phalen180 here with another guest review for Michael's Review of the
Week, this time of the latest exclusive from one of my favorite toy lines,
Living Dead Dolls.
First released in March & April of 2001 and produced by MezCo Toys, Living Dead Dolls
are a series of grim and gruesome baby dolls designed by horror maniacs Ed
Long and Damien Glonek (owner of horror memorabilia co. Unearthly
Club Mez Penny is a
club-exclusive variant of a previous doll made available only to the Hong
Kong toy market (through Toy2R / Easy Finder) and limited to 666 numbered
While she is listed on the Club Mez website as a limited
production doll, I think that the limit may be however many they can
Penny sports bright red hair, black "Anarchy" dress, punk
bracelet, black boots with red laces and bloodied face and body.
Packaging - ***1/2
The Living Dead Dolls line is over
20 dolls strong as of this writing and I'm still not sick of the great
coffin packaging. It's attractive clear lid and great design elements
(cobwebs and slogans) as well as the unique "coffin poem" for each doll
makes this packaging hard to improve on. Club Mez Penny gets an extra 1/2
star for the yellow tissue paper, which reacts well under black light.
Sculpting - **
There are no problems with the
sculpting of these dead dolls' faces or bodies, but since the same (or
similar) mold is used for each one, it only gets two stars.
Paint - ***
Of the dozen Penny dolls I have seen,
none of them had a poor paint job, no sloppy eyes, lips or eyebrows in
The blood has been applied attractively to face, arms and
legs with no smearing or other problems.
Articulation - **1/2
Living Dead Dolls all have 5
points or articulation, as you would expect from the "baby doll" style
body - neck, arms and legs. It would be nice to be able to pose the dolls
in a wider range of positions, but the current articulation is acceptable.
Accessories - **
Penny comes with a "hatchet"
accessory and her death certificate. The hatchet doesn't get good points
because it is reused from Series 2's School-Time Sadie doll.
Clothes - ***
Penny's "Anarchy" dress is made of a
nice understated velvet-like material and the stitching is well done.
Hair - ***
Penny's hair is awesome! The regular
series have so many black-haired dolls that it's a great change of pace to
have a doll with bright, in-your-face color.