Todd MacFarlane is this week's guest on All Access Weekly
, premiering tonight at midnight.
We talked to him about his career in comics and also his endeavors as an entrepreneur. Although he was a trailblazer as an artist with DC, Marvel, and later as one of the founding members of Image, he might today be known best for his carefully sculpted, detailed, and just plain badass action figures. His MacFarlane Toys line has adapted iconic fictional and real-life characters from across the spectrum, from the characters of the original Evil Dead trilogy to the modern day stars of the NFL.
Honestly, there are so many to choose from that it's hard to compile a definitive list of the coolest. We did our best, though, to bring you 15 of our favorite MacFarlane Toys.
The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" Line
Personally, I was reared on The Beatles growing up. Right up until I was twelve and heard Led Zeppelin IV for the first time, I was pretty sure they were the only music that ever mattered, or ever would. Seeing these figures is a particular delight, since I enjoyed the Hell out of the animated film based on the titular song and other works of the late 1960s. In fact, these figures made me forget how distraught I was when I found out that they weren't voiced by the actual Beatles in the film.
MacFarlane NFL Series – Tim Tebow
Given the nature of sports and especially sports fans, it'd be perilous to choose one player over another from the NFL line or any other figure in the respective MLB, NHL, and NBA lines. Instead, let's just celebrate the Tim Tebow figure, which highlights all of his strong points (note that the figure here is not throwing the ball).
NASCAR Series 5 Neil Bonnett
We particularly like how Bonnett is folding his arms. So sassy and cocky! That about covers him.
The Hanson Brothers from "Slap Shot"
The brothers from probably the best hockey film of all time, and the guys who inspired legendary pro wrestling tag team The Dudley Boys (now simply known as Devon and Bully Ray on IMPACT WRESTLING, airing Thursdays at 8/7c on Spike).
Ash from "Evil Dead"
One of the most iconic films ever. EVER. Pretty much all the Evil Dead figures from MacFarlane are must-haves. In fact, as I write this, Evil Ash is on my desk at the office.
King Conan of Aquilonia
This tremendous box set recreates the final scene in the film "Conan the Barbarian," except using the more traditional representation of the character from comics and other media in place of Schwarzenegger. But they did preserve the boredom and regret expressed by Conan, who had finally gotten what he wanted and realized that it was the adventure and conflict that he was really after. Also known as the "meh, it's a living" pose.
Where the Wild Things Are
Arguably the best children's book of all time, and these figures faithfully recreate the art of Maurice Sendak in three dimensions. Not an easy task to pull off.
One of the coolest villains ever, whether it be television, film, books, or the Twilight fan fiction I write on the side. What makes this figure in particular so cool is that it recreates that famous scene where he's blown open, which is one of the most memorable visuals from T2.
Trigun's "Vash the Stampede"
Probably one of the best anime series out there, and Vash in particular is one of the most interesting characters you'll find.
As children of the 80s, the idea of Freddy Krueger kept us up at night and became our generation's boogeyman. Well, until all the sequels watered him down, especially the fourth one where teenagers fought him in their dreams and one of them used karate against him. Karate?! C'mon, man, that's Freddy Krueger
As you've probably noticed, there are a lot of action movie figures produced by MacFarlane Toys. This one's a sentimental favorite, and it'll be interesting to see what they can do with the forthcoming reboot.
You might be groaning while you read this because you remember how awful that "Shaft" film was. Yeah, we all hated it too. What's amazing is that they made a Shaft movie starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role and somehow screwed it up. That takes effort. What makes this figure enjoyable is that it allows us to play with it and pretend that a completely different, better movie happened.
The villain from "Psycho" is recreated and rocking his mother's gown. Awesome.
Lord of Darkness From "Legend"
The Lord of Darkness (played by Tim Curry) was basically Satan. Or, at least, should be.
Bob & Doug McKenzie
DOOOOOOO DOO-DOO DOO-DOOOO DOO-DOO DOO-DOOOOOOOOOO! SCTV's legendary characters and stars of their own film get the MacFarlane treatment. Younger readers probably have no idea what we're talking about. Go search out "The Great White North" and thank us later.
Watch an extended interview with Todd MacFarlane below!