, Imhotep returns to life, and escapes. Several years have passed, and he has taken on the guise of a wealthy man, as he searches Egypt for his lost love, who he believes has been reincarnated as the lovely Helen Grosvenor.
Thank you to NECA Toys for sending along their Universal Monsters The Mummy (B&W) Figure for review.
Availability: March 2022
The Mummy comes packaged in a window box with an opening flap, with artwork inspired from the film’s poster on the front, and images of the figure on the sides and back.
The Mummy is inspired from his appearance in the 1932 film and features the likeness of actor Boris Karloff, who also portrayed Frankenstein in 1935 as well as in the sequels. The figure comes mummified and wrapped in bandages with phenomenal sculpted details and textures, and painted in grey with a wash over the bandages. Each bandage is individually sculpted throughout the figure with all that great sculpting that is consistently given to him. The head and hands are not bandaged, but has the decaying detail on these parts along with capturing the likeness perfectly.
Each of the three head sculpts have a unique expression, including closed and open eyes, and the third with open eyes and mouth. Each of these had sculpts include paint washes on the skin showcasing the decay, while capturing a great likeness to the actor.
Also included are three interchangeable right heads with a ring on each, two bandages that can be wrapped around his neck, and an Egyptian chest that opens with a scroll inside.
His articulation includes a ball jointed head, ball hinged shoulders, swivel-hinged elbows, swivel-hinged wrists, ball jointed torso, waist rotation, ball joined hips, swivel-hinged knees, hinged and rocker ankles.
The chest and scroll are equally as impressive, with the chest including Egyptian details and images on the sides and top, and the scroll made of paper rolled up to fit inside the chest. The scroll includes writing and images as shown above, and even colorized.
Overall, NECA is off to a great start on their Universal Monsters line, and The Mummy is so well detailed that he looks like he just walked right out of the screen. The incredible detail, especially the likeness and deco makes this one of the best Mummy figures ever released, especially from the 1932 film. Fans will surely want to add this one to your collection!