Even the Moon’s frightened of him! Frightened to death. The whole world’s frightened to death. In the Invisible Man, Dr. Jack Griffin used the power of chemistry to become invisible, but unfortunately the miraculous discovery also drives him insane. Today we’re taking a look at the Jada Toys Universal Monsters Invisible Man!
The box is very similar to the Wolf Man’s box, the difference being an Invisible Man logo on the front and side in place of The Wolf Man. I do really like that graphic on the side with the Frankenstein monsters and the Gill Man.
The Invisible Man comes with a book, a flask, a hat, two heads, several hands (right fist, left open, right larger grip,right smaller grip, and a left hand with attached glove). The book is a fairly standard action-figure scaled book, one piece, cast in red plastic with white paint for the pages and some gold detail on the spine. The book fits in either of his grip hands and feels like a natural accessory as Dr. Jack Griffin does go on and on about his books in the film.
The flask is cast in clear plastic and appears empty. It fits in his larger grip hand and is a suitable accessory due to the chemical nature of his invisibility.
The hat is a good match for the hat he wears at the beginning of the movie, though during that part, the glasses are different and he has a fake nose poking out of his bandages. It fits tightly on the head and looks good proportionally. The hat does make me want an alternate head from the beginning of the movie.
The alternate head is designed to look as though he is unwrapping his head and revealing his invisible head. The wrap extends out from the side of his head and the smaller grip hand is designed to hold it. It does a great job simulating an empty head from certain angles, however you can see a black sphere in the center from some angles. This is where the head peg plugs into the ball and socket neck.
My favorite accessory is the piece that makes it look like he’s removing his glove and revealing his invisible hand. It’s one piece that plugs into the left hand and the right glove is sculpted to look like it is stretched and being pulled off his hand.
It feels like one of the more clever ways I’ve seen the invisibility power depicted in figure form.
The sculpting is good with realistic proportions and subtle clothing wrinkles. The highlight is the detail on the iconic bandaged head and the delicate panes of Griffin’s ornate sunglasses.
The articulation is very good and I’m especially impressed with the range of motion in his head and the waist ball joints. There is a lot of good tilt and he looks up really well. The Invisible Man has:
- Ball and socket head, lower neck, and waist
- Swivel/hinge shoulders, wrists, hips, and ankles
- Double hinged knees and elbows
- Swivel biceps and thighs
The robe is quite soft and thin plastic with three cuts so it gets out of the way of movement. Honestly he moves a lot better than some martial arts figures I’ve bought. The only downside is the bicep swivel isn’t well integrated into the sculpting and it does bump up against the body sometimes.
Paint is solid with some nice patter deco on his pj pants and smoking jacket. I especially like how the wash on the head brings out that lovely bandage texture.
I love watching The Invisible Man because the tone shifts, moving from mystery to broad comedy, then to horror and finally tragedy. Claude Rains’ unhinged performance is remarkable and I’ve become a big fan, so I needed this figure. I do feel like this is the more iconic look of the character, so I’m glad we got that here and also get the opening look from NECA’s Universal Monsters line.
I love this figure. It hits the right iconic notes for the character and has a surprising fun factor and poseability for a guy in his bed clothes. I could also see people having fun with this one for customs. It wouldn’t be hard to turn him into a variety of characters in smoking jackets.