McFarlane's Monsters Series 3: 6 Faces of Madness
McFarlane Toys
Included in set:
Jack The Ripper, Vlad the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory, Rasputin, Billy the Kid, Attila the Hun

After some "interesting" experiments with the Monsters series of figures, including radical takes on classic creatures and an odd derangement of the Wizard of Oz, it looks like McFarlane is switching gears on their third series. In fact, the shift is so radical, it might take a lot of people off guard, though I think most will enjoy the new direction. Instead of reimagining a second series of movie or literature monsters, McFarlane is actually focusing on real historical characters, most of which were pretty fantastical in their lives, though I question how some of them can be considered monsters.

As noted in the press release, this series will feature the following:

Jack The Ripper - Infamous serial killer who no one, despite Patricia Cornwell's claims, can prove the identity of. Since no one actually knows who Jack the Ripper was, the design of this figure is left purely up to the artists. With that said, the actual figure is quite grim and definitely leaves the realm of reality a few steps behind.

Vlad the Impaler - The real-life 15th Century Romanian who is also known as Dracula (yes, the same Dracula as the literary vampire) because of the massive volume of people he managed to have killed, most by impalement. Fans of Dracula will be most pleased with this figure if only because they'll be able to add it to their collection or Dracula/Vlad Tepes collectibles. As much as I doubt that Vlad had the He-Man type of build, he at least looks pretty accurate in the face.

Elizabeth Bathory - Lesser known bloodfiend, The Blood Queen of Hungary had a perverse concept of bathing in the blood on virgins to keep her youth. Apparently, she went through a lot of them. This figure will feature The Blood Queen in her tub of blood, so don't expect this to be for the squeamish. While this figure/set does look great, don't expect much in the way of poseability.

Rasputin - Nothing beats a Siberian madman who won't die. If you don't know who Rasputin is, go read a book. Seriously. Fans of Russian history will be all over this figure like there's no tomorrow. Though, this version seems to have an interest in artistic body jewelry.

Billy the Kid - I don't know how this famous western gunslinger got to be considered a monster, but I guess adding him in gives at least some American aspect to this series (not unlike adding Tom Sawyer to the cast of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Of course, fans of the old west looking for figures based on old gunslingers will probably run out and snap this one up, even though the figure looks less like the real Billy and more like a fantastical imagining of a rough gunslinger/Vampire Hunter D hybrid.

Attila the Hun - As featured in the recent Barbarians series on the History Channel, Attila was a brutal leader. But, I must ask.. why no Hannibal? Seriously, though, the Attila figure is a standing badass on a pile of bloody decapitated heads who eerily reminds me of Conan the Barbarian.

Since McFarlane Toys loves to do figures of real people (see their sports and music lines), the excellent detail of these historical figures is not much of a stretch. Of course, since these aren't living people, the figures have been done with a bit of fantasy to them, so don't expect them to be completely historically accurate. With that said, fans of historical horror or with a taste of the perverse should be sure to look into this series. While not all of the figures will fit into everyone's personal tastes, I think the series does strike a nice cord. Maybe there should be more historical figure lines, like History's Leaders or Military Commanders. If anyone from McFarlane is listening.... there you go.

- - Kinderfeld

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