Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by MushroomPrime, Apr 28, 2009.
McFarlane Toys: Shutting Down And Downsizing Departments - - ToyNewsI.com
That's a surprise...
Probably departments for they're least-selling lines.
I prefer Mezco anyway. *Holds up Jason figure*
Yeah, McFarlane has been getting its ass beat lately. When Neca and Mezco started producing figs that looked as good as the statues McFarlane made, but with articulation too, it was over.
Not gonna miss 800 versions of a comic character that hasn't been interesting since 1994 anyways, sorry Todd.
I guess I'll still buy the Halo stuff I planned on buying, assuming they keep running with that.
Not surprising in today's economic climate.
To be honest, I'm surprised he's held on this long, really. His brands focused on certain groups of folks, but not the mainstream. (Which is fine! I give him credit for bucking the trend, really.)
Tastes change, hobbies die off, other money drains become more important, etc.
So I can't say in the least that I'm surprised this happened.
That's a shame. I bought alot of the hockey figures back in the day. But then out of the blue, they just stopped carrying them around me. So I stopped buying them, cause i hate buying stuff online. I hate waiting for things.
It's a shame, but in today's day and age, you cant make statues anymore. The standards for toys has improved, and there is less and less interest in bricks that look neat in one static position. It's sad though, as their Halo figures looked to be a departure from that.
Aren't they still doing Halo stuff? I'm sure they'll keep up the sporting label stuff too, it's a decent seller.
Todd raised the bar and showed the big toy companies that detailed sculpts are important. Sucks to hear its contracting so much. Not a good time to be out of work but all toy companies are shedding toy lines for only the sure thing toy lines that are certain to draw profits.
I wonder if NECA and Mezco are gonna hire up the people who are getting axed.
That, or maybe they'll move on to work for companies like Hasbro and Mattel.
Or even maybe they all join together and form their own company.
It's a sad day for McFarlane indeed, I stopped buying his toys during the AVP figures when I noticed their durability and quality took a horrendous turn and from there on, everything was a friggin' statue. If there was anything I wanted the most from McFarlane toys it was amazing sculpts with amazing articulation so that the amazing detail could be worked into some amazing poses. Oh well, at least I have most of the ones I wanted anyways.
I dunno if starting a company now would be ideal. Loan rates would be killer.
But I did read that McFarlane Toys announced today they're releasing NFL players in their college uniforms in August. So, it would seem the digital work would be ideal for athletes which may be where the entire company is headed. Not a bad idea. I mean, how many Spawns and Master Chiefs does the average consumer buy?
Then the big companies came back and showed him that people want action figures. not statues.
The Most articulation McFarlane had was the Metal Gear line. The rest were statues. Currently he's back on Spawn because another writer and artist were considered by fans of the series to be better than he. He did come along and lead the way in making more detailed sculpts, but then lost contact with his fanbase. He stole peoples characters and ideas, got sued over it, and is one of the main reasons they still havent made maricle man reprints. If you ever watch an interview on him he has a huge ego.
The successful sports lines McFarlane Toys continues to roll out would beg to differ.
In all his toy making years I will never understand why he didn't push for a collaboration between his company and Toybiz to make highly detailed Spider-Man figures based off of his artwork.
I know the guitar hero stuff didnt help; that shit warmed shelfs for ever.
But am I average, mmm.
Because Marvel owns the copyright, and I believe they did one or 2. They did several based off artists(with out saying so) They did everyone from McFarlane to alex ross. The Mcfarlane one was more articulate than the ross one.
So they will have 35 people in admin and 4 people in design? WoW I guess they do want to go out of business
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