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Spooky cool
As we draw nearer to Halloween, Diamond Select Toys has quite a few spooky(ish) items that will be showing up at retail this week. The selection includes the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack (Hack/Slash), a Ghostbusters Slimer pizza...

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Walking Dead

You can pick the next McFarlane Walking Dead figure

Choose wisely!
Feb 08
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Walking Dead returns tonight on AMC to continue its fifth season. Finally, my Sundays have meaning again! I'm sure it's no coincidence that McFarlane Toys is searching for their next Walking Dead figure right around the r...
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The Walking Dead

Clementine from Telltale's The Walking Dead gets her first action figure

The greatest Walking Dead character finally gets a figure
Oct 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
For me, the most exciting news to come out of NYCC is the announcement that Clementine from Telltale’s The Walking Dead will be getting her own figure. I love Telltale’s The Walking Dead series and have longed fo...
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Walking Dud

True Cast's Walking Dud gets a PVC version

They don't want your brains, just your money
Aug 27
// Brian Szabelski
Last year for New York Comic Con, True Cast Studio brought along Walking Dud, a rubber zombie figure. You won't have to wait that long for the new PVC version, though: it'll be available on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. Central ...

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The Walking Dead

Funko releases Walking Dead Pop! series five

October is almost here!
Aug 22
// Vanessa Cubillo
So while fans of The Walking Dead wait for season five to begin in October, Funko is releasing their series five of The Walking Dead Pop! figures. We'll be getting six new figures this time, and none of them are Daryl. Sorry,...

Tomopop Review: McFarlane's The Walking Dead Riot Gear Zombie

Jul 03 // Vanessa Cubillo
Figure Name: The Walking Dead Riot Gear ZombieFigure Manufacturer: McFarlaneRetail Price: US$14.99Available At: Entertainment Earth Starting with the box, I was surprised that McFarlane's The Walking Dead line came in a small, easy to open box. When I think of McFarlane's packaging, I think of big, thick, plastic packaging that's a hassle to open. This is easy to open! Behind the figure, the backing shows the prison that will be a huge part of the show. Like standard toy packaging, the back shows the other figures in the series that you can potentially own.  Standing at five inches tall, this zombie is dressed entirely in riot gear, just as the name suggests. Coming with 20 points of articulation, I found that this figure moved very stiff. I guess that should be a positive, because they nailed what a corpse should move like.  The arms can move back and forth, and from side to side just fine. The legs don't really move at all. They can move slightly at the thigh, bend at the knee, and move at the feet. Still, as a whole, the legs are hard to move. From head to toe, this figure is also detailed realistically to look like he's wearing riot gear. I especially like the padded detail on the back of the vest.  The face is the most gruesome part of this figure. A zombie's face is not a thing of beauty after all. This poor soul has striking blue eyes, and half his skin melted off his face. It's a very bloody sight. You can see the blood run down the neck and see splashes of it on the uniform.  The helmet is another nicely designed part and is functional. The visor can move up and down over the zombie's face. Made of clear, hard, plastic, it's also splattered with blood. When it goes up, you can push it all the way to the back of the helmet. When you move it down, it covers the face completely. So you get to decide if you like staring at that hungry looking face. Also, if you hadn't noticed, this figure also comes with a nice, big knife stuck in the side of his throat. That knife is removable! So you pull that weapon out and can see the end of the blade is covered in blood. Cute detail. The knife can be used as an accessory that fits in the hand. I didn't like doing that though, because what kind of zombie attacks with a weapon? So I liked keeping the knife in the neck. You can also repeatedly pretend to stab the figure with the weapon and have fun. It's very easy to take out and insert the knife because it goes into a small slot. That slot fits the knife exactly and there's no danger of it falling out. So if you're looking for a prison zombie to attack your survivors, but moves stiffly to do so, this zombie has you covered.  [Thank you very much to Entertainment Earth for providing the review sample!]
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A knife won't stop this zombie, but its legs probably will
In case you didn’t know, The Walking Dead is a comic book series and show about zombies. So far, McFarlane has been one of the major companies that has been producing toys from both the show and the comics. Coming from...

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Exclusives for comic fans
So Skybound has finally decided that it’s time to announce their SDCC exclusives. Of course they’re all mostly from The Walking Dead comic series, and I’m not complaining. First up is a limited edition figu...

