Our final entry in today’s 2020 PopCult Gift Guide revisits our review in May of The Svengoolie Studio Set, a combo action figure/playset that is the perfect gift for fans of the legendary monster movie maven from Berwyn Illlinois, for just under fifty bucks (plus extra for shipping) you can wrap and shove under the tree the deluxe Svengoolie Studio Set, from ME TV and Figures Toy Company.
This limited edition set is the third action figure version of Svengoolie from FTC, and this time they pulled out all the stops, including a ReMEGO 8″ figure fully-dressed in Svengoolie’s trademark outfit-Red shirt, Black suit complete with detail on the lapel and a removeable top hat and shoes– and his casket, plus a backdrop of his set, and even a miniature Archie McPhee rubber chicken.
The casket is impressive. It is not hinged, nor is the lid in two pieces, but it is velvet-lined– even the lid, and it captures the look of Svengoolie’s newly-refurbished casket (which is probably eight years old by now). This piece looks great and the figure fits into it perfectly. It also looks terrific displayed in front of the backdrop from the package.
The figure itself has a great headsculpt with paint detail of Rich Koz in his Svengoolie warpaint, with rooted hair. The body is a typical Figures Toy Company MEGO copy (this time of the heftier style used for figures like The Penguin, back in the day). It’s got the pitfalls of most of FTC’s imitation MEGO bodies, but is still poseable and can hold his chicken. It’s vitally important that one can hold his chicken.
The set comes packaged in a deluxe clamshell–something FTC is very good about–and looks great in the package, or set up on your desktop.
All in all, The Svengoolie Studio Set is a great collectible for fans of the show. It’s a limited edition,but they do still have them in stock at the link above. And it’s not exactly cheap. It’s a reasonably-priced $49.95 (plus about thirteen bucks shipping), but considering the limited number of these sets being made, the deluxe packaging and all the extras, it’s pretty much a bargain. The sold-out earlier editions of the Svengoolie action figure, which didn’t come with the cool accessories are now selling for upwards of a billion dollars and your firstborn on eBay (disclaimer: slight exaggeration there).
You can order this directly from the Svengoolie Store at ME TV. If you order now, you’ll get it in plenty of time for holiday giftery.