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REVIEW: The Giver of Disease – Gangrene Edition

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Background

Dead Zebra, Inc., the company of The Creatures In My Head artist Andrew Bell, has released their highly anticipated Giver rotocast vinyl figure.  While The Giver of War is being offered exclusively through Dead Zebra, The Giver of Disease – Gangrene Edition is the version that you’ve probably seen at your favorite online designer toyshop.

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Packaging

The Giver is packaging inside dual plastic trays.  They don’t snap or interlock, but they are taped together.  The outer box, while unspectacular, keeps the figure intact.  There is a great illustration of the character on the front of the box; however, this is one that you’d display out of the packaging.


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The Figure

The Giver of Disease – Gangrene Edition is approximately 5 ¼” tall by 8 ¼” wide by 6 ½” deep.  It has 7 points of articulation (shoulders, elbows, neck and wings).  The included Soup Dumpling of Doom mini figure is about 1” tall by 2” wide (and deep) with no articulation.

The Giver (rotocast vinyl) is sculpted to hold the Dumpling (solid - possibly injection molded) in his open hands.  The apparently obese figure is sculpted with man boobs (is it a man?), sunken eye sockets, and saggy butt cheeks.

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The Gangrene Edition is limited to a run of 300 pieces

Andrew Bell has also released The Giver of War – Dead Zebra Inc. Exclusive that is pictured below and limited to a run of 100 pieces (includes 100 megaton F-Bomb).

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Our Opinion

Being a fan of Andrew Bell’s artwork, I was glad to see that he was releasing a figure to complement the Zliks and Groob vinyls.  The Giver piece continues Bell’s humorous approach of giving collectors a figure with a disturbingly saggy rear end.

For purposes of full disclosure, I will say that I picked up The Giver of War figure.  So, I’m obviously a fan of the sculpt.  Is it the sad look on the skull-like face?  Maybe.  Is it the well-formed behind?  Possibly.  It’s probably the entire package.

Are there any issues with this figure?  Not really.  There are fairly noticeable gaps at the figure’s elbow joints, and the underneath of the head does not sit flush against the body.  Neither thing is major.  Oh…and there’s no way it will have balance issues.

Overall, we’re a fan of The Giver.  It’s great that the different editions include unique mini figures, which The Giver can then hold in its hands.  The Soup Dumpling of Doom is a cute addition to the piece. It could probably be sold on its own.

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You can pick one up at the following:

Dead Zebra, Inc.: Giver of War - $90.00 and Giver of Disease - $60.00

Frozen Empire Toys: $56.00

Panik's Toy Box: $59.99

Permanent Revolution: $60.00

Tainted Visions: $59.95

3DRetro: $58.99

Vinyl Fallout: $54.95

The Giver of Disease - Gangrene Edition Grades:

Quality: 8/10
Paint: 8/10
Packaging: 6/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 9.1/10

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Have this figure?  What do you rate it?

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