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Rendered Rick Grimes hotness inside
At the beginning of April the next lineup for McFarlane’s series 6 The Walking Dead TV figures was revealed. We would be getting figures of Abraham, Carol, Hershel, Bungee Guts Zombie, and Rick. All that was known were...

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C2E2 2014 Paisley Fawn

C2E2 2014: Paisley Fawn

Smudges of many a color
May 02
// Natalie Kipper
The majority of Paisley Fawn's C2E2 offerings were different varieties of her signature Smudge plushes. If you aren't acquainted with the creature, you need only look in the gallery to learn of the herd of small, pudgy l...
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figma Stephen the zombie

Stephen the figma zombie gets a gallery with some very close 'friends'

Killing zombies never looked so good
Apr 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Pre-orders are up!] It's been well over a year since Stephen, the figma zombie from Dawn of the Dead shuffled his way into Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter]. And he's getting ever closer to his August release now th...
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Marvel Select Zombie Magneto unmasked! ...or unhelmeted

Apr 09
// Scarecroodle
For those wondering who Zombie Magneto really is under that helmet, the answer is... Zombie Magneto (Zoinks! I thought it'd be old man McGreely trying to scare people away from a sunken Spanish galleon). DST Zach has posted a...
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Diamond Select Toys

MS Zombie Magneto & Gill-man lead the newest DST pre-orders

Zombies, Gill-men, and stoners, oh my!
Mar 21
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys has a slew of new items going up for pre-order this week, including a Marvel Select Zombie Magneto, the recently discussed King Ghidorah vinyl bank bust, TMNT vinyl bank busts, the Select Jay & Silent ...
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Diamond Select Toys

Toy Fair 2014: Top secret Diamond Select Toys 'reveals'

Fans of blurry images rejoice!
Feb 23
// Scarecroodle
Here there be Ponies! Diamond Select Toys has released some official images of its entire NY Toy Fair 2014 displays, including some blurred out sections which provide a first official look at some upcoming items we weren't allowed to photograph and didn't get to talk about... including My Little Pony vinyl banks. Hit the jump for details
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Dcon: Zoms

DesignerCon 2013: Zoms

Because you can't go wrong with a zombie in a banana suit
Nov 12
// Natalie Kipper
Kickstarter lurkers may remember the campaign for Zoms, delightful plush zombies that simply ooze charm. The campaign was a success and the toys even made an appearance at last weekend's DesignerCon. Their booth featured a ba...
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Scott Tolleson's Rufus will be an exclusive at the event
According to one of Scott Tolleson's Instagram posts, a legend speaks of the first infected zombie, a boy named Rufus. In honor of the tragic lad, Scott has partnered up with Ink It Labs to create a unique wooden toy tha...

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Walking Dead

DST's new Rick Grimes vinyl bank is somewhat 'armless

Perfect for fighting zombies and framining Harrison Ford
Nov 04
// Scarecroodle
Diamond Select Toys' latest The Walking Dead vinyl bust is a one-armed Rick Grimes based on the character's appearance in the comic following the fall of the prison. The bank should be shipping to comic stores this week and w...
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Mikie Graham's ZAP 3

Mikie Graham's Zombie Art Project 3 goes to the Muppets

ZAP 3: Muppet Mayhem zombifies beloved childhood icons
Oct 28
// Natalie Kipper
At the start of October, Mikie Graham began revealing the custom toys he made for his third annual Zombie Art Project. This time, rather than ravaging Playmobil toys, he transformed the lovable Muppets into shambling undead c...

Custom Made Monday: Cuddly zombies and bunnies

Wooden toys, cross stitch, and custom plush dolls
Oct 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
Monday already? This weekend was pretty big! New York Comic Con, the release of Pokemon X/Y, and the new season of The Walking Dead premiered. All good things, especially if you're into all three. Now after such an awes...
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Animazombs Kickstarter

Animazombs are the next step in zombie plushes

There is still time to pledge in the Kickstarter campaign
Sep 11
// Natalie Kipper
Okay, real talk: zombie toys are nothing new. However, I have never seen zombie plushes as detailed or as fun as the Animazombs plushes that I spotted on Kickstarter few days ago. Their characters are varied, from an sha...
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See what the toy store has to offer us this year
Toys "R" Us has listed several of the toys they'll have at SDCC this year, which will all be at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2343). They're looking to have Transformers Masterpiece Action Figures of Acid Storm (US$75) and ...

