Spawn Boxed Figures Series 2 and Bloody Variants

Toy Review: Spawn Boxed Figures Series 2 and Bloody Variants

With McFarlane Toys’ relaunch of Spawn comic-based figures an apparent success, the company is continuing the line with even more regular and deluxe boxed figures. Some are modern remakes of older, less articulated characters. Others give new designs to old favorites. With the latest group of Spawn boxed figures that McFarlane sent us for review (except Cy-Gor, purchased individually), we get a repaint, a partial resculpture, and three new versions of previously made characters. Some work significantly better than others.

The big winner of these five is the gory version of The Clown. Along with blood splatters on his hands, legs, and chest, and a new physics-defying chainsaw-on-stick weapon, his weapons now resemble real cannons and firearms. They’re still absurd in their proportions, but look much more like lethal weapons than they do on the original sculpt.

Bloody Hands also addresses the issue from the previous figure that the flesh tone of his hands didn’t match that of his body. Choose splattered versions (above) or fully red-dipped replacements that make it look like he’s wearing wet red gloves (below). The splashes make a better transition with the forearms.

Violator also gets a bloody variant, though the sculpt remains the same. The body color is a bit darker, although it’s more so because the dark red splashes give it that overall feel. A fantastically detailed figure with more gore – what’s not to love?

Bloody Violator also comes with a Todd McFarlane signed print. Todd’s autograph is easy enough to get that it’s probably not worth much, but it still looks cool.

The darker hue and blood make this Violator look more and more like a stranger things creature. Considering McFarlane made a Demogorgon toy, maybe Todd was inspired.

When McFarlane Toys originally created a Spawn on throne figure, he was, like most at the time, stuck in a pose, with limited articulation. Although he has a skull to hold, à la Hamlet. The new version ditches the skull, but features the current full range of McFarlane joints.

That said, he looks better seated.

The lower loop of his cape is part of the throne, separate it from it, and only the hood and shoulder area attaches to him, though it is easily removable if preferred. The shoulder and butterfly joints feel a little loose on him, and he’s quite light compared to other recent Spawns. But it’s a new sculpt, with a smoother texture that feels more like superhero spandex than a rough symbiote texture.

The throne itself has a carving that gives a better idea of ​​its components, but also makes it look like a trained serpent.

It’s a shame to lose the skull, but the figure is a huge improvement over the original. And that’s certainly not the case with all the numbers here.

Overtkill, the mafia-produced giant cyborg, was brought to perfection in 2001 with a deluxe figure called Overtkill III. The new figure of him resembles the new comic version, so maybe it’s a matter of taste. The design style seems to take a page out of Super-Patriot’s book, and the face looks very Resident Evil: Nemesis. A little more color transition between torso and limbs could have helped.

The big surprise with Overtkill? Its lightness. Most of them are hard plastic, hollow and rotocast. This makes it easy to grip and keeps its ball joint quite loose. He almost feels more part of the RAW10 line of figures than a Spawn. Still, with Overtkill III costing around $100 online these days, fans who would love an Overtkill now have one to afford. At least the sculpt is cool. It maintains that classic McFarlane aesthetic detailed and dirty, like an intricate but smudged rough sketch brought to life.

Finally, we have Cy-Gor. An impressive sculpture almost ruined by a major design flaw. Can you see it?

To look closer:

This waist joint, as they say, is ugly. Thanks to a super loose crotch piece over an elaborate hip joint, it has a huge size gap that shows off the figure’s articulation frame inside. It’s a sloppy attempt to pull off the trick so he looks good on all fours and standing up, but the rubbery crotch piece looks awful in the straight pose. However, bend him over like a gorilla and he recovers a bit. It seriously looked like a piece had accidentally come off. But looking online, you’ll find that most people who reviewed it had the same problem.

This big flaw is a shame, because the rest of it is excellent.

His articulation is somewhat limited by his size and by cables attaching his right arm to his body, but he has limited kneecaps where needed. More importantly, the head can move into position for standing or on all fours. But damn it, McFarlane, if you do a fuckin’ variation, FIX THAT CROTCH. A double ball joint should pull it out. It feels like a rushed execution – just like Overtkill, frankly. Violator and Clown feel better together and more fun.

Throne Spawn’s body will likely be repurposed, as it’s versatile.

A packing note. Some figures still use wire twist ties; many others sport the much more boring plastic ties. Cy-Gor splits the difference with plastic twisties! Which are always better than shirt ties.

Bloody Clown and Bloody Violator are sold exclusively on Gamestop. As of this writing, they sell for around $35 and $50 respectively, which seems surprisingly reasonable for this particular outlet. Entertainment Earth has the rest for similar prices. (Superhero Hype is an affiliate partner of Entertainment Earth and may earn fees on purchases made through site links.)

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Recommended purchase: Spawn Series 4 Cy-Gor Action Figure

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