| Included in set:
Dorothy with Munchkins, Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman,
Toto, Wizard with Scientist
As a follow up to the original series of McFarlane's
Monsters, which recreated a number of classic monsters
with a more disturbing alternative vision, McFarlane Toys
has decided to take a try with some classic literature: L.
Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. Taking a page from American
McGee's book of taking classic material and deranging
it, McFarlane has created a line of figures in which the world
of Oz looks to have taken a long visit with Clive Barker,
which is not surprising considering the two Tortured
The six figure line features the main cast, including a very
erotically bound Dorothy with two gross Munchkins as her keeper,
the Lion, a very tormented Scarecrow, an oddly cyborg-like
Tin Woodsman, Toto (who looks more like a Relic influenced
beast than a dog) with rider, and the Wizard (who looks like
a gothic goblin) with scientist aide. The main theme behind
the series is a horrific rendering where the characters show
heavy industrial and organic influence, not unlike creatures
that Clive Barker would create.
As with just about anything else put out by McFarlane, this
series has a great level of detail and just screams quality.
There is varying degrees of poseability among the line, but
it's quite obvious by the presentation that this series is
intended for display purposes only. There is really no playability,
not that I would suggest breaking them out to play with or
giving them to children as gifts.
I do have to wonder where the target audience for this series
is. Traditionalists will most assuredly be turned off by the
grand leap from the original material. And since even McFarlane
Toys admits that the target audience is over the age of 17,
it's sure to find a niche market in people who collect horror-based
toy lines. Of course, there will be those who like the well-defined
style and will buy the series based on that alone. If this
series finds success, I wonder if McFarlane will try it's
hand at other classics.
This series is scheduled for and August 2003 release. For
more information and pictures, check out Spawn.com.