“ Manufacturer: SUCK UK / Type: Bookmark „
I came across these over Christmas whilst on the hunt for a novelty present and ended up buying two of them for book-lovers. They were happy enough with their dead men bookmarks, and they are very quirky, although I don't necessarily think they're worth their RRP.
Suck UK produces a range of novelty gift ideas, a few others of which I came across during the Christmas rush. This particular item is affectionately named 'Dead Mark', because it's basically a squashed yellow man, made of rubber, that'll keep your page. It comes packed in that air-tight plastic that's hard to open but it looks neat enough. His relatives, should you be interested in the range, include Splat Stan (the squashed man used as a coaster), Harry & Mike, though I'm not overly sure who the other two guys are.
The bookmark itself measures 125 x 70 x 20mm, so it fits nicely into a regular paperback or hardback book. However, I like my bookmarks to be long so I know they're less likely to fall out, and I did get the impression that this could slide out. Having said that, he's made of silicone rubber, so it grips the pages slightly, better so than a laminated plastic bookmark anyway.
I didn't imagine it to be quite as thin and flexible as it is, which gives the impression that it's not particularly worth its RRP of £7.50. I bought these when they were selling on Amazon for a little under £5, and as a novelty gift or token present it was spot on. Would I buy it for myself? Probably, because I like quirky things and it's quite cute, but I can't justify the price for what it is unfortunately.
RRP £7.50 but selling on Amazon for £4.99.
SUCK UK specialise in frivolous little novelty toys at hiked-up prices, and the 'Dead Mark' bookmark is one such item. The bookmark is quite an amusing shape, taking the form of a little yellow plastic man whose legs and lower torso have been squished, as if by the closing of a particularly heavy book, with two thirds of the bookmark being completely flat Wile-E-Coyote style (as you would expect for a functioning bookmark), with one flat leg twisted round the wrong way, whilst one upper arm and Mark's head are three-dimensional, as if the little character is still trying to drag himself out from between the heavy pages.
It's certainly an amusing concept, and the plastic is well-moulded and durable, but the garish yellow plastic will not be to everyone's taste. It does function as a working bookmark, but then so does pretty much any flat object of a corresponding size, and I have found that if you use this bookmark in conjunction with a particularly long/heavy book then it can leave little stickman silhouette imprints on the pages it is marking (although admittedlt this will not be a problem with any books but those at the heavyweight end of the spectrum).
It's a fun little novelty item, and will probably raise a smile with your office-colleagues/fellow students or whoever, but its pretty outrageously priced at a fiver plus postage for something that cant have cost more than a few pence to manufacture. I suppose it could make for a passable gift if you are really desperate for ideas, but otherwise I wouldnt advise shelling out for this particular novely item unless you can find it for a fraction of the price quoted above.