When Todd McFarlane set out to merchandise his hit comic book character, he revolutionized the toy industry with his Spawn action figures. By ramping up production standards, McFarlane Toys blurred the lines between collectible sculptures and action figures, between craftsmanship and mass manufacturing, and between toys and art.
The dark and gothic tone of the comics feed the aesthetic of the toy line. Spawn comics and McFarlane's exacting standards made a perfect storm for toys that could pass as 3D decor for the discerning and classy eye. In many ways, the toys are better than the comics, leaving you thinking simply, "Damn, this looks cool and spooky."
Compared to their competition, Spawn figures look so sharp that one can't help but think of them as being something finer. They don't belong in the toy aisle in plastic clam shells; they deserve expertly-lit pedestals. It's not too hard to envision a future where Spawn toys are exhibited as if they were classical sculptures and auctioned off by Sotheby's to snooty rich people who don't even know what they're bidding on.So let us be your curator and auctioneer as we take a stroll through the gallery of that imaginary auction, and vote up the pieces you'd most like to purchase among the best Spawn toys ever made.
Spawn 5 (Series 17)This pose finds the noble Spawn poised for the future and is the clear choice of Spawn for the forward-thinking collector. Pulling a Captain Morgan on a pile of skulls and wrapped in his living cape, our boy Al seems to say "Bring it on editorial changes and never getting that second movie! I'll still look good."Is this one of the best?
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While you contemplate purchasing Spawn 7, he contemplates a skull. It's like Hamlet, which means installing this oversized masterpiece in your library makes you classy, referential, and a gothically inclined hipster! Win-win-win!Is this one of the best?
- The stalwart detectives who are unlucky enough to be assigned the chore of Spawn hunting are captured here in the colorless palette of their spin-off series. Versions exist with Sam chewing on toothpicks, but the pursuer of all things seedy will want to track down the original version where Sam clenched not one, not two, but three cigarettes in his teeth.Is this one of the best?
- Photo: arguy801 / eBayIt took five tries to capture the pure malice embodied by the character of Clown. He amuses only his vicious self with hands full of bones atop a throne of garbage. For the Spawn aficionado, nothing stirs memories of Spawn's initial agony like the self-satisfied cackle of this ghastly ghoul.Is this one of the best?