Medieval Spawn by McFarlane

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.

Gunslinger Spawn by McFarlane

Having taken that deep dive into McFarlane’s DC Multiverse has resulted in collateral wallet damage along the way. That means that I’ve been dipping into some of McFarlane’s other offerings, including Warhammer and Spawn, both of which you’ll be seeing crop up here now and then. I haven’t collected Spawn since the early 2000’s when they would turn up at KBToys Outlet and I couldn’t resist those sculpts. The closest I’ve come to checking out any here on FFZ has been a figure and statue of Angela, but those don’t really count as she has passed into Marvel’s ownership. So, let’s pop this Spawn cherry and have a look at a Spawn figure that goes right after my heart… Gunslinger Spawn!

If memory serves, I came across this figure a little while ago, but it didn’t have the chaingun, so I passed. That could be just my memory playing tricks on me, but it eventually popped up on Amazon for a ridiculously small amount of money with the chain gun, so I went for it. The box has a huge wrap-around window that shows off the figure against an orange stormy backdrop. Everything here is collector friendly, with the exception of the stand. To get that you have to rip it off the backdrop, and since I’m displaying this figure in the box for now, I don’t want the stand that bad.

Out of the box and everything about this figure just oozes badass! My love of Westerns should be well documented here, so naturally this figure is right up my alley, and there’s so much to love here! Spawn dons a red duster-style coat with some crazy lapels forming a popped collar that swirls around his head, while the coat itself fans out a bit at the bottom. The coat is cast in soft plastic with the old trick of sculpting the sleeves as part of the arms, and it looks fine here. His forearms have some vicious spiked plates strapped to them and he’s got more spikes ringing his biceps, the tops of his grieves, and the boots. So… SPIKES!!! There’s some fabulous sculpted stitching in the jacket and on his grieves, and you get some sculpted pouches on the back of his coat’s belt, which would could have used some paint. The tiny spurs on his boots look great!

And just look at all the detail in the gun belt! Double rows of cartridges, all individually painted with the belt buckle picked out in a dull silver. Similar attention to detail can be found on the holsters, which have some sculpted patterns, silver bands, and there’s a sculpted knife and more pouches on his leg. Damn, I love this stuff!

The portrait is basically Spawn in a stovepipe hat. There’s some great texturing on the hat itself. It’s ringed at the base with a silver band and skulls all around. More skulls adorn his necklace, because they just go so well with all them spikes. What can you say? The dude loves skulls and spikes! The mask has some faint contours of his face with some absolutely beautiful green eyes that practically look like they’re glowing under the shade of the hat’s brim. So cool!

The articulation here is pretty good, making for a fun figure to play with, so long as you’re careful of all those spikes. McFarlane doesn’t bother with stupid safety regulations, and these things are pretty damn sharp! The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, and double-hinged elbows, which offer a decent range of motion. There are ball joints in the hips, double-hinges in the knees, and rotating hinges in the ankles, which are a little hindered by the sculpted grieves. Finally, you get ball joints in the neck and under the chest.

Gunslinger Spawn comes with a pair of bitchin’ single action long barreled revolvers, each with some nice silver paint and twisted, demonic grips. His only sets of hands have trigger fingers, which work with these shootin’ irons quite well. These also fit comfortably in the holsters.

And the real showpiece accessory here is the chain gun, and oh boy is it a thing of beauty! It’s got a steampunk design with a demonic theme going on. The piece is decked out in silver and bronze with lots of bolts, hoses, and skulls to show it means business. Despite not having a set of hands specific to work with this big gun, the trigger hands do a fine job of holding it.

Gunslinger Spawn is a fine example of why I’ve become so infatuated with McFarlane figures lately. I picked up this beauty online for $12 and that’s just ridiculous! The sculpt is outstanding, the paint is solid, and the accessories are fun! I’ve had him on my desk for a couple of weeks now, and find myself picking him up and marveling at him every now and then on my down time. I usually get my Western fetish fix buying single-action and lever-action guns, so it’s nice (and a lot cheaper!) to get some toys every now and then. The idea of a Gunslinger Spawn could have easily taken a wrong turn at silly, but everything about this guy just turned out so cool and I dig him a lot!

