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#461 monkeycrumb

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:59 AM

I see far more X-Men First Class warming pegs than I do Universal Monsters at TRU.

To be fair, I've seen many lines clearanced. IIRC, the BTTF 3 set was clearanced out, yet we still got the 25th ann. set. TRU has clearanced GB several times, yet they kept ordering further waves! My hope is that TRU at least made enough profit off the UM waves that even after clearancing out the remaining packs, they still made enough profit to be willing to continue.

As I mentioned above, the best bet is to mix movies in the boxsets. Although I really want that Mummy sarcophagus they've shown off already, and I'd love a Mummy boxset as I mentioned above.

But yeah, lack of accessories also hurt this line. Same with too many civilians.
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:06 AM

It can't ever be denied that whether we like it or not Medicom has been often 'been there & done it' & you'd have to be pretty discerning to spot the difference with what they released years ago & what DST are giving us now . Series 2 of Medicom kubricks gave the kubrick collector these ............ Attached File  monsters.jpg   8.35K   48 downloads whilst the first series had already given usthem 2 versions of The Invisible Man & a rather lame Mummy . The Minimate line failed miserably in the lack of accessories .....the kubrick line had an operating table for Frankenstein & his monster whilst Dracula had a coffin. It seems that some lessons were learned from Medicom whilst some important details were ignored.

Edit: excuse the fact I'm talking as if this line is dead ...I hope not because I like them ....but there definitely needs something special to bring them back from the dead.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 10:18 AM

I ask this in all honesty, do members here buy these because they are fans of the "movies" or because they are fans of the "monsters"? I buy them because I love the monsters, but honestly, it is tough for me to sit through the old films. Sure, I respect them for what they were at the time, and I admire Lugosi, Cheney, etc., but in the long run, I suspect that more people buying these are fans of the monsters themselves than the movies they appear in, if that makes sense? In other words, I could care less about being able to reproduce scenes from the films. I would rather have more unique monsters to terrify my other Minimates.

The Angry Villager is one of my favorite 'mates this year, right up there with Logo Ghost. Had he been packaged with a B&W Bride of Frankenstein instead of the same one from the boxset, that may have helped boost sales of the Frankenstein box set, but as is, there is only 1 new character in that boxset (civilian) while Dracula at least has 2 new characters.

It's these kinds of decisions that has me puzzled over this line, from the way I perceive the UM "brand".

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 11:43 AM

I can't, in all honesty, remember if I've even seen any of the old universal monsters films. I am, however, a big fan of classic monsters, and think they look great together.

I'm a big fan of the Dracula and Frankenstein novels, so I'm very pleased to have the likes of Dr.F, Mina and Van Helsing (I think I'd have liked Johnathan in there somewhere as well... shame).

The likes of Dr.Reed and Larry Talbot don't interest me in the slightest, but I'm happy to buy them for the monsters.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 12:11 PM

I watched 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon' recently for the first time . I would never have bothered but for the UM Minimates & the fact that there was going to be a bird in a white swimsuit somewhere or other. I wasn't disappointed in the movie or Julie Adams in her swimsuit ,OK the dialogue was a bit lame but the film stood the test of time IMO.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:40 PM

I ask this in all honesty, do members here buy these because they are fans of the "movies" or because they are fans of the "monsters"? I buy them because I love the monsters, but honestly, it is tough for me to sit through the old films. Sure, I respect them for what they were at the time, and I admire Lugosi, Cheney, etc., but in the long run, I suspect that more people buying these are fans of the monsters themselves than the movies they appear in, if that makes sense? In other words, I could care less about being able to reproduce scenes from the films. I would rather have more unique monsters to terrify my other Minimates.

The Angry Villager is one of my favorite 'mates this year, right up there with Logo Ghost. Had he been packaged with a B&W Bride of Frankenstein instead of the same one from the boxset, that may have helped boost sales of the Frankenstein box set, but as is, there is only 1 new character in that boxset (civilian) while Dracula at least has 2 new characters.

