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HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Funko, McFarlane Toys and Others

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse of all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different. read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Exclusive Booth Tour of McFarlane Toys

At the 2020 NY Toy Fair, HNN was lucky enough to score a booth tour with McFarlane Toys.  Chris Hernandez, Brand Marketing Manager for the company, gave us a detailed look at the current slate of exciting licenses that the toy manufacturer is bringing to life.

McFarlane Toys has been a driving force in the industry for over 25 years, and their innovative take on the business has formed such a creative ripple-effect that other companies have been forced to adapt.  In this video tour, Sean and Larry learn what to expect in the coming year on store shelves and which pieces to really watch out for. read more

Todd McFarlane Announces Philip Tan’s Return to ‘Spawn’

Todd McFarlane just posted a typical video on Instagram of him inking Issue 305 of Spawn, but there is nothing typical about the announcement he makes at the end of the clip! In the video, McFarlane Announces that Jason Shawn Alexander’s last issue will be Issue 305, and that Philip Tan will return to penciling duties starting with Issue 306:

“We’ve got some pages that I’m doing. We’ve got some pages that Philip Tan’s doing. Philip Tan’s gonna be jumping on board, doing a couple issues here. Unfortunately, sad news on Jason Shawn Alexander: this (#305) will be his last issue because he’s doing a great job on Killadelphia. If you haven’t seen that book, go take a look at Image.” read more

Todd McFarlane Says R-Rated ‘Spawn’ Movie is Gaining Momentum in Hollywood

Todd McFarlane announced in July of 2017 that he would be directing and producing an R-rated Spawn movie with Blumhouse. After further announcements that Jamie Foxx will star as Al Simmons and Jeremy Renner will also appear in the film, fans haven’t heard much about when production on the project would commence. That all changes with McFarlane’s new announcement on Instagram. Accompanied by an image of Jamie Foxx against a backdrop featuring classic Spawn artwork, McFarlane stated that the success of Joker has Hollywood very interested in making an R-rated Spawn movie: read more

‘The Early Days of McFarlane Toys’: The Horror News Network Review

If you grew up in the 90s, you couldn’t make it through your childhood without having at least one encounter with one of the many products of McFarlane Toys. Whether it be their Ultra Action Figures of popular Spawn characters, their variety of Kiss and other music lines, or their movie and professional sports lines, there was a McFarlane toy out there for everyone. If you were a big Spawn fan, though, you lived and breathed McFarlane Toys. During those years, barely a month would go by without a new comic book release or a new line of figures hitting the shelves to get everybody talking, and “mint in box” was the name of the game. Some Spawn fans have moved on from collecting since those golden years, but Todd McFarlane Productions is still as relevant as ever given the recent milestone release of Spawn #301 and the anticipation of an upcoming Blumhouse major motion picture directed by McFarlane himself and starring Jamie Foxx as Al Simmons. read more

‘Spawn’ Artist Jason Shawn Alexander: The Horror News Network Interview

Not many people in May of 1992 would have believed that a character that debuted as one of the cornerstones of an upstart comic book company, Image Comics, would make it all the way to 2019 with 300 issues of his flagship title alone.  Spawn (and his creator Todd McFarlane) became synonymous with Image Comics and fans have continued to support the title due to their love for the dark character that straddled the line between super hero and horror film conventions.

The intricate, instantly recognizable artwork of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capulo immediately captured fans’ attention since the comic’s beginnings, and many accomplished artists have followed in their stead.  Since 2017, Eisner-nominated illustrator Jason Shawn Alexander has handled the art duties, and as we near the 300th issue of Spawn, Horror News Network reached out to Alexander to get his take on the milestone, as well as his contributions to the Spawn legacy. read more

Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Join ‘Spawn’

McFarlane announced today that The Walking Dead’s director/sfx artist Greg Nicotero has officially joined the new Spawn film to design the titular character. This reunites Todd McFarlane with Nicotero as they both worked together on 1997’s Spawn.

“I’m a long-time fan of Greg’s work and the projects his company, KNB have done throughout the years,” said McFarlane “Working with him once again, to re-invent the Spawn ‘look’ so it will match the supernatural theme in the movie, is going to be a fun process.” read more

Todd McFarlane Tweaks Character Design of Upcoming ‘Venom’ Movie in New Video

Todd McFarlane- the legendary comic book artist behind the original character design of Venom- seems pretty hyped about how his creation will look in the upcoming Sony Pictures film starring Tom Hardy. In a new Facebook Live video, McFarlane praises the design of the character, such as his ape-like shoulders and imposing size. He also tweaks a screenshot taken from the new trailer for the film and makes a few adjustments to show his fans how the design could look more like his original work. McFarlane’s version features slightly different eyes and more gnarled teeth, with the back fangs being slightly more hidden by his cheeks. You can watch the entire process for yourself below: read more

McFarlane Toys to Produce ‘Cuphead’ Toy Line

CUPHEAD mania will be jumping off of the screens of game consoles and into toy store shelves everywhere soon enough!  McFarlane Toys, in a press release on Tuesday July 17th, officially announced the acquisition of yet another toy license that began as a game and has quickly transcended pop-culture lore.  Following in the footsteps of Five Nights at Freddy’s and Hello Neighbor, the toy and action figure super-company will begin production on Construction Sets modeled after the wildly popular game Cuphead.  Spawn himself would be proud. read more

Jeremy Renner Will Play Detective Twitch Williams in New ‘Spawn’ Film

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn film is shaping up to be a lot more promising than initially expected, as it was announced today by Deadline that Jeremy Renner has been cast as Detective Twitch Williams, alongside Jamie Foxx as the title character in the upcoming film.

McFarlane told Deadline that he “… wanted to surround (him)self with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts. I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.” read more