Marvel Gallery: Angela by Diamond Select

It was kind of a hectic weekend for me, so rather than my usual Monday Marvel Legends fare, I decided to go laid back and have a look at another one of Diamond Select’s Marvel Gallery statues. I have a few choices of statues to open, but since Angela doesn’t get a whole lot of merch love since joining the Marvel Universe, let’s go ahead and open her up. But first… the packaging!

As always, the statue comes in a collector friendly box with windows front, top, and on both side panels. And because the figure inside is enclosed in two clear plastic trays, the package itself works as a kind of display case, allowing you to see most of the ins and outs of what you’re getting. With so many statues these days coming in fully enclosed boxes, I like that DST is proud enough to show their pieces off. On the back panel you get a shot of the statue and a little blurb about Angela and how she fits into the Marvel Universe. If you’re new to this line, Angela is presented around the 9-inch scale and crafted from a durable PVC plastic.

Hey Aldrif… did it hurt when you fell from Heven? Angela comes out of the box all ready for display, and looking both fierce and fine. The warrioress stands upon a plot of alien-looking (Asgardian?) landscape with one leg drawn up and her foot resting on a blue crystal outcrop. She turns to her right and begins to draw her mighty blade, Xiphos, from its scabbard. It’s a beautiful pose with a tantalizing hint of the action that’s to come. This composition exudes nobility, power, and it’s got sex appeal in spades. Generally speaking, I’m happy with most of DST’s poses in this line, but this one really shines.

Every bit of Angela’s Heven Armor comes alive in the sculpt. From the segmented cuts of her thigh-high high-heeled gold boots, to her golden chest armor, and once again the segmented cuts of her armored sleeves, each of which terminate just below the scalloped pauldrons on her shoulders. She has a pair of sculpted bands encircling her left thigh and a pair of sculpted panties covered up by her wide belt and white sash. Both of these last articles are sculpted separately from the statue, which is somewhat unusual for this line, but I dig it. The belt rests on her hips, allowing the sash to trail down behind her left leg. The paintwork on the costume is beautifully executed, with a satin gold leaf and silver used for the armor pieces, and a warm and even shade used for the skin-tone. She even shows off a bit of metallic red for the bracer on her left wrist. I especially like the finish on the belt, which makes it look like worn leather with a weathered patina on the buckle and rivets.


Another piece of the costume that is sculpted separately from the statue is her psychically charged Ribbon. Yeah, I guess you could also just call it a scarf. This long, thin purple strip wraps around her neck and the two strands sweep down off of her shoulders. It’s cast in a fairly soft plastic, but holds it’s shape well enough. The red and gold ornamentation is sculpted down a channel in the center for the entire length of the piece.

As far as portraits go, this one is a total homerun. She’s strikingly beautiful with bright crimson paint used for her lips and eye makeup. Her pupil-less eyes are framed by the copious strands of red hair, which spill out from the top of her winged headband and down the sides of her face, while the rest spills out down her back and onto her shoulders. I could easily see this portrait rivaling that of a much more expensive statue. It really did turn out that well.

The last big attraction on the statue is Angel’s blade, Xiphos, The Sword of the Stars. It has an ornate gold cross-guard with a blue stone in the center, a simple scull-crushing pommel, and sculpted wrappings on the grip. Only a small section of the silver blade can be seen between the pommel and the throat of the wide scabbard.

The base is both interesting and understated, and that’s meant as a compliment. It provides just enough context without upstaging the figure itself. You get a little patch of rocks, painted brown with a black wash to give them some nice texture. Jutting out from each side of the cluster are blue crystalline structures, one of which provides the pedestal for Angela’s right foot. If you’ve read some of my previous Gallery statue reviews, you may remember that the bases on these statues rarely impress me, but this one came out damn nice, both in design and execution.

Angela is yet another fine example of why I simply cannot quit this line, despite having no room to display more statues. Granted, I’m far from a completest, but when DST continues to deliver quality and craftsmanship like this at such a reasonable price point, I find I just can’t say no. And with prices of collectible statues continuing to climb at an alarming rate (I’m looking at you, Kotobukiya!), it’s refreshing to be able to set something like piece on my shelf for about $40. What’s more, it’s nice to see DST continuing to dig a little deep for their character selection. I’m not really reading a lot of Marvel comics these days, because quite frankly they’re become so god-awful, but I did enjoy her introduction to the MU a little ways back in Guardians of the Galaxy. But hey, even if you’re just a fan of Spawn and McFarlane Comics, you might want to consider picking up this lovely statue. I’m very glad that I did!