Unlike The Walking Dead, the cause of the zombie outbreak (and other horrible mutations) in Resident Evil is well established. The Tyrant-Virus (commonly abbreviated as T-Virus) was developed by the Umbrella Corporation as a military weapon. As is so often the case in these mad scientist scenarios, things go horribly wrong and the rest is video game history.

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Produced by Classified Novelties exclusively for Toynk Toys, this replica prop set of Resident Evil-themed capsules includes one mutant inducing T-Virus (blue) and the experimental  antidote, the G-Vaccine. This set is currently in-stock and available for order through Toynk.com priced at $53.98.

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Like their recent Doctor Strange Eye of Agamotto replica (read my review HERE), the packaging presentation for Toynk’s T-Virus replica set is top notch. Both vials come housed in a collectible tin with a clear window lid for easy viewing and dust-free display. A bright orange band grabs your attention with a biohazard warning and describes the contents as “Extinction Level Pandemic Serum Vials”.

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It’s all a clever way of saying not officially licensed,  however (**nudgenudgewink, wink**) true Resident Evil fans know what’s up . Your non-nerd friends might appreciate these as a “neat” zombie related gift, but to someone who has played all the games and seen all the movies? They’ll crack a sly smile and light up like a Christmas tree when they see this set. I know I did.

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I initially thought these would be small and slender, like a test tube, though I was surprised to find that each vial is quite large. Each replica measures 5 inches tall and features a nice and wide 1.5 inch diameter; the perfect size for holding in your hand.

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Construction, while looking like real metal and glass, is actually a very durable plastic. There’s nothing cheap or flimsy feeling here. These are great for cosplay use (without the fear of breaking them), and even nicer as display pieces.

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Resident Evil T-Virus replicas have existed for years, from an officially licensed set produced by Hollywood Collectibles Group (HCG) to numerous fan-made projects on Etsy and eBay. While they all nail the look of the replica –  a clear vial filled with a twisty colored DNA strand – pricing has always been problematic. HCG’s replica, for example, retailed for $199, while homemade versions can go for $50 a pop. Toynk’s T-Virus replica hits the sweet spot at close to $25 a vial.

If you’re a Resident Evil fan, Toynk’s exclusive  T-Virus/ G-Vaccine Prop Replica Set is a must-have. The serum vials have been a main-stay of the games and movies and play an integral part in the franchise’s lore.

– Review and Photos by Jeff Saylor

-Review Sample Courtesy of Toynk

Resident Evil T-Virus/ G-Vaccine Prop Replica Set

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