Is The New Mandarin Spawn Figure From McFarlane Toys Part Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Line?

by Jay Cochran
September 02, 2020
Yesterday we told you how McFarlane Toys was going to be releasing a new 7" Mandarin Spawn figure. There will be two version of the figure released, a regular version and one exclusive to Walmart that will be part of the Gold Label Collection. On that we are clear, but where there is some confusion is what property banner the figure will actually fall under? Yesterday we reported that we think the figure will be released under their newly announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt line. The main reason we felt this was the case, and honestly still do is because a listing for the Mandarin figure actually showed up online several months ago from an overseas distributor stating it was part of the Witcher line.

I realize some folks might have thought we said it was part of the Witcher line because in the video Todd McFarlane released yesterday announcing the figure, he holds up packaging that is Witcher based. It's not, at least not on it's own right. We saw that packaging he held up was for the previously announced The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 7" Gold Label Collection Geralt of Rivia figure, and not the Spawn one.

Now what we didn't see yesterday was the end of the video because I guess it was cut off on the video posted to Twitter. Since yesterday, we have seen the Instagram version which didn't have the ending cut off. In the full version he does use the words a different property when talking about the packaging. So we are definitely not saying the figure is 100% part of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt line, but we still think its possible. If you watch enough of these video's Todd posts, he often seemingly just speaks off the cuff, and we think it's possible he might have misspoken and meant to say the packaging shown is for a different figure and not different property.

We also realize, at this point there is no indication that Mandarin Spawn has any connection to the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game. So why would they stick a figure of this character in a video game line it has no connection to? We don't know. Obviously the last Spawn figure that was released at mass retail was done under the Mortal Kombat 11 banner, since Spawn did end up appearing in that game as a playable character. I don't follow video games enough to be able to say one way or the other if there is any chance or way for Mandarin Spawn to show up in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt game. I certainly don't know how anyone could say it's impossible that at some point he could or have some kind of connection that would make more sense to put the figure in that line. IF there is some surprise coming for that, it would be a good reason for why McFarlane wouldn't reveal now what property the Spawn figure will fall under. Also if it's not part of the Witcher line, what current McFarlane property would it make sense to put it under??

Time will only tell and honestly I am not sure why it really matters? The real news here is that the figure is coming. I am sure some might be wondering why don't they just do a full on Spawn dedicated action figure line at mass retail? I obviously can't say they won't, or even that this figure couldn't be part of such a line. I can say I've seen nothing indicating there is a such a line coming at this point. We knew The Witcher line was coming months in advance of the official announcement as I knew this Mandarin figure was coming before yesterday. I suppose it's possible they've managed to keep a dedicated Spawn line a complete secret, but in this day and age that doesn't seem very likely. As to why they aren't doing a dedicated Spawn line? I can only speculate, but my best guess is because it's easier to convince a Walmart to sell these Spawn figures when they are mixed in with properties that have greater notoriety. I really don't see much chance of a Walmart carrying a full blown Spawn line until there is an actual release date on the books for a new Spawn movie. I certainly wouldn't be upset if I was wrong about that.
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EvilHayato - 2020-09-08 @ 11:56 pm
On 9/3/2020 at 2:48 PM, JayC said:

But these arent being sold AS Spawn figures. The first one was sold as a Mortal Kombat figure and this one I think will be sold as a Witcher figure.

Spawn was actually IN Mortal Kombat 11, which makes sense to have a figure version of him. Its just a cross promotional way of getting figures made and spawn cross over together. McFarlane did the same thing when Soul Calibur 2 came out and spawn guest starred in the Xbox version of the game. With that deal, he made figures of some of the cast as well as 2 versions of spawn from the game. There is no tie in with Witcher and Spawn. I would hazard a guess that a 5 year old game will not suddenly be getting a new update that has any form of spawn in it to sell more copies. I would also find it an extremely strange move to market a mandarin spawn as a witcher figure. All that will do is confuse tf out of people. If anything, this gold label is more of a round about all star miscellaneous property akin to NECAs player select line they had years ago. It had miscellaneous characters from many different video games, but in one line.

As for the figure itself, I used to love the original. I even had the original and a variant of it as well as the 2nd revision where they remade it. I had to purge and sell them as I really dont have the taste for most of my mcfarlane spawn figs anymore. But this one is a shell of what the original looked like. I dont really like how he articulates his figures as well. Hopefully if he does any later spawn releases, they have better reworkings. Fingers crossed for santa spawn and gunslinger spawn!

Belmont13 - 2020-09-04 @ 8:04 pm

I'm surprised Mcfarlane doesn't cut out the middle man and sell these directly on his website, especially considering his penchant for doing things his way. I guess it's easier for another retailer to sell and paying for getting the exclusives.

JayC - 2020-09-03 @ 6:48 pm
13 hours ago, SpiderS said:

Hm thats interesting considering that Todd claimed Spawn figures weren't marketable to big chains

But these arent being sold AS Spawn figures. The first one was sold as a Mortal Kombat figure and this one I think will be sold as a Witcher figure. Thats likely why we aren't just getting a dedicated Spawn line. As for the Gold Label Series, that is just how they are differentiating the regular release with the Walmart ones, but each figure will still be under their designated brand. For instance the McFarlane Batman will still be released under the DC Multiverse line, but the Walmart one will have an extra little gold foil label on the packaging.

Satam - 2020-09-03 @ 6:02 pm
12 hours ago, SpiderS said:

Hm thats interesting considering that Todd claimed Spawn figures weren't marketable to big chains, Maybe this gold all star line that has different properties changed their minds, I wouldn't say I'm burning with desire for this Mandarin Spawn figure but I really would love to see some other classic spawn figures with new articulation, hopefully it sellswell enough .

I think it's likely that the success of the Mortal Kombat Spawn figure(s) changed their minds.

SpiderS - 2020-09-03 @ 5:11 am

Hm thats interesting considering that Todd claimed Spawn figures weren't marketable to big chains, Maybe this gold all star line that has different properties changed their minds, I wouldn't say I'm burning with desire for this Mandarin Spawn figure but I really would love to see some other classic spawn figures with new articulation, hopefully it sellswell enough .

80sboy4 - 2020-09-03 @ 2:49 am

Really nice looking figure, hopefully it'll be relatively easy to order at Walmart but I'm not holding my breath. So far I'm liking where the Gold Label line is going.

Satam - 2020-09-03 @ 1:36 am

I really get the feeling that Todd is testing the waters for Spawn at retail with kind of a one-off (for now) individual release (and requisite Walmart exclusive) of an updated version of one of the old line's most popular figures. I think the fact that it says "SPAWN" in the corner there and nothing about The Witcher or Mortal Kombat or any other property he doesn't own but merely has the rights may speak to that.

JayC - 2020-09-02 @ 11:46 pm
14 minutes ago, Nosferatuman62172 said:

When was the red one announced, and where will it be available?

Todd talks about it in the video up above. The red one I am about 99% sure will be a general release which means everywhere that sells McFarlane figures.

Nosferatuman62172 - 2020-09-02 @ 11:41 pm

When was the red one announced, and where will it be available?

JayC - 2020-09-02 @ 10:15 pm

Here is an official image for the Walmart Spawn. Pre-order Oct 1, with January 2021 release.

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