Introduced in 1932, The Mummy was the third major release in what has become the Universal Monsters collection. This year marks the films 90th anniversary. Boris Karloff, fresh off his star making role as Frankenstein’s Monster, stars as the Egyptian Mummy Imhotep. In the film, Imhotep is an ancient Egyptian prince who was buried alive for sacrilege. His to,b is uncovered in 1921, along with the Scroll of Thoth, which is used to accidentally bring Imhotep back to life. Years later, Imhotep searches Cairo for the woman he believes is the reincarnation of his long lost love.
NECA‘s latest release in their Universal Monsters line is The Mummy Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure (Color Version), which is based on the mummified version of Imhotep that is uncovered in his tomb. The Mummy figure is now hitting toy stores, with multiple reports popping up online last week if fans finding the figure. Online retailers should be getting their shipments very soon. The Mummy includes three portraits, interchangeable hands, bandages, an Egyptian chest, and a Scroll of Thoth. Our friends at NECA have sent over the figure, and you can see my photos and thoughts on the figure after the jump.
The Mummy Ultimate 7″ Scale Figure (Color Version) by NECA
- Fantastic overall sculpt
- Great looking portraits
- Plenty of articulation
- Nice paint work
- The Egyption chest opens and fits the scroll of Thoth
- Extra right hands are bit too similar
NECA’s take on the Universal Monsters figures have been excellent so far, and that streak continues with The Mummy. The figure comes packed in their usual flapped window box. The front of the box uses one of the iconic posters from the film, making it a great display piece on its own. The figure sits in a plastic tray, along with the swap out pieces and included accessories.
The details on this figure are outstanding. Immediately recognizable as the classic Mummy, the sculpted bandages, look worn and tattered with joints integrated nicely to allow for a great range of motion. The figure looks to have about 25 points of articulation, including a ball jointed neck and torso, and double jointed elbows. I’m still not the biggest fan of this style of double jointed elbow, as the anatomy of the arm gets a little weird. But, with a figure like this, it’s better hidden thanks to the Mummy wrappings. The head sculpts have that perfect dry, decayed look to them, thanks to the intricate texture work. The paint here is also spot on, with heavy dry brushing and multiple layers of washes to add that grim and dirty look to the figure. The face looks to be a mix of traditional hand painting and digital printing for more accurate details. While you can see the printing dots in the close up photos I took, in hand it’s not very noticeable.
Three portraits are included. Two of them are fairly similar, with one having closed eyes, and the other has them opened. The third portrait features an open mouth. There are two additional right hands included. They’re a bit too similar for me, as one has the fingers just slightly more curled than the other. There are two sculpted, loose bandages included. They can be draped in different ways, like over the shoulder, or dragging off the feet. The last piece is the Egyptian chest, which can be opened, and includes the Scroll of Thoth. The scroll is a nice additional, and features really sharp and clean printing. I was bummed a Sarcophagus wasn’t included, but am glad to see they are releasing one with an accessory pack.
Like the Frankenstein’s Monster and Wolf Man before it, The Mummy is a treat for fans who are collecting this line. It’s a great looking figure, with all the needed articulation, and some nice accessories. Check out a few select images below, and the full gallery after that.