20 Facts About McFarlane Toys


McFarlane Toys is an American company founded by comic book creator Todd McFarlane which makes highly detailed model action figures of characters from films, comics, popular music, video games and various sporting genres.

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In 1994, Todd McFarlane Toys was working with Mattel to produce action figures based on his comic book characters.

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McFarlane Toys's figures had individual items such as spikes, teeth, claws, and buttons painted individually and packaged encased by hard plastic which surrounded both the figure and blister card, making them more suitable collectors items.

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McFarlane Toys has produced licensed figures based on various Japanese anime and manga properties.

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Series McFarlane Toys have merchandised include Akira, Tenchi Muyo, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan and Naruto Shippuden.

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McFarlane Toys had been a long-time fan of the horror genre and decided to produce his own perspective on the classic monsters with the "Todd McFarlane Toys's Monsters Playsets" line in 1997.

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McFarlane Toys did not solely limit itself to creating figures based on Todd McFarlane's creations.

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Second musical property that McFarlane Toys released was based on the Beatles, featuring figures of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr as they appeared in their 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine, as well as their appearance in the 1965 ABC cartoon show titled The Beatles.

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McFarlane Toys reflects Todd McFarlane's love of sports in its creations of popular figures from all five major North American sports.

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McFarlane Toys has official licensing rights to the major professional leagues of all of these sports, and began this line, officially known as McFarlane Sports Picks, in 2001.

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McFarlane Toys produces action figures based on the Netflix series Stranger Things.

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In 2005, McFarlane acquired the rights held by rival manufacturer Playmates Toys to produce figures based on the popular Fox TV series The Simpsons.

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In 2017, McFarlane Toys inked a deal to produce action figures and role play items based on the popular Star Trek franchise.

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McFarlane Toys has produced a number of products based on video games, including Metal Gear Solid, Soulcalibur II, Halo, Five Nights at Freddy's, Call of Duty, Destiny, Cuphead, Borderlands and Assassin's Creed.

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In 2018, McFarlane Toys launched a series of Fortnite action figures, which differed greatly from the company's previous figures by including at least 18 points of articulation each.

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The toys proved very popular, and Todd McFarlane later announced that the increased articulation scheme would become standard in the company's product from then on, including their upcoming line of Mortal Kombat 11 figures.

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In February 2019, it was announced that McFarlane Toys had secured the rights to create 6"-12" collector figures based on the various comic books, movies, cartoons, live-action TV shows and video games featuring DC's characters.

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McFarlane Toys revealed that the figures will use the new articulation system first seen in the company's Fortnite toys, meaning that they will all include between 18 and 24 points of articulation.

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In 2000, McFarlane Toys produced figures based on Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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On July 27,2021, McFarlane Toys announced that it would take over management of any remaining DC Direct inventory and that it would continue to make statues, busts, and other collectibles in DC Direct's previous merchandise lines.

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