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Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Crone from Sleepy Hollow by McFarlane Toys
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel right ankle, swivel waist, swivel shoulders, forearm swivels, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Shroud, necklace, mortar and pestle, two bowls, ram skull, and a candle.
Year of Release: 1999
* McFarlane Toys is know (or should I saw "was known") for their incredible work in horror action figures and you probably won't be surprised that the Crone was a pretty creepy looking figure. It's tough to judge accuracy here, though, as this version seems to be based on the Crone as she appears when she goes into a trance with Ichabod Crane at her cave in the woods. It's all a bit ethereal in the film but the figure is impressive and manages to capture most of the significant details. It's definitely unsettling to see the creepy, rotted head and the exposed, normal looking leg together, but I think that's what McFarlane was going for with the design.
* There's a snake hanging out of the back of the Crone's hair. Push it in and these three snakes pop out, two of which are holding the Crone's eyeballs in their mouths.
* A translucent veil covers the Crone's horrifying visage from passerby.
* The Crone's dress is covered by what appears to be spiderwebs. Translucent plastic is used to great effect here to pull off an impressive effect. Add in some excellent paintwork and you can really see why everyone thought McFarlane was best of the best in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
* Here's a close up of the intricate paint and sculpting on the dress.
* The Crone includes quite a few extras. She has a creepy candle, the skull of a ram, and a necklace.
* She also has a mortar and pestle and two bowls filled with lots of weird stuff.
* The Crone is very much a "salt and pepper" shaker of a figure with little articulation. Heck, the articulation she does have feels more like it was added just to make the figure easier to assemble rather than to serve a real purpose. She's just going to stand around and look creepy.
I still have a soft spot for McFarlane's late 1990s lines and Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorites. The Crone is definitely the weakest figure in the line, but considering how cool the overall line is that's not really much of a negative. She's a Great figure. Isn't it crazy to imagine that you could have purchased a toy like this at Wal-Mart in the late 1990s? It was a crazy time for toy collecting, man.
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