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Tonner Doll Company, a mainstay in the high-end collectibles industry for more than 20 years, announces its 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive: Zombie Boy. In addition, the tattooed wonder known as Zombie Boy will be in attendance for two special signings in the Tonner booth.

The two signings will take place in Booth 4149 on Friday, the 13th of July, at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

From the Press Release:
Featured in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” music video, model and performer Rick Genest (Zombie Boy) is a human canvas, with 80% of his body covered in tattoos. Genest’s body art depicts the human form as it decomposes into a corpse, flesh-eating insects and all. His special art display has earned him two admissions into the Guinness Book of World Records: one for the most bones tattooed on the body (134) and one for the most insects tattooed on the body (176).

“My tattoos symbolize life through death, or death through life,” Genest said in a “Meet Zombie Boy” article featured on Dermablend’s website, where he is a brand ambassador. “They’ve been a part of me forever – before I even got them done. They reveal how I feel on the inside. I’m so used to how I look now that I don’t see them anymore.”

Discovered by Lady Gaga’s personal stylist and Creative Director of fashion powerhouse Thierry Mugler Nicola Formichetti, Genest first appeared on the fashion scene when he was featured by Mugler in the Paris fashion show in January 2011. In addition to walking runways for Mugler and other designers in Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Rio, New York, and Toronto, Genest has become the face of Dermablend in its award-winning “Go Beyond the Cover” video, which attracted more than 15 million views and 650,000 likes on Facebook. In the process he has become a social media phenomenon with more than 66,000 Twitter fans and 66,000 likes on Facebook.

“When I first saw Rick in a magazine, I was instantly fascinated,” said Robert Tonner, CEO and celebrated doll artist and designer. “There was something so visually arresting about his super edgy look juxtaposed with sophisticated, tailored clothes.”

The Zombie Boy Character Figure™ will be 17″ tall, boasts hand-painted details, and will feature a replica of Genest’s intricate body art and also his facial piercing between his eyes. With Tonner’s multiple points of articulation for dynamic poses and quality craftsmanship, this Zombie Boy Character Figure™ pulls out all the stops. Check out the sneak peek below!

“This was one of the most challenging and fun projects I’ve worked on in a long time,” said Tonner. “We are really excited that Rick is going to be joining us at Comic-Con; it’s going to be a real treat to have such a special guest in our booth.”

You can get the Zombie Boy Character Figure™ at the 2012 SDCC in Tonner’s booth (#4149) as well as on their website (mid July). He is a limited edition of just 500 pieces.

Tonner Doll Announces Zombie Boy as 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive

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Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to collectibles, I’m like a moth to a flame. Especially vintage toys. I, like many of you, grew up in a dysfunctional family circus. When I reached a certain age, my parents saw fit to take my most beloved toys and give them away to younger kids or just trash them completely. I’m still devastated. My childhood was pretty much nil, and I’ve been swimming in chaos ever since.

Once things finally “calmed down” a bit, I began reclaiming these relics of happier times. Damned straight I got an 18″ Kenner Alien, a Stretch X-Ray doll, a Mighty Men and Monster Maker, the Bermuda Triangle board game, etc. I revel in them as few items make me as happy as they do. As a result I always keep my eye out for things, specifically horror related toys I may have missed.

Enter 1967’s Ka-Bala, the most insane and intricate Ouija board I’ve ever seen. I don’t use Ouijas, but once I saw this, it was love at first shiver. The problem with collecting toys like this is that rarely can you find them complete. For Christmas Debi tracked down Ka-Bala for me, BUT we were missing the instructions. There’s not much sense in playing or having a board game if you don’t know said rules.

I scoured the Internet but only came up with a few sites that were charging astronomical prices for replacement parts and/or instructions. It was ludicrous. So I busted out my Creepy resources and asked our resident board game loony David Hahn, who writes Last Meeple Standing for us, for some help. Within days he and his wondrous wife, Tiffany (who also works with David on Meeple), led me to a site called Lost and Found Vintage Toys maintained by Brenda Roudabush.

Brenda, who says she has “gotten to play happiness broker several times reuniting vintage kids with their old long lost toys,” got right to work and sent me some amazing scans of the instructions and more.

After piquing my interest with her knowledge of such things, I can’t recommend her more. If you’re a collector, and chances are very good that you are because, well you’re reading this, make sure to check out the site listed above. It’s like an encyclopedia of happiness! Enjoy, and tell her Creepy sent ya!

For even more fun check out my other go-to toy site, Raymond Castile’s Gallery of Monster Toys. Quick trivia re Ray… He’s the spitting image of Coffin Joe and played young Zé do Caixão in José Mojica Marins’ 2008 film Embodiment of Evil. How friggin’ cool is that? It’s a small and sometimes wonderful world, I tell ya!

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“G2, baby. G2!”

I’m not going to lie to you guys and say that I know what this Blind Bag Collection is. It seems from the slick name that one shouldn’t know what’s exactly inside… but maybe I’m missing something.

Anyhow, none of that really matters as long as the Blind Bag Collection boasts such awesome shite as this Gremlins 2: The New Batch one from Monogram International does, then it’s all good.

The set seems to include a collection figural keyrings that include such classic Gremlins characters as Combat Gizmo, Brownie, Penny, Phantom, Stripe, Greta, Gizmo, Flasher, George, and Lightning Gremlin and Bat Gremlin.

You can check out pics from the “Gremlins Series 2 Blind Bag Collection” below as well as a fun unboxing video. After all that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think!

For more cool stuff, make sure to check out Monogram International on Facebook HERE.

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Check out some sample images below, and then head on over to Paul’s Idle Hands blog to see even more! He has some pretty interesting “things” joining our 4 heroes, and it’s a lot of fun!

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