Retroband & Zectron’s Deadly Delivery

The Deadly Delivery line initially began with Oh Brother (2015) by Aaron Moreno’s Retroband guise. Depicting Belial, the misunderstood, malformed, and murderous twin from the 1982 cult classic film Basket Case, using an original sculpt by Moreno. Oh Brother was very limited, selling out immediately, but for those that got one of these flesh tone resin figures with hand-painted details, it would be half a year before Deadly Delivery would return with a trio of releases.
But what is Deadly Delivery? A collaboration between Moreno and another artist, known as Zectron, this line consists of pieces that are under 2-inches tall, hand cast in resin, and inspired by classic horror and sci-fi media. With both artists contributing their own concepts and original sculpts, and Moreno solely handling the casting of them, this feels like a wonderful way for fans of the early Retroband action figures to continue to get their movie-inspired fix.

My Impressions of Retroband’s Belial

The first piece in the line is the previously released Belial figure by Retroband, once again cast in human flesh colored resin but this time unpainted. Having really captured the mottled texture of the Basket Case star, I’m really impressed with how much detail is packed into this mini figure… even the definition of each pointed tooth is perfectly clear. And it comes with a fun, retro, photocopied mini poster of the character.

My Impressions of Zectron’s Zardoz

But as we’ve seen Belial before, it’s a bit more exciting to move along to Zectron’s first contribution: Zardoz, from the 1974 Sean Connery vehicle of the same name. Just as meticulously sculpted as the Belial piece, this depiction of the faux post-apocalyptic god is cast in gray stone colored resin. Fantastically expressive, I’m in love with the wide-eyed look and finely rendered hair on this sculpt. Also coming with a mini poster for the film it’s inspired by, Zardoz and Belial might’ve been the only two original sculpts offered by Deadly Delivery first, but they were joined by another piece…

My Impressions of the Black Market Mysteries

The Black Market Mysteries mini figure is a recasting in army green resin of a game piece from the 1990 board game Tales from the Cryptkeeper: Search for the Lost Tales! Now you might be thinking, “Hmm, that sounds like a bootleg” and you’d be right. You see, the Black Market Mysteries figures will be some of Moreno and Zectron’s favorite long-lost, impossible-to-find mini figures reproduced anew and sold each month without any hint as to what the figure is when ordered. At only $4 apiece, the artistic duo are probably not even covering the cost of molding and casting the figures, let alone the man hours it takes to make them… So while a bootleg, it is definitely more of a “for fun” project and feels really true to what Deadly Delivery is.

My Final Thoughts on Deadly Delivery

For both artists, Deadly Delivery is about recapturing the nostalgia of digging prizes out of cereal or Cracker Jacks boxes, and I feel they certainly achieved that with these pieces. I mean, when I first got this box and opened it, there was a big old smile on my face! And equally fun is the way that they are teasing these monthly Deadly Delivery works, posting sketch art that is in line with the classic ads found in the back of comics. Pure, blissful nostalgia.
Retroband & Zectron's Initial Deadly Delivery Drop Reviewed
For those as excited about the future of this project as I am, the note inside my order explains that there will be new Deadly Delivery releases every month. And even if the new work being offered are past designs, they will be cast in previously unreleased colors. The artists are clear that there isn’t a focus here on limited availability for the designs, but rather on time-specific limitations on the production color.

For more information on Deadly Delivery:
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For more information on Retroband:
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For more information on Zectron:
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