by: Peter Ong [ ]
Not Yet Dead Miniatures
1/35 Survivor Molly Jones (NYD-S017)
Not Yet Dead Miniatures of Germany specializes in 1/35 and 28mm resin and white metal figures of survivors and zombies, a popular modeling topic with the appearance of several recent post-apocalyptic and zombie television shows and movies.
Not Yet Dead Miniatures’ (NYDM) resin 1/35 “Survivor Molly Jones” came in a white cardboard box with a color paper sleeve of a painted photo of the figure, a trademark of their kits. Removing the sleeve and opening the box with a clear plastic window reveals the figure padded with blue foam and bubblepaper. The kit contents are:
• Figure of Molly Jones (single-piece cast)
• Smiling head option 1
• Screaming head option 2
• Left arm
• Right arm option 1 holding stuffed monster toy
• Right arm option 2 holding dagger
• Black plastic circular disc
Although a black plastic circular disc comes with the kit, the figure isn’t really intended as a wargaming figure since all of NYDM’s figures are scale models and thus lack the “heroic proportions” (that squat-squashed appearance) found in wargaming figures.
1/35 “Survivor Molly Jones” is a pre-tween girl wearing a puffy rain jacket with hood, long enough to hide what she wears under it. She has a rigid square backpack with flap, emblem, and straps that attaches to a square hole in her back; the backpack’s straps are molded on her shoulders. Two “hightop” sneakers are on her feet, complete with laces and bobby socks.
Molly has two head and two arm options. The figure modeler could decide to mold her benevolent with a shy smiling head and her arms by her side (left arm holding onto a stuffed monster toy), or choose the second option of a screaming head and her right arm holding onto a long dagger. Her hair is in two ponytails, tied off with bows. I testfitted the arms and they fit perfectly, the pegs aligning with the holes in the torso. The head’s pour blocks and support tabs prevented me from testfitting the heads to the body.
Casting of Molly Jones appears decent and proportional. The figure itself has the pour blocks molded on the shoes, leaving the rest of the figure clear of cleanup. The arms and head are surrounded by thin flash, but these could easily be removed. I did detect seam lines along a few arms and these are mainly caused by the resin flash. I could not see any casting errors, runs, blobs, or sinkholes in the parts.
Best of all, Molly Jones could be assembled into an ordinary unarmed civilian and placed outside of any conflict or post-apocalyptic setting. The dagger is the only weapon option for Molly as she has no other weapons or gear to present her as “armed and dangerous.”
I compared Molly to my standing 1/35 DML “Light Infantry” figure and Molly’s height comes up to mid-back of the DML figure.
NYDM’s 1/35 “Survivor Molly Jones” is a unique figure of an armed or unarmed young girl. Casting looks decent with smooth detailed surfaces although Molly Jones does require more cleanup, cutting, and sanding than some of NYDM’s other figures. The option of heads and arms gives the builder flexibility to either arm Molly or not, choosing a peaceful or mean-spirited child. Molly Jones should make an interesting and unique addition to any 1/35 figure collection that needs a small young civilian girl.
Special Thanks to Not Yet Dead Miniatures for the review sample. Photos with a red background are from Not Yet Dead Miniatures.