Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Action Figure Review: The Clown from Spawn by McFarlane Toys


   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...

The Facts:

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 Positives:

* 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.

* Despite having a physique that doesn't seem like it would lend itself well to articulation, McFarlane really did a pretty nice job of adding in lots of useful articulation here. You're not getting this guy in Spider-Man poses or anything but he has a great range of motion in his legs, shoulders, and head, and a great balljointed waist. He's also designed to be able to move and shift to accommodate the weight of his enormous backpack of weapons with hinged toes and such. 

* 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!

* The Clown's third accessory is... well, it's larger than him. It's a massive backpack with two humongous guns (which seem to be made up of different guns) and a missile launcher on top. This thing is crazy and has a ton of articulation on its own: Swivel control stick base, swivel/hinge missile launcher, and two arms with swivel hinge shoulders pivots, hinged elbows, and swivel/hinge gun turrets. I guess when the Clown doesn't want to go hand to hand as the Violator he whips these out instead. 

* 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.
The Negatives:

* 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. 

* Overall the giant gun rig is awesome but the amount of articulation and the weight of the guns themselves does give me some hesitation about the long stability of this piece. the plastic quality is good but I still get the feeling that overtime things might warp. As cool as this piece it still feels very cumbersome and some of the articulation doesn't quite feel like it adds anything to the display of the piece. I would have preferred fewer joints and more stability. 

* 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. 

   The Clown is a very cool figure with some might impressive accessories. I didn't realize that I needed a new action figure of the Clown but now that I have one in hand I'm quite glad that I have him. The Clown himself is amazing while his backpack is incredibly cool but somewhat flawed. You're definitely getting a lot of cool stuff in the package for sure though I wish the engineering on the arms of the gun pack was a little sturdier. Sometimes I still get the feeling that McFarlane products are engineered with the intention that collectors are keeping these sealed in the package. The figure is definitely designed to be posed and reposed, though, and he's a Great figure.

   Looking for more of the Clown/ Violator? Then check out my review of the 1994 series 1 The Clown.

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  1. Holy smokes. The clown is awesome but those weapons are amazing.

    1. The sculpt is definitely very cool and they're massive. It really would have been cool if some had been removable, though.

  2. It's like that scene from THE MASK where the title character draws all these guns out of nowhere....except I doubt if The Clown's firearms will shoot out little "BANG!" flags.

    I hope a Commando Spawn with improved articulation is in production.

    1. I really want a Commando Spawn, too. I remember always admiring that figure when it was out but I didn't own many Spawn figures and rarely got them. I imagine he'll be in the works at some point.


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