DAWN OF THE DEAD
One of the most sought after collectibles
is the board Game put out by the ultra-cheap SPI company during 1979. John
H. Butterfield is the game’s designer. The box reads: ‘Fantastic fun
for two to four gamers or for one player using the intriguing solitaire
version...Accurately recreates all the action and tension of the great
original film scenario!’ the playing board is not a board at all but
rather a thin sheet of 17x22 paper. The Japanese also licensed the game
retaining the exact cheesy box art.
The Japanese were wise to make official Zombie
toys in addition to their licensed clothing in 1995. Fewture toys decided
to make figurines, much like the Deforms, or Little Big Heads of the U.S.
Bald Zombie, Blades and Machete Zombie were the only ones available in the
first series. A second series with each of the four humans was never
issued due to poor sales of the first set.
Gaga Communications was determined to
market Zombie for 1995. Three 20x28 posters were reissued: one
chrome with the gas mask design, another of the elevator scene, and the
French/Italian zombie crowd art. Other paraphernalia pumped put included
two t-shirts (gas mask or elevator schemes), a comic book, a baseball cap
reading Zombie, a bomber jacket, a postcard, a chrome mylar
sticker, telephone card and three different newspapers with a smaller
In the U.S. in 1998 Anchor Bay sold shirts (the Andy Warhol-esque video
motif or the bald zombie) and yet another baseball cap of the bald zombie.
In 1999, Reds Toys was licensed by Gaga,
to issue action figures for Zombie. There was high expectation but
ultimately highly exaggerated, anorexic caricatures of familiar
characters: Bald Head, Stephen, ‘Hatchet Head’ (machete zombie),
Motorcycle Raider (Tom Savini’s Blades character). They sold poorly like
the Fewture toys before them, but it has nothing to do with Dawn not being
popular and everything to do with bad sculpting.
Lanny Powers drawing of head over horizon. Romero signature on back
Germany - Zombie - Super 8 on 3 reels:
UFA Buscher-Film 110m Super 8 color, 416-1 Reel 1, 417-1 Reel 2 and 418-1
UK Souvenir Button
They were your friends..
Bald head design with "When there's no more room in Hell" blurb
Black crew jacket
Dario Argento's World of Horror (Vidmark VHS
1986 or Image Entertainment laserdisc, or Synapse Films DVD 1998)
Clips from Dawn and footage of Goblin.