Looking At And Talking About The New McFarlane Toys And Spin Master DC Comics Action Figures - Tons Of Comparison Images

by Jay Cochran
January 14, 2020
Back on the TNI couch today taking a look at some of the new McFarlane Toys and Spin Master DC Comics figures as well as sharing my thoughts on last weeks interview with Todd McFarlane. You can purchase these figures from our sponsor BigBadToyStore.com.



Check out detailed images including comparison ones below in our GALLERY and be sure to share your own thoughts about these figures in the COMMENTS SECTION.
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Comments...

Last 10 comments - ( Read All Posts )
JayC - 2020-01-22 @ 3:07 am

Thx

Belmont13 - 2020-01-16 @ 12:56 am

Great video, I like the different approach you took here; you seem more at ease which made the video better. As for the figures themselves I already let my feelings known about them and they haven't changed. I'm not here to bash them, if people like them and want to get them, go for it.

MisterSkeezler - 2020-01-15 @ 10:19 pm

GREAT video! I'm happy to have some knowledge dropped regarding scale. It's been several months of hand-wringing and mild complaining about the 7" scale issue and then a couple weeks of vitriol about the scale. As someone who's excited about the 7" scale and collects at that scale, I'm very pleased with this first wave, and I can't see what's coming.

TheGrimeyGhost - 2020-01-15 @ 3:47 pm

Good vid, my preorders are set to ship Friday and I'm still looking forward to them a lot. Mark me down as someone who actually prefers the 7" scale, and I'm glad McFarlane went with the larger figures.

JayC - 2020-01-15 @ 3:56 am
24 minutes ago, Atlantis said:

I've seen a number of reviewers cover these McFarlane figures and frankly, they are really reluctant to critique them the way they would ordinarily. This review is better in that respect, but still, there'sa kind of deference given to this work that just isn't warrantedhere. For months the hype has been "McFarlane is coming, say goodbye to Mattel" because the expectation was that a level of quality and detail was going to surpass anything they did and just knock it out of the park. Reviews like "Its not so bad" and its "fairly solid"tell us that just didn't happen.This is just now how you debut your line.

The scale"issue" is nonsense; if youre a collector buying a 7"figure and complaining that its 7", then there's no point indiscussion with you.Bye Felicia.

The time crunch issue is also not going to work. If you accept/lobby fora product to be promoted with your name is on it, then you need to put in the work to make it the best it can be. These certainly aren't terrible figures by any standard, but theyre not on par with many of the action figure lines already out there.

These are the flagship characters for DC. They are iconic, they are legends, and they deserve the best work you can do. The legs for both of them look weak, no heft or definition. The figures' torsos have almost no ab movement to speak of, and the almost jagged mold looks crude (especially on the Batman). What is the point of the barely-there butter fly joints? Why would you have Superman unable to look up in a flying pose (doh! How did they blow this??) and just give him a single jointed elbow, with one fist? There's a great attention to detail given to his 'S' symbol on the chest, but why omit it altogether on the cape? And speaking of capes, one way McFarlane could have distinguished this line up would betogo with soft goods capes. Just an idea.

What I did like, was that the boots are well done. Nice pointed tops on Batman's, and the inverted 'W' on Superman's. Not painted on either (lookin at YOU, Hasbro). Rich vibrant colors on the figures- so glad they went with actual red for Superman and not that muted brick or whatever a lot of companies seem to want to use for red. Also, BIG props for making the legs able to fully horizontally extend out.

In closing I would say that if a new/newish company put out these figures, most of the action figure reviewers would have been a lot more harsh (and honest). Seriously doubt these 2 will be on anybody's "Top 10 of 2020" list. I cant spend money on these, because Im confident better versions will roll out to redeem them. That's what I look forward to.

Those are fair points, I don't agree with them all but they are fair. I talk about the point of how it would have been nice if they knocked the socks off and gave us near perfect figures the first time out, but it also really just never seems to work that way in the toy industry. Almost every line regardless of whether its high end or mass market starts out with bugs, quality control issues, so on and so fourth and the good companies learn from the mistakes and improve as they go on and the bad ones don't. If you want to save money and wait for later/better figures I think fine. I did the same with many of Hasbro's early Marvel Legends. Some I regretted passing on but overall most eventually did get better versions released.

As for going easy, I can only speak for myself, not other reviewers, but I don't think my review would have differed anymore regardless of the company putting them out. I also don't agree with you opinion on how people perceived these. Most people I talked to were very hesitant about McFarlane taking over this license, mainly because of McFarlane's long track record of having a lack of articulation on their figures. If people are going more easy on them than you feel they should it may be more their expectations were low and were pleasantly surprised.

Atlantis - 2020-01-15 @ 3:33 am

I've seen a number of reviewers cover these McFarlane figures and frankly, they are really reluctant to critique them the way they would ordinarily. This review is better in that respect, but still, there'sa kind of deference given to this work that just isn't warrantedhere. For months the hype has been "McFarlane is coming, say goodbye to Mattel" because the expectation was that a level of quality and detail was going to surpass anything they did and just knock it out of the park. Reviews like "Its not so bad" and its "fairly solid"tell us that just didn't happen.This is just now how you debut your line.

The scale"issue" is nonsense; if youre a collector buying a 7"figure and complaining that its 7", then there's no point indiscussion with you.Bye Felicia.

The time crunch issue is also not going to work. If you accept/lobby fora product to be promoted with your name is on it, then you need to put in the work to make it the best it can be. These certainly aren't terrible figures by any standard, but theyre not on par with many of the action figure lines already out there.

These are the flagship characters for DC. They are iconic, they are legends, and they deserve the best work you can do. The legs for both of them look weak, no heft or definition. The figures' torsos have almost no ab movement to speak of, and the almost jagged mold looks crude (especially on the Batman). What is the point of the barely-there butter fly joints? Why would you have Superman unable to look up in a flying pose (doh! How did they blow this??) and just give him a single jointed elbow, with one fist? There's a great attention to detail given to his 'S' symbol on the chest, but why omit it altogether on the cape? And speaking of capes, one way McFarlane could have distinguished this line up would betogo with soft goods capes. Just an idea.

What I did like, was that the boots are well done. Nice pointed tops on Batman's, and the inverted 'W' on Superman's. Not painted on either (lookin at YOU, Hasbro). Rich vibrant colors on the figures- so glad they went with actual red for Superman and not that muted brick or whatever a lot of companies seem to want to use for red. Also, BIG props for making the legs able to fully horizontally extend out.

In closing I would say that if a new/newish company put out these figures, most of the action figure reviewers would have been a lot more harsh (and honest). Seriously doubt these 2 will be on anybody's "Top 10 of 2020" list. I cant spend money on these, because Im confident better versions will roll out to redeem them. That's what I look forward to.

SpiderS - 2020-01-14 @ 10:18 pm

Good vid, only here I noticed how ugly and weird are knees in Supes, hopefully they can fix that and scale issues, Batmans head sculpt actually did grow on me but itis way too small compared to Superman. Torso cuts on themare also far from perfect, especially if you compare them to Power rangers figures or brand new superior octopus figure.

Neovorticism2 - 2020-01-14 @ 8:28 pm

Good analysis. I'm just waiting for Bandai MX to start carry them in my country.

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