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McFarlane Toys Reveals the Spawn Mortal Kombat 11 Figure

Just when fans thought that Mortal Kombat couldn’t get any better… Spawn enters onto the scene of Mortal Kombat 11! McFarlane Toys has teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios to bring Spawn to the Mortal Kombat franchise. For the first time, McFarlane Toys is REVEALING a Spawn Mortal Kombat Action Figure!

The Spawn Mortal Kombat Action figure is emulating his iconic look from the Mortal Kombat 11 videogame and Spawn Comic series. Spawn will be available in the Mortal Kombat 11 game as part of the Kombat Pack downloadable content (DLC), with early access for Kombat Pack owner beginning on March 17, followed by wide availability on March 24. The Spawn Mortal Kombat action figure is an incredibly detailed 7″ scale figure designed with 22 points of ultra-articulation and can achieve full range posing. The figure would not be complete without a base and Spawn Sword accessory. The estimated release for the Spawn Mortal Kombat action figure will be in March of 2020. MSRP: $19.99

Spawn Mortal Kombat action figure

McFarlane Toys has created a line of figures around the release of Mortal Kombat 11. These 7″ figures feature 22 points of ultra-articulation and include two fan-favorite fighters: 

  • Johnny Cage: This brash action star and martial artist comes accessorized with sunglasses, a mini Johnny Cage action figure, and a movie award statue.
  • Raiden: The immortal God of Thunder, comes battle-ready with an alternate set of hands, two attachable lightning bolts, and a staff. 

Both of these figures are available at major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Amazon, GameStop, and Walgreens!

Super-Articulate: Your Collecting Timeline

I was posed this question by a co-worker yesterday. He asked, “How and when do you decide what to collect?” He meant specifically in terms of figures, but I suppose you can apply it to anything. I had a multi-year period where I collected baseball cards due to an increased interest I had in baseball around junior high. I’ve been getting comics nearly my entire life. But figures is an interesting question, and I think I can break that down.

First thing, I’m going to subtract just “generally getting toys” from the timeline. I had Fisher-Price Adventure People, for example, but I couldn’t say that I actively “collected” them. I’m only going to include lines that I could honestly say that I collected. (Let me clarify that the years are when I collected these series and not the dates that the lines necessarily ran).

Mego World’s Greatest Superheroes and Others (late ‘70s): I’m sketchy on the year, but the first Mego figure that I know I had was . . . Wonder Woman. I’m pretty sure my Aunt Jennie got me this, and I’m pretty sure it’s because I loved Super-Friends and Wonder Woman on TV. I could have been . . . 3, maybe? That would be 1976ish, which is about right, as Mego introduced the WW figure in 1974. Shortly after, I had Batman, Robin, Superman, Shazam!, Joker, Penguin, and Spider-Man. I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t have more Marvel. I DID, however, get three of the Mad Monsters: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and The Mummy; I’m also not sure why I didn’t have the Wolf Man, as I love werewolves. I had Captain Kirk from the Star Trek line (this is the only one that my memory is fuzzy on, as I think I might have had a couple of others), a couple from Planet of the Apes, and all of the Wizard of Oz (except the Munchkins) and the Emerald City playset. A number of these were played to death, lost to time or garage sales or younger relatives. I believe I still have the Kirk somewhere as the last survivor; that’s because he doesn’t believe in the no-win scenario.

photo via MegoMuseum.com

Star Wars (1977-1984; 1995-2002ish; 2019): I’ve told this story here and elsewhere a couple of times, so I’ll keep this one brief. I was all in at the start; I even had the Early Bird Certificate. I was really consistent until I lost steam after ROTJ and stopped due to my interest in other things. When the line came back in the ‘90s, I picked up again and hung in until just after AOTC. I stopped completely until this past year when The Mandalorian re-ignited my interest, and I started filling in certain characters from the 6-inch Black Series. I kind of regret not getting on that sooner, but since I’m not approaching it as a completist, I’ll live with it.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982-1987): Again, I’ve told this story, notably a much longer version in the book The Joy of Joe. I got into the 3-3/4” line early, and I was all in on both the toys and comics right up until around BattleForce 2000.

