Products for the Apocalypse: Cool Zombie Merchandise That You Probably Didn't Know Existed
Zombie Consumerism at Its... Ummm... Finest?
Infected with Zombie Mania
It seems that the popularity of zombies has reached critical mass. Walking Dead was the most popular scripted American television series last season. 5k zombie runs draw thousands of participants in cities across the nation. Zombies are omnipresent in our culture.
For long time zombie enthusiasts such as myself, the popularity the undead are currently enjoying creates a unique opportunity to stock up on awesome, crazy products. Now is the time to capitalize on zombie popularity -- before the fad wanes and zombies are relegated once more to cult status.
I frequently find myself surprised (and delighted) by the plethora of absurd zombie products that I run across online. Here are the real stand-outs.
Get in Shape... with Zombies!
1. Games & Apps: Zombies, Run!
There are oodles of zombie games and apps available, but Zombies, Run! still manages to be unique. This free fitness app boasts over half a million users. The idea is simple enough -- you need to run in order to stay ahead of the zombies that want to eat you. How's that for motivation?
This game, one of the most exciting products to come out of the current growing zombie fitness trend, allows you to track your mileage and set your own speed while it delivers an engaging story mixed with your own music.As you run (or walk), you collect supplies that you can use to fortify and add on to your base once your workout is over. If you upgrade to Zombies, Run! 2, the app can even be used inside while on a treadmill.
Zombie Heels & BootsClick thumbnail to view full-size
And Zombie Stockings!
2. High Heels, Boots, and Stockings
Suddenly, the Internet is bursting with novelty zombie shoes -- particularly high heels. How long can this possibly last? Surely, not long enough. Ladies, snap them up while you can. Personally, I am absolutely salivating over T.U.K.'s green and purple stitched heels.
Iron Fist Clothing is an online company with a wild psychobilly aesthetic that produces a huge selection of zombie themed clothing and accessories. For every one pair of zombie shoes produced by some other company, Iron Fist seems to produce a dozen of its own. If you enjoy unusual footwear, pay their site a visit. One word of warning, however: Amazon customer reviews for Iron Fist footwear consistently agree that they love the design but, unfortunately, the quality seems to leave something to be desired.
Also of note as is one of the newer entries into the zombie-themed footwear market is Demonia, a U.K.-based goth and fetish shoe producer that distributes world-wide. A number of Demonia's different zombie-inspired footwear products cancan be found through Amazon.
And then there are stockings to make you look more dead. Remember when women dressed up to look pretty? Well, the backlash is here, and zombie pub crawls have become all the rage. With Gartered Legs Prosthetics from OpenWound FX, you can be life (death?) of the party.
You Have to Admit -- They're Eye-CatchingClick thumbnail to view full-size
3. Purses & Handbags
There are lots of zombie-themed handbags available on the Internet right now. Iron Fist is, once again, a major player in this field. I personally own their Zombie Chomper bag. Although I can't vouch for the quality of the item (it's made of a rather cheap, plastic-like pleather material), I am still in awe of their designs.
Living Dead DollsClick thumbnail to view full-size
4. Zombie Dolls
Who can resist a cute, cuddly dead thing? The zombie doll market has exploded in recent years. You can find zombie babies, teddy bears, kitties, bunnies... pretty much anything traditionally considered cute has been zombified. Among the best conceived of these items are Living Dead Dolls.
Living Dead Dolls are far from a new product; they have been around since the 90's. Nonetheless, they still can't be beaten when it comes to the creepy doll market. Over the years, Mezco has produced 25 series of Living Dead dolls in addition to many limited and special editions.
Although a great number of these dolls could be classified as undead, Series 22 is arguably the quintessential zombie series. Aren't they just adorable?
Stick Figure FamiliesClick thumbnail to view full-size
5. Car Decals
Parodying the popular stick figure family decals that you see on cars in parking lots everywhere, there are now zombie stick figure families available from several different decal companies.
I can't resist chuckling whenever I see this product. The only trouble is that there are so many different brands now that I can never make up my mind about which one to buy.
Merry Undead ChristmasClick thumbnail to view full-size
6. Christmas Ornaments
What says Christmas more than a zombie Christmas ornament?
For those with an odd sense of holiday festivity, there are now a wide variety of zombie-themed ornaments to hang on the tree. Severed foot in a Christmas stocking anyone?
Lawn of the DeadClick thumbnail to view full-size
7. Lawn Ornaments
Now you can show everyone your love for the undead! Decorate your lawn with an all-year-round lawn ornament.
Who can resist a zombie garden gnome? Originally available through Etsy, there are now actually several companies producing their own versions of these.
And, if your lawn still feels a tad incomplete, you can always add a zombie flamingo to the mix. Come on, you know you want to...
Even the Undead Like to Feel PrettyClick thumbnail to view full-size
8. Health & Beauty Products
Health and Beauty products are not the first things that spring to mind when I think of zombies, but that hasn't stopped a slew of companies from marketing products that merge the two.
Zombie make-up is available in abundance. Of particular note is the Zombie Girl Collection of eyeshadows from Concrete Minerals that is going straight onto my Christmas wishlist this year.
The zombie sleep mask gives new meaning to the term beauty sleep. Bloody Brains Zombie Soap doesn't exactly instill a lot of confidence in its ability to get you clean, but it is one hell of a novelty item. And, if you enjoy scrubbing up with bloody brains, perhaps you'd also enjoy some zombie blood shower gel?
Zombies, Yum!Click thumbnail to view full-size
9. Zombie Food
We'd all probably prefer not to associate zombies with food, but these creative products flout that taboo. After all, who hasn't secretly wanted to consume Zombie Blood or Zombie Skin? Or Zombie Toenails? Zombie Wine?
No? Okay, how about a cute little Zombie Easter Bunny then?
I can't vouch for the taste of any of this stuff, but it at least gets points for creativity.
Is That Sanitary?Click thumbnail to view full-size
10. Kitchen Products
This is yet another category you might not necessarily want to associate with zombies. Nonetheless, zombies abound in the culinary arena.
Just some of the zombie merchandise you can find for the kitchen includes zombie bottle openers, salt and pepper shakers, wine bottle stoppers, goblets, cookie jars, and a huge variety of different gruesome aprons. Bon appetit!
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© 2013 Alisha Adkins