Monday, August 26, 2013
Action Figure Review 90s Edition: Burnt Spawn from Spawn:The Movie by McFarlane Toys (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)
Slowly but surely I'm picking up Spawn: The Movie figures here and there. While I only owned Spawn and Jason Wynn from when the movie was originally released on August 1, 1997, over the past few months I've picked up Jessica Priest and Al Simmons, and now I've picked up Burnt Spawn. This figure represents Al Simmons (played by Michael Jai White) after he returns from Hell after making a deal with the villainous Malebolgia. Not yet aware of how to use his Spawn powers yet, Al's still running around looking like a hobo version of Freddy Krueger. While it's been years since I last watched the movie (although I do plan to rectify that as I found a DVD copy last weekend for $1) I think this figure's accessories tie into a scene where Spawn meets the Clown and ends up digging up his own grave. Am I right? Wrong? Does anyone really care? Let's just look at this toy!
Articulation is pretty standard--Spawn's not preposed, and he features a few joints that allow you to change him up a bit. He features: hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a swivel neck. There's nothing there that's close to most of the well articulated figures today, but you can still use his arm joints to pose him in different ways with his weapons, and the leg joints give him a little versatility while standing. The Spawn: The Movie figures seemed to have much better QC than most McFarlane figures, and that's no exception for Burnt Spawn guy here. He's solid, baby.
The paint's fairly nice, too. The burned parts of his skin are well painted with a nice light wash to bring out the minute details. The sleeves of the jacket look good with a muddy paint scheme, but the jacket is absolutely covered in mud. Actually, it's so much mud that it kind of looks ridiculous, perhaps as if Spawn was hosed down with chocolate syrup. That's a weird sentence right there. So the skin's good, the jacket's OK.
I really like the accessories. First, there's a hood that can fit over Spawn's head and easily rests between the jacket's collar and Spawn's shoulders. It stays on well and looks great with it's great mud-splattered paint scheme. Second is a machine gun. It looks to be a compact assault rifle of some type, and it's easily wielded in Spawn's left hand. It's molded in a black plastic with metallic specks that gives it a nice gunmetal appearance.
Lastly is the ridiculously cool bone shovel. Was this in the movie? It looks like some leg bones, a wooden rod, and a sheet of metal fashioned into a creepy shovel that wouldn't look out of place at Clive Barker's house. Spawn can't really grip the shovel, though, so his hand has to slip between two of the bones to carry it.
I've reviewed two other Spawn: The Movie figures so far as part of the Action Figure Time Machine: Al Simmons and Jessica Priest, and a few other Spawn figures: Clown , Overtkill , and Tremor. Big Bad Toy Store doesn't have any other Spawn: The Movie figures in right now, but they do have plenty of other Spawn stuff, new and old, that you can pick up here.