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Good-looking figures can make things look even more fun on model railroads, and towards this I've found some scary figures made by Lionel, Arttista, and Model Tech Studios who make some top-notch monster figures. Arguably, the king of monster figures, Frankenstein's monster cannot be found, at least I haven't to date anywhere near O-scale. Has anyone found one? I estimate he should be around 1.75" tall (7 feet in O scale).

Below is my weathered Railking corner store. At dusk, all sorts of undead things come alive and haunt the city. The walking dead figure on the left is by Arttista (very well done) and the skeleton in window is by Lionel. Arttista makes the best-looking skeleton figure IMO. Lionel makes a Count Dracula, Wolfman, and Mummy, but the guy on e-bay has the best looking Wolfman and Witch figures, among others.

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Hawthorne village makes several different Frankenstein figures, however they are normally sold with the castle or in an accessory package.  eBay usually has several available and don’t let the prices scare you, one just sold with the castle for around 40$. All of the Universal Studios monsters are available and they are O gauge compatible and so are the buildings.   I have several and I am very pleased with them.  Go to eBay and type in Hawthorne village Frankenstein.

Yes, the Heroclix monster and Super Hero figures seem decent in detail and reasonably priced..I just ordered the Count Dracula and Werewolf figures. The Frankenstein monster appears to be commanding high prices.

BTW: the name of the figure artist who makes a wide assortment of figures in O and S scales I mentioned earlier is Model Tech Studios. Below is a picture of Werewolf figure howling at the full moon, which, while many of us don't notice in daylight, do in fact occur

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Thanks for the leads thus far. I just researched both Hawthorne and Heroclix...prices are all over the place, and both come on bases...I surmise using dremel cut-off wheel or razor saw to remove the bases?

Using a Dremel worked fine for me. I also got some "normal" looking figures for $0.50-$1 and the detail is comparable, if not better to MTH & Lionel (figure prices are based upon how rare and popular they are).  I will say this, slow and steady wins the race. My first two figures had part of their feet chopped off, whoops!

Bryce

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Yes, separating the figures from the bases could be tricky, I don't look forward to that aspect. Does anyone know if there's a method to determine the size or scale of the Heroclix figures? There's 78,000 of them listed on e-bay now, but nobody lists the sizes

Lionel makes $2,000 engines but their figure selection is pretty lame, same with structures. They make Batman and various comic book sets yet no accompanying figures? To me, figures are integral to the little worlds we create in our basements and our minds

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Yes, separating the figures from the bases could be tricky, I don't look forward to that aspect. Does anyone know if there's a method to determine the size or scale of the Heroclix figures? There's 78,000 of them listed on e-bay now, but nobody lists the sizes

Lionel makes $2,000 engines but their figure selection is pretty lame, same with structures. They make Batman and various comic book sets yet no accompanying figures? To me, figures are integral to the little worlds we create in our basements and our minds

Heroclix Scale Versus Other Figures

Hey Paul, over on this topic there is a link to another "Cheap Painted Figures" which Heroclix is discussed. It's been a bit since I really looked at those two topics. I would say look over there at the two. I think they do have a site you can look at to see what the offerings are, I don't remember the details on if they only make them one size or multiple. You can always search the web for their site if that helps.

If you search "Heroclix" on the forum, there are a few number of topics discussing them from the two I mentioned to "Iron Man". Hopefully any of those suggestions will give you an idea of how big the figures are on eBay. If not, the other alternative would be to contact the seller on eBay. If they don't know, ask if they could measure the height of the figures from feet to head. Somewhere someone had posted how many millimeters equal close to O Scale.

   I really like the look of the Frankenstein monster shown above. But I wonder how O-Scale it is.    It would be great if someone would post his height.

  Godzilla? King of the Monsters?  Oh please.   Ten movies with a guy in a silly rubber suit stepping on balsam wood buildings and blowing steam out of his mouth.   (The singing tiny Japanese twins in Monthra were creepier than that!)

Frankenstein's monster actually strangled people with his bare hands in several original films.  He even killed a little girl!  Now, THAT'S a monster!  :-) 

  And as it relates to trains, wasn't King Kong the first to destroy a train and eat some of the passengers, in the original uncut version of the first film?

Mannyrock

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  Godzilla? King of the Monsters?  Oh please.   Ten movies with a guy in a silly rubber suit stepping on balsam wood buildings and blowing steam out of his mouth.   

As opposed to a guy with 20lbs of clay on his head?

As the king of the Titans Godzilla by is canon the undisputed King of all Monsters in all universes of the character. Frankensteins monster is at best a home built zombie cobbled together from spare (and might I add in a few cases defective) parts! He even beats out Kong in a tale of the tape in everything but reach. And to freak out Frankie all you need to do is flick your BIC and in a head to head he would easily wipe the floor with Frankie.





Jerry

Just in time for Halloween, I got my Frankenstein Monster figure and managed to remove him from the disk base, though I left the sub-base on his boots, which raises him a bit. A wood chisel works best for me to pry the sub-base off the game disk, though this is a bit dangerous as I cut myself removing one of them. I would've preferred a classic pose, but all in all, it's a good likeness of the classic Frankenstein. As I found out from others on the forum, Heroclix makes other monster figures, as shown below (the Zombie in the foreground is by Arttista, all others are Heroclix). fwiw: I gave the buildings the "ghostly" heavily weathering treatment.

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