The first thing to note is that these are packaged very nicely. Each 6¾" figure comes in a colorful box that opens up to reveal an art card and the figure itself, protected behind a clear plastic window. For those who keep their collections boxed, this is a "best of both worlds" scenario in that the figure can be viewed without opening. The flap has a magnetic closure to keep it nice and tight. Of course, we open everything here, so let's see these outside the box!
They just look cool. Really, it's almost needless to say much else about these. They capture Uminga's "cute and creepy" style, and the paint apps are top-notch. They look like they've stepped off of a sketch card and into the real world, and they're very unique.
What's particularly interesting is how these sculpts lend themselves to different paint styles, much in the same way that different inkers and colorists can completely change the feel of an artist's pencilled work. We're already seeing it with the three variant sets on these, and for Comic-Con this year, Entertainment Earth is featuring an additional trio of Batman variants that bring these to life in even more ways. With these zombie variants, there's a lot of crossover appeal between different fandoms, bridging comics, horror and collectibles. I've decided that my set has a purpose - they won't be displayed every day, but will become a part of my Halloween display here in the office - a fun way to bring some superhero flair into the mix.
Bonus: A look at the 2018 Toy Fair Edition Batman.
DC Comics Artists Alley Collection Zombie Variants are available exclusively at Hot Topic. Other editions are available from DC Collectibles and Entertainment Earth, both affiliate partners of this site. These figures were photographed using the Ready Setz Urban Playset.