Masters of the Universe (1982-1984): A brief run, but one I should include. I really liked that Castle Grayskull playset.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons from LJN (1983-1984): A brief shining moment. I didn’t have all of them, but I had quite a few. These had great detail and should have stuck around longer.

Transformers (1984-1986): I was never a completist, and mostly done in 1985. I got a handful in 1986, including the Aerielbots and Hot Rod (which I got after the movie). My favorite from the line remains Jetfire.

Super Powers (1984-1986): Definitely not complete (I refer you to the previously discussed Mister Miracle and Cyborg), but I loved this line and would have certainly gotten more if they’d gone into the proposed Teen Titans, Blue Devil, and more.

THE LAYOFF (1987-1991): I quit collecting for a few years spanning junior high and in to the senior year of high school or so. The absence was due to a variety of reasons: lack of interest, concentrating on comics, lack of money, sudden upturn in the ability to secure dates, school activities, hanging out with bands, and so on. But the thing that really brought me back, outside of a stray pick-up here or there, was when the Toy Biz X-Men line launched in 1991.

Marvel/X-Men/Spider-Man/etc. (1991 to Now, really): I am a nearly lifelong X-Men fan. Seeing them get figures ahead of the animated series brought me back. And when I went in, I went in all the way. With a brief break for the cessation of Marvel Legends a decade ago, I’ve pretty much been in the tank ever since. I narrowed my focus over time to the 6-inch Legends, and they comprise the bulk of my collecting today.

Star Trek (Playmates; 1992-1996 or so): I told the story of my girlfiend (now wife) hunting down the original Deanna Troi figure for me. I was definitely into this for a good bit, picking up a lot of ST:TNG, DS9, and TOS figures. I stopped around Voyager due to a combo of burnout, the return of Star Wars, and my ongoing focus on comics figures.

Spawn/Youngblood/Wetworks (1994-1996): Like seemingly everyone else that started getting McFarlane Toys, I was drawn in by the details and the chance to get characters from an exciting new publisher. My favorites were the Wetworks figures (again, love that Werewolf). I stepped away from these as I lost interest in the comics themselves.

Total Justice/JLA (1996-1999): I really wanted a DC line in the ‘90s that was comparable to the Toy Biz Marvel avalanche. This was a decent, brief attempt. It got extended into comic shops and TRU exclusivity (loved the “hard light” evil versions of the JLA based on the “Rock of Ages” comic arc) and actually did Connor Hawke (MIA in action figure form ever since).

DC Direct (1998-2010ish): I loved DC Direct for a good, long while. There were some maddening bits (scale inconsistency, an unwillingness to finish teams), but there were some truly great character selections that we’ll possibly never see again (Enemy Ace? Tim Hunter? The Authority? Spider Jerusalem? Jericho?). For a kid that always wanted JSA and Legion figures, this line was a partial dream come true. I ultimately ditched it due to character repetition, increasing prices, and a more enjoyable experience collecting DCUC and doing the C+C figures with my kids.

Wrestling (WCW/Toy Biz 1998-2001; WWF/E:1998-2001ish): Like millions (and millions) of people, I was very into wrestling for a time at the turn of the century. I’d watched a lot in the mid ‘80s, gone away from it, and picked it back up watching Nitro rebroadcasts while working the late shift of a publisher. (I was working 3pm to 11:30pm, and TNT would rerun the show after I got off work.) Soon after, I was watching both WWF/E and WCW, and soon after that, the Toy Biz WCW figures hit. I got interested for a while, but my collecting of the figures faded as a I watched less and less.

Dragonball Z (circa 2000-2007): Similar time frame, similar story. Started watching DBZ on Toonami. The show had an incredible array of characters and I really enjoyed it. I got these for a good while, including the DB and GT spin-off lines, but I tapered off when they did.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (2000ish-2006): Again, you love a show and you might buy the figures. I really feel like these could have gone on longer, as there are a number of characters that never quite made it (seriously, where the hell was Gunn? Or Connor or Gwen Raiden or Harmony or Nina?). I stopped just ahead of them releasing Kennedy and Kendra, which I never picked up.

Gundam (2001-2003): Stop me if you’re heard this one before. But I started watching Gundam Wing, and . . . yeah. I got A TON of these as I started writing for Newtype USA and watching more and more Gundam series. I didn’t list it, but I picked some up in “Japan” at EPCOT a couple of years ago.

