Friday, August 31, 2012

Jakks Pacific Brings Back Mini Rubber Monsters With S.L.U.G. Zombies!


It wasn't even that long ago that going into Toys R Us was a depressing and uninteresting experience.  Lame new toys.  Blah.

And then, over the course of the past year or so, things began to change.  The toy industry began experiencing a huge resurgence in 80's toy lines, and soon the shelves at Toys R Us became stocked with everything from old classics like Garbage Pail Kids and Dr. Dreadful's gross out labs to new lines inspired by toys from the past such as The Trash Pack and Stinky Little Trash Monsters.  Throw in some classic Masters of the Universe and Thundercats toys, along with a whole line of Evil Dead 2 action figures, and a trip into Toys R Us these days is needless to say pretty damn awesome.  Hell, I rarely make a pit stop in there without finding something new and exciting that makes my eyes light up like a 10 year old boy on Christmas morning.

My latest find, which I just made tonight, is a new line from Jakks Pacific called S.L.U.G. (Scary Little Ugly Guys) Zombies, a modern day zombified take on the M.U.S.C.L.E and Monster In My Pocket mini figures from the 80's and 90's.  I was surprised to discover that the packs of three that I found were labeled as being from Series 3, being that I had never heard about these.  But I believe the line was just started a few months back, so I guess they're just churning out new ones at a pretty quick pace.  Aint nothing wrong with that!

In any event, I of course could not resist picking up some of these, and at just $3.99 per pack of three, I ended up snatching up two packs, which each contain two green zombies and one tan colored zombie hunter.  Whadya say we crack these bad boys open and take a closer look at the Scary Little Ugly Guys that are on the inside?!

Extra Crispy, Zero Hero, Riled-Up Riley
Basehit Bones, Jeet Kune Dead, Woody The Wrecker

Now the coolest thing about these little guys, as you may have noticed in the pictures above, is that many of them are quite clearly inspired by real life people/actors from horror movies, though the references in name are of course indirect due to the fact that the likenesses are not officially licensed in any way, shape or form.  Extra Crispy is obviously supposed to be KFC's Colonel Sanders, while Jeet Kune Dead is Bruce Lee.

And here's where things get even cooler ...
When it comes to the tan colored zombie hunter figures, these two are clearly two iconic zombie hunters from recent horror films; Riled-Up Riley being Shaun from Shaun of the Dead, paddle and all, and Woody The Wrecker being Woody Harrelson from Zombieland.  At one point in the film Woody wields a pick axe just like that, and the figure even has the gun holster positioned on his leg like he had.  Hell, the description of the character lists Woody The Wrecker as being a fan of junk food, a reference to his love affair with Twinkies.  That's right folks, we now have ourselves the very first Tallahassee toy.  Too cool!!

Looking at pictures from past series', these indirect references to pop culture figures are nothing new, as everyone from Rambo to Elvis, Abe Lincoln to Hulk Hogan has been given the bootleg Scary Little Ugly Guy treatment.  I'm not sure if all the characters are supposed to be references to real people, but there appears to be a mix between those and original characters.

As a dude who has a big time childhood connection to the M.U.S.C.L.E and Monster In My Pocket figurines, I absolutely love these things, and the indirect references to wrestlers, actors and pop culture personalities are but the icing on the cake of what is already an awesome little line of throwback toys.  Online based company October Toys has been churning out similar figures for the past couple years, but it's awesome to see a big time company with widespread exposure like Jakks getting in on the fun.  I approve.  Big time.

Learn more over at the official S.L.U.G. website and pick up your own Scary Little Ugly Guys at your local Toys R Us.  They apparently even have packs of 12 that are shaped like caskets, as well as blind mystery packs, so keep an eye out for those too.

Now get out there and collect 'em all!

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