McFarlane Toys brought the undead to Toy Fair this year, as the company continues to expand its new line of Building Sets based on AMC‘s “The Walking Dead.” Toys based on the Image comic the show is inspired by also shared the spotlight along with a new Spawn statue, WWE offerings and more.
Last year, McFarlane Toys surprised everyone when it announced The Walking Dead Building Sets. Since then, the company launched the line and has done well enough with it to get distribution in larger outlets. Keeping that zombie train rolling, McFarlane showed off a variety of new offerings based on settings from the hit show. Fans can look forward to building the Boiler Room, the Catwalk, a pair of upstairs and downstairs prison cells, Dale’s RV, the Woodbury Assault Vehicle, the Hospital, a series of new mini figures — including a five pack featuring Daryl and Merle Dixon with three walkers — and even a zombie impaler perfect for the walkers that come with holes in their chests.
McFarlane also had plenty of more traditional action figures on display including the fourth series of Walking Dead comic toys featuring Carl Grimes (with two heads), Abraham, the Pin Cushion Zombie and Jesus. The walker actually has a series of holes that the included weapons can stick through. Said weapons can also be used by other characters in the line.
Meanwhile, the seventh wave of toys based on the TV series, slated to hit in the next few weeks, includes an older Carl, Michonne, Herschel, Gareth and the Mud Zombie. The upcoming eighth series wasn’t on display, but was previewed via key art, features Eugene, Morgan, Rick, Dale and Bob. The Michonne Deluxe figure was also shown off in art form. A variant of the Deluxe Daryl is also in the works. Dubbed Survivor Deluxe, these will feature more beat-up and bloodied versions of the characters.
In addition to action figures and building sets, the company also has plans for more statues based on Todd McFarlane’s artwork. The big reveal of the show in that department was the Medieval Spawn piece. McFarlane created an entirely new design for this piece and reportedly liked the look of the unpainted prototype so much that we just might see an unpainted variant at some point in the future. Meanwhile, the WWE line of statues based on McFarlane’s vision will grow to include Triple H, who will join Stone Cold, a piece that already sold out. Triple H will be limited to 400 piece.
McFarlane’s long tradition of making Halo figures continues next spring or fall with the release of standard sized versions of Master Chief and Spartan Locke, as well as a 10-inch Spartan Locke based on “Halo 5,” which should be out in the fall as well.
For more information on these collectibles, keep an eye on future installments of TOYING AROUND.
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