Friday, January 20, 2023

Wrapping Up 2022: Zombie Santa from The Naughty or Nice Collection by Fresh Monkey Fiction


   I only picked up three figures from The Naughty or Nice Collection last year and today I'm checking out the weirdest and creepiest of them: Zombie Santa. Listen, Zombie Santa is pretty cool. He's a green, zombified Santa. I have at least a shelf of zombie action figures and he'd look just fine up there, maybe as some random guy dressed like Santa Claus who has been turned into one of the living dead. It wasn't the zombie Santa that sold me, however; it was the alternate Evil Santa portrait that comes with this figure. That's the guy you see in the picture above and it's a design that makes this perhaps the creepiest action figure of 2022. Whether you want a Zombie Santa or an Evil Santa, Fresh Monkey Fiction has you covered. Let's check this guy out after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 6 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/hinge knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Hat, 2 swappable heads, axe, four swappable hands, gift box, lid, display stand, plate, 2 piece glass with liquid, coal, and 2 cookies. 

Non-Scalper Price: $37 dollars

The Positives:

* As I've mentioned in my other reviews of this line, reuse is the name of the game these days, and the first series has lots of different Santas all using the same base body. Fortunately, Fresh Monkey Fiction has designed an excellent "Santa Claus" body and they've doctored it up in some rather creative ways. While Zombie Santa is wearing your standard red and white Santa suit,  it's not vivid red. Instead, it looks a bit worn and faded. It's also covered with blood and some other mysterious fluids. Zombie Santa has green skin, too, and his hands are grasping for whomever he can get to spread a little holiday fear. 💀💀💀

* The headsculpt is really gruesome here. He's a green zombie with lots of dark splotches under his eyes, rips and tears in his skin, and a missing nose. His gums are missing, too. That means someone literally ripped his lips off! This is a pretty grotesque headsculpt! Lots of blood and everything smeared around for your pleasure!

* Swap out the hands and head and you've got a second figure: Evil Santa Claus! There is something just absolutely disturbing about this figure and I'm loving it. The neck is painted green, yes, but it's actually almost fully hidden by Evil Santa's beard, so it's not really an issue. I remember as a kid there was an urban legend about some guy dressed like Santa Claus who went out every Halloween night to kill one kid out trick or treating. There's just something disturbing about the idea of an evil Santa, right? This guy is a maniac.

* His headsculpt is freaking me out. Those eyes are really wicked and just kind of stare right into your soul. Yikes! His ears give him more of an elf-like appearance, clearly inhuman. You'd better call Sgt. Santa to take care of this chap...

* There's a standard Santa hat that can go with either Zombie Santa or Evil Santa. It's a great sculpt with some fantastic detail on the white fluffy parts.

* The blood and other stuff on the Santa suit here is really nicely applied. And by really nicely, I mean it's pretty close. It looks fairy realistic, definitely not just like red paint smeared on the figure.

* We've seen these boots on the other Santas in this line but they're still really, really cool. Maybe a bit too clean for Zombie Santa, though. Still, the sculpt is excellent.

* Whether you've got him as a zombie or an axe wielding madman, this a big guy, so don't expect him to be pulling off any ninja moves or yoga poses. For being a portly fellow, though, the articulation is excellent. The joints all feel very sturdy and have a nice range of motion to them. Again, no Kung Fu fighting or anything, but this body is expressive and fun to mess around with. He's a very solid, durable feeling figure with some real heft to him. He looks menacing and can take some solid zombie poses, so not much to complain about here.

* Zombie Santa/ Evil Santa also comes with a package, this time a purple box with a green ribbon. It opens, too, allowing you to place something inside. The set does come with some coal and other small accessories so you could store them in here. Or you could find something much more disturbing for Evil Santa to place inside. 

* Evil Santa comes with his own axe. It has a fantastic sculpt with some great woodgrain texture on the handle and lots of dents and marks on the blade. He looks very creepy carrying this. He reminds me of the Santa Claus from that Tales From the Crypt episode. 

* Since he's one of the "Naughty" figures in the line, some coal is included. The three lumps are attached together and are perfect for placing in the gift box. 

* The same set of cookies, a black plate, and a glass with a mysterious black liquid that came with Krampus come with this Santa, too. They're all separate pieces, so you can use them individually. The cookies are loose and the liquid even comes out of the glass, so you can leave it empty. It's a fun piece for making a display if you're using these figures as decorations. I don't know what kind of messed up Christmas display you'd make with these guys, but I'm sure you'll figure something out. 

*  Last up is the standard display stand that everyone in this line comes with. It's a very bright white (almost a snow white) and it has two pegs for keeping this naughty Santa Claus figure standing. He's a big guy with big boots, so he doesn't really need a stand, but it's still always welcome to have one. The "Naughty or Nice" logo is also on the stand, which is pretty cool.

  This is a really sinister and spooky Santa figure and he makes a great addition to your horror or collection or as a villain for the "Nice" Santas in this series to fight. With two different ways to display this figure and a really nice complement of festive and frightening accessories, this is an Epic figure and probably my favorite release in The Naughty or Nice Collection. Fresh Monkey Fiction has done a great job and now I'm even more excited for the upcoming Operation: Monster Force line, a collaboration between Fresh Monkey Fiction and BigBadWorkshop. 

I've received a lot of toys from Santa Claus but the only other toys of Santa Claus I've reviewed are Sgt. Santa from The Naughty or Nice Collection and the Nightmare Before Christmas Metalfigs Santa Claus from the 20 Pack Figure Collectors Set

For more figures from The Naughty or Nice Collection check out the following:
Sgt. Santa


  1. Wave 1 of NoN series have been nice, but Wave 2 will be really great. I will take a Nothern Santa, a Great Santa and a Father Frost from Wave 2. From Wave 1, Cyborg Santa, Sergeant Santa and this Zombie Santa will be great aditions to my Santarmy. Keep it up with the reviews, yours are the best!

    1. Thanks! I appreciate your comment! I've got a preorder for Northern Santa, Mall Santa, Checkin it Twice, and Father Frost. There are a few others I like, so I may shift things around a bit before next Christmas.


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