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Living Dead Dolls Fashion Victims

By John Medeiros

A toy company unlike any other, Mezco combines humor and horror with action and adventure to produce the most sought after collectibles and toys on this (or any other) planet. Michael Markowitz (Mez), the President of Mezco, is the driving force behind all aspects of design and development.

Working with the best talents in the toy industry, Mez conceives and directs each line from start to finish. Mezco Toyz will continue to be a driving force in the industry by developing both licensed properties and its own twisted concepts for years to come.

Mezco Toyz was established in 2000, and has created toys for such licenses as Austin Powers: Goldmember, Run DMC, The Osbourne Family, Reservoir Dogs, and Popeye. Mezco Toyz has created a signature line called Mez-itzT, miniature block figures with tons of attitude, for such licenses as Dick Tracy, the Alien properties, the Predator properties and several others.

Always expect the unexpected from this off beat, unique toy company.

I finally got my hands on a couple of the Living Dead Dolls Fashion Victims and I must say these gals are a lot more intimidating if less frightening than their smaller baby doll-like coffin-boxed Living Dead Dolls. This was Mezco's Goth entry into the fashion doll arena.

Like the popular Bratz dolls, these gals have "pop-on" boots and shoes, oversized cartoon-like heads and come with an additional outfit. That's where the similarities end. At a whopping 13" tall these dolls are made of a heavy-weight soft vinyl. Inside the arms and legs are metal armatures to allow for posing that adds to their heft. The body sculpt includes very muscular legs and gigantic breasts. It's good that these gals come packed with an extra ensemble because you would be hard pressed to find other fashion dolls clothes to fit them.

The dolls are ball jointed at the neck and hips with jointed pop-on feet on at least two of the dolls. The hands also pop off and on for ease in redressing.

Their face paint, hair styles and vinyl coloring all reflect the living dead zombie gothic look the line is famous for.

The two examples I have to review are "Lilith" and "Kitty".

Lilith comes dressed in a long Morticia-like black sheath gown with patent leather and lace ruffles at the bottom and waist. The nicely tailored zippered dress also has a built-in lace-up bustier and oversized white collar. It's like Mezco's version of Barbie's famous "Solo in the Spotlight. Her accessories include spike heel boots and black lace wrist scarves. Her extra outfit is an outrageously sexy nun's costume that includes black patent leather bikini bottoms, low cut top with tails and a matching vinyl habit with black lace-up platform boots.

"Kitty" comes dressed as the Cheerleader from Hell in a one-piece red and black vinyl cheerleader outfit with matching pom-poms, saddle shoes and white bobby socks. Her "alternate" personality wears a skintight black vinyl cat suit with high heeled boots. What I liked about this doll was that she comes with actual jointed feet under the saddle shoes, so they pop on like the other doll's boots. From the photos on the box, it looks like the "Sadie" doll also comes with actual feet as well.

Although I do like the sexy fun of these Fashion Victims, I have to honestly say I find the smaller child-like Living Dead Dolls more frightening than their larger sisters. Something about child zombies just gives me gooseflesh.

These Living Dead Dolls Fashion Victims were released at a suggest retail price of $39.99 but can be found for $10 and up on clearance at Spencer Gifts and are also available at Suncoast and on eBay.