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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Zombify Your Desk with The Walking Dead

It's been a while since we took a look at the zombie collectibles coming soon from McFarlane Toys and NECA (4 months to be exact), so we thought it was time for an update on what you can expect and when with official pictures from both parties. Let us begin the toypocalypse...

McFarlane excited the toy world with their return to the realm of action figure horror they helped spark in the first place. The real worry for the super toy nerds (like myself) was that they would be in a 5 inch format; the scale they have seem to taken a shine to with their HALO figure line. Happily, the lines will be in a 6 inch scale. Sadly, the rest of the zombie action figure world has been in a 7 inch scale (ironically to match McFarlane's Movie Maniacs line), so they'll look a little short. Oh well. You can't deny the level of detail and speaking of which... to pack a little more playability into this line AND remind people who started this plastic gore parade, McFarlane have added their own special effects! Read on!

The Comic Series 1: September 2011

Officer Rick Grimes - Inspired by the cover of The Walking Dead comic book issue #1, this figure features Rick in his police officer uniform, complete with cowboy hat and jacket. Figure comes with pistol and a police duffel bag with several removable shotguns. Features approximately 20 points of articulation.

Michonne - Inspired by the cover of The Walking Dead comic book issue #19, this figure features Michonne as she appeared on that first fateful day, with the accessories from her unforgettable act of vengeance to come. Figure comes with her signature katana sword and various implements of revenge including a power drill, hammer, pliers, and spoon. Features approximately 22 points of articulation.

Zombie Lurker - Pull its torso up, and it splits apart at the waist, exposing its intestines and other internal organs, transforming it into a legless "crawler." The figure also features removable arm segments and a head that splits at the jaw line, all exposing layers of decaying muscle, bones, and blood.

Zombie Roamer - Press the button on the Zombie Roamer's back, and its head splits open vertically, unleashing an explosive, disgusting mess of blood and brain fragments. Push the knife-shaped lever back down, close the head, and reset the figure for another sickening head burst. Figure also features removable arm segments that expose the jagged bones and torn muscle that lie beneath.

Previews will also be selling a Black and White zombie 2 pack, so look for that at your local comic geetatorium or pre-order from any awesome etailer.

The TV Series 1: November 2011

Deputy Rick Grimes - After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, deputy Rick Grimes finds the world he knew gone -- ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Our figure of Rick features the exact likeness of the actor, taken from a 3D scan of Andrew Lincoln himself. The figure comes with a revolver, shotgun, walkie talkie, baseball bat, and hand grenade accessories.

Daryl Dixon - An abrasive survivalist, and brother of the outspoken racist Merle, Daryl Dixon is an all-new character created specifically for the hit AMC television show. Our figure of Daryl features the exact likeness of the actor, taken from a 3D scan of Norman Reedus himself. Figure comes with crossbow, hunting knife, fire axe, pick axe, and even a string of squirrels.


Zombie Walker - This memorable zombie, clad in a dirty business suit, was encountered by Rick during his first excursion into Atlanta. Upon Rick's arrival, the walker rose from the wreckage of a city bus and followed Rick to an abandoned tank -- left behind by the miltary's futile attempt to stop the zombie plague.This figure features all the attention to detail that McFarlane Toys is known for. Plus, like all of our The Walking Dead zombie figures, the Zombie Walker features unique play action for even more fun. This one includes a special wind-up feature, but don’t let your Zombie Walker wonder off!

Zombie Biter - This gruesome zombie was an important part of fans' introduction to Daryl Dixon. Found feeding on a deer in the forest near the survivors' camp, the Zombie Biter was beheaded by the group -- but didn't stop until Daryl arrived and shot it in the brain with his signature crossbow.This figure features all the attention to detail that McFarlane Toys is known for. Plus, like all of our The Walking Dead zombie figures, the Zombie Biter features unique play action for even more fun. This one features a deer meat accessory and a spring-loaded moving jaw, so your Zombie Biter will actually bite!

I'm sure NECA was chomping at the bit (slight zombie pun totally intended) to get their hands on the Walking Dead license as well, so we'll see some insanely sculpted mini busts from these masters of horror and pop culture.

Deer Eating Zombie Mini Bust (SDCC Exclusive) - (lead in picture) Neca have created this 6.5-inch min bust of the zombie seen munching on a deer's carcass. Made especially for the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, this particular zombie was a little too close to the survivors camp for their liking.

Tank Zombie Mini Bust - This 6.5-inch tall mini bust features the eerie zombie that had an eye on officer Rick Grimes as he scrambled for the safety of a tank in downtown Atlanta.

Bicycle Zombie Mini Bust - One of the more shocking zombies to appear in The Walking Dead, the Bicycle Girl Zombie was missing her legs, which is probably fitting that she is now made into this 6.5-inch mini bust.

The bust line will retail for $30; a price that deserves a round of applause! Big thanks to NECA for not raping the public. Here's hoping they sell a billion of these little rotting suckers. Show them your thanks by buying up their SDCC exclusive this year!

For more images of McFarlane's Walking Dead Action figures, CLICK HERE!
For more pics of NECA's Walking Dead mini busts, CLICK HERE!
For a video of the disassembled Zombie Lurker in all his gory glory, click play below!



McFarlane Toys Walking Dead Zombie Lurker... by Nomadixxx

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