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Spawn 12 Inch Figures Are Awesome!


The story behind McFarlane's Spawn 12 inch figures and toys.

McFarlane Toys have almost single-handedly revolutionized the action figure market since the mid 1990's due to the vision of Spawn creator and toy manufacturer Todd McFarlane.

Todd was keen to re-create his Spawn character as a "toy" so fans could check him out in full 3D Technicolor!

But the more he looked for a suitable manufacturer the more despondent he became and almost gave up on ever realizing his dream...

Then it hit him like a bolt of lightening, why not make them himself?

And so that's what he did and McFarlane Toys was born.

But not content with his 6-inch masterpieces he decided to push the boundaries even further with his range of Spawn 12 Inch figures that not only re-created but enhanced the fantastic detail, sculpting and painting of their smaller 6-inch counterparts.

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The very first Spawn 12 Inch figures produced were the Super Size figures, released in December 1996, which included SUPER SIZE ANGELA, SUPER SIZE SPAWN and SUPER SIZE VIOLATOR, followed by a SUPER SIZE MEDIEVAL SPAWN in January 1997.

Highly detailed with excellently crafted sculpting and painted to McFarlane's high specifications these proved to be very popular with fans, but despite this no more Spawn 12 Inch figures were released until 2000, which was the 12-INCH MANDARIN SPAWN.

The Spawn 12 Inch Mandarin figure is probably one of the most beautifully painted and, incredibly detailed figures ever released by McFarlane Toys and was the winner of ToyFare magazine's Best Paint Application award.

Originally released in Spawn Series 14: The Dark Ages 2 the Spawn 12 Inch figure version had a new teal blue and burnt orange paint scheme, eight points of articulation points, an arm-mounted shield, a 19-inch two-piece sword and two other hip-mounted swords and was only available as a Toys R Us exclusive making it highly collectible and remains to be one of the most sought after Spawn figures.

The Mandarin Spawn appeared in China during the final years of the Sung Dynasty. His human name is Chenglei, and he suffered from elephantiasis, which left him heavily disfigured.

When his village of Mhisi could not pay their tribute, Chenglei was given to the Governor instead.

There he was used as entertainment, tortured and humiliated. Though Chenglei's condition may have limited physical harm to his body, he was killed when an arrow pierced a part of him that seemingly was free from the condition.

Upon Chenglei's death bed, Mammon, acting as an emissary from Malebogia, came and promised him the fulfillment of his desires.

Chenglei later on returned as a Hellspawn, where he killed off all the people in the Governor's palace except for one man, the palace storyteller, who had shown him kindness in his life.

Chenglei was last seen by the storyteller riding alone, away from the slaughter. There were men, however, who swear that they saw the Hellspawn leading an army, with a beautiful concubine by his side, into Hell.

There, legends state that he rules one of the circles of Hell with his concubine-Queen by his side.

As is often the case with McFarlane's Spawn 12 Inch figures this isn't going to win any prizes for articulation so you need to enjoy it for what it is.

In October 2004 another two Spawn 12 Inch figures were released; a Wings of Redemption Spawn, based on the popular 6-inch Wings of Redemption Spawn from Spawn Series 24, and a Spawn 12 Inch figure I.043 classic Comic Cover figure..

Issue 75 is the only issue in which the Wings of Redemption Spawn has "appeared" in, and symbolizes Spawn redeeming himself for the wrong that he has done, ergo the "Wings of Redemption".

The character never actually appeared in the storyline but was more of a symbolic picture of Spawn with Angel wings, showing Spawn with the best of both worlds.

He has the symbiot costume, which is what the warriors of hell use, and the Angel wings which is what the heaven warriors use (most of them anyway).

If we learn anything from Spawn it is that heaven is no better than hell...

they are both out to win the war however they can.

But why would Spawn redeem himself...

so that he can go to heaven?

The Spawn 12 Inch I.043 figure was originally released in a 6-inch scale in Spawn Series 24.

This Spawn 12 Inch scale figure was much larger and incredibly detailed and was a limited edition, 'Toys R Us' Exclusive re-issue that featured one of the most interesting and visually appealing Spawn figures from the previous year.

This Flying Spawn figure was the action figure translation of Todd McFarlane's original artwork that appeared on the comic book cover from Spawn issue #43 / i43.

This spectacular Spawn figure captures Spawn in mid flight and is absolutely breathtaking to see, and is probably one of the rarest and hardest 12-inch Spawn figures to find, with the top of the wings reaching 21" or even more in height!

Words simply cannot describe how beautifully detailed this figure is and truly needs to be seen "in the flesh" to be fully appreciated.

As well as the incredible detail there is his cape, which comes in 3 pieces, the pose of the character (seemingly flying through the air), the chains, and the bats which all add to make this a truly impressive piece and one of McFarlane's finest achievements.