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Plush zombie hoard

Prepare for the zombie apocalypse with Mega-Death Mittens

Creepy Cuddlers series 3 joins the undead feline
May 18
// Natalie Kipper
Mezco's Creepy Cuddlers plushes walk the line between cute and grotesque. Collectors must be loving the undead toys (I know I do) because the company has listed a Mega-Scale version of their Death Mittens character up for pre...

We Become Monsters' Zeddo is 18 inches of terror

I hope he's not hungry.
Mar 29
// Vanessa Cubillo
Feast your eyes upon Zeddo, the 18-inch Mega Munny! What exactly is Zeddo? I'm not quite sure, but I definitely wouldn't want to be left alone with him. Designed by Chris Moore of We Become Monsters, the eyes would have...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: figma Marth and DotD zombie

Feb 09
// Andres Cerrato
If you had both of these in your imaginary WonFes betting pool, you're a dirty dirty liar. People have been clamoring for items from Fire Emblem and you'll get your wish with figma Marth. What will instantly come to mind for ...

A bad sign for some cool lines?

Or maybe I'm just a little too superstitious...
Dec 17
// Scarecroodle
Generally when I see an entire line being clearanced at a retailer or, even worse, show up at an overstock retailer (TJ Maxx, Marshall's), I assume that news of an outright cancellation can't be far behind. The latest potenti...

Celebrate the holidays with SLUG Christmas zombies

Silent night, holy fright. Not a living creature was stirring in Christmas Eve's dead of night.
Dec 05
// Scarecroodle
What's the first thing to pop into your head when you hear the word "Christmas"? Zombies, right? If so, you're not alone because JAKKS Pacific has released four holiday-themed S.L.U.G. Zombies 3-packs. These packs feature eig...

DesignerCon 2012: Toy Art Gallery

At least our toys are ready for the zombie apocalypse
Nov 05
// Brian Szabelski
For their DesignerCon booth, Toy Art Gallery stocked up on some exclusives — like a black and red colorway of Nathan Hamill's Strife and Sire piece or new Paul Kaiju colorways — and zombies. Yes, you heard that ri...

McFarlane Toys has another set of Walking Dead figures

They move at the same speed as season 2's plot
Sep 26
// Tianxiao Ma
What you're looking at is the second of McFarlane Toys' action figure sets based on AMC's The Walking Dead. While the outfits and general presence of zombies supports this notion, a close look at the human characters is sure ...

Under the Radar: S.L.U.G. Zombies

Aug 25
// Scarecroodle
Tomopop is not perfect. In fact, it's downright embarrassing some of the things that somehow escape our (almost) all-seeing gaze... as with the case of these really cool S.L.U.G. Zombies figurines. Much like OMFG! series, the...

