Kid Rock, Jerry Garcia, Metallica and Jim Morrison are among the latest rock icons to be rendered into pint-sized posers by action-figure guru/video director/comic-book creator Todd McFarlane.
Model prototypes of these rockers, as well as plans for those of AC/DC guitar powerhouse Angus Young and Iron Maiden's maniacal mascot Eddie Hunter, were unveiled by McFarlane Toys at last week's annual American International Toy Fair, held in New York.
The new group joins previously produced figures of Janis Joplin, Rob Zombie, Busta Rhymes, the Beatles, Kiss and Alice Cooper (see "McFarlane