Yes, I’m doubling up on McFarlane this week, but at least I’m not pulling from the same franchise! Truth be told, I got this guy earlier last the week and loved him so much that I just had to shoot some pictures and throw him into the spotlight. It brings me back to the days of collecting Dark Age Spawn and damn do I wish I still had those wonderful unarticulated beauties.
Spawn comes in a fairly big box with his two big weapons on the tray beside him. There’s a huge wrap-around window so you can look at the goods and a cool illustrated green flame printed on the cardboard behind the clear tray. I picked this guy up online, but if I were confronted by him in the toy aisles there’s no way I could have resisted this! Everything is collector friendly, except the figure stand. You’ll need to tear that off the cardboard to get at it.
Medieval Spawn a brute of a figure with a ridiculously complex sculpt and lots of layers. The base figure is absolutely covered in scrollwork, chainmail texturing, and hammered metal finishes, depending on which part of his armor you’re studying. I can’t think of too many figures at this price point with this much sculpted detail. You really have to take some time and turn this figure around in your hand to take it all of it in and really appreciate it. Even the cape has a fantastic finish that makes it look a lot more like cloth than your run of the mill plastic action figure cape, and those skull clasps are a great touch. Another great little bit is the way the right shoulder plate is actually skewered by the spikes on the silver plate under it and bursting through. And speaking of spikes, I hope you don’t have weak and soft little pussy hands, because this guy has spikes all over that will jab you as you fiddle with him. TAKE THE PAIN!!!
The layering I mentioned really gives the figure a sense of wearing a multi-piece armor rig. And just look at this belt! It’s painted in a pale gold and there is so much going on with the sculpt. On top of that is the gray bone of the skull with chains protruding from it and encircling Spawn’s waist. And boy do I wish the chains were painted as well as some of the other bare gray plastic bits. Still, it’s understandable. There is a lot of color on this figure as it is, and when you throw in all the work put into the sculpt and extra attached plastic, I’m sure anything more just didn’t cost out. I’m not trying to make excuses, but with all the love poured into so many aspects of the figure, the bare plastic doesn’t feel like they cheaped out to me. This is a lot of plastic as it is for a $20-25 figure.
The head is not so much encased in a helmet as it looks like it has two halves of a helmet bulted directly onto Spawn’s head. These pieces are beautifully painted in a tarnished silver with a rough sculpted finish to resemble forging marks, bolts, and even more scrollwork patterns. The green eyes practically glow from their slits. It’s a magnificent portrait.
The articulation works well with the figure and features all the usual points we’re used to seeing in McFarlane’s modern Spawn line. The double hinges in the elbows give him a respectable range of motion for a heavily armored figure and he can take wide stances well, even with his signature giant right leg. You get just the one set of hands, and they are both designed to grip his implements of punishment, so let’s check out those weapons!
The sword is big, but not ridiculously big. It would be if anyone else was holding it, but since this is a beefy figure, it looks right at home in his hand. Unfortunately it isn’t painted, but the gray plastic here looks good and it has some rune’s carved into the blade. It’s bendy, but not not terribly so. The cross guard is hefty and basically looks like a mallet with a blade coming out of it.
His other weapon is an actual mallet, or a warhammer to be precise. This beauty is cast in the same gray-silver plastic as the sword and has a great hammered finish to the head and the shaft is segmented for easy grip. Speaking of grip, it took a bit of effort to get Spawn’s hands open enough to get the weapons in. Suffice it to say he has a snug grip on these accessories.
I picked up this figure online for $22 and boy did McFarlane deliver a lot for that price point. Medieval Spawn is an absolutely spectacular figure, and I imagine he’ll be made even more spectacular by some of the customizers willing to throw just a bit more paint on him. But that’s sure as hell not me, and I’m perfectly happy with the way that he is. Still, that’s not saying I wouldn’t be interested in him turning up as a Gold Label sometime in the future.