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The male characters in Kenner's series used 1991 12-inch G.I. Joe bodies, which featured
arms and legs with internal plastic joints covered with rubbery material, diminishing their
poseablility and making their already muscular bodies look even bulkier. The Bride's body,
more realistically proportioned than those of her male counterparts, features a similar
internal armature in her legs, but no articulation in her arms below the shoulder. Her head,
shoulders and hips are all jointed, but the white bandages that cover her body underneath
her gown wrap her body so tightly that her shoulder and hip movement is limited. Her gown
is removable via Velcro down the back, but the bandages that cover her body do not seem
to be removeable, so it would be impossible to find a manufacturer's mark on her without
destroying her clothing. Most of the male characters in the series feature a common G.I. Joe
hallmark, with their right thumbnail sculpted on the inside of the thumb rather than the
outside like their left thumb, but the Bride features no such identifying features being on a
different body.
Kenner heralded a horde of Universal Classic Monsters-themed merchandise, spurred
by Universal's remake of "The Mummy" released in 1999 starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel
Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo. Kenner's 1998 series continued on under their parent company
Hasbro, releasing four more figures, while separate company Sideshow Toy created their own
Universal Studios Monsters toys, releasing an 8-inch all-plastic Bride of Frankenstein in 1999
followed by a 12-inch figure in 2001. Diamond Select Toys released an 8-inch Mego-style Bride
of Frankenstein in 2011 as part of their own Universal Studios Monsters series. Almost every
Bride figure depicts her at the end of the film with her head unwrapped and the makeshift
gown she wears; only Sideshow Toy's 8-inch figure features an alternate bandaged head,
allowing her entire body to be depicted bandaged as seen prior to the film's climax.
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