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When Where The First Spawn Figures Produced?


In 1994 Todd McFarlane founded McFarlane Toys for the soul purpose of producing Spawn action figures in order to maintain maximum creative control over his Spawn character.

Todd McFarlane was born in Canada in 1961 and became one of the top artists and writers with Marvel Comics, but after some creative differences Todd and six of Marvel Comics' best-selling artists to set up Image Comics.

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This was when Todd introduced his own character, Spawn.

Spawn hit comic stands across the country in 1992 and sold an amazing 1.7 million copies, an unprecedented feat in independent comics.With the huge success of the comics Todd decided he wanted action figures of the main characters produced and so, he started to shop around.

However, disappointed in what other toy manufacturers had on offer he decided to set up his own company, McFarlane Toys, for the sole purpose of producing and selling highly detailed and high quality Spawn figures at a reasonable price, and so McFarlane Toys was born.

From there came a whirlwind of growth and expansion with more comics, action figures, films, animation and the Web.


The very first series of Spawn figures was released in 1994 and featured 6 action figures and three "playtsets".

Since this inaugural issue there have been a total of 32 standard "sets" of figures and numerous Collectors Choice figures, Exclusive figures and "one of" sets and it continues to be among one of their most unusual and successful lines to this day. .

This first series of Spawn figures featured:

  • Spawn- Spawn, aka Al Simmons, was a highly trained, specialist soldier who was murdered by his boss for knowing to much. But Al Simmons was far from your regular hero for a had a darker past and so he was thrown into the pits of hell but...
  • Medevial Spawn- Spawn has been around for as long as Good and Evil have been fighting each other each time in a different guise or persona but always with the trademark cloak. Here we see McFarlane's vision of the Medival Spawn
  • The Clown- The Clown is a figure straight from hell. In the employ of the Demon Lord Malebolgia it is his duty to ensure Spawn will command Hell's army and he will do anything to make his master happy.
  • Violator- The Clown's alter ego is everything he isn't. A creature of pure evil, hate, cruelty and vengeance. The Vilotor is not someone you would wish to meet, even on a good day!
  • Overtkill- After Spawn's attack on the inner city crime lords and their Mafia counterparts they decided to fight back and so Overtkill was born. A assassin cyborg with on mission and one program, to hunt down, kill and destroy Spawn. But will he be able to nmatch Spawn...?
  • Tremor- Once human, before the scientists started their experiments and he remains a twisted and deformed shadow of his previous live. He is now consumed by intense burning pain and an even more intense and bitter burning for revenge and no one will stop him. Not even Spawn.
  • The Playsets:

  • Spawn Alley- let your action figures fight it out in the dark city alleys where hell meets...hell
  • Spawn Mobile- Batman has the Bat mobile so why not a Spanw mobile?

  • Violator Monster Rig- Ony the Violator could, or would want to ride in this mean looking machine

What are the Rarest Spawn Figures?

Two of the hardest Spawn figures to find is the Collectors Club Lotus Angel and Black Mandarin Spawn. is too

One of the Holy Grails of the Spawn line tho' is the clear Necro Cop from Series 31, there are said to be only 100 or so of them made.

Or how about the Todd Mcfarlane Urizen, with only 10 in existence?

This figure has been known to go for $500+, but it's unlikely you'll one for sale any day soon!!

Other ultra rare Spawns that you should keep a lookout for are:

  • Clear Blue Necro Cop
  • Pewter Ravin Spawn
  • Namco 'Armageddon' Spawn

A few of the hard to find, but still available Spawn figures are:

  • Soul Calibur Spawn(s)
  • Cannes Film Festival Spawn (bagged w/header) and the
  • Nornberg Spawn (bagged w/header)

The pewter Raven Spawn is a real tough figure to get as it was never released, but they sit in a warehouse to this day.

Another rarity is the Diamond Exclusive Worm Head Spawn that came out with the release of Spawn #50.

Don't get this mixed up the first series Spawn tho' which had a masked Spawn (black costume) and a repaint unmasked Spawn (black costume), or the first Diamond/Wildstorm exclusive which was the masked S-1 Spawn figure (w/a blue costume).

The 'Worm Head' 50th issue Diamond exclusive was a new unmasked head (w/a black costume) and then there was The Collector's Club figure which was released later with the same 'Worm Head' but w/a blue costume.


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