Werewolf Of London
Review by NekroDave
In a way, it seems almost fitting that I should have forgotten to review this, the last of the 8" Sideshow Universal Monster figures in my collection. For the 1935 movie from which it is based is often forgotten by the average fan when discussing werewolf movies. Hardcore monster buffs know that this was the first Hollywood werewolf movie, but most people tend to think that the 1941 Lon Chaney vehicle "The Wolf Man" was. While that may be the iconic werewolf portrayal, Werewolf of London came first. Evidently, legendary makeup artist Jack Pierce had wanted to use the same makeup from "The Wolf Man" in "Werewolf Of London", but star Henry Hull objected. Perhaps if he had agreed, this movie might be better remembered. Who can say? Personally, I really like the look of this character.
Hull portrayed Wilfred Glendon, bitten by a werewolf while on an expedition in Tibet. In the movie, the "Moon flowers" of the mariphasa plant are a temporary antidote to lycanthropy. This figure includes such a plant as an accessory, along with the standard base with title plaque in front. Be careful with the flower. It has a thin stalk and might break if handled too roughly. Mine snapped in half and has been glued back together. It seems like a silly thing, but it actually does add a great deal to the overall look of the toy.
Other accessories include a removable cloth overcoat and plastic hat and scarf. The figures displays very well both with these on and off. I honestly don't have a preference regarding appearance, but tend to leave them on simply for lack of anywhere else to put them.
The Werewolf of London was released as part of the fourth series of 8" Universal Action figures. It was sold in both regular color and black and white Silver Screen Editions.