Tuesday, December 4, 2012

REVIEW: SLUG Zombies Series 3 - Double-Barrel Carol

Produced by JAKKS Pacific | Released November 2012

Survival Skill: Her Unwavering Wit
Likes: B Horror Movies
Dislikes: Mini-Golf, Crying Children
Favorite Quote: ''Totally Not Cool!''

SLUG Zombies Series 3 - Double-Barrel Carol
It's time for another SLUG Zombie Review, this time featuring Series 3's geek girl extraordinaire, Double-Barrel Carol!

Double-Barrel Carol is one of a number of SLUG Zombies provided for Review purposes by JAKKS Pacific (meaning we didn't actually buy this figure.) Just so you know.

Sculpt & Design
From her hipster glasses and fishnet glove right down to her (presumably) plaid skirt and, of course, heavy armament, Double-Barrel Carol is every bit the geeky, kick-ass nerd girl. What she appears to lack in physical dominance she makes up for with an acidic wit and a sharp attitude. 

It's worth noting that the above character description isn't the official JAKKS Pacific one. It's simply what I thought as soon as I saw Double-Barrel Carol and it's a testament to the strong design of the figure that she immediately evokes a sense of history and character.

The sculpt work is, as we've come to expect, first class. The aforementioned character details are superb, clean and well-defined, with some really cool micro-detail on each. From the shotgun shells on her notched, broad-buckled belt to the pleats in her skirt and the laces on her boots, there's a ton going on here - yet it's never overwhelming or too ''busy.'' It's a shame these photos don't capture the detail or do justice to the sculpt.

Part of me wonders if this is JAKKS Pacific's tribute to the world's most famous monster-hunting geek girl, Velma Dinkley (of Scooby Doo fame) but I'm not sure if I'm simply making a connection between this figure and a previously-viewed piece of Velma fan art. Either way though, it's still not just a great sculpt but also a fantastic bit of character design.

The attitude continues over into the pose, with Double-Barrel Carol sporting a fantastic no-nonsense, ''don't mess with me'' coolness that speaks volumes about the character. (and yes, I'm reusing that word again.) And for a figure so slim (at least compared to the other SLUG Zombies) she has no problems standing unaided.

Obviously, like all SLUG Zombie figures Double-Barrel Carol is unpainted, instead sporting a rather cool peach/''MUSCLE-flesh'' colorway. For some reason the Zombie Hunters don't seem to photograph quite so clearly as the putrid green zombies, which is a real shame, as there's some fantastic detail work going on here...

Extras & Accessories
Double-Barrel Carol comes with the standard SLUG Zombies Series 3 biography/collector sheet.

Final Thoughts
Double-Barrel Carol is probably one of the coolest characters in the SLUG Zombies line. And I use the word ''character'' to mean just that, as you can almost imagine her wisecracking sass and kick-ass attitude as she dispatches the undead horde. Quite an achievement given it's no more than a 2'' tall lump of (albeit nicely sculpted) plastic.

She's one of those prime examples of how a strong concept and some well thought-out details and features can combine to produce something very special. The fact that the final sculpt is a knock-out is just the icing on the proverbial cake. If you're not a collector of the line or you're looking for a figure that will turn people onto the SLUG Zombie minifigures, then Double-Barrel Carol is your girl.

Quite possibly my favorite SLUG Zombie so far. And that's saying something.

Final Score: A

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  1. You know, I've been wondering who this is 'supposed' to be and I have to say, your assessment that she's based on the zombie killing Velma is the best proposal I've heard, and makes me want this one even more now!

    1. Haha! Yeah, I kind of get a Velma vibe from her but with that said, a lot of the SLUG Zombies are also named after the folks at JAKKS Pacific, so maybe there's a Carol on the design team who's a kick-ass geek...!


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