Around 6 years ago in a review of the Jessica Priest figure from the film, I spoke about receiving this figure of Spawn for my fourteenth birthday from a friend. I've always held on to him; while I've never been a huge Spawn fan, I've always loved this toyline. Let's take a look at a representative from the horror/ comic surge of the 1990s after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Submachine gun, large assault weapon, and 2 bandoliers.
Original Retail Price: $7-$8 dollars
Year of Release: 1997
* Overall I still think Spawn is a pretty cool looking figure but, back when this guy was released in 1997, he was incredible. Seriously, McFarlane's stuff was as impressive then as stuff from NECA and Mezco's One:12 Collective is today. Every time they released something new it seemed like they were raising the bar. Good times! This is the "standard" version of Spawn and while he doesn't have a cape, he does have a really fantastic sculpt that shows off the weird, sinewy look of the character. He also looks kind of slick, as in he has a wet look to him that really showcases the sleekness of the sculpt and the character's exoskeleton-like armor. . Seriously, there's still some nice work here over 20 years later. I believe there's a spiky variant of this guy, too, in case you're wondering.
Michael Jai White face). Usually it's referred to as Hamburger Spawn. (It looks to be a different headsculpt than Burnt Spawn, by the way).
* Here's a close up of the back of the figure to show off more of the detail. I love the weird, sinewy look of the figure. While Spawn's body seems armored in the movie, the organic nature of his costume is on full display here. The paintwork definitely adds another layer of atmosphere to the toy.
* Compared to today's toys Spawn isn't that well articulated but compare him to other toylines of the time and Spawn was doing alright. The Spawn: The Movie toys were also much more durable than most other McFarlane toylines at the time, so this guy was made for play. Seriously, I definitely still pick this guy up from time to time and mess around with him. He's well made!
* Off hand, I think Spawn wears some ammunition filled bandoliers as the scene where he busts through the ceiling of the party where Jason Wynn is hanging out. They're two rubbery straps with silver painted ammunition (any paint wear is from me having these and playing with them for years).
* The packaging advertises that Spawn comes with "Combat Assault Weapons" and that is definitely not a lie! Spawny guy comes with two weapons, the first of which is a small submachine gun that fit perfectly in his left hand. I've always liked this design as while it seems a bit futuristic, it also seems rather simple and spartan in design. I'm pretty sure it's the same submachine gun that Jessica Priest comes with, too, just FYI. It was a weapon design for the film based on a Cobray M11/9 and most of the A6 personnel in the film use them.
* The second weapon is massive. It's some sort of weapon that looks like a cylinder shotgun or a grenade launcher. Something similar to this does appear in the film. It's a very cool looking weapon though it seems rather oversized. Sill, the drum actually rotates and the weapon has a few paint applications to bring it to life.
* My only complaint is that the cylinder assault weapon is so huge Spawn has a tough time wielding it. It's designed to fit in his left hand (there is a trigger piece that his finger fits under) but if you move him around at all the rifle is going to fall out.
If you're a fan of Spawn/ Al Simmons, check out my reviews of the Spawn: The Movie Al Simmons and Burnt Spawn.
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