It's these kinds of decisions that has me puzzled over this line, from the way I perceive the UM "brand".


I'm not quite sure I follow you. If by recreating scenes from the movies, you mean by including the human characters, then no I don't care. But if you mean by including accessories like gravestones, lab tables & equipment, etc, then YES I want those! I may not be a fan of the movies, but I am of the characters, and those things are iconic enough to want!

Yes, it's a big letdown that the TRU Bride wasn't B&W, but I guess that would have been confusing to Joe Q. Public why the villager was not - I would want to keep him as he is!

Accessories would have greatly improved sales I'm sure, especially with the customizers!
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Posted 31 October 2011 - 02:29 PM

A little something for the UM fans... :)

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 02:15 PM

Local TRU near me restocked the series 2 sets as the first time they got them in, all but two Dracula and one Bride of Frankenstein set were left over. Bought Frankenstein's Monster/Dr. Henry Frankenstein set. Just need to buy the Bride one and I'm caught up.

I hope we at least get the Mummy to complete the 'Core' UM cast. As far as I'm concerned: Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman (Creature from Black Lagoon)are the big focus.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:53 PM

I picked up Dracula and Van Helsing 2 pack (Drac for my MU stuff) must say he is very well done like the touch of the inside of his cloak being red.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:46 PM

We have to get the mummy. I think DST could get way with a playset on this series. I think Joe public would buy a creepy Frankinlab or vampire crypt. Keep it simple and in budget with the vehicles. the character pack-in could be Igor, grave ghoul. That would get us some cool accessories.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:51 PM

We have to get the mummy. I think DST could get way with a playset on this series. I think Joe public would buy a creepy Frankinlab or vampire crypt. Keep it simple and in budget with the vehicles. the character pack-in could be Igor, grave ghoul. That would get us some cool accessories.



As long as we get the Mummy I'll be as happy as I figured I could be. If we got Mummy, Phantom, Metaluna and Hunchback it would be fantastic. At least then it'd give these the same longevity as their Kubrick counterparts, with only the Mole Man missing out.

Of course, I'd still really like to see the Mummy 4-pack... or at least some way to get that cool-as-shit sarcophagus.

And some kind of Franken-lab or Dracu-crypt would be fantastic as well.

I think a generic "monster" line would sell and I've mentioned this before. The different movie spooks from Ghostbusters, the zombies, these monsters... it'd be swell to get a generic ghost in a sheet, ghost with chains, a couple of grave ghouls, a devil, a witch, etc.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

Here is my photoshopped concept of a Vampire Wolverine face on Dracula.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:38 PM

Hey, neat! It's too bad they didn't do a different snarling face to release officially with that guy.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:47 PM

Anybody else think Dracula will be reused as Grandpa from the Munsters to go with a Draugula vehicle? . . . Also hopes for Lily Munster and Herman's hot rod

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:08 PM

Anybody else think Dracula will be reused as Grandpa from the Munsters to go with a Draugula vehicle? . . . Also hopes for Lily Munster and Herman's hot rod

I thought Lily was the only one who wanted Herman's hot rod. :sweat:

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 02:39 PM

well these are on clearance at tru about $6 so as you go hunting for tru wave 12 pick them up for cheap! i got frank and drac pack just for fun.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:17 PM

I'm surprised they are already on clearance, both my local TRUs are sold out. However, the Halo minimates are not moving at all.


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:20 PM

Both UM and Halo have been sold out at my TRU for about a month now

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 09:16 AM

I'm still sitting on wave 1. Wave 2 is nowhere to be seen.
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No, he's right -- not making that one character doomed the line. Doomed, I tell you. The minute we left him out of Series 1 a raven flew through our window. And killed an intern.


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Posted 21 December 2011 - 11:55 AM

Mine has AT LEAST a full case sitting on the pegs. Most likely more.

Halo is gone. MAX is gone.

I will be checking again Friday, if not sooner. If anyone needs a pack or two, let me know and I will see what I can do.




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