by: Peter Ong [ ]
Masterbox Limited of Ukraine broke the traditional military figure trend with the release of five 1/35th scale figures depicting a scene from a zombieland—a female rider on a motorcycle defending herself from the advancing horde of four zombies. While the motorcycle isn’t included in the kit, the five figures caused quite an exciting stir amongst Science-Fiction and Fantasy figure modelers as being unique and helpful to their collections.
The box art painted by illustrator V. Petelin really deserves praise as it appears very accurate to what the figures represent, right down to the scars, clothing, poses, postures, and facial expressions.
This kit contains a total of 49 parts and while the motorcycle is not included, Masterbox has printed a photo list of possible 1/35th scale motorcycle candidates ranging from World War Two vintage to modern 1990s made by various manufacturers.
I detected no seam lines, sinkholes, flash, or casting errors; casting appears almost flawless with exquisite details.
This kit contains five figures, three female and two male. The figures are:
• A “female police officer zombie” comprising of head, torso, arms, legs, and handcuff and pepper spray pouch
• A “male zombie with mouth tentacles” comprising of head, torso, legs, arms, and mouth tentacles
• A female motorcycle rider comprising of head, torso, legs, arms, trenchcoat halves, pistol, pistol in thigh holster, empty thigh holster, and shotgun in holster
• A “walking male zombie” comprising of head, torso, arms and legs
• A “crawling female zombie” comprising of head, torso, arms, legs, separate hands, and ponytail piece.
Additional pieces form the stowage on the sold-separately motorcycle:
• Bedroll with two separate end caps
• Four water jerry can halves (to make two cans) with separate handles
• A square backpack, and
• A round-triangular backpack.
This is my first Masterbox figure kit and the molding looks great, very crisp, defined, subtle, and minute. One can see the fine engraved lines on the seams of the jeans and make out the tiny bumps for shirt buttons and raised plastic for backpack latches. Each figure appears to have the same attention and effort spent on its sculpting, making for consistent-looking figures for the entire kit.
The “female police officer zombie” has a good girth with wide legs, torso, and head. The hair is especially well done as is her furrowed brow, popping-eyes, and agape mouth. The pepper spray and handcuff pouch were a nice addition. One can barely make out the engraved badge and two pocket pens on her shirt, but it’s there if one looks closely enough. Her left arm has a molded-on cloth badge and the skin a nasty scar, another nice touch done by the sculptor.
The female motorcycle rider appears to wear leather boots, trenchcoat, and pants. She has on a T-shirt under her trenchcoat. The hands are molded onto the arms; her left hand holds a pistol while her right hand is open to clasp the motorcycle’s handle. Masterbox also includes a separate pistol; the pistol itself appears to be a .45cal M1911 or 9mm. Thigh straps are included for two leg holsters, an empty left one and a right one with a holstered pistol. Each holster has one molded-on pouch on the side for an extra magazine. She wears a headscarf with only her front bangs showing. Her face has a pleasant and somewhat serious expression and of all the faces in the kit, this one appears the most natural. (A. Gagarin, the Masterbox sculptor, did a fine job with all the faces, but this female motorcycle rider really does appear human and not possessed by the zombie virus). A unique feature is the no-stock pistolgrip shotgun in a long leather holster which gets glued to the inside of a trenchcoat flap or to the outside rack of a motorcycle. It’s interesting to note that her weapons are solely intended for self-defense as she doesn’t have the firepower to go on the offensive for long because she doesn’t have automatic weapons although enterprising modelers could add carbines and rifles (sold separately). Nonetheless, the handguns and shotgun she possesses would be the most realistically available weapons to any civilian during such a scenario.
The “crawling female zombie” appears to wear a thin trenchcoat or doctor’s coat. The shirt is buttoned around the torso and the flaps of the coat molded around the thighs. She has on pants and shoes. The hands are separate as is the ponytail. Her face has a grimace.
The “walking male zombie” has a buttoned shirt and wears jeans. The jean pockets and seam lines are finely and subtly engraved. The face has a frown and narrowed eyes and appears pretty natural compared to his other zombie comrades.
The “male zombie with mouth tentacles” wears a buttoned shirt, pants with side cargo pockets (similar to military Battle Dress Uniform) and has an open mouth. The four-arm tentacles are molded separately (looks like a starfish); therefore, the modeler could glue them on the open mouth, or leave them off to depict the zombie either yelling or trying to bite a potential victim.
Note that none of the figures wear clothes with any tears or rips, just as the box art shows.
Masterbox gives the modeler stowage in the form of two water jerry cans, a bedroll, a square backpack, and a round triangular backpack that are supposed to attach to the sold-separately motorcycle’s rear and sides. The gear gives the viewer a sense that the female motorcycle rider planned for a long trek, either fleeing the scene or passing through. The backpacks somewhat resemble ALICE military-style backpacks, but have enough difference in shape and size to not accurately depict them, making them civilian backpacks, and the box art and assembly photos paints them as such.
Some figure modelers might wonder if the zombies could represent ordinary civilians. That may be possible although perhaps only 50% of the figure parts (torsos and heads) could be used as normal civilians since the poses and postures of the limbs would make for some weird-looking ordinary civilians.
The assembly photos show part numbers, but the sprue has no part numbers. Despite this, modelers with some experience should be able to assemble the figures by the photos alone.
Masterbox has produced a very unique and masterful zombie figure set in plastic with nice detail, artful poses, and individual emotional facial complexions. The clothing stands up to current times and the zombies appear to act and move as a team, or as individuals. Casting appears superb with subtle and fine details and engraved lines and clothing wrinkles. This kit should give any Science-Fiction and Fantasy modeler a huge boost in depicting a 1/35th scale zombieland scene.
Special Thanks to Masterbox Limited of Ukraine for the review sample.