For me, zombies just don’t hold the same sway that the classic monsters command. Guys like Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Mummy, and Creature from the Black Lagoon are true personalities. Each has either a compelling backstory, or a driving purpose to them. Zombies work well as nameless horde type of threat, but there’s only so many times that stor can be told. That’s not to discount the popularity or the importance of the zombie in horror films, it’s just a personal preference. When the undead does show up, and maybe I’m just getting to be a curmudgeon, but I prefer a Romero zombie over the modern speedy type. I will admit however that the Walking Dead TV series has helped to bring back a little of the shuffle to the old brain munchers’ game.
The Toxo-Zombie is the final result of Cobra’s less than strict adherence to proper hazardous materials handling and use of PPE. The figure is a pretty amazing sculpt, both technically and in terms of gruesomeness. The 90s was a kind of golden age for gross-out toys, and the villains from many of the environmentally conscious toy lines fit the barf bill perfectly. The bright colors must have staved off the complaints of parents at the time, and I imagine that the kind of realistic looking zombie toys which populate toy shelves now wouldn’t have gone over quite as well.
I absolutely love the presentation, from the sculpt to the colors and the actiin features. Typical for the Eco Warriors, the Toxo-Zombie is decorated with swaths of color changing paint. Over the years, many of the figures in the series have been subject to the special paint permanently changing, resulting in dark smears across uniforms. In this case, the effect contributes to the rancid look.
In previous coverage of the figure, I’d neglected to get a shot of the Toxo-Zombie holding his water squirting weapon. Some of the 90s launchers and the like are just so large and unwieldy that they’re not conducive to photo shoots, but I can’t imagine this figure now without his gimmickry.