Under the Radar: S.L.U.G. Zombies
4:00 PM on 08.25.2012 // 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 line seems like an homage to the childhood favorite Monster In My Pocket. However, unlike OMFG!, this is an item at general retail (double shame on us!) and apparently moving into its third wave.
S.L.U.G. (which stands for "Scary Little Ugly Guys") Zombies are a line of 2-inch, monochromatic, static figurines put out by Jakks Pacific and, as the name implies, it features zombies. In fact, it almost exclusively features zombies. The only exception(s) are some still-human zombie hunters. While it may be hard to tell that the humans aren't zombies by the level of detail, Jakks has cast the human figurines in a peach-colored plastic to differentiate them from the green zombies.
Each wave seems to consist of 16 different figures and are broken up between different configurations. For instance, it seems you can buy 12 of the characters from wave 2 in the 3-packs (2 zombies and a human in some cases). I'm guessing the remaining 4 figures must be available exclusively through a blind boxed configuration. The characters themselves have wildly different outfits representing their former (or current) lives, whether they be cheerleader or astronaut, and their names reference that profession/role with a bad pun.
S.L.U.G. Zombies seems like an immensely fun series. The figures (and even the configurations!) are a pleasant throwback while having the wide availability and reasonable pricing associated with older lines. I've seen the 3-pack retail for US$4 while the 12-pack may have been around US$10.
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