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McFarlane Sports Picks

All The Players, All The Stars, All The Action


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The McFarlane Sports Picks brand was first released in 2001 after many years of negotiations, coaxing and cajoling and is now the cornerstone of McFarlane Toys business.

It's no secret that Todd McFarlane, CEO of McFarlane Toys and creator of the Spawn comic book character, first passion while at college was baseball.

An avid player and fan it was only after he failed to secure a baseball internship for University that he turn to his second passion, drawing comic characters, to earn a living.

It therefore was almost a foregone conclusion that once his new founded toy company became established that he would turn his attention to producing sports figures.

However all the major ruling bodies of America's major league sports were reluctant to grant the licenses and remained resistant for many years.

Maybe it was because of his ties with the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, he was one of the teams co-owners, that he was granted the license to produce official NHL figures featuring the official logos, team colours and kits.

The very first series of the McFarlane Sports Picks brand, NHL Series 1, was released in 2001 to much fanfare and publicity.

The inaugural set of figures was for 6 NHL figures.

Initially many fans, and collectors, were skeptical as to whether McFarlane's could produce figures of the standard that the fans would not only demand but expect and at a reasonable price.

But fans and collectors were quickly won over when they saw the excellent quality of the sculpting and paintwork as well as care and attention to detail.

Each McFarlane Sports Picks figure represented an exact replica of the player complete with all the relevant logos and emblems on their kit and any relevant equipment or paraphernalia.

The choice of hockey rather than basketball or football may seem a strange choice to many but don't forget that the decision was highly influenced by Todd McFarlane who is not only a huge hockey fan but also part owner of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team.

After the huge success of the NHL figures, McFarlane's managed to negotiate contracts for the remaining North American sports with its pinnacle being the announcement in Feb 2002 at the American International Toy Fair in New York that they would be producing McFarlane Sports Picks Major League Baseball figures.

This announcement heralded a great personal triumph for Todd McFarlane who had been unable to secure the MLB license for sometime.

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In fact McFarlanes solicitations were pretty much ignored and the figures he sent as samples were returned unopened until he bought the Barry Bonds 750 ball for $2,000,000. Then, suddenly they began to take notice of him and granted McFarlanes a license for producing official MLB figures.

How much this had to do with his purchase, or even whether that was the sole reason for his purchase remains open to debate.

McFarlane's success can be mainly attributed to the fine detail, accuracy and authenticity of the figures he produces.

The company has built a huge loyal following of fans and collectors alike over the ensuing years.

In order to acquire this level of detail and accuracy McFarlane takes every precaution keeping an up to date file on each and every player with up to date stats, photos and kit colors.

Also each player sculpted is scanned and "wired up" to computers to analyse their movements and body features.

Each Sports Picks figure stand approx 6-inches in height with various levels of articulation, however one of the biggest complaints from fans over the years has been over the lack of articultion on these figures as generally they only have 4/5 joints.

McFarlane also keeps the market hungry for more with the production of chase and variant figures as well as event exclusives aand specially commisioned figures.

Many of these "specials" are released under McFarlane Toys Collectors Edition line of figures.

All-in-all McFarlane's Sports Picks are THE premier sports figures on the market with plenty of figures to appeal to both the fan and collector.


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