Zombies are everywhere these days. From TV shows like The Walking Dead to video games where you fight them on the moon, the zombie plague has infected our collective pop culture. Sideshow Collectibles has also been infected and they have fully embraced it with their recent release, “The Undying Carcass”. Yet, can a premium format figure stand on its own? The Undying Carcass isn’t from a TV show, movie, or video game. No, the Undying Carcass is a story/ figure of its own.
The box is sealed in a plain outer protective box when it arrives from Sideshow. This is an incredible blessing because of the artistry and care (both Sideshow traits) all over it. From the bloody smeared hand print on the top to the figure’s image stretching across two sides, you know this is something special. The bottom of the box (not pictured) indicates that this collectable is number 146 out of 400. If you were never to remove it, you would at least know which one you had. There are also several warnings of a “plague” and an “experiment gone wrong” further supplying its story.
The Undying Carcass is sealed in Styrofoam. Unfortunately there is not a sticker or a note to open the box flat on the floor. One of the Undying Carcass’ heads came bouncing out. There are not instructions or a letter of authenticity in the package either. The Undying Carcass and its assembly is self explanatory.
The figure itself reeks of the undead. Pores and sores supply plenty of gore; thus making it better to leave the Undying Carcass’ hospital gurney on. Bones protrude in just so subtle of a fashion that it makes this figure move. The gurney itself is dirty, blood stained, and is just repugnant to look at. No smell has been provided, but the artistry alone supplies one. In a word, perfect. Well, for an Undying Carcass that is.
There is none. This is a “premium format figure” but it should titled “premium format statue”. With all the detail and undead horror oozing from every pore, I only wish I could twist and distort him further. The two different heads help to mix it up. There is also the choice to have a completely naked Undying Carcass.
It comes with an incredible base complete with a discarded end of the world sign making your Undying Carcass truly rule his apocalypse. My only complaint is that the sign should read “the end is nigh” not “the end is near”.
I wasn’t a fan of the original Undying Carcass head. Thankfully, this Exclusive Edition comes with a more suitable head. What’s the difference? The original head lacks any real humanity. The most terrifying thing about Zombies is how closely they resemble a human being. To look into its single eye and still see some skin on its face is to see pure horror. With this head, we are able to see the shadow of humanity that remains.
Sideshow Collectibles is now developing stories for each of their original premium design figures. The Undying Carcass is part of The Dead collection (see full collection here). Sideshow has even gone so far as to create a short film for this design. This is yet another great reminder that Sideshow Collectibles really cares about their work. Check out the “live footage” of the Undying Carcass here and follow The Dead on Facebook and Twitter. To order this particular Undying Carcass, see the official Sideshow Collectible page.
THE FINAL WORD:
This is an incredible figure. No, it is not from The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, or even Zombies ate my Neighbors. It is bold, gross, and beautifully disgusting. I thought I would have a problem with it not being from any known property (Star Wars, Marvel or the like). Then I realized it is; it’s from Sideshow Collectibles The Dead.
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