The first Living Dead Dolls appeared for sale in America in 1998. They were craft dolls individually customized by either Ed Long or Damien Glonek. Originally sold mainly at conventions, it was at one of these conventions, Chiller Theatre, that Mike "Mez" Markowitz, the founder of Mezco Toyz purchased one of the dolls. Mezco subsequently contacted Long and Glonek about manufacturing and distributing the dolls commercially.
The first commercial series of Living Dead Dolls, Series 1, was released early in 2001. Since then, new series have been released roughly twice a year. Urban Collector is a great source to buy Living Dead Dolls.