Friday, July 2, 2021

Super7 ReAction - LILY MUNSTER!

ReAction Action Figures - The Munsters - Lily Munster - Super7 2021

The early 60s were an interesting time for American television. In a few short years, the well-established format of the wholesome sitcom was turned on its head with the introduction of farcical shows that mimicked the innocence of tv staples like Donna Reed and Leave It to Beaver. These new shows had a successful gimmick of dipping into the popular pulp and sci-fi genres of the time. Shows like I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, Betwitched, and Addams Family all premiered between 1963 and 1965. And right in the middle of that batch was my personal favorite, The Munsters, in September of 1964. The Munsters was a Universal Studios production with direct ties to the Universal Monsters they were paying homage to. It perfectly captured the cheesy sitcom family vibe mixed with the fantastic visuals of all the great monsters movies. Lily Munster was the heart of the family with a wonderfully vampy appearance. This ReAction figure of her has been on my wishlist for years. Let's check her out below!

























Lily has four points of articulation: Arms and Legs. Her head is stationary.





Lily comes with a single accessory of a lighted candle.













The Munsters debuted on television exactly one week after the first episode of The Addams Family, but both properties had origins going back decades (The Munsters from an unused Bob Clampett cartoon pitch and Addams Family from Charles Addams' New Yorker illustrations from 1938). Interestingly, Lily Munster did not exist in the pilot. Instead the mother of the house was Phoebe Munster played by Joan Marshall. Unfortunately, this character and actress looked exactly like Morticia Addams, so when the series was ordered she was replaced by Yvonne De Carlo as Lily Munster, with a lighter costume, streaks in her hair, and a much more motherly countenance. Which really served to further differentiate the two series.














Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!


Here are all my Lilys together: Funko Pop, ReAction, and Diamond Select.




And here she is with the recent Bride of Frankenstein ReAction figure.






Cheers!






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