He’s the king of corruption, the prince of putrefaction – and now 2000AD’s Judge Mortis is coming to a toy shelf near you!
Rebellion and Hiya Toys have unveiled the latest in the new range of 1:18 PVC action figures based on the world of Judge Dredd, and provided an update on the planned release of Mega City One’s fiercest lawman, too.
Originally designed by legendary artist Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke, Camelot 3000), Judge Mortis is a member of the Dark Judges, the alien superfiends from a dimension where all life has been declared a crime – a single encounter with his fetid touch is enough to turn his victims into desiccated corpses!
Releasing in the third quarter of 2022, Judge Mortis comes with 16 points of articulation, shoulder and joint pads, chain and badge of office, utility belt with dimension jump. The figure will come shipped in an attractive protective cardboard window box.
Mortis is the next in the brand new range of fully poseable 1:18 figures announced in November 2021, drawing on more than four decades of ground-breaking comic books set in the world of the classic character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in 1977.
Due to pressure on international shipping caused by the pandemic, the previously-announced Judge Dredd and Judge Death 1:18 figures are now due to ship Q2 2022, Judge Mortis will ship in Q3 2022 (available to order from Q1 2022) and Dredd’s iconic motorbike, the Lawmaster, will be available as a set to order from Q2 2022 and hit shelves in Q4 2022.
The 1:18 line will be followed by a 1:12 (six-inch) line with Judge Dredd (available to order from Q2 2022), Judge Death (available to order from Q3 2022), Judge Fear (available to order from Q3 2022) and Judge Mortis (available to order from Q4 2022).
“Judge Mortis is just one of those iconic character designs that is immediately recognisable and so utterly chilling,” enthuses Jason Kinglsey OBE, CEO of Rebellion. “It’s truly impressive how Hiya is taking Bolland’s two dimensional images and making them into three dimensional reality.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.