And the Miniature Dead Shall Rise… S.L.U.G. Zombies from Jakks Pacific [Toy Review]

SLUG Zombies - Scary Little Ugly Guys

S.L.U.G. Zombies (Scary Little Ugly Guys) is a relatively new toy line from JAKKS Pacific that resurrects the spirit of the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster in My Pocket style of detailed minifigs, much in the same way that October Toys has attempted to do with their OMFG series. In fact, according to Branded in the 80s, one of the co-owners of October Toys (George Gaspar) even worked on one of the S.L.U.G. sculpts!

Currently in their third series, which dropped in August, the S.L.U.G. minifigs come in a single “blind pack, 3-pack or 12-Pack Coffin Box form (for the S.L.U.G. elite, there’s also a Collector’s Case which fits 32 minifigs). Each series consists of 15 figures total and in a bit of traditional marketing savvy, JAKKS packages them in such a way that you’ll have to purchase a combination of the packs in order to collect all of them. A minor inconvenience for such a kick-awesome assortment of height-challenged, flesh-chomping creatures.

SLUG Zombies - 3 Pack

While Series One strictly consisted of zombies, the most recent releases added a smaller sets of flesh-toned zombie slayers (aka “Hunters”). Much like their undead counterparts, the Hunters each serve as well-executed parodies of pop culture icons like Shaun of the Dead, Crocodile Dundee, Rambo… even Ash from Evil Dead. So far, though, Series Two is the clear winner with zombified lampooning of Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Indiana Jones and Andre the Giant!

The sculpting detail on these things are amazing as well – I couldn’t help but let my inner strange kid run wild in Toys”R”Us looking for as many packs as my hands could carry to the register with my self-respect intact. Once I tore through the packaging I couldn’t help but pour over every detail of my horrific haul and, with 100 figures planned (Series 4 is due in October!), I have high hopes there will be many more moments of happiness coming to store shelves soon.

SLUG Zombies - Minifigs

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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  • It seems like the line is doing well after a bad start with Series 1 being hard to find. At ToyFair they mentioned there might be SLUG Monsters and Aliens series down the road. Can’t wait for those!

    • Really?! That sounds like two great additions to this line – I really feel as excited as I did when I bought my first MIMP set. 😀

      I was sorta curious why there hasn’t been more of a marketing push for this line though, aside from other blogs/sites I haven’t heard anything about them.

  • My seven year old son has a bunch of these. They’re great until you step on them in the middle of the night half asleep!

  • how come I didn’t know about these things sooner, they look awesome, I have to check around for these to see if I can find some for my office.

  • I just bought a 12 pack last week. They’re very cool!

  • I want the Velma hunter!

  • This blew completely by my radar. I slowed my toy collecting down a bit to build more on my retro games and comics. Well , trip to the toy store is in order.