AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead doesn’t return to the network until October, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up like your favorite survivor, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Now you can add an extra little bit of authenticity to your cosplay. Sure, you already have the tattered, stained uniform, big-ass revolver, and a crew of like-minded compatriots to form a post-apocalyptic gang. But hasn’t there always been something missing, some component that isn’t quite up to snuff? Like maybe you just have one of those crappy plastic replica badges you picked up at the costume store last Halloween. Now, however, you can rectify that situation with this high-end recreation of Rick’s actual badge and nametag.
There is one problem with this copy, produced by Gentle Giant Ltd. It comes nestled in a nice, fancy package, a shadowbox to be precise, that you’ll have to crack open in order to get at the contents. Every nerd worth their salt knows that you never, ever open the original packaging, unless you want to watch the value of your collection plummet like a stone.
While the pros and cons of taking the badge out of the box is something you’ll have to wrestle with yourself, this is a pretty cool piece of memorabilia to add to your collection. It’s digitally sculpted from the actual prop used in the show, so you’re not going to find a more faithful, accurate recreation anywhere on the market. I don’t know if that makes it worth the $88.99 Big Bad Toy Store is charging for it, but if you’ve got some extra cash laying around, and you’re into this sort of thing, why not go for it? The box also comes with a replica of Andrew Lincoln’s signature. That may be a selling point for some of you.
Come this fall, we’ll see how things go for season four of The Walking Dead. Last season was wildly inconsistent, and featured some of the best and worst episodes of the show’s three-season run. As critical as I’ve been about the show, based on the comics of the same name by Robert Kirkman, I’m strangely optimistic going forward. There was a highly public split between the show and showrunner Glen Mazzara. His replacement, Scott Gimple, penned the episode “Clear,” last year, which stands as perhaps the best episode since the pilot. Without going into too much detail, it shows the true potential inherent in the series…how good it can be. They also killed off my least favorite character. Hopefully the show continues to move in this direction.