The ZombieZoo is just like any other zoo...except for all of the undead animals. And the ZooKeeper is award-winning children's book author/illustrator Neecy Twinem. The plush line currently consists of five different characters, but for purposes of our review...we're going to take a look at Stich (an undead pig).
Stich is not your typical pig. Being a Zombie certainly has its disadvantages, as she is obsessed with hygiene. She wants to look good, smell good and stay free of germs. She continually takes baths and does everyone’s laundry. She loves her Zombie buddies but always wants to scrub them, which is not always a popular activity at the Zoo. Hand sanitizer is her treasured possession. Think clean pink!
Manufacturer: Boo2Yoo Inc.
Artist: Neecy Twinem
Dimensions: 14” tall
Each ZombieZoo plush includes a foldout tag with the character's name and ZombieZoo logo on the front. Inside, there's an illustration of Stich as well as the above reprinted background story. The tag is attached around the neck of the plush using a bead chain, which makes it easy to remove and reattach.
The ZombieZoo line currently consists of five different plush characters: Rob (rabbit); Toxic (snake); Boo (cat); Muck (monkey); Stich (pig). They're all designed with a few commonalities – they're missing an eye and have unfortunate zombie scars all over their body.
Stich has some of those red scars sewn randomly around her body. Her ears lack stuffing and are pinned down with a strand of thread (to give it a floppy look). There's a little corkscrew tail on the rear end...what would a pig be without a corkscrew tail? But the most interesting thing about the plush is the way it's sewn around the edges. There's about a quarter of an inch between the seam and the edge of the material. This gives the plush a tattered look...zombies can't look perfect, right?
The only thing I would change is the body design. The head is recognizable...it's a pig. But the body just sort of looks like a blob. Also, it's not stuffed as firmly as the head. I would have preferred if they held a little truer to the illustrated version of the character.
OVERALL: I recently heard someone say that zombies are going to be the next vampires. I just can't see a love story between a rotting zombie and a human going over well. But if you make the zombies cute...and maybe animals...they might have something. You can pick one up at the following:
Zombie-Zoo.com: $18.99 ea. or $89.99 set of 5
Plush Quality: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10