Back in 2008, Emce Toys released the first wave of retro-styled action figures based upon characters from George A. Romero’s immortal 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. Comprised of Ben and the “Graveyard Zombie,” the 8-inch tall figures were created in the style of classic Mego dolls from the 1970s, and featured articulated bodies, cloth outfits and nicely sculpted rubber heads of actors Duane Jones and Bill Hinzman. They were even packaged in resealable clear clamshells, featuring artwork by Harold Schull, who originally created the beautiful illustrations for such classic Mego offerrings as its Star Trek and Planet of the Apes lines.
Now, after a delay of several years, the series’ second wave of figures is finally being made available: terrified Barbra and little zombified Karen Cooper.
As with the previous releases, the figures – which are slated for sale in June – feature detailed cloth costumes and accessories. The head sculpts are nicely done, with a pretty good resemblance to Judith O’Dea and Kyra Schon. Like the Graveyard Zombie, the Karen figure features a ghastly bluish-grey skin tone.
There are no resealable clamshells this time around, however, so collectors will have to break open up those packages if they want to re-enact their own miniature farmhouse zombie attack.
SRP is $16.99 each and they’re available for pre-order from http://www.entertainmentearth.com/