Lord of the Rings (2001-2005): Loved the book for years. Loved the animation. Loved the movies. I thought that the figures were great. I didn’t get the tail-end variants or the Eye of Sauron, but I did get the trolls, the horses and warg, and the fell beast. I regret that a different company got the license for The Hobbit films; I never did get any of those, and they never completed the dwarves.

Justice League (2003-2009ish): One of the greatest animated series of all times turned out a line of great-looking figures that had a really hard time standing up. I burned out when they started doing more and more direct exclusives, etc., but I did get the Grundy and Giganta. I gave all of these to my boys.

DC Universe Classics (2007-2012): You know something? I loved this line. I thought it was a worthy compliment to Marvel Legends and the Collect + Connect figures were among the first things that my sons contributed to helping with where my collection is concerned. The character selection overall was great and Mattel deployed some boxed sets in clever ways to get us characters like the Crime Syndicate. One of my favorite things ever is the Legion of Super-Heroes boxed set. It was a drag when they had to go the subscription model, but I stuck with it the whole time (and with Club Black Freighter, too). I know they tried to continue the idea with DC Multiverse, and I have more than a couple of those as a companion to these, but they just weren’t quite the same. This is a lamented line for me.

CURRENTLY: Marvel Legends and certain Star Wars: The Black Series (6-inch scale only). I will pick up occasional DC figures that hit a spot that’s not covering on my shelf (come on with the classic Dawnstar, McFarlane).

All right, readers. What about you? What are your main lines? How long? What’s the line you collected the longest that you eventually quit, and why? Let’s talk.

Around the Tubes

Spawn #300

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web.

The Comichron – September 2019 comics sales estimates: Spawn #300 tops 262k copies, House of X #1 reorders take it above 200k – For those that enjoy the comics race.

PennLive – Holy court case, Batman! Pa. court revives lawsuit by vintage comic book restorers who claim they were slandered – This should be interesting.

Newsarama – ALA Launching ‘Best Graphic Novels for Adults’ Reading List – This should be interesting.

Around the Tubes

X-Men #1

It’s a new week and we’re recovering from Baltimore Comic Con as we look towards Halloween Comicfest! While you kick off the week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Spawn #300, Spider-Man #1, X-Men reboot boost September periodical sales in $47 million month – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Kotaku – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senators Call On Blizzard To Reverse Hearthstone Suspension – Interesting it’s getting to this level.

Entertainment Weekly – Patton Oswalt joins Amazon’s The Boys season 2 in secret role – Any guesses?

The Star – Home Ministry investigating distribution of comic books to educational institutions -Interesting and disturbing.

Reviews

AIPT! – Bad Luck Chuck
Talking Comics –
X-Men #1

Celebrate Spawn #301 with Todd McFarlane at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, Arizona

Todd McFarlane Spawn #301

Earlier this month, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn made history by becoming the Guinness World Record holder for the “Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic Book Series”!

To celebrate this historic event, McFarlane and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Chandler, AZ are throwing a colossal Spawn Party. ALL FANS are invited to join in on the celebration with the creator of SPAWN himself on Saturday, October 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm

The Spawn Historic 301 event is open to the public and admission is FREE! The event will feature a FREE in-person autograph session with Todd McFarlane and the opportunity to take a picture with him (signature limited to one item per person). Fans will experience Spawn like never before with a red-carpet photo opportunity, event-exclusive Spawn comic, and so much more! Fans receiving a signature will receive a “Special Certificate of Authenticity” to mark this historic moment.

If you are dying to get a McFarlane original hand-drawn sketch, enter the Spawn costume contest at the event.  Bring your best SPAWN themed costume to impress the creator of Spawn. Todd will pick one lucky grand prize winner who will take home a coveted original sketch by McFarlane.

The Alamo Drafthouse has also teamed up with Todd McFarlane to feature the original 1997 Spawn movie showing at 5:30PM (limited seats available), and a commemorative Spawn Comic poster will be handed out with each movie ticket purchased.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will have Spawn themed food and drink specials available to purchase. 

