Lon Chaney Jr.’s Wolfman Howls Again Thanks To NECA

It’s hard to believe that many of the Universal Monsters have been around for over eight decades. Dracula is celebrating his 90th, and the Wolfman has reached the 80th. Maybe Universal can finally get the Dark Universe off the ground one day…
NECA is producing the Ultimate Wolf Man action figure to celebrate nearly a century of frights and special effects. Highly articulated and sporting amazingly detailed head sculpts, this thing is badass!

NECA | Universal Studios
NECA | Universal Studios
NECA | Universal Studios

For the 80th anniversary of Universal’s horror film classic, NECA is excited to reveal The Wolf Man in Ultimate action figure form!
Starring Lon Chaney Jr., 1941’s The Wolf Man is critically acclaimed for Chaney’s moving performance and the special effects. The sculpt captures the human and monster sides of this complicated character with interchangeable heads, hands, and lower legs. The figure stands in 7” scale, features the authorized likeness of Lon Chaney Jr, and also includes wolf cane, animal trap and stand accessories.

The 7″ figure will come with the following accessories:

  • 3x Alternate Heads (human, wolf, and growling)
  • 2x Pairs of Lower Legs (human and wolf)
  • 2x Pairs of Hands (human and wolf)
  • 1x Right Hand (fist)
  • Wolf Head Cane
  • Animal Trap
  • Base

The Wolfman will miss Halloween, unfortunately. The figure is due out in November of this year. Head over to Entertainment Earth to pre-order. The classic Universal monster will run you $32.99.
Lon Chaney Jr. made it easy for audiences to sympathize with his character’s plight in whatever movie he starred in. Whether it was the cursed Larry Talbot in the Wolfman or the stressed but kindly Bruno in Spider Baby, you could not help but relate to the man.

I’d really love to see NECA do an Abbott & Costello triple pack with some classic monsters. Come to think of it, I don’t think many licensed items are featuring the classic comedy duo. A few items exist, but not a lot. This would be a great time to bring their likenesses back to the public. 
What other classic monsters from Universal and other studios would you like to see made into premium figures? The Invisible Man (it would be an empty box)? Maybe do ‘past and present’ two-packs with the original monster and its newer incarnation. Of course, if it were the Mummy, I’d prefer Boris’s and the ’99 counterpart. Let us know in the comments.
[Source: NECA]

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