They’ve been months in the offing, but we can now reveal that Gory Hole‘s first painted run of Warui Zonbi: Series 1 figures will finally be touching down online later this week! Inspired by MaBa’s 80’s toy line “Zombies” (ゾンビーズ), as well as cult horror flicks from the 80’s and 90’s, the first series of finger puppet-style figures feature 2 designs; “SS Wolfgang”, taken from the classic nazi dream sequence in American Werewolf in London, and “Selwyn”, the zombie baby seen in Peter Jackson’s early b-movie classic Dead Alive.
Designed by Tru:Tek with control art from fellow horror toy aficionado John Santagada of Radioactive Uppercut, the pair were both sculpted by the legendary Makino-san of TTToy, coming in scale with the original Zombies at 3″ tall, and featuring a similar split torso, capped bottom design. Produced in a flesh-tone soft vinyl for their first online release, an “OG” painted version from Tru:Tek will be joined by a much-requested blank run, both coming dual-packed in a deluxe display box with matching gacha-style purple keshi (find out more about these little guys in our previous post right here).
Limited to just 10 sets of each, the “OG” and “Flesh” Warui Zonbis will be touching down in the Softoy Hobby/Gory Hole store this coming Friday, March 18th at 9pm London time (5pm Eastern), priced at $85 and $60 respectively… But that’s not all! Keep track of the Gory Hole Instagram feed right here for the reveal of a couple of surprises that’ll be dropping alongside the sets… No more info than that for now, I’m afraid!
Our editor-in-chief Tru:Tek will be resurrecting the Gory Hole brand in time for a relaunch at DCon in November, bringing along the long-awaited first issue of the ‘zine, new apparel, a follow-up to last year’s bootleg monster rings, plus the debut of the brand’s first ever toy line… Warui Zonbi! Heavily inspired by cult horror toys the Ma-Ba Zombies – albeit with a modern twist – the series is set to feature a whole slew of soft vinyl finger puppets inspired not by the silverscreen’s classic monsters, but instead by the more obscure cult horror creatures that we ourselves grew up with throughout the 80’s and 90’s. With Series 1 featuring a total of 2 figures, we’re very proud today to be able to share with you the first… American Werewolf in London’s SS Werewolf! Heavily inspired by the cult horror flick’s strange dream sequence, the little guy has been re-imagined to closely resemble the “split torso” Ma-Ba aesthetic with help from Radioactive Uppercut‘s John Santagada, coming sculpted in-scale by the legendary Makino-san of TTToy at around 2.5″ tall. Due to be produced in sofubi alongside another soon-to-be-revealed design over the next couple of months, be sure to stay tuned for the full lowdown – including Tru:Tek’s HUGE plans for future releases – soon…