To commemorate this moment in history, Spawn merchandise will also be available for purchase. The Spawn merchandise includes a highly-limited Spawn #300 variant comic.   As well as Spawn BumBumz vinyl figures,  Spawn pins, t-shirts, and lanyards. Also, your favorite local comic shops will be there with a slew of Spawn comics to purchase. 

Fans will get a rare viewing of historic comic pages from Todd McFarlane’s personal collection of original Spawn artwork spanning over the past three decades. 

Alamo Drafthouse and Spawn have teamed up to provide a LYFT discount to encourage savings on travels to and from the event. Please use code GWR301 to receive your discount of 10% off of two rides to and from the event. 

The address for the Alamo Drafthouse is 4955 S. Arizona Avenue Chandler, Arizona 85248.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman’s Grave #1 (DC Comics) – Warren Ellis takes on Batman with Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowland on art.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #1 (IDW Publishing) – The original Karate Kid is told from Johnny’s perspective. Sounds entertaining to us as we’re fans of the film series.

Dead Legends Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – The publisher is putting out premier editions of their comics which then switch to digital releases or a trade after. We’re intrigued if this new release method works and if this first issue would get us interested in continuing with that sort of release.

Ginseng Roots #1 (Uncivilized Books) – Craig Thompson recounts his life of harvesting ginseng from ages 10 to 20.

Hellmouth #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Angel and Buffy crossover in an event that already is selling out!

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #1 (DC Comics) – The latest DC Black Label comics is another Joker/Harley Quinn story and we’re intrigued how, and if, this one will be original to stand out.

RWBY #1 (DC Comics) – The popular anime gets a series from DC. How this will differ from the manga already released will be interesting.

Powers of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Universe wraps up.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1 (AfterShock) – The largest retailer in the world requires the best loss prevention staff and they defend things at any and all costs.

Smedley (Dead Reckoning) – The graphic novel is a solid introduction to the military hero and his rather interesting life of service and advocacy.

Spawn #301 (Image Comics) – The comic breaks a record for ongoing superhero series with this issue and that history-making fact is why it’s on our list.

NYCC 2019: Todd McFarlane Awarded a Guinness World Record

With the publishing of Spawn #301, Todd McFarlane stepped into uncharted territory in the comic world! Todd McFarlane has officially earned the Guinness World Records title for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book series for his creation of Spawn

Fans can witness Todd McFarlane receive his official Guinness World Records certificate next week at New York Comic Con! The ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, October 5th prior to Todd McFarlane’s very own panel, The Road to Historic Spawn #300 and #301.  The panel will be taking place in Room #1A10 from 5:45- 6:45 P.M. 

Guinness World Records adjudicator, Claire Elise Stephens, will be presenting Todd McFarlane with his award.

Fans who have been following the series understand that this was no easy feat. The Spawn comic book series was first published in 1992 by Image Comic’s and sold over 1.7 million copies. Following Spawn’s initial success, the series was curated into a feature film in 1997. This means the story of Spawn has been evolving for almost three-decades in order to achieve this goal!

NYCC 2019: Todd McFarlane to Appear as a Special Guest

New York Comic Con will be the first stop for Todd McFarlane as he celebrates Spawn becoming the Longest-Running Creator-Owned Superhero Comic! The Guinness World Record holder himself will be attending as a special guest from Thursday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 6th. 

To commemorate this moment in history, the Spawn Merchandise program will be coming to New York Comic Con with all-new exclusives! The merchandise program, which was relaunched earlier this year (for the first time in over a decade) spans from pins, t-shirts, lanyards, and much more!

In addition to the Spawn merchandise, there will be New York Comic Con Exclusive art prints and comic books. Fans will be excited to hear there are three different Todd McFarlane autographed art print options! The Spawn 300 Parody, Spawn 301 Parody, and Spawn 301A art prints are based on comic book covers and are available for only $20. There are two styles of limited edition Spawn 300 comic books: 500 Gold Foil Editions (available for $50) and 1,500 Silver Editions (available for $25). With a purchase of the Gold Foil Edition of Spawn 300, buyers will receive one of the Spawn BumBumz! Come and purchase your #spawnswag at Image Comic’s Booth #1444!

