Customer Reviews: '65 Volkswagen Samba Bus--Wolf Man with Film Still Reproduction
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on September 17, 2010
As a collector of 1/64 sized die-cast vehicles I haven't come across a series with better artwork than Johnny Lightning's initial Universal Monsters series (released 2004). The attention to detail in capturing each legendary monster in a colourful illustrative scene on the sides, roof, bonnet or boot of each vehicle is extremely well done.

This combi van has both Frankenstein's Monster and Wolfman on it. The same image is on both the sides and the roof. I like how Wolfman is showing Monster how to grab a victim or something and you can see the hand placement trying to be worked out in Monster's brain. You can almost here the dialogue. Wolfman - "Like this!" Monster - "Uuurrrrghhhh!" Either that or they are comparing fish that got away on a recent fishing trip together. Whatever the scene is, it makes for great artwork and a great vehicle to display.

There is the same mini bio on the films on the back of each vehicle's blue cardboard blister pack. There is a bonus film clip still for each vehicle, all are different and do look quite good, though they don't seem like they would be too durable out of the packaging. The one that comes with this combi van is a picture of some cross grave stones in Translyvania Graveyard.

The 12 cars that come in this series, besides this one the other 11 are
WWII WC54 Ambulance (Dracula themed)
57 Chevy Bel Air convertible (Creature from the Black Lagoon themed)
66 Volkswagen Beetle (Wolfman themed)
40 Ford Pick Up (The Mummy themed)
Haulin' Hearse (The Mummy themed)
66 Cadillac Hearse (Dracula themed)
Frankenstude (Frankenstein's monster)
40 Ford Panel Delivery vehicle (has Dracula movie clip but has all the universal monster theme on the vehicle)
33 Ford Delivery (Bride of Frankenstein themed)
49 Mercury (Creature from the Black Lagoon themed)
57 Studebaker Golden Hawk (Bride of Frankenstein themed)

Incidentally there was a second Universal Monsters release (where the cars come on a red cardboard backing with car covers instead of movie stills such as Draculas's Hispano Suiza Cabriolet, but although there were a few good vehicles, the second (red card blister pack) overall release was pale in significance to this series.
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