Korn To Get Hong Kong-Style Shrink Job, Complete With Huge Feet, Scowls

By | April 10, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Even if you don’t know a lick of guitar and couldn’t tell a power chord from a power bar, you can still play with Korn.

Five Korn figurines are set to hit store shelves in mid-May, according to a spokesperson for entertainment brand management company the Stronghold Group. Each collectible stands approximately six inches tall and is modeled after caricatures popular in Hong Kong, with overly long arms, huge fists and feet, and scowling facial expressions. Each figure comes equipped with accessories – sunglasses and an H.R. Giger-designed mic stand for Jonathan Davis, drumsticks for David Silveria and a baseball cap for Fieldy – and carries a suggested retail price of $14.99.

The miniature versions of the nü-metal pioneers are first in a series of music-themed action figures called Gruntz. Successors in the Gruntz line should surface within the next six months.

Korn aren’t the only rockers being replicated for recreation. A line of figurines modeled after Limp Bizkit are currently rocking the toy-store circuit. Unlike the Korn dolls, which are sold individually and are decidedly more detailed – given the presence of tattoos on the figures’ arms – the Limp Bizkit members are fairly crude, somewhat resembling Lego people, though the entire set includes a scaled-down stage to re-create Limp Bizkit shows in the comfort of your own rec room. And even though Wes Borland quit the band in October, the departed guitarist is forever immortalized with his Bizkit brethren in the collection. A line based on Powerman 5000 is also available.

Of course, most rock replicas owe a debt to Todd McFarlane Toys, maker of miniature casts of Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Kiss, among others.

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