The Snow White fairytale has seen a massive resurgence lately thanks to TV shows like Once Upon a Time and movies like ,the appropriately named, Snow White & The Huntsman. Today though, MTV Geek is going to be spending time with a version of Snow White that doesn't have a drunken Thor to help her against the Queen. Oh, and this version of the Queen has a giant gaping maw-- and also is in the form of a creepy-ass doll! Join us as we take a closer look at Snow White and her Evil Stepmother, the Queen, from Mezco Toyz' Living Dead Dolls Scary Tales Vol. 4!
Here's the poem posted on the insert to Snow White and the Queen's familiar coffin-style packaging:
Coal colored hair and skin so fair,
That was young Snow white.
The Queen did plan to kill her,
But didn't expect a fight.
A poison apple was the tool,
Its flesh as red as fire.
But in the end it was the Queen,
who ended up in the pyre.
The sculpt for these dolls utilizes the same tooling as we've seen from countless other LDDs, which just adds to how impressive this line is when it comes to paint and clothing in order to make the various characters stand out from one another. The costuming is very well done in both stitching and variety of cloth used, especially for the LDD's lower price point.
There's very little paint used on these dolls, but what's there is simple an effective. The eyes are just as soulless as ever, and we really dig Snow White's whorish makeup on her corpse-like alabaster skin. Her face surrounded by the tangled mess of pitch black hair gives her an appearance that screams both of horror and beauty-- horrific beauty, if you will. As for the Queen, well, she scores some more intricate paint apps thanks to her soul-sucking maw that sits hidden beneath her cloak. The paint apps are clean, but the Queen's look may have been just a little too ambitious using the usual LDD head sculpt. While still creepy as hell, if the lower jaw was actually missing, it would have put her into a whole new level of disturbing.
Articulation for the Queen and her raven-haired Stepdaughter comes from the usually five points seen in the Living Dead Dolls line: Ball-joint head, shoulders, and hips. while limited, these points are still better than most of the porcelain dolls these toys mimic and allow for some decent standing options. Also, the full tilt of the ball-joint neck allows for some very nuanced emotions simply accomplished by the off-kilter way in which you pose their head. Again, if these were action figures, we'd be disappointed as all get out, but since their dolls we can't find much fault.
When it comes to accessories, this time around there's just the one: the infamous poison apple! The apple is a solid piece of plastic, painted in a high-gloss red and has a peg sculpted into the side that inserts into the hole in Snow White's right hand. It's a fitting accessory, but would have possibly had more impact if it had a "bite" taken out of it or anything else to make it stand out a little more.
The Living Dead Dolls are kind of in a category of their own when it comes to our toy reviews, so there's not a lot of comparison. However, Snow white and the Queen are possibly our favorite LDDs to date and we can't wait to get our hands on the rest of the Scary Tales series! For more on these dolls, plus all of Mezco Toyz' other awesome products, be sure to check out their official website!
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