Bruce Campbell’s puppet pal “Ashy Slashy” from season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead will soon debut as a collectible prop replica. Based on cult classic Evil Dead trilogy of films from Ash actor Campbell, director Sam Raimi and producer Rob Tapert, Ash vs. Evil Dead made its debut as an unfiltered blood, guts and goop-soaked episodic series on STARZ in 2015, and was quickly renewed for a second season.
Picking up the story of Ashley J. Williams and his renewed battled against evil deadites decades after the end of the original trilogy, Ash vs. Evil Dead introduced fans to several new characters, including a new nemesis Ruby (Lucy Lawless), as well a pair of ass-kicking (or is it Ash-kicking?) sidekicks with Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago). But as the Evil Dead faithful found out in season 2, new characters didn’t always require a pulse, as the wicked hand-puppet “Ashy Slashy” was introduced to the fray.
Meant as a therapeutic instrument to help Ash cope with his existence after being involuntarily committed to an insane asylum, the puppet, dubbed “Ashy Slashy” (which is also not-so-flattering nickname given to Ash by the locals because of his chainsaw-wielding past) comes to life and makes life hell for anybody that gets in the way.
As the primary licensee for Evil Dead and Ash vs. Evil Dead merchandise, collectibles company NECA quickly realized Ashy Slashy’s popularity and immediately went to work on a full-scale replica of the puppet. According to Dead Central, NECA has just unveiled the packaging for the Ashy Slashy puppet, which means the product’s release is right around the corner (currently the release is slated for “Fall 2017”). Ashy Slashy, which is 15 inches in height, will be packaged, naturally, in an Ash vs. Evil Dead-themed box, which includes photos of Ash and the puppet from the TV series. See the packaging below:
NECA says the Ashy Slashy puppet works like any other hand puppet, where you insert your hand to move its mouth. The arms have also been designed to move because like his human doppelganger, Ashy Slashy has a chainsaw hand. Of course, Ashy Slashy had some choice filthy words to say to the likes of Ash and Kelly in the Ash vs. Evil Dead asylum episodes, so the dialogue the puppet speaks will be completely up to the owner of the new prop replica.
In today’s ever-competitive environment of cool movie and TV collectibles, it’s fun to see that NECA seized such of a unique opportunity to make such a unique product, which perfectly compliments its 7-inch action figures for the first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead (a second series of figures, including one with Ash in his asylum uniform from season 2, is on the way). With any luck, there will be more unique characters introduced in the upcoming third season of Ash vs. Evil Dead – which will debut February 25, 2018, on STARZ – to inspire additional groovy collectibles based on the series.
Source: Dead Central
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