We live in a future where the captains of industry know the key to raking in buckets of money is to take a pop culture icon we love and transform it into something so irresistibly cute, no child, tween, lady or man who would wish to remain anonymous can say no. Today we get word from the friendly folks of the ZombieZoo, who announce the coming of squishable, adorable animals…that are quite dead. Never was there a more perfect product for the tiny, budding horror fiend in your life.
From the Press Release
Following a successful “soft launch” of its hot new line of collectible plush toys during Holiday 2010, ZOMBIEZOO® marks its formal debut at Toy Fair, February 13 to 16, 2011. Created by award-winning children’s author/illustrator Neecy Twinem, ZOMBIEZOO characters are different and a bit quirky, featuring an unusual story line and unique personalities. Detailed information is available at ZombieZoo.com.
ZOMBIEZOO is unlike any zoo you have ever visited. While it has exotic animals, gift shops, restaurants, moats, fences and a zookeeper, in ZOMBIEZOO, the animals are in charge. “The instant the Zombie critters become your guide, you’re on your way to adventure,” said Twinem. “Let them be your companion and muse. They’re cute and creepy, but never gory. You will be surprised to discover how cuddly these living-dead animals can be!”
The ZOMBIEZOO family of fun loving animals includes Boo the black cat, the natural born leader of the group, and Stich, a pig obsessed with hygiene. Along with their friends, Muck (Monkey), Rob (Rabbit) and Toxic (Snake), original (large) Zombies stand at 12 to 15 inches high, are made of soft fleece and have a lovable “Frankenstein” quality of stitching adorning their bodies and over-sized heads. Zombie minis, replicas of their larger siblings, stand 4-5 inches tall and include a handy clip to attach to backpacks, clothing, etc.
The all-new, six and a half minute long narrated DVD Story-book, titled “Where does Boo go?” contains original artwork by Twinem, funny dialog and original music. The story follows the escapades of Muck, Stich, Rob and Toxic as they try to find out where their buddy Boo disappears to. Along the way their well-meaning curiosity brings about new discoveries in the world of ZOMBIEZOO. A one minute trailer of the DVD is available online (see below). Limited DVD samples are available to media attending the ZOMBIEZOO both at Toy Fair (#4939).
“Shortly after opening Tinhorn Toys I was contacted by Neecy in reference to her children’s books and they quickly became one of best selling items. When Neecy approached me about her new endeavor, ZombieZoo, I did not hesitate and ZombieZoo did not disappoint. These cute and creepy creatures appeal to all age groups and I have many customers returning to acquire the rest of the Zoo after adopting their first…they are that irresistible. With the addition of new DVD story book and a four inch collectible I’m very excited about 2011.”
All ZOMBIEZOO characters are available online and at specialty retailers. Individual Zombie minis are available without the DVD for $7.00 and as a gift set with all of the minis plus the DVD for $34.99. Large Zombies include the DVD Story book and personality tag, which hang around the neck; suggested retail price is $20.99. The personality tags tell their compelling stories to anyone who is looking for a friend and cuddly character to bring home.
As a lover of toys and anything quirky, ZOMBIEZOO creator Neecy Twinem is realizing what has literally been a dream come true with the introduction of the new Zombies. The line was created when Twinem’s cat Boo, the namesake of one of her characters, and greatest muse, whispered the idea of ZOMBIEZOO to her in her sleep. As a collector of anything playfully dead, and a fan of Dia de los Muertos, Twinem had always desired to create a collection of her own.
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NECA Announces Ashy Slashy Puppet Replica
One of our favorite horror TV shows is Starz’s “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” and one of our favorite moments from the first two seasons is when Ash brings out his “Ashy Slashy” puppet.
If you’re like us and have been wondering when you could get your hands on an Ashy Slashy puppet of your own, today we have good news.
NECA has just announced its prop replica!
You can check out pics of the packaging reveal NECA did over on Facebook below, and then let us know if you’re going to be buying your very own Ash Slashy puppet.
We’ll let you know when the item becomes available for pre-order!
Rundown via NECA:
Every day can be demented play day with your very own Ashy Slashy puppet from Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead! We’ve replicated Ash’s potty-mouthed little doppelganger from the asylum episodes for your (hopefully G-rated) entertainment.
This is a working puppet – insert your hand, and you can move the mouth; plus the arms are poseable thanks to inner articulation.
Ashy Slashy is approximately 15” tall.
New Stranger Things Season 2 Merchandise on the Way as BoxLunch Teams with Netflix
Today is momentous for two reasons: First, it kicks off the last weekend before Halloween 2017; and second, “Stranger Things” Season 2 is now available for streaming on Netflix! If you’re the type who likes to wear clothing pertaining to your favorite movies and TV shows or if you’re a collector of memorabilia, then read on for how you can show your love for the best damned horror series to come along in quite some time!
From the Press Release:
Just in time for its highly anticipated second season, BoxLunch partners with Netflix to unveil brand new officially licensed merchandise from the critically acclaimed series “Stranger Things.” Inspired by scenes and styling cues from the show’s previous and forthcoming episodes, BoxLunch presents an extensive collection of apparel, accessories, and collectibles.
Exclusive BoxLunch-only apparel items include the “Stranger Things” Holiday Sweater, Hawkins High Crewneck, and Duffle Bag; the ‘80s arcade styled Pixel Tee and Merrill’s Farm Tee; and three additional shirts – the Sketch Tee, Longsleeve, and Teaser Tee – that feature imagery from Season 2. A trio of limited edition Madrid Skateboard decks and a full line-up of Funko Pop! vinyl figures round out the comprehensive merchandise selection from BoxLunch.
Officially licensed Stranger Things merchandise is available NOW at BoxLunch stores and BoxLunch.com.
Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and the Xenomorph Getting Their Own 8-Bit Pop Vinyls
Funko has released some delightful horror-themed products over the years, but this just takes the cake. They’ve announced a new line of 8-bit Pop Vinyl figures, which will feature pixelated versions of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and the Xenomorph. I never thought I’d say it, but even Freddy Krueger looks cute.
Freddy and Jason will both come in standard editions, in addition to GameStop exclusives based on how they both appeared in their own NES video games. The Xenomorph will also have a Previews exclusive edition depicting it smeared with acid blood. Have a look at the images below to decide which versions you like best. Most of us would probably like to purchase all six!
These adorable (but still horrible) figures will be available in January, so make sure you don’t go bankrupt over Christmas.
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