It is undeniable that Todd Mcfarlane revolutionized the action figure industry, moving what were once simple toys to promote a tv show, comic or movie into a new plane of collectible figures. It's not that there were not collectible figures before but never to the level of this quality. Growing up most weapons and included accessories were one solid color and the figures rarely resembled the characters that they represented.
Case in point, here is Dennis Nedry in the film vs Dennis Nedry from the Jurassic Park toy line.
It should be noted that Jurassic Park toys came out one year before Todd Toys hit the shelves. The introduction of Todd Toys raised the bar for the action figure industry and I'd like to take a look at the first line that introduced the world to the next level in action figures.
Below are promotional pictures pulled off the McFarlane Toys website, which is totally worth a visit as they have most every firgure from every line the company ever released.
Beyond the detailed paint and variety of molds the figures just stood out as something truly special maybe because each figure came with an accompanying comic book. Because this was the first outing for Todd McFarlane in the toy game there were some strange accessories that were sold separately, those being the Spawn Mobile, Spawn Alley Action Playset and Violator Monster Rig.
So how did Todd Toys eventually become McFarlane Toys? As it turns out, Mattel threatened legal action is the name was not changed stating they believed that people would (here it comes) confused this action figure line with Barbies younger brother Todd. For real. That was their respose to the toy industry changing...
Now here we are 24 years later and McFarlane Toys is making some of the highest quality figures out there. I've been a fan since day one and have large Tupperware bins filled with figures.