So far I've picked up two of McFarlane's new Spawn figures so far and today I'm looking at the second of my acquisitions: The Clown! I reviewed the original figure of The Clown from 1994 years ago I had that figure as a kid and, apparently since I have some nostalgia for Spawn, I ended up grabbing this guy with some GameStop rewards points a Couple weeks ago. The Clown is a creepy looking guy and while I've just started reading the Spawn Compendium vol 1 I'm at least familiar with the character from some of the comics that came with the original toys and his appearance in the movie. This version of the Clown is absolutely loaded for battle with a massive backpack outfitted with enough firearms to overthrow a small country. I imagine he's inspired by 1996's Clown II from Spawn Series 4. Ready for another creepy, murderous clown to ruin your night? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Hinged toes, swivel/hinge ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ lateral pec hinges, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands, knife, razor blade, massive backpack, and display stand.
Non-Scalper Price: $40 dollars
* The Clown is a short but rotund guy who kind of reminds me of Frank Reynolds if he really let himself go. He's wearing his recognizable green and yellow striped shirt, a tattered punk rock styled leather jacket, and a few belts of ammunition in case he needs to reload. Or maybe he just likes the look? The Clown has weird, pale skin and has some detailed arm hair painted on him as well as a few bits of junk. Who knows where this guy likes to hang out?
* The headsculpt is excellent and is full of personality. It's not the kind of personality you'd really like to interact with or even be around, but it's personality none the less. The face paint looks fantastic and menacing and his teeth are hideous. The paint is really good on his mouth and teeth as it actually looks "wet" inside there. Gross!
* Rather than just a solid sculpt the Clown's jacket, bandoliers, and belt are additional pieces placed over his main body. They're not removable but they really do a fantastic job of giving the figure a more complex look and feel. Having stuff like this being separate from the main sculpt just makes the figure feel more alive.
* The Clown's sporting some seriously detailed jeans. It's tough to see here but the pattern on the denim of his jeans is just eerily realistic. It really does look like worn denim! That's a heck of a paint application for something that seems like a very mundane part of the figure.
* The Clown comes with four interchangeable hands: Two right hands in different grips (one for the blades and one for the trigger of the control for his backpack), a left hand fist, and a standard left hand grip. The hands pop off easily and the pegs are incredible sturdy. Consideringing the size of the Clown's meaty paws, is that any surprise, though?
* The Clown comes with some nasty little accessories, one of which is this very cool straight razor. This is a fantastic sculpt and the only thing that could have made it better is if it were actually hinged so the blade could fold out all the way and retract. Still, it's pretty neat and not something you see in action figures too often. Maybe on a couple Joker figures. What's the deal with clowns and razor blades?
* The Clown's second blade is a pretty decent sized knife. It's long, straight, and sharp with a serrated blade and an intricately designed handle with little skulls on it. Custom piece or something that the Clown picked up at the flea market? You tell me!
* Not only does the Clown stand up just fine while wearing this monstrosity but the backpack attaches very securely to him as well. It definitely makes for an impressive looking display piece.
* The control stick for the weapon system is attached via a flexible cable onto the backpack. The joystick fits into one of the Clown's right hands just find and feels like a pretty sturdy piece.
* There's not a lot of color to this but the backpack does have an overall finish that looks like something made of metal. There's so much detail on this piece that you'll really have to hold it in hand and move it around to appreciate everything.
* On the top, connected via a swivel/hinge joint, is a set of three missiles. These look pretty nasty!
* On the Clown's left is this massive gun that seems to combine multiple weapons into a comically oversized early 1990s behemoth! There seem to be machine gun barrels, projectile barrels, a shotgun or grenade launcher of sorts, and two massive drum magazines.
* On the right side is another massive gun with more long barrels, a tri-barreled weapon, and even a flamethrower.
* To give the Clown a little extra sturdiness there's a simple disc stand included, too. I'm really glad McFarlane includes these with each release. I wish Hasbro, NECA, and Mattel would follow suit.
* Some of the barrels (well, mostly the flamethrower) are bent out of shape out of the package. You'll have to work with them a bit to get them straight and in shape.
* While the giant backpack is a big part of the draw of this set the Clown is a major Spawn character and I'm sure there are plenty of collectors who want to display him on his own. Too bad there's no way to cover up the giant slot where the backpack plugs in. It's bright yellow, too, so that makes it very noticeable. A little plug or something to pop in here when the pack isn't in use would have been a nice touch.
Looking for more of the Clown/ Violator? Then check out my review of the 1994 series 1 The Clown.
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