Todd McFarlane Interview - DC Multiverse, Spawn Figures, Spawn Movie, Mortal Kombat And Much More

by Jay Cochran
January 08, 2020
This week I got the chance to sit down and talk with Todd McFarlane about the newly announced DC Multiverse line coming from McFarlane Toys as well as a number of other product lines and projects he is working on. We discuss Spawn action figures and the movie as well as Mortal Kombat, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Cyberpunk 2077, and more. The entire interview which you can watch below lasts just over an hour.



I hope you end up watching the entire video, but for reference purposes I have listed key topics that we discuss with time marks. In the COMMENTS SECTION below I share some of my own thoughts and interpretations of what Todd says during this interview.

The interview opens with him explaining how he understands how important the fans are and that they are listening to you guys and the feedback you give. In his words, “The fans are everything”.

Next we turn to the line on everyone’s mind which is the newly announced DC Multiverse line.

02:16 - We talk about the recently revealed CW Arrow and Animated series figures and if he has plans on doing figures for other properties such as Titans on the DCU streaming service or figures from older movies.

05:09 - Next we discuss scale and if there are plans to move beyond the 7” one we are seeing with the initial figures.

09:09 - The conversation then turns to the Build-A concept. We talk about the Build-A-Batmobile as well as the possibility of seeing the more standard Build-A-Figure.

18:20 - We then move on to the topic of articulation.

30:28 - For my next question I ask how many waves of figures we might expect to see a year?

32:58 - From there the conversation turns to the chances of seeing more obscure characters beyond the big names like Batman and Superman.

34:50 - Switching gears we discuss his Mortal Kombat figures and whether we will see more figures done beyond the recently announced Johnny Cage and Raiden figures. I also ask him if his license allows him to do these charters based on the older games or is he limited to just doing them for Mortal Kombat 11.

41:06 - We then move on to talking about the newly announced Cyberpunk 2077 video game figures which are licensed from CD Project Red. I also ask what are the chances of them going after The Witcher license which is also held by CD Project Red.

42:42 - Will we see more Game of Thrones figures?

44:40 - Will we see more Harry Potter figures?

44:54 - Will we see more One Punch figures?

48:51 - We discuss what its like getting a collector line like DC Multiverse on the shelves of a Walmart or Target.

51:59 - Will we see new Spawn figures in the near future and will they be articulated?

53:10 - Todd goes on to talk about the Spawn movie.

59:06 - I ask about a DC Multiverse Todd Phillips Joker movie figure.

Once again a big thanks to Todd McFarlane for talking with us and I hope you enjoyed this interview. Please feel free to share your thoughts on it in the comments section below as well as my own thought about what was said.

Comments...

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Darth_Primus - 2020-01-23 @ 11:37 pm

Well, I would think employees of Hasbro and Todd himself are under strict NDAs and can only comment or announce things that have been approved by the licensors (i.e. DC or Marvel). We see this all the time with actors and directorswhen the media asks abouta Marvel or DC movie. Because of the NDA they can't say much.

I know Diamond/Marvel Select are always asked about what figures they'll be making. They note they hear the demand but are subject to approval by Marvel on what figures they can actually make.

Additionally, Toy Fair is just around the corner. So, I figure the toy companies are saving announcements on new figures and toy lines for that event.

Perhaps it's my age, but I don't feel entitled to know what's coming down the pike of new figures. Sure, I would like to know, but I don't get frustrated when toy makers won't or can't tell us.

As far as the McFarlane DC figure. So far, I only received the Batman Who Laughs and Hellbat armor. I thought the Batman Who Laughs would be so much better in some of the comparisons I saw, but he fits in nicely with my Batman Essentials figure and NECA Batman from the Joker Alien 2 pack.

Lord_Scareglow - 2020-01-23 @ 7:21 pm

All I want is an articulated Spawn series, please Todd, make this come true, you will get all of my money

Neovorticism2 - 2020-01-23 @ 6:05 pm

I did not know where to place this, it is a brief summary of what mcfarlane toys exhibited in this past London Toy Fair, it is not much but I think it contains a couple of interesting things that we could see next month during the NYTF.

Articulated Spawn figure!?.

