Dolls. Not really my thing. I barely paid attention to what i was wearing, so the idea of spending my youth playing “dress up” with a buxom piece of anatomically incorrect plastic just never appealed to me. I preferred to be outside collecting lizards and bugs, or playing football with the boys. Then action figures came along. All the look-alike fun of dolls, but none of the requirements for interest in fashion or hairstyles. Sign me up!
As i grew up i found out that there were lots of kids like me who wanted toys to play with, but never found them growing up. We found each other at conventions – where we shop, Shop, SHOP for things we’ve always wanted. It’s at a convention that i was introduced to Mezco’s series of dolls called The Living Dead Dolls – a series much more like Action Figures than dolls. Initially a handmade set of dolls made by Ed Long and/or Damien Glonek and sold at East Coast conventions in the late-90’s, Mezco partnered with the two men and began producing their creations for collectors in 2000. Since then, you’d be hard-pressed to attend a convention or go to a Spencers in any US mall without seeing these babies.
I started my collection with this creepy number – “Dawn” from 2005, a gift from my beloved. With her hair in front of her face, she almost looks like any other little doll – but then her hair is moved and Dawn’s white eyes stare you down and you can almost hear a horrible sucking sound coming from the giant hole in her face. This is the stuff of nightmares, and it’s just a little doll! Color me hooked.
The dolls have done well for Mezco, many of them selling out. They’re now up to Series 20, which was a release for Halloween 2010 dedicated to El Día de los Muertos. If that’s not your thing, trust me – they’ll have something for you anyway. Like vampires? They have them. Even a series of them. Like books? They have a variant Alice in Wonderland series, or even… THIS:
Look at that little Poe. I could just hug & squeeze him for days. I really could. Maybe i will.
…I digress… If you’re anything like me, these dolls are cool and all – but you want more. Well, how about one of the horror icons that they’ve started to produce? OH HELL YES fright fans, they’ve started making some of our favorite characters, too. Jason, Freddy, Jigsaw – the gang’s all here.
Want something darker, ok – how about these baddies? Captain Spaulding, Otis, and Baby – from House of 1,000 Corpses. As dolls… if that’s not creepy, i don’t know what is.
Prefer some Michael Myers? Or maybe an adorable little Leatherface? They’ve got them, too:
Prices range from around $20 (US) to over $500 for exclusives, variants, and bigger sets. The average prices for those i’ve listed here are $35, and can be found at just about any online toy dealer, in your local mall at Spencers (or Hot Topic), or even at Amazon.com. They’re not difficult to find – so take a look into the world of the Living Dead Dolls and see if you can’t find something that speaks to you. Mezco certianly isn’t the only company out there mass-producing horror toys for our dastardly collections, but they’re one of the good ones. If they keep creating things like this, people like me will keep buying them. But i’m still not dressing them up or playing with their hair. Dammit.
Final note: Since we’re talking dolls here, keep those creepy “dollfie” things away from me. Don’t know what a dollfie is? Count yourself lucky. Those things will give you nightmares more than any horror film will. *shudder*