Bif Bang Pow has a great line of collectibles based off of the hit SHOWTIME series Penny Dreadful. Universal Monsters Universe takes another look at their lineup as we review the Dr. Victor Frankenstein action figure.
While Penny Dreadful did air its series finale this past week after three successful seasons, the impact of the SHOWTIME series could still be found at your local toy store and collectible shop. Bif Bang Pow released a great line of collectibles based off of the show with merchandise ranging from Spell Book Journals to a line of action figures that encompass the main cast. We’ve previously taken a look at Bif Bang Pow’s Dorian Gray and Werewolf Ethan Chandler action figures and the next in line is none other than Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein, as played by Harry Treadaway, is described by SHOWTIME as “a tender, gentle soul” but over three seasons has been shown to be a little more volatile as he’s been shown to have a cold heart towards The Creature, arrogance, and extreme jealousy in regards to Lily and Dorian Gray. Playing the iconic doctor from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Treadaway’s performance has provided an exciting and original take on Dr. Victor Frankenstein in as much a way as Colin Clive in the 1931 classic Frankenstein.
Bif Bang Pow’s first wave of Penny Dreadful action figures include:
- Vanessa Ives
- Ethan Chandler
- Dorian Gray
- Dr. Victor Frankenstein
- Sir Malcolm Murray
- Werewolf Ethan Chandler
- The Creature
Each figure contains a sticker reading “Convention Exclusive Entertainment Earth” and “Bif Bang Pow! Exclusive Edition” with its edition number. The Dr. Victor Frankenstein figure we found is 2160/2800, whereas Dorian Gray was 0427/3700. The Werewolf Ethan Chandler figure we found was 1967/2400.
The 6″ action figure of Dr. Victor Frankenstein is not all that different than Dorian Gray or Werewolf Ethan Chandler. They both feature the same amounts of articulation; Dr. Victor Frankenstein has 18 points of articulation for maximum posability and each joint moves well enough whereas certain action figures are a little more stiff.
Dr. Victor Frankenstein, like Dorian Gray, comes with accessories. Frankenstein comes packaged with his journal and surgical scissors.
The detail on all of the Penny Dreadful action figures are highly impressive and feature general prototyping by Gentle Giant Studios. They managed to capture the likeness of actor Harry Treadaway and that’s not an easy feat for most companies when offering figures based off of movie/television counterparts in 6″ inches. Bif Bang Pow has, once again, succeeded and the paint application is also very clean with little to no spots of bleeding.
Bif Bang Pow and their line of Penny Dreadful action figures are a fantastic addition to the collection and as a Universal Monsters fan, they definitely belong next to the likes of the classic monsters as they are re-interpretations of those characters. I really like the work Bif Bang Pow put into these collectibles and while I’ve expressed that “it’d be great to see the line expand to new characters like Brona/Lily, Hecate, and even season 3’s Dr. Sweet/Dracula” it’s more than likely that this is the only wave of action figures we’ll get, especially considering the series finale having just aired.. Each figure retails for $22.99
Bif Bang Pow’s action figures from Penny Dreadful are definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan or collector. They’re currently limited to select shops, but you could easily find them all at Entertainment Earth.
Penny Dreadful Frankenstein 6-Inch Figure – Convention Excl.
- Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive!
- “If you seek to threaten me, threaten me with life.”
- First-ever 6-inch action figures from Penny Dreadful!
- Includes the poetic doctor’s notebook and surgical scissors.
- Features 18 points of articulation!
Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! As far as doctors are concerned, Victor Frankenstein probably wouldn’t be your first choice for a weekly checkup. As an addition to your Penny Dreadful collection however, this Penny Dreadful Frankenstein 6-Inch Action Figure – Convention Exclusive from Bif Bang Pow! will provide the prescription for what ails you.
The finely detailed figure features the “not so mad-scientist” wearing slacks and long sleeve blue shirt which is visible through his black sleeveless vest. This first ever 6-inch figure of the popular Penny Dreadful character features a whopping 18 points of articulation and includes the young doctor’s infamous sketchbook and surgical scissors as accessories. With a production run of only 2,800 pieces, collectors will want to grab this individually numbered and limited edition Entertainment Earth convention exclusive before it’s gone forever! Ages 18 and up.
Penny Dreadful is a critically acclaimed Showtime Original Series created by John Logan. Some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters – including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula – become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)