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mako - 2020-01-14 @ 2:05 pm
13 hours ago, DylanRaven055 said:

I know. What I meant was that Todd, being his own boss, is able to say a bit more than others in the industry, speak more openly about the how or why if something, like his line being 7".

Not really. He has to answer to the same people any other business does, stock-holders, shippers, retailers, factories, bean-counters, etc., maybe more since it's his name on the company.

Belmont13 - 2020-01-14 @ 12:40 am

I can understand employees not being too forthcoming, because anything they say can be used against them. In the case of Dwight and the Marvel Legends team each year they get the asked the same kind of questions, I watch the interviews and most of the time it's people asking: "Are you gonna make this character?" "Are you gonna make this character in this outfit?" it gets tiresome. There's always the chance that someone can take something they said and twist the words around in order to get clicks on their website or views on their videos. Do I wish toy companies were more forthcoming with info regarding the lines? Sure, but I understand why they don't.

DylanRaven055 - 2020-01-14 @ 12:22 am
10 hours ago, mako said:

Well keep in mind, it's only an interview. A carrot being dangled in front of your face to keep you going in the right direction. Their never gonna GIVE you the carrot, just entice you. Their never gonna make with the company secrets, it'll never give us "the inside track," we're not buddies. These interviews are just a tool to get us to buy their product, and that's anybody, Jesse Falcon, Todd McFarlane, or that guy who used to do interviews for Mattel. No slight against anybody, that's just part of the job description.

Let's face it, if there were still Saturday morning cartoons, and advertisements weren't so expensive, we'd never hear from these guys.

I know. What I meant was that Todd, being his own boss, is able to say a bit more than others in the industry, speak more openly about the how or why if something, like his line being 7".

mako - 2020-01-13 @ 2:01 pm
14 hours ago, DylanRaven055 said:

I know what you mean, that's the thing with big companies. I was watching an interview the other day with the person in charge of the Power Rangers line from Hasbro, and all of the answers reduced to "I can't reveal anything, but there's some cool stuff coming, so keep an eye out". That kinda renders the whole interview uninteresting.

Well keep in mind, it's only an interview. A carrot being dangled in front of your face to keep you going in the right direction. Their never gonna GIVE you the carrot, just entice you. Their never gonna make with the company secrets, it'll never give us "the inside track," we're not buddies. These interviews are just a tool to get us to buy their product, and that's anybody, Jesse Falcon, Todd McFarlane, or that guy who used to do interviews for Mattel. No slight against anybody, that's just part of the job description.

Let's face it, if there were still Saturday morning cartoons, and advertisements weren't so expensive, we'd never hear from these guys.

DylanRaven055 - 2020-01-12 @ 10:41 pm
On 1/9/2020 at 12:57 PM, JayC said:

Often when you interview people in the toy industry all you end up with are straight talking points which I find to be really boring and tend to be reluctant to want to do.

I know what you mean, that's the thing with big companies. I was watching an interview the other day with the person in charge of the Power Rangers line from Hasbro, and all of the answers reduced to "I can't reveal anything, but there's some cool stuff coming, so keep an eye out". That kinda renders the whole interview uninteresting.

Neovorticism2 - 2020-01-11 @ 11:33 pm

@JayCTotally agree with you, we all have the right to express our discontent to express our opinion, after all I do it and I will continue to do so therefore I would be the least indicated to criticize those who do it, and I reiterate that I respect the opinions of others even if not they are similar to my own, but also defend the right to disagree and that is why I would like to separate fair criticisms and constructive criticisms from those that are only better ignored since they do not have a back up. If you don't like something, it's okay, just let it be, ignore it, if you just come to complain and not propose something better stay quier, you're not going to change anything.

Only my subjective and self-righteous opinion, so don't take it too seriously and feel free to disagree.

JayC - 2020-01-11 @ 8:57 pm
On 1/10/2020 at 12:39 AM, Neovorticism2 said:

I am surprised that there are people who take the trouble to sign up just to come and spill their salt with comments like that. Well they make me have a good time reading them. ?

If someone truly doesn't like something, I think they have every right to voice an opinion. One does hope they've had some type of hands on with the figures before expressing such distaste for them and backing up what exactly they don't like about them certainly would be more helpful in regards if they were really interested in seeing the product improve. Never-the-less if someone doesn't like something for legit reasons, I think its fine if they want to express that opinion here.

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