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Zombie Puberty

Zombie Puberty

It’s that time of year again. What time is that you ask? Halloween of course. What better way to celebrate than with a thematic entry for such a spooky day.

You’ve seen one zombie, you’ve seen ’em all, right? Wrong.

Look at this guy. He’s all f-ed up.

Covered with juicy, candy-coated sores,
Oozing puss

… and he’s balding.

It’s tough being an awkward, teenage zombie – living (or is that un-living) in a state of a pimply puberty. Even his eye and navel are oozing. Poor kid.

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Hideshi Hino - Zowruko Horror Zombie Toy by Planet Toys

He’ll never know the taste of a woman’s brain.

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Hideshi Hino - Zowruko Horror Zombie Toy by Planet Toys

So, running a blog dedicated to “weirdo toys,” pretty much means I can virtually feature anything from my collection for this “special” Halloween edition. I finally decided to feature this little fella I bought a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I trashed his packaging, so I have no record of what he is (it’s before I knew I’d be doing this blog 😉). I think a friend informed me that he’s part of a series of figures based on freaky zombie characters by some Japanese illustrator. At the moment, I have no info other than “Planet Toys Made in China”, but I’m working on it.


Thanks to some information from Jonathan at, I now know that this weird toy is a character from the mind of horror manga artist, Hideshi Hino. His name is Zowroku, and he belongs to a toyline that includes two other Hino characters, Hell Baby and Dokumushi (the “Bug Boy”).

Hideshi Hino - Hell Baby and Bug Boy Horror Comics

I also found some images of the toy packaging. I knew I shouldn’t have thrown it away.

Hideshi Hino - Zowruko Horror Zombie Toy by Planet Toys


7 Responses

  1. Mom says:

    Homer gone for a skinny dip? Where in hell do you find these things?

  2. jWALKER says:

    “He’ll never know the taste of a woman’s brain.” Classic.

  3. Scythemantis says:

    There’s also one more figure in the line, a really gnarly Frankenstein’s monster! FM is another monster who suffers from the same generic look across thousands of interpretations, but Hino did a really nice one!

  4. Justin says:

    He has had a generic look, but I still like it 😉
    I’d love to get a good look at the Hideshi Hino version.

  5. Scythemantis says:

    I know this is seven months later but I just serendipitously stumbled across this again and happen to have a picture of him where he stood upon my bookshelf before I moved:

    “Bride of Frankenstein April O’Neil” is having second thoughts about the arrangement.

  6. Justin says:

    Thanks Scythemantis. It’s always great to see more cool/freaky toys form fellow collectors. Thanks for sharing.

  7. krakit says:

    Here’s another photo of the Hideshi Hino version of
    Frankenstein’s monster, but with a different paint job on it.

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