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Zombie Lab
by yo go re

It's good to see more women in STEM.

Since Zombie Lab doesn't have specific bios for its characters, you kind of have to extrapolate from the official story to figure out who anyone is beyond simply "survivor in a zombie apocalypse." For instance, Keanna comes from Wave 4, same as Officer Robin, and their corresponding chapter of the story talks about how the police helped rescue researchers from Lab 51; since we've already got a policeman, this then must be our researcher! So she worked for Dr. Banner before he zombified himself; maybe she's the supervisor mentioned in Chapter 1; maybe she's just doing the scut work; it's up to you!

Keanna, who's presumably meant to be an adult, has the same face and haircut as Zoe, the supposed teenager - which really supports our theory that Zoe was either a grown-up playing dress-up, or (in the words of Liz Lemon) she was a 30-year-old Russian dwarf who's just pretending to be a child. The head works much better here than it did on little Zoe.

Keanna is wearing a white jacket (possibly meant to be a lab coat, but it's not the right length for that), a white scoop-neck top, a red skirt, dark leggings, and black high heels. I know OAFE is popular with professional ladies, so sound off: if you've got an unspecified science job, would you wear heels to do it, or flats? Guess it depends on whether she has to sit or stand. Molding the legs in dark plastic and painting on some light patches is a great way to create rips in her stockings. The paint on the coat is less skillful, however: the arms are way darker than the body is, because they've got a wash and it hasn't, so they don't match.

Zombie Lab licensed Boss Fight Studio's "Character Kit System," so Keanna's articulation is going to be good. She has a balljointed head and neck; swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows and wrists; a balljointed torso; balljointed hips; double-hinged knees; and swivel/hinge ankles. The high heels make it hard to balance her, but isn't that true to real life? This isn't Jurassic World, nobody's performing stunts in stilettos. Her skirt has slits up the side so the legs can still move, and her jacket doesn't get in the way at all.

A lot of times, the accessories are the most fun part of these figures. Keanna gets the same data pad Dr. Banner used, suggesting it's provided to all Lab 51 employees who need one, and she also has the chunk or roadway all the figures get as a display base. Her new and more interesting pieces include a length of pipe, all bloody at one end, and a push broom with tape wrapped around the handle and two holes drilled through it for some reason. A 4" scale push broom? Never seen that before! Her art card, with the story on back, shows her in a building's hallway, injured but still ready to defend herself.

High heels and a skirt may seem impractical for surviving the collapse of society, but when the zombies attack, you've gotta go with what you've got.

-- 05/03/19

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