Monsters Figure Pack Five Reissued Figures - Shared Exclusive Online, Kmart, and Elsewhere?
Imaginext Figure Set
Item No.: Asst. DGG20 No. DGF75 Manufacturer:Fisher-Price Includes:5 figures, broom, bat, cape, hat/mask, bat, anubis mask, ankh staff, wee whacker, sack mask, and electric harness Action Feature:Head and hands glow in the dark rather well Retail:$19.99 Availability: 2015 Other: Previously sold in blind bags
Because blind bag distribution can be tough, I missed out on 4 of the 5 Monsters Figure Pack from their original releases - I got the Series 1 Mummy [FOTD #830], but missed out on (and am still missing) quite a few others. As far as I can tell all 5 figures are the same as their previous releases - and I'm also not exactly sure where this 5-pack was sold. I assume Kohl's, internationally, or online. I got mine in 2018 from Mattel's direct eBay shop. Maybe they were at the grocery store in a seasonal section.
In this set you'll get a pretty good and weird array of figures. In it, you'll get the Witch (Series 4), Mummy (Series 1), Frankenstein's Monster (Series 2), Dracula (Series 3), and a Zombie (Series 3.) There are enough monsters they could easily do a few more packs like this.
Each 3-inch figure has about 7-8 joints and a couple of accessories. They're comparable to Playmobil, although chunkier and more stylized - the German toymaker's figures are more like kid drawings, while Fisher-Price's line seems to have a smidgen more "attitude" with enlarged hands and feet more reminiscent of the urban vinyl toys. They can stand and sit with ease, and most figures in this pack have some sort of mask or helmet in addition to capes or weed whackers or in the case of Dracula, Hordak's bat buddy from Etheria. This is a pure Masters of the Universe Easter Egg, one of many in the line that has yet to embrace one of Mattel's most toyetic action lines ever. Along with references to things like the Roton and King Hiss, there are lots of little nods - but nothing overt.
None of the monsters seem to be a reference to a specific incarnation of the classic horror concepts. Everything in here is recognizably Halloween-ish. Your Witch has a broom and a removable hat/mask/vest piece, and underneath is a young woman witch with green skin.
The Mummy has an ankh staff and anubis mask, while Dracula has a vampire's cape and a sneaky little bat from another planet as wlel as some nice detailing along his coat. Frankenstein's Monster deviates slightly from the Universal style, keeping the green skin and hinting at the familiar stitched-together head. A harness brings electricity to the monster, and hides up some of the more trademarkable elements of the Jack Pierce handiwork of old. It's recognizably Frank, but not suit-friendly. Rounding out the set is a surprise Zombie, which has a sack mask that nods to Jason Voorhees' from Friday the 14th. The form underneath sports a balding, decaying zombie with a weed whacker. It's not a specific reference, but a great pastiche to generations of horror. You can even see through the eye hole!
If you can get this set at a fair price, do it - the blind bags or single figures tend to add up quickly. I hope they put this back in production because it's pretty cool, and because it has one of the few Masters of the Universe nods that's not remotely subtle. Imaginext figure five-packs are in shorter supply these days, occasionally appearing at Kohl's or grocery stores or places collectors don't go for toys. Good hunting!
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