Back in March, Universal Monsters Universe brought you March of Mummies which covered all things The Mummy. As part of “Creature Week,” Universal Monsters Universe will be paying tribute to everything Gill-Man and Creature From The Black Lagoon. Today we look at DST’s classic action figure.
Back in April, we reviewed Diamond Select Toys’ Mummy figure which was sculpted by the talented Rudy Garcia and Jean St. Jean. If you looked closely at the pictures, you may have seen Gill-Man making an appearance. Well, he now has the camera’s full attention. Jean St. Jean is a master of his craft, especially when it comes to monsters. The Kay Lawrence figure does resemble Julie Adams as it captures her expression from a very iconic publicity still. The figure itself is one solid piece except for the head which has limited side-to-side movement. The swimsuit is recreated perfectly, the paint job is immaculate and figure looks so lifelike.
The base is nicely textured and detailed with rocks and sand representing the lagoon’s beach yet is smooth enough for the figures to stand on and balance perfectly. This is testament to the work of Jean St. Jean as he’s the man responsible for the base design. It is also big enough for the two figures to stand on without touching. As for Gill-Man himself, he looks like he jumped off the screen and took on a toy form with Ben Chapman still in costume. Everything from his scales to his gills are straight out of the movie. There are no smudges, blotches or bleeding in the paint. The scales and gills are a testament to Mr. St. Jean’s talent as they are so intricate and part of the sculpture rather than just details painted on later. Gill-Man has limited articulation though. His arms only bend up and down at the shoulders, elbows and wrists. His head, torso and legs do not have any articulation. His feet only move side to side. Unlike The Mummy, Gill-Man and Kay do not come with any accessories.
Don’t let the lack of articulation discourage you, though. This is still a great piece to own especially if you are a Universal Monsters fan. The attention to detail is exceptional and it’s eye-catching in every way. Whether you already collect the Diamond Select Monsters already or you are looking into starting one, this piece is the way to go. Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe for more things Gill-Man as “Creature Week” swims on.
This seven-inch portrayal of the infamous Creature depicts the legend in perhaps its most screen accurate detail. The Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme as well as a detailed base featuring the films alluring Femme Fatale.
A Diamond Select Release! The first ever extension to the award winning Select line. What better way to expand this specialty market exclusive line then the Iconic Universal Monsters. This now annual line debuts with none other then the legendary Creature from the Black Lagoon! This seven-inch portrayal of the infamous Creature depicts the legend in perhaps its most screen accurate detail. The Select version includes an exclusive paint scheme as well as a detailed base featuring the films alluring Femme Fatale. Perfect for display! – Diamond Select Toys
- First in Diamond Select Toys’ line of Universal Monsters action figures
- Universal Studios’ classic monster films set the gold standard in film horror from the 1930s to the 1950s
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon represented an original monster concept, an atomic age horror for the post-World War II world
- Figure sculpted by Rudy Garcia
- Gill-Man stands 7″ tall and comes with a diorama base sculpted by Jean St. Jean that features actress Julie Adams’s Kay Lawrence
If you cannot get your fins…er, hands on this piece, DST has released a newer version of Gill-Man!
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky) (Photos by Sami Diaz)