Metallica have entered that rarefied realm where few bands have gone before: They're becoming collectors' items.
The members of the metal band including former bassist Jason Newsted now have their own action figures, courtesy of McFarlane Toys.
Company boss and "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane said including a Jason doll along with frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich was a no-brainer.
"It's like sports now, where somebody phones and you just finished painting someone, and they go, 'Oh, he's just been traded'," McFarlane said. "We made the Beatles ... John Lennon isn't alive, and the Beatles are no longer together. So, Jason was with them for a long time, so it became not necessarily the true Metallica. It becomes the classic Metallica."
Newsted joined Metallica in 1986, replacing bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a tour bus accident. In a statement issued January 17 upon Newsted's exit, the remaining members said they planned to recruit a new bassist and record their next album in the spring.
Metallica have not yet determined a replacement, according to a rep for the band's management firm, Q Prime.
In addition to the Beatles, McFarlane Toys has made action figures of Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie.