Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Minifigure Review: Z.O.M.B.I.E. Series 1 by October Toys

 I've been a big fan of October Toys since the original OMFG! Kickstarter project which means I missed out on the earlier line Z.O.M.B.I.E.S., or Zillions of Mutated Bodies Infecting Everyone. Once again, these  are kinkeshi styled minifigures that will definitely remind you of M.U.S.C.L.E. and are just tons of fun to collect. This is another set of minifigures that I picked up from Troll and Toad Games & Comics in London, KY during a recent road trip. Oddly enough, though, I didn't recognize these guys at Z.O.M.B.I.E.S. at first. The shop was selling them from a plastic jar for .99 cents a piece in three different color schemes (they also had black and clear). I dumped out the container on the counter, found a set of the five characters in the peachy/pink color scheme, and purchased them. The thanks for identifying these figures goes to the good folks over at Little Rubber Guys (particularly TheRiddler- I'm sending you a prize pack, dude!). Anyways, here's a brief look at the five figures from series one. Ready for a flesh eating good time? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:
Contents: 5 figures

Height: 1 1/2 to 2 3/8ths inches tall

Non-Scalper Price: $5 for the set

 School Girl
Height: 2 1/4 inches

     School Girl is (scantily) clad in a tattered, fetishized school girl's uniform, kind of like Brittany Spears in the music video for "...Baby One More Time." Of course, Brittany wasn't a brain eating zombie, was she? Not only is this pigtail sporting undead flesh eater missing some flesh on her cheeks but she is also carrying around what looks to be the femur of her last meal. She does tend to tip over easily, however.

Height: 2 3/8ths inches

     I love the herky-jerky pose of Rockabilly. He really reminds me of one of the zombies from the videogame Lollipop Chainsaw. These figures are covered with little details and Rockabilly is no exception: He's got tight rolled jeans, a wallet chain, and a skull shaped belt buckle. Oh, and he's missing his right arm. With his hideous face, awkward gait, and missing appendage Rockabilly is a great classic zombie minifigure.

Height: 2 inches

     You know that old guy that likes to hang around the YMCA and walks around the locker room naked whenever he wants? For some reason Bathtime reminds me of him. Apparently this guy got infected while taking a shower (or maybe he thought taking a shower would cleanse the wound he got somewhere else) so now he's running around with his towel barely covering his behind while holding his scrub brush. He's also got some soap on a rope around his neck. I love the way his skull is ripped open to expose his brains. Maybe that's where he first got bit?

School Boy
Height: 1 7/8ths inches

     I'm pretty confident this little guy is the grossest figure in the set. I mean, it's a school kid in ripped up dress clothes and a beanie who is carrying his own intestines. Read this next sentence in your best Cleveland Brown voice: "That's nasty." Yup, definitely some gross, delightful stuff here. Also, is this kid throwing out the Vulcan salute? If so, awesome.

The Ape
Height: 1 1/2 inches

     Hey! We get a non-human in this set! The Ape is simply that: An ape. Well, an ape who has been infected by some sort of zombie virus and who seems to be mutating into a more powerful creature. He kind of reminds me of a Hunter from Resident Evil. Oh, and this guy is also dragging around a cat. I'm not sure if the cat is dead or alive, but he's just hanging around in the Ape's right paw.

     I always love the quality and detail that October Toys puts into their minifigures and the cast of Z.O.M.B.I.E.S. are no exception. I will complain a bit, however, that they don't stand particularly well on their own. That's a bit of a problem with minifigures as standing around and looking awesome is basically what they do. They're still fun, though; I wonder if October Toys will ever revisit this line? There are plenty of zombie minifigures out these days and with the success of their other properties like OMFG! and OTMF!, maybe they've just decided to move on. Hopefully they're moving on to more Skeleton Warriors! Anyways, these were a fun find for me and for the $5 I paid, I can't complain too much. These Z.O.M.B.I.E.S. easily warrant a Good and a 1/2 rating from me.

OTMF! by October Toys
Hot Pink AP Zombie Pheyden
Lucky Green Zombie Pheyden
Winter Blues Zombie Pheyden
Plastic Army Men by Various
Monsters by Hing Fat
Zombie Playset by Boley
Zombies at War by Brilliant Novelty Co./Spherewerx
S.L.U.G. Zombies by Jakks Pacific
Series 4-Gangeren Gene, Ferocious Frankie, and Johnson

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