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Jada Toys: Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein

I wasn’t planning on buying the six inch scaled Universal Monsters from Jada Toys. I love the NECA Frankenstein’s Monster and the preview photos of the Jada toys didn’t grab me and Jada was new to the six inch, super-articulated figure game. I didn’t need two sets of Universal Monsters. Enter Robokillah. Jada sent Robo a set of these figures and there was enough in the video to pique my interest and I decided to try one out with The Bride of Frankenstein. Let’s take a look!

The box has a similar feel to Black Series style figures with a large window on the front and some interesting art on the sides. I especially like the highly stylized profiles on the left side of the box. I also like that the back has a little cross-sell art. I wish we would see this more often with waves of figures from other lines, so it would be easier for my old ass to remember what is out.

The Bride comes with two sets of hands, two heads, and two poles adorned with chains and ribbons. The dress also has velcro on the back to make it easily removeable.

The poles are kind of interesting because they are based on some little sculpted stone pieces, but in the film these poles are a part of the apparatus that lifts the operating table up to the top of the castle to better facilitate lightning strikes. There should be four and the chains in the film are extremely long. These make for a nice little tableau for your shelf and I liked using them for photography. I appreciate their inclusion because I really don’t have much in the way of Frankenstein Laboratory props.

The hands include a set of partially wrapped hands and a set of splayed-fingered hands. The left partially wrapped hand looks like she’s making devil horns. Who knew The Bride was a metal head? She does have a pretty metal look now that I think about it.

The more neutral face is my favorite and while it doesn’t feel like a precise likeness, I can see Bride actress Elsa Lancaster in there with the chin dimple and lip shape. The figure does seem to have face printing and there is a slight gray-green tinge to the skin with a little purple shading on the cheeks. It’s pretty effective, but one detail I miss are the scars along the right jaw line.

The screaming head makes a ton of sense for the character, but I don’t love the sculpting on this one. I feel like the teeth aren’t set at the correct angle in the open mouth so it looks a little odd looking up at it or straight on. Since the wraps on the body are fully sculpted it would have been cool to get a bandaged head as well.

The skirt is a fairly basic soft goods piece. There doesn’t appear to be any additional stitching to help it lay more naturally or drape better and it reminds me a lot of the soft goods Episode IV Princess Leia robe. I’m sort of used to this sort of draping on a figure of this scale, and a plastic dress would end up like a traffic cone, so that doesn’t bother me as much as the shoulders. In the film, the shoulders to the improvised dress are a bit more substantial, so I wish there was a little more to them here. Jada did sculpt an entire super-articulated bandaged-wrapped body under the skirt which has some really beautiful bandaged texture and nice proportions. I feel like this could be useful for customs which is part of the reason I decided to try out the line with her.

The articulation is pretty much black series style and the points move well. The barbell ball joint in the neck has great movement and allows for the strange bird-like head tilting The Bride does in the film. The Bride has:

  • Ball and socket neck and mid-torso
  • Swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and ankles
  • Double hinged knees
  • Bicep and thigh swivels

There is a slight gumminess to the plastic of the knees and my figure had some comically bent legs out of the box, but a heat bath fixed that up quickly.

The paint is pretty minimal with the body cast in a tan plastic with a nice dry brush to bring out the textures. It’s simple but effective and the face printing hits are clean.

The figure is about six inches tall from her feet to the top of her crazy hair-do, and looks like 1/12 scale so she’ll fit in best with figures like the Hasbro Ghostbusters or Star Wars Black Series, but is probably fudgeable with MCU Legends or G.I. Joe Classified. She’s way too tiny for the NECA Universal Monsters.

Overall, I’m surprised at how much I liked this figure. It’s a ton of fun to play with and pose and super versatile, which is kind of funny considering how little The Bride does in the film and the relative briefness of her appearance in that picture. Still, she’s iconic and this figure nails the aspects that make her iconic and feels like the Universal Monsters done in a Black Series style. You know if I had my way every toy line and every property would be done in that style. I do, however, feel a little silly having The Bride without The Monster, so I ordered the Jada monster to go with her. I figured I might as well grab the other two to go with them, so now somehow I’m collecting two Universal Monsters figure lines, but so far I’m having fun doing it. I’m curious to see if there will be another wave. Seems like they have to do the Wolfman, right? I’m hoping wave two has Wolfman, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, and The Phantom.