Today we have a special advanced look at one of NECA’s most anticipated horror releases, The Wolf Man (Color Version) Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure. The figure, part of the Universal Monsters collection, is currently scheduled for release in December. The figure will be followed by a black and white version in early 2022 for fans who want a version that more closely represents his on-screen appearance.
“Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night;
May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”
In 1941, Universal Pictures unleashed The Wolf Man starring Lon Chaney Jr. While not their first werewolf film, that falls to Werewolf of London from 1935, The Wolf Man is easily the more recognizable of the two. The movie follows Lawrence Talbot, as he returns home to Wales following the death of his brother. While there, he falls in love with a local antique shop owner named Gwen. One night, he spots a friend of Gwen’s being attacked by a wolf-like beast and rushes to help. During the struggle, Talbot is bitten by the creature, dooming him to the same fate as a werewolf.
The film turned Lon Chaney Jr. into an instant horror icon. Lon Chaney Jr. would go on to portray a werewolf in at least six additional films, including memorable appearances in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). His portrayal of the Wolf Man is one of the most iconic takes on a werewolf in film history. The look became the basis for nearly every werewolf in film for decades, until the 80’s ushered in a slew of new werewolf films that would redefine the genre.
The Wolf Man figure from NECA includes swap out pieces to display the figure as the Wolf Man, or as Lawrence Talbot, including the authorized likeness of actor Lon Chaney Jr. Accessories included two interchangeable werewolf portraits, swap out hands, swap out feet, a wolf trap, a cane, and a figure stand. Read on for my impressions of the figure, as well as full photo gallery.