I’ve been seeing these new McFarlane Toys The Walking Dead 7″ Action Figures for a while and was excited about the fact that they scaled perfectly with the Neca figures that I have collected over the years. These McFarlane figures are not action figures at all since the only thing that moves is the head — slightly. The figure looks phenomenal but you better like the character’s stance, because you can’t change it!
The Walking Dead has had such an impact on the world of horror, and it’s exciting to see a property like this in the mainstream media. Zombies have always been a favorite monster in horror flicks, but Robert Kirkman’s take on the monsters, and the people who are forced to deal with them, has truly been incredible to follow. No television show has ever produced such gut wrenching and horrific shows week after week. Officer Rick Grimes and his crew manage to survive by any means necessary, and now there is finally a 7″ figure available for action figure collectors.
I buy action figures that are highly-detailed, and look like they are living and breathing when I photograph them. This new line of Walking Dead figures by McFarlane Toys certainly looks great, but I’m not going to get too many great shots out of a single pose. Of course, that’s not gonna keep me from trying!
This Rick Grimes figure is so incredibly life-like, probably BECAUSE of the fact that there is almost no articulation. McFarlane didn’t need to accommodate joints or seams and could focus 100% on the sculpt.
These Walking Dead figures may have riled up collectors of the 5″ line of figures, but for me, I’m happy that McFarlane Toys decided to go with this larger scale. I just hope that in the next few years they decide to add some poseability to these guys.
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I am a big fan of The Walking Dead. I got into the comic around issue 6 back in the day! Catching up on Netflix now!
The Rebel says
So McFarlane is just churning out these no POA 7-inchers? I must have heard wrongly and thought that they’re gonna do a fully articulated 7″ TWD figures.
The 7″ staction figures look good no doubt. Killer sculpt.
I’m not really riled up by the fact that they’ve gone to the 7″ scale. I’m just kinda annoyed that they have abandoned the 5″ line without giving us some of the unproduced characters first.
I’m still in the progress of completing my League assignment which coincidently talks mostly about my nerd passion towards the TWD franchise too.
I was on the other side of the fence, annoyed that their figures were 5″ and basically incompatible with any other line of figures out there. I would love to see a fully articulated version in the 7″ scale whether McFarlane produces them or someone else. This is one of the very few TV properties that would get me to open my wallet.
I remember gawking at Spawn figures when I was younger, such cool toys! Nothing by McFarlane really interests me now though and I just couldn’t get into The Walking Dead series.
Spawn figures led the charge for highly-detailed action figures. The creativity of the figures was amazing, but I think the line failed probably due to a lack of an audience — licensed figures are easier to sell.
George (GI Jigsaw) says
Cool figures and outstanding sculpting but I am one of the 5″ supporters. They already had the 10″ statues. Why a 7″? At Toy Fair, the reps stated “We think collectors will like these.” Yes – collectors do. But as someone who invested in the 5″ line, did you actually do any market research, or did you just think. Anyway, I hope they sell and people enjoy them. I picked up the Fear the Walking Dead figures but won’t touch the Walking Dead ones. Unfortunately, the 5″ line is dead (with the exception of 2 Walgreens exclusives). So many characters that weren’t made, and you have the Negan season coming. 🙁