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For the person who has everything, holiday shopping can be a real chore, but for the movie maven in your life, Mezco Toyz offers an eclectic line of licensed collectibles you simply can’t find anywhere else – and perhaps never expected to find at all!

Looking for a replica of the talking Chucky “Good Guy” doll popularized in the Child’s Play franchise? Mezco’s made it. If you’re a devotee of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films, you can own any one of the Ash dolls, whether as a (somewhat battered) human wielding his trusty chainsaw or as the pseudo-zombie “Deadite Ash” from Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987).

Encompassing a wide spectrum of pop-culture classics that certainly isn’t confined to the kiddie trade, Mezco also offers Hellraiser’s Pinhead, items inspired by and based on Beetlejuice, The Conjuring, the classic Universal monsters, any number of DC and Marvel Comics superheroes and supervillains, and such-small screen favorites as “South Park,” “Family Guy” and, if you can believe it, AMC’s award-winning blockbuster “Breaking Bad.” (Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Walter Wood?)

Whether or not you liked Suicide Squad, one of the most critically derided blockbuster hits in recent memory, Mezco’s upcoming One: 12 Collective figure of The Joker (to be released in March, $75) is an impressive piece of work, or you can pick up the Mez-Itz “Mad Love” duo of The Joker and Harley Quinn (only $15) right now. The Mez-Itz Suicide Squad collection, released in June, has already sold out. If you’re a Mortal Kombat fan, the Sub-Zero and Scorpion bobbleheads are $16 each. But, as is not uncommon in the Mezco universe, Sub-Zero’s already sold out.

Mezco’s also on Series 32 in its wildly popular line of “Living Dead Dolls” (a fairly self-explanatory moniker!), and scarcely a week goes by without a new product being announced or released. At the end of November, Mezco announced the spring release of The One: 12 Collective of Marvel’s Spider-Man ($80) – just in time to celebrate the July opening of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the web-slinging teen Peter Parker.

Founded in 2000 by company president Michael “Mez” Markowitz, Mezco Toyz has become a favorite among pop-culture collectors and aficionados. Many of their products have sold out and become instant collector’s items, fetching (very) high prices among die-hard devotees.

In its 16-year history, Mezco’s products have included items based on Alien, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Austin Powers, RoboCop, Reservoir Dogs, Underworld, The Warriors, The Blues Brothers, Edward Scissorhands, Predator, Scarface, Hellboy, NFL Extreme Athletes, “Miami Vice,” “The Osbournes” (!), and even The Notorious B.I.G.

Categories include action figures, 1:12-scale figures, mini-figures, vinyl figures, 12-inch figures, bobbleheads, dolls, mega-scale figures, and plush toys. Prices, not including shipping, range from about $10 to over $100. At this time, Mezco Toyz only ships to domestic addresses in the United States.

The official Mezco Toyz website is: http://www.mezcotoyz.com/.

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