PopCap bring in Funko, Jazwares, more for licensed merch

Apr 30 // Kristina Pino
Let's start up real quick with the stuff that isn't toy-related. The companies involved to that end are Bioworld Merchandising, Walls360, MjC International and Trends International. Bioworld is going to be bringing in the hats, tees, bags and other accessories like wallets and rubber bracelets of which I'll probably purchase like 20. Everything, of course, will be in all shapes and sizes since their games are designed for people of pretty much all shapes and sizes. Walls360 sounds pretty much like what they're all about. Wall graphics/decals! I'm sure these will be a hilarious addition to any home or office, particularly the zombies being carried by balloons or the high-strung scholarly one with the newspaper. I could see a few cubicles sporting those, for sure. MjC International is interested in your sleepy wear. They'll be rolling in with sleepies for adults and boxers, so you could represent the brain-loving zombies round the clock. The best part is that jammies and boxers make great gifts, so you could make a lot of nerds happy depending on things. Finally, we've got Trends International. These cool guys will be making calendars, posters and the like to make sure you're the coolest, hippest administrative assistant in the office building. Or just to make you smile when you're working late at home, or cover up that ugly hole in the wall. Whatever the case may be, they've got you covered (*rimshot*). Finally, let's get to the toy and collectible side of things. This is also where I come in with the extra info based on my talk with PopCap. Funko Considering how flexible they are with their branding and the fact that we see these pretty much everywhere, Funko Pop! figures were an easy choice for PopCap. I was also told that PopCap have always had a great relationship with them anyway simply because they're both based in Seattle and the folks that work there are pretty rad. The best answer I got about when the first wave will come out was "soon," but I can tell you that it'll probably be two or three waves consisting of about four or five figures each. Then again, this could change from here to there, especially when PopCap have over 60 characters to choose from in the Plants vs Zombie cast alone. Things are pretty much still in the tentative stages, and for now we've just got some preliminary design images. More on this, of course, as things progress! Jazwares When I saw the name Jazwares, the first thing I had to ask in regards to it was whether they designed the zombie figure in the PvZ: Game of the Year Edition, or the Disco Zombie or the Sunflower. I was told no, that those were strictly promotional items and not licensed products, and indeed this is legitimately the first wave of licensed merchandise they'll be releasing. Again, there are no exact details yet on whether the figures will be posable, their run sizes, physical sizes or what the character choices are. Yeah, I know, I'm being sooo specific here. But hey, we've got a sample render here, too. Check out the figures and plushies that might be hitting stores for the holidays! After talking about what they definitely are releasing, I asked about the stuff that was passed over or, what they're still considering. Since the games are basically all ages, I asked whether they've considered making child-targeted play sets or even downloadable papercraft. All of these things have been brought up and talked about, but pretty much the default answer to a lot of my merchandise-related questions was the approach is all about quality products and doing everything the right way. One of the things that has helped PopCap have an idea of what kind of merchandise will be successful is all the bootleg stuff that flies around on eBay. I'm not saying they drew inspiration from these products, but rather took them as an indicator that there's a market for them. I learned that even PopCap has a bunch of them lying around the offices, as well as countless one-off fan creations (which they absolutely love, I'm told). Since the whole merchandising thing is a whole new world for them, PopCap are taking things slow and trying to be as thoughtful and deliberate as possible each step of the way. Instead of going on a licensing spree and signing with 50+ partners, they've only signed with six they've decided are the best fit, out of the hundreds of inquiries they've received over time. One other thing I asked about, specifically since we've seen a bit of merch-for-DLC action lately or the whole thing with Skylanders, was whether any of the toys would include incentives which tie in to the game or bring in some kind of in-game bonus or character. I didn't get the "default answer" for this one, rather I got the "I can't say one way or another." answer. It goes hand in hand with what I mentioned earlier though, as they went on to say that the idea is to create a unique and meaningful experience rather than present consumers with a marketing gimmick.  Fair 'nuff! That about wraps up everything we know and everything PopCap want you to know about what they're cooking up for their fans. Again, be sure to leave any and all feedback you've got in the comments section and let your voice be heard! Are you excited you'll be able to decorate your shelves and desks with zombies? Ready to buy a cap or buy your nephew a cool wallet? Whatever the case may be, it's pretty exciting to finally be able to sport legal, licensed duds or show off toys based on stuff we like. Plants vs Zombies isn't the end of it, either. The plan is to expand the merchandising for Bejewled, Zuma and more of the titles under the PopCap brand, so we'll be sure to keep an eye out.

Are you a fan of PopCap games like Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma? Tired of seeing all those Angry Birds plushies everywhere, even in space, but not one stinkin' Pea Shooter or Squash plant plush anywhere, much l...


C2E2 2012: Box O Zombies

Apr 16
// Brian Szabelski
While there were a few big companies at C2E2, one of the smaller booths held a pleasant surprise. In that booth was a small company called Box O Zombies, which true to its name, sells a box of zombies. The 2.5-inch tall PVC z...

Mezco's Creepy Cuddlers Series 2 available for pre-order

Mar 14
// Natalie Kipper
Zombies sure are creepy ... and cuddly, too! Well, the Creepy Cuddlers from Mezco sure are. After making their debut at Toy Fair 2012 in New York, the second series of these undead cuties were put up on pre-order re...

Zombie Gurrrl brings beauty to the undead

Feb 07
// Brian Szabelski
New from the studios of T.K. Miller comes the first piece in their Hot Flossy Babes series, Zombie Gurrrl. The sculpt features the likeness of the awesome Linda Le (a.k.a. Vampy Bitme) and stands about 16 inches tall from top...

New statues, busts teased by Sideshow Collectibles

Jan 27
// Brian Szabelski
The folks at Sideshow Collectibles sure have been busy lately, so much so that it's easier for me to do a big round-up of all the news coming out of their studios than do individual posts! Well, at least it saves me some time...

TazX's Santa Claus Zombie Dunny

Dec 14
// Rio McCarthy
It's few and far between when I actually get scared of a custom, and I definitely sensed nightmare fuel from the e-mail I got on this one! Not in a bad way, mind you, but because it's actually a Zombie Santa Claus, and who th...

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