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#SDCC14: Todd McFarlane Talks The Walking Dead Construction Line; New Images; Spawn Update!

8 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

With Sdcc 2014 bearing down on us, Todd McFarlane took some time out from preparing for the big event to answer our geekiest questions and give a teaser of a new line we'll be seeing on the show floor.

McFarlane Toys will always be known for bringing horror back to the world of action figures with its now legendary Movie Maniacs line and has further cemented its place in toy history with an excellent run of "The Walking Dead" action figures.

We started out with a question that's been eating away at us for a good long time. When you establish a line of incredibly popular 7-inch horror figures, why switch over to a 5-inch world of zombies? Todd explained that not everything is always an artistic choice. Sometimes things simply come down to what a retailer asks for... be that price, style, or, in this case, scale. Retailers expressed that »

- Nomad

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10 Horror Icons That Deserve Action Figures

13 May 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

On a recent episode of Killer Pov, the podcast I co-host with Fangoria’s Rebekah McKendry and Inside Horror’s Elric Kane, we tackled the topic of “Childhood Obsessions,” and that led to discussing our desire as young budding horror fans to obtain any toys we could get our hands on based upon some of our favorite genre properties. There weren’t that many horror toys when I was a kid, except for the talking Freddy doll, but as an adult, everything pretty much changed when McFarlane Toys unleashed their Movie Maniacs line back in 1998 and proved that there was in fact a huge market for these kind of collectibles. I remember distinctly hunting for the “bloody variant” Leatherface figure at all the local Kay Bee stores, much to the surprise and shock of the clerk’s face when I brought it up to the counter to buy. “We sell this here? »

- Rob Galluzzo

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10 More Must-Own Horror Toys

17 February 2014 2:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Last month we took a look at 10 must-own horror toys, and this week we add to that list with another 10 that no horror fan’s collection should be without. So let’s get right to it, shall we?!

Given how iconic he is in the world of horror, it’s quite surprising that only two companies have ever released a toy of Norman Bates. The first of those companies was McFarlane, which added the ultimate momma’s boy to Series 2 of their Movie Maniacs line, back in 1999. A major spoiler for anyone who hadn’t seen Psycho and had been living under a rock, the toy came with a removable wig and essentially depicted both Norman Bates and ‘mother,’ based on the infamous shower stabbing scene. These typically sell for around $10-20, but can oftentimes be found for even cheaper.

More recently, Mezco released a Psycho-inspired Living Dead Dolls two pack, »

- John Squires

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10 Must-Own Horror Toys

31 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Over the past couple months here on Fearnet, we’ve taken a look at the top 10 must-own toys from most of the big horror franchises, including Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, Evil Dead and, most recently, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Though that still leaves a couple franchises left to cover, we take a break from franchise horror today, to talk about toys based on either standalone films, or smaller franchises that haven’t even been given ten toys over the years.

So here are 10 more horror toys that no fan’s collection should be without!

We’ve talked about McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs here in this feature several times, which was the line that gave us the very first figures of many of our favorite horror icons. It was in 2001 that they released Series 4 of the Movie Maniacs line, which included a deluxe boxed set in tribute to Jaws. »

- John Squires

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