FREE signing sessions with Todd McFarlane will take place throughout the Comic Con as a thank you to fans! Fans can get their favorite comics, toys, and all new Spawn merch signed for FREE!

Have the chance to witness history by attending the following events: 

Todd McFarlane’s 2019 NYCC Schedule:

Thursday, October 3rd

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

**Limit 2 items per person and each person must be over 13 years of age. No sketches. No CGC, or other witnessing/grading. Autograph session is limited, and wristbands will be issued each day in the Image Comics Booth #1444 starting at 9:30 A.M. EXHIBITOR AND RETAILER BADGE HOLDERS WILL NOT RECEIVE WRISTBANDS.

SYFY NYCC LIVE STAGE 
TIME: 5:30 
 6:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD

Please check the New York Comic Con website for further details!

Friday, October 4th

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

Saturday, October 5th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 
 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

EXCELSIOR! REMEMBERING STAN LEE 
TIME: 2:45 
 3:45 PM
LOCATION: Room 1C03


Colleagues and friends of the late Stan Lee will meet with fans to discuss his life and legacy. Panelists include Todd McFarlane, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Jim Salicrup, Denis Kitchen, and Danny Fingeroth!

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 4:00 
 5:15 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

ROAD TO HISTORIC SPAWN 301 PANEL AND SPECIAL SURPRISE PRESENTATION
TIME: 5:45 
 6:45 PM
LOCATION: 1A10

Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of SPAWN, co-creator of VENOM and McFarlane Toys CEO, will talk about his 30+ years in the comic and entertainment industry. Todd will be raw and uncensored – talking toys, comics, industry advice and more! He will also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, SPAWN 300 and SPAWN 301, which has set the record for the Longest-running creator owned superhero comic ever! A special suprise presentation will also be taking place at the panel!

**Bring your burning questions for Toddfather Q&A. This jam-packed panel is a must for any Todd McFarlane fan!
 

Sunday, October 6th

TODD MCFARLANE VIP SIGNING SESSION
TIME: 11:00 
 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Room 1E04

The VIP Signing Session tickets will be distributed via lottery. Limit of one item per person. There will be no cgc/grading.

TODD MCFARLANE FREE AUTOGRAPH SESSION
TIME: 2:00 
 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Image Booth #1444

** See above description for further information on signings and limitations.

Image Reveals a New Spawn #301 Cover from Clayton Crain

On the heels of Image Comicsreveal of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo covers, Image Comics is pleased to unveil a surprise cover artwork update to the previously revealed Clayton Crain Spawn #301 cover. This electric new artwork will be available to retailers under the same Diamond Code (JUL190088), instead of the previously seen Crain artwork, and the final order cutoff deadline is Monday, September 16.  

This record-breaking, history-making Spawn #301 issue—by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of Spawn—hits stores on Wednesday, October 2. 

  • SPAWN #301 CVR A MCFARLANE – JUL190084
  • SPAWN #301 CVR B CAPULLO – JUL190085
  • SPAWN #301 CVR C VIRGIN CAPULLO – JUL190086
  • SPAWN #301 CVR D ALEXANDER – JUL190087
  • SPAWN #301 CVR E CRAIN – JUL190088 UPDATED ARTWORK
  • SPAWN #301 CVR F OPENA – JUL190089
  • SPAWN #301 CVR G VIRGIN MATTINA – JUL190090
  • SPAWN #301 CVR H PARODY MCFARLANE – JUL190091
  • SPAWN #301 CVR I B&W MCFARLANE – JUL190092
  • SPAWN #301 CVR J 25 COPY INCV VIRGIN MCFARLANE – JUL190093
  • SPAWN #301 CVR K ROSS – JUL198671
  • SPAWN #301 CVR L VIRGIN ROSS – JUL198672
  • SPAWN #301 CVR M SIENKIEWICZ – JUL198673
  • SPAWN #301 CVR N VIRGIN SIENKIEWICZ – JUL198674
  • SPAWN #301 CVR O CAMPBELL – JUL198675
  • SPAWN #301 CVR P VIRGIN CAMPBELL – JUL198676
  • SPAWN #301 CVR Q BLANK SKETCH CVR – JUL198708

Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into the record-breaking Spawn #301 when SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world.

Spawn #301 Clayton Crain
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