standard version in black, a translucent version, and this "Pop Version" (I don't know what that means, but it's on the package) in bright red which was limited to 1500. Ready for a closer look at this vampire hunter? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 1/4 inches
Articulation: Swivel shoulders, swivel right wrist, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Sword, two-piece coffin, coffin statue, two syringes, blood pack, bat creature, and three regular bats.
Original Year of Release: 1999
Sculpted by: Kenji Ando
Designed by: Yasushi Nirasawa
* I'm not the biggest fan of Vampire Curia's face (something about her reminds me of a Muppet) but I do dig her wicked cool hairstyle, her spiky shoulders, and the holes on her neck. Yup, she legitimately has some holes in her neck; they're not just painted on! Did she get bit? It's a cool detail that I can't recall seeing on any other figure.
* Taking another look at Vampire Curia herself, she has a pretty cool outfit. You know, so far as the outfits of sexy vampires turned vampire hunters go. Their is a lot of darker shading on the outfit that actually makes this look like some form of leather or latex. The boots are also really cool with some metallic armored bits showing off skulls and crosses.
* Turn her around and you can see that Curia has some cool blood-red translucent wings. I'm digging them even though they look upside down to me. All the packaging art shows them like this, though, so it's gotta be a design choice.
* This coffin is crazy awesome! It's large enough to hold Curia and is molded in a translucent, smoke gray plastic!
* The coffin opens and you can see that the interior of the lid has some interesting details (more on that in a bit) while the main body has a textured layer that looks like padding. I wonder how comfortable this coffin is to sleep in?
* This little guy on the head of the coffin is removable. He also glows in the dark. He's a little skull with wings and kind of reminds me of one of the background Deadites from Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn.
* The coffin lid just has some really cool relief details such as these two skeletons. Yellow Submarine went all out with these toys, which definitely is one of the things I recall about the late 90s when it came to collectible toys: Everyone was trying to outdo each others sculpting and detail efforts.
* To keep her company inside the coffin Curia comes with three bats. They're pretty cool sculpts of hanging, sleeping bats and they have a nice wash to bring out more of the details.
* The vampire hunter Curia comes armed with quite a few tools. First up is a syringe with an enormous needle on the end. Yikes! This think looks wicked and should give anyone who hates needles the willies. I love the clear needle, the translucent red vial, and the silver top. Is this filled with blood that Curia uses to keep herself fighting rather than having to fee? Possibly!
* Yikes! This one has two points! What the heck could this one be for? Again, I'm still convinced Curia uses these to obtain blood for herself rather than use her vampire powers for evil to feed. Maybe she finds a willing ally and draws some blood from them?
* What makes me lean more towards this blood being for Curia's own usage is that she comes with a blood pack with attached tubes. It almost seems like you could attach this into the holes in her neck I mentioned above (the plugs kind of stay but feel rather loose). Again, I love the translucent nature of this accessory and how it legitimately looks like a piece of medical equipment.
* Here's a shot of Curia's weapons and bats all in place on the lid of her coffin. Pretty cool, right? I love stuff like this as it just looks awesome on display!
* Obviously this line was designed to look good and show off the figures and accessories, so I'm not expecting full articulation (even by 1999 standards). Considering that Yellow submarine did add some joints, though, I do wish they'd been a bit more thoughtful in them. The swivel shoulders are nearly useless due to the wings and the giant spikes on Curia's shoulders.
* Curia's right wrist feels a bit loose. Be careful if you pick one of these up! They're definitely intended for display rather than play!
* While I love the idea of the little bats hanging around the inside of the coffin along with Curia's weapons and tools, unfortunately the bats don't stay on that well. The pegs just seem too thick for their little tails to get a good grip on.