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McFarlanes Baseball Sports Picks, Loved By The Fans and The Stars
MLB Baseball Sports Picks were first announced back in Feb 2002 at the American International Toy Fair in New York. This announcement heralded a great personal triumph for Todd Mc Farlane as it gave him his fourth license in a top north American sport, after clinching contracts with the NFL, NBA and NHL.
McFarlanes figures are so detailed and authentic that it is like having your favorite star in your own home. Meticulouly sculpted and painted to bring you the best in baseball memorabilia.
As a one time player and lifelong collector of baseball memorabilia it also gave him the opportunity to put his companies vast talents into figures that would be truly representative of the players and that fans and collectors would be proud of.
Each figure features the official team logos and colors as well as authentic apparel and equipment specific to the player. Mc Farlanes are world famous for the detail and accuracy of their figure and these are no exceptions.
Many of the players have been captured in famous and historical moments that have made them famous and will bring back fond memories to many a fan.
Each 6 inch figure comes in it's own McFarlanes classic MLB Sports Picks clamshell packaging along with a custom base for it's display. Watch out for the special one off Collectors releases as well as the main stream figures.
Over the years these have become huge favorites with fans and collectors. because of their level of accuracy and detail of the paintwork and sculpting which is a testimonial to the talents of Mc Farlanes artists talents and abilities.
There are three main "brands" of MLB figures within the Sports Picks range:
Base Series- The base series consists generally of six figures, altough occassionally a seventh figure has been added, from the current teams and season. Many new players or rookies have seen their McFarlane debut in one of these series.
As well as the "base" figures each series will also include one or two chase figures which are harder to find and usually feature one of the base players in an alternate uniform. There are generally three releases during any given season to reflect any seasonal changes or trade offs.
Cooperstown- The Cooperstown brand highlights the careers of the games top players and Hall of Famers. Each Legends series usually consists of four players from the games history although current players who are deemed as exemplary have also been featured.
Collectors Edition- The Collectors Edition figures are the "one offs" that are produced for the "All-Stars" game, Hall of Fame Induction weekend and event exclusives. These figures are generally not released through the mainstream distributors either through their online shop or at the event.
There are other sets produced that aren't specific to any of these, e.g. the Ultimate Team Sets, and there are also a large number of Toys R Us Eclusive releases.
McFarlanes MLB Sports Picks Releases by the year:
MLB 23 (Toys 'R' Us Exclusive lineup) - Expected release February 2009
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive MLB Multi-packs - Expected release February 2009
Cooperstown Collection 6 - Expected release February 2009
3-INCH BASEBALL ACTION FIGURE Series 7 Due March
New MLB Line Carried Exclusively by Target
McFarlane Toys is proud to present our 3-inch MLB series for 2009. These six players have won 10 combined World Series and earned 36 All-Star nominations. The 3-inch Sports Picks figures capture amazing detail, and position each player in a custom pose atop a replica MLB base.
MLB Baseball Figures 2009 Wave 1 - Expected release April 2009
MLB 2009 Wave 2 - Expected release June 2009
MLB Collector's Edition - Expected release August 2009
More to be announced in the coming weeks/months, so stay tuned.
Toys R Us NEW YORK METS 3-PACK
McFarlane's 2008 MLB Action Figure Releases
This lineup features the Sports Picks debuts of four baseball greats: Hank Aaron, Ryne Sandberg, Dennis Eckersley, and Ty Cobb, as well as a new sculpt for Mickey Mantle and a pinstriped uniform update for Mike Schmidt.
McFarlanes latest 3-inch MLB lineup includes 3-inch debuts for Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and includes uniform updates for Barry Zito and David Wright.
Toys R Us is your exclusive home for the MLB 20 lineup, which offers Sports Picks debuts for four players and updated uniforms for Barry Zito and Gary Sheffield.
MLB 21 features the Sports Picks debuts for Joe Mauer, Michael Young and Daisuke Matsuzaka, as well as different poses for Sports Picks veterans Jorge Posada, Alfonso Soriano and Nomar Garciaparra.
MLB 22 delivers the Sports Picks debuts for Vernon Wells, Carlos Lee and Jose Reyes, as well as all-new sculpts for Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and Curt Schilling.
This 2-pack highlights the home run chase of 1961, when Yankees teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle raced each other to topple Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. It will feature both figures in uniforms never available before.
MLB LEGENDS COLLECTORS EDITION (August 2008)
Albert Pujols 3 - St. Louis Cardinals - White uniform
Albert Pujols (Chase) 3 - St. Louis Cardinals - Chase - Gray uniform, blue wristband
Albert Pujols (Super Chase) 3 - St. Louis Cardinals - White uniform with yellow wristband, white shoes and different patch on the shoulder and logo on hat. Designed to show Pujols in his 2006 All-Star Game uniform.
Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees - Pinstripe uniform
Johnny Damon 2 - New York Yankees - Pinstripe uniform
Johnny Damon (Chase) 2 - Kansas City Royals - Chase - Retro figure - white Royals uniform
Jonathan Papelbon - Boston Red Sox - White uniform
Pedro Martinez 2 - New York Mets - Pinstripe uniform
Pedro Martinez (Chase) 2 - Boston Red Sox - Chase - Retro figure - white Red Sox uniform
Prince Fielder - Milwaukee Brewers - Pinstripe uniform
Scott Kazmir - Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Green jersey
Brandon Webb - Arizona Diamondbacks - White uniform
Brandon Webb (chase) - Arizona Diamondbacks - Chase - Black jersey
David Ortiz 2 - Boston Red Sox - White uniform
David Wright - New York Mets - Pinstripe uniform
Justin Verlander - Detroit Tigers - White uniform
Justin Verlander (chase) - Detroit Tigers - Orange, black and white Team USA jersey, to commemorate Verlander starting for Team USA in the 2005 Futures Game in Detroit. Available May 2007
Mariano Rivera 2 - New York Yankees - The chase version with the full size bullpen door background was originally planned as the regular figure, but the fdoor frame wouldn't fit in regular packaging. TMP chose to make the regular version be this stripped down doorway background; they then released the full doorway figure as the chase.
Mariano Rivera (chase) 2 - New York Yankees - Chase - This was originally planned as the regular figure but the full sized bullpen door frame wouldn't fit in regular packaging. TMP chose to make the regular version be a stripped down doorway background, and release the full doorway figure as the chase version.
Ryan Howard - Philadelphia Phillies - Pinstripe uniform
Trevor Hoffman (surprise) - San Diego Padres - Chase - This surprise figure commemorates Hoffman becoming the all-time saves leader ? a re-release of the MLB Series 4 Hoffman figure painted in San Diego?s new alternate sand jersey.
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