Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 7
Distinctive Dummies Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu Mego-style Figure
This week’s entry in my continuing series profiling all the nominees in the 2015 Rondo Awards takes us out of the classic horror genre and into classic adventure with Boris Karloff as the notorious Dr. Fu Manchu.
The first thing to note of this figure is it’s terrific resemblance to Boris in his role as Fu Manchu. Compare the figure above to this image of Karloff as Dr. Fu Manchu that I found for sale on Amazon:
While I would like to have this figure with the infamous doctor’s smile on his face, I can’t find any real flaws in the sculpt.
- Limited Edition: 100
- 8″ Mego-style Figure
- Individually had painted
- Type S Bandless Body
- Sculptor: Steve Thompson
- Box art: Robert Aragon
The Boris Karloff Collection from Distinctive Dummies
- Karloff as Hjalmar Poelzig from The Black Cat – available July 2014
- Karloff as Edmond Bateman from The Raven – available Dec 2014
- Karloff as Morgan in The Old Dark House – to be released later this year (2015)
Here’s the company’s promo video with some fun clips from all these great Karloff films:
As of this writing, both the Black Cat and The Raven figures are still available at DistinctiveDummies.net
About Distinctive Dummies
Distinctive Dummies creates numbered Limited Edition, retro styled 8″ inch action figures in the retro Mego-style. The Mego Corporation was a toy company that dominated the action figure toy market during most of the 1970s. Responsible for such great 8″ Action Figures as The Mad Monsters, World Greatest Superheroes, Wizard of Oz and Planet of the Apes to name a few. Distinctive Dummies also has a line of 12 inch figures.
Distinctive Dummies makes Mego-style figures and, just in case anyone reading this is unfamiliar with Mego or the Mego style figure, it’s time to do your homework. The first and last stop for all-things-Mego on the web is the site Megomuseum.com — here’s a link to their post on the Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu figure.
The Mego Museum Facebook page is a great place to keep up on ‘real’ Mego figures as well as companies releasing new retro-style figures in the Mego tradition.
Where to Buy Distinctive Dummies Karloff Fu Manchu Figure
currently has all three figures available on their site for $80.
I’ve never really considered Fu Manchu movies to be in the horror genre, so I’m glad this one didn’t win the Best Toy/Model/Collectible category in this year’s Rondo Awards. All three of the other figures in this collection from Distinctive Dummies are from truly classic horror films, and I could see myself voting for the Morgan figure in next year’s awards given the high quality and terrific likeness to Karloff that the previous three figures have had.
I grew up with Mego and they remain some of my favorite toys ever. I’m glad to see so much activity from current companies making retro style figures in the Mego-style. While these are clearly collectibles and not toys (I’m not giving my 8 year old son an $80 action figure anyway), the deep genre focus of these limited edition items are great for collectors of classic monsters.
Keep up the great work Distinctive Dummies and we’ll keep buying!