The time and effort that must have gone into the design of this character defies imagination.

A year later, in October 2005 McFarlane Toys released two more Spawn Spawn 12 Inch, the 12-inch "GUNSLINGER" SPAWN and 12-inch SPAWN I.095.

Gunslinger Spawn is a masterpiece, bringing to life the comic book artwork of Spawn I #174-175 which tells the story that is found in a journal.

Francis Parker (who later took the name "Henry Simmons"), Al Simmons' great grandfather, was a deserter who was to be lynched alongside another man, Jeremy Winston, in the town of Bane.

Winston, a preacher, had been framed for murdering his family and was condemned to death. Mammon approached both men offering them a chance for revenge against those who have wronged them, an offer which Parker refused but Winston accepted.

During the proceedings of the execution, Mammon causes a malfunction that ultimately saves Parker's life, however, Winston is killed. A short time thereafter, Winston is resurrected as the Gunslinger Spawn and he proceeds to slaughter every resident in the town of Bane, sparing only Francis Parker, whom Mammon ordered be kept alive.

The Gunslinger Spawn confines Parker to a pine casket belonging to a now deceased resident of Bane, Henry Simmons, and floats the coffin down a river to an awaiting Mammon, who tells Parker that one of his descendants will become the Hellspawn that destroys the world.

This figure, like so many of its counterparts, is not really a toy to be played with but to be looked at and admired. What little articulation there is, 8 points, are all of the seam joint variety which only allows for relatively light poseability and movement.

However, the sculpting is so impressive that there's nothing lost and because it is so big, McFarlane has been able to crank up the detail a notch or two above the 6" original, in particularly the inlay of the boots, the insignia on the back of the coat, and the creases in the pants which all combine to make this Spawn look gaunt, which is a contrast to his usual muscle-bound bulkiness.

The Spawn 12 Inch figures featuring cover re-issues are another series of popular 12-inch Spawn figures. The I.095, which is a 12-inch version of the popular Spawn (issue 95 cover art) from Spawn Series 25 continues McFarlane's tradition of creating amazingly detailed and collectible figures.

Despite a lack of articulation it will look awsome alongside the Winds of Redemption and Mandarin Spawn figures.

In Spawn Issue 95 while Spawn and the ghost of Al Simmons confer in the cemetery, two demons inhabit the bodies of two car accident victims. They walk to the nearest diner where they carry out their earthly mission to kill 13 innocent people and then burn their bodies in a sacrificial circle. Spawn senses the evil vibes and goes to the burning hilltop to investigate. There, he is confronted by the ancient and powerful dark god, Urizen.

The next two Spawn 12 Inch figures issued were the 12-INCH SPAWN (ISSUE 7 COVER ART) and 12-INCH MANDARIN SPAWN 2.

This Mandarin Spawn figure features a 12-inch version of Mandarin Spawn 2 from Spawn Series 28, along with intricate detail and paint applications. He is articulated at the neck, shoulders, biceps, waist, knees and ankles. Like it's predecessor this isn't a hyper-articulated figure, so you need to understand and accept that, and enjoy it for what it is.

The 12-inch version of Spawn from Spawn issue 7, titled Payback II, featuring cover art and written by Todd McFarlane was also released in Spawn Series 26 figures.

The story tells of how Spawn, being plagued by painful flashbacks of his own death, visits Mob consigliere Antonio Twistelli, telling him that he welcomes a rematch with Overtkill.

They meet at midnight, fighting to a standstill before Spawn pulls out his heavy weaponry. Even cybernetics offers no protection from such powerful ordnance, and Overtkill is defeated.

Unfortunately there haven't been any recent releases of Spawn 12 inch figures as of writing (Aug 2010) but I live in the hope that this isn't the last we'll see og the popular 12-inch Spawn line of fires.

Spawn 12-inch figures Checklist

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12-INCH SPAWN (ISSUE 7 COVER ART)

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2006


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12-INCH MANDARIN SPAWN 2

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2006


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12-INCH "GUNSLINGER" SPAWN

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2005


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12-INCH SPAWN I.095

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2005


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12-INCH WINGS OF REDEMPTION SPAWN

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2004


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12-INCH SPAWN I.043

Paint: original paint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Exclusive to Toys 'R' Us stores.

Release Date: October 2004


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12-INCH MANDARIN SPAWN

Paint: repaint

Scale: 12-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: October 2000


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SUPER SIZE MEDIEVAL SPAWN

Paint: original paint

Scale: 13-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: January 1997


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SUPER SIZE ANGELA

Paint: original paint

Scale: 13-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: December 1996


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SUPER SIZE SPAWN

Paint: original paint

Scale: 13-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: December 1996


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SUPER SIZE VIOLATOR

Paint: original paint

Scale: 13-inch

Format: action figure

Packaging: boxed

Release Date: December 1996



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