It’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping. I know some folks who’ve already FINISHED theirs. If any of you are reading this and find yourselves moved to procure presents for complete strangers–or if any of my family members or friends are reading this and have more disposable income than I think they do–here’s what I want. That picture there consists of several screenshots I found doing a cursory Internet search for rare, specific, and even non-existent (except for custom works) zombie figures. Let’s start with the montage on the upper left. I don’t know who made these sculptures, but my hat is off to you, sir or madam. They are true works of art. Do you recognize them all? My favorite is the first one (going left to right), the Blind Zombie Templar Knight from the BLIND DEAD films. The larger figure on the right is also one of the Blind Zombies, this one from a model kit that, unlike the others, is actually offered for purchase. (But it ain’t cheap.)
Going back to the sculptures, you can read the nameplates underneath. Two from Fulci’s ZOMBIE, including the classic “walking flowerpot” zombie; one from the original DAWN OF THE DEAD; and my second favorite, tied with the flowerpot, the zombie from HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. At the bottom is a custom figure of the zombie from BURIAL GROUND, also a thing of beauty. If you were the creator of any of these, you have my greatest respect. And if anybody wants to buy me one or all of ’em, I wouldn’t refuse.