Thursday, July 11, 2013
Action Figure Time Machine 90s Edition: Al Simmons from Spawn: The Movie by McFarlane Toys (Good and a 1/2)
Jessica Priest last month, but I have added a few more Spawn: The Movie figures to my collection. One of these is Al Simmons, the government operative who becomes Spawn after he is assassinated by Jessica Priest. In the film Simmons is played by Michael Jai White, who according to Jet magazine holds the distinction of being the first African American to play a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. (Fun Fact: Michael Jai White also played the mob boss Gambol in The Dark Knight.) Shaquille O'Neil's Steel opened just two weeks after Spawn, although most people don't want to remember that movie for any reason. Anyways, Al Simmons here is the fourth Spawn: The Movie figure I've ever owned, and I'm amazed I never bought him when I was younger. Well, are you ready to join me in taking a look at Al Simmons? Let's jump right in!
Second, he comes with a very cool portable missile launcher. I vaguely remember this from the movie, but it's a cool accessory that can fold up and fit conveniently on Al's back via two little hooks that fold out and fit into two grooves on his back. The launcher itself is on a neck that folds out from the body, and three legs fold down to provide a base. A small missile can be pushed into the launching unit- just pull the missile back and release to fire it. This is a wonderfully cool accessory that would go well with nearly any toy line.
The only other action figure from the Spawn: The Movie line that I've reviewed so far is Jessica Priest. Other McFarlane toys we've reviewed are Cortana from Halo 4, and the Black and White Michonne with Pet Walkers 3-pack from the Walking Dead line. While Big Bad Toy Store doesn't have any Spawn: The Movie figures in right now, they do carry a ton of other McFarlane stuff.
Barbecue17 often sleeps in a tactical jumpsuit and flak jacket, simply because he can. He also posts pictures and stuff to Flickr.