REVIEW: 8 Little Zombies Plush
Eight Little Zombies, rising from the dead. One got shot and lost his head. Neighbor called the Sheriff and the Sheriff said, “No more zombies rising from the dead!”
John LaFleur and Dave Metzger have taken to Kickstarter to get their 8 Little Zombies hardcover book produced. The story is a zombified spin on the classic children’s tale about eight little monkeys jumping on someone’s bed and then falling and being brutally injured.
The 8 Little Zombies plush - one of the backing rewards - is available at various funding levels. Hopefully, it will also be able to be purchased following the successful completion to the Kickstarter project.
8 Little Zombies Plush
Artist: Dave Metzger
Dimensions: 12” tall
Edition Size: 2,500 pieces
Pricing: $20.00 each
The swing tag is shaped like a tombstone. It features the 8 Little Zombies logo and one of those zombie’s undead hands poking out of the ground. Inside, there is a sketch of the zombie character as well as part of the story (reprinted above).
With Kickstarter becoming a viable option for raising funds to self-produce toys, more artists and companies are taking that route to get their projects rolling and/or completed. And that’s where Dave Metzger (artist) and John LeFleur (writer) are looking to raise funds to get their 8 Little Zombies book produced.
This self-produced Zombie plush (made in China) features a large green zombie head on a much smaller body. The zombie has a large, open mouth with three teeth (one on the top and two on the bottom) in it. There are also six strands of hair on the top of its head. You get one regular eye and one with an X. And there’s one green zombified hand and one yellow bone hand stump.
As you can see from the book previews offered on the Kickstarter page, they’ve chosen one specific Zombie (out of the eight) to turn into a plush. They all appear to differ slightly (outfit, eyes, and teeth). The “chosen one” has a tattered red/white striped shirt and black pants.
As far as the plush go, this is one of my favorite toys reviewed on the site over the past few years. I like the way the large, bowling ball like head looks against the much smaller body. And I’m a fan of the cutout mouth. They could have taken the easy route and done a simple stitched smile, but the movable mouth lets you chomp some brains (if you’re so inclined). Great to frighten the little ones to sleep with.
And while the book that they’ll be releasing is a children’s book, I think that both adults and kids will love the 8 Little Zombies plush.
You can pick one up at the following:
Kickstarter.com: pledges starting at $25.00 (includes plush and print)