According to IGN
, Todd McFarlane
told them this past weekend during the New York Comic Con
that he plans on bringing back his classic movie and monster action figure lines known as Movie Maniacs
and Clive Barker's Tortured Souls
, with an emphasis on direct to consumer sales. Something we have seen more and more companies do in recent years as retail shelf space for action figures gets smaller and smaller.
There is no denying that McFarlane
was one of the original pioneers of the "Adult Action Figure Collector"
market here in the United States when he started his company McFalrane Toys
back in the 90's, making figures for adults as opposed for kids. In recent years however McFarlane
has in large part moved away from that demographic, concentrating more on big license name brands in order to gain a larger presence on the shelves of big box retailers such as Target
. Licenses such as Halo, NBA, MLB
and Rick & Morty
, even creating a new line of building block toys in order to try and compete with the likes of LEGO
. During that same time, other companies such as NECA
have worked hard to fill that void left open by McFarlane
, creating figures based on horror icons such as Jason, Freddy
, as well as Aliens
. In fact I think many would argue that NECA
not only filled that void but surpassed McFarlane
by providing consumers with action figures that not only featured highly detailed sculpts and paints, but also had decent articulation. Something most McFarlane
figures sorely lack even to this day, and something Todd himself has been very reluctant to incorporate into his products.
So the question that is begged to be asked, do we really need Movie Maniacs anymore? Can McFarlane really make a comeback in niche market that he once helped create, or have his competitors far surpassed him to the point of no return? See images for some of McFarlane's older Movie Maniac
figures below and let us know what you think in the comments section.