With a new Guillermo del Toro movie landing on us, AFJ thought it was a great opportunity to focus on the Gill-Men action figures out there. Yes, we know, del Toro’s new movie is not a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon nor is it a prequel tale about Hellboy’s fishy blue buddy Abe Sapien. In honor of del Toro's new character, Amphibian Man, we decided to tackle a top 10 list of Gill-Men. #AFJ4LIFE
Check out AFJ's review The Shape of Water HERE (opening wide December 8th, 2017).
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON LEONARDO - PLAYMATES
Nothing is better than a tribute figure and who better to honor the Gill-Men of the past than the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? We were completely shocked when this figure came up in our search and damn do we love it!
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - FUNKO POP!
There are a variety of variants for the Creature in Pop! form (metallic to glow in the dark). We prefer the original. Certainly, we love our frills with collectibility, however, here there is no arguing with that classic look!
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - FUNKO ReACTION NYCC 2015 EXCLUSIVE
If you collected any of the ReAction Figures by Funko, you know that variants run rampant. We selected this black and white NYCC 2015 exclusive as our pick from this line. Sure there is a color version out there but have you seen the movie? True to what is on screen baby!
MER-MAN - MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE - SUPER7
What? You thought we had forgotten “the amphibious servant of Skeletor”? No way. Badass all the way and this incarnation is our favorite. He is finally true to his likeness from the cartoon, thank you Super7. This Mer-Man will not be available until 2018 Junkies!
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS - CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 9’’ - MEZCO TOYZ
When we first saw it, we immediately fell in love with Mezco’s rendition of the Universal Monster. This and their Mummy are “must haves” for any fan of those classic films. This one also had an incredible window box for display, if you were shy about removing him.
UNCLE GILBERT - THE MUNSTERS SELECT- DIAMOND SELECT TOYS
Sculpted with incredible detail and passion by Jean St. Jean, Uncle Gilbert is the quintessential campiness that was The Munsters. Which is why Uncle Gilbert makes our list. Plus he is the only Gill-Men that comes with a fedora.
LIVING DEAD DOLLS DISCOVER THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON DOLL - MEZCO TOYZ
The Living Dead Dolls have been around a long time. From time to time, Mezco creates one in the likeness of our favorite movie monsters. Not only is The Living Dead Doll Creature phenomenal, but check out that box! He stands over 10-inches tall and features 9 points of articulation, so calling him a “doll” might be a bit of an exaggeration. This Living Dead Doll is an awesome addition to any collection.
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS SILVER EDITION CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - TRU EXCLUSIVE
Long ago, in the year 2000, Sideshow Toy’s released Silver Screen renditions of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Bride of Frankenstein. They were high-end action figures, for their day, and were masterfully crafted. The Silver Screen edition of the Creature makes our list for nostalgia sake. See, action figures of these classic monsters, to that point, hadn't been any better than this.
ABE SAPIEN - HELLBOY 18” 1/4 SCALE - MEZCO TOYZ - CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE
Now you knew old Abe was going to make this list. However, which one became problematic. Which Abe from Mezco Toyz would be our pick? For this one, we went with their 2009 Convention Exclusive. It’s just a beautiful figure and captures his essence of the character from Guillermo del Toro's sequel to Hellboy. We also like the “exclusive” collectible aspect of getting something so rare!
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON - SIDESHOW COLLECTIBLES
It’s fun to look back and see how far Sideshow Collectibles has come. In terms of both price and packaging. There is definitely a difference especially if you look back just 14 years at their Creature from the Black Lagoon. The quality is just as good then as it is now, however, the box, in the style of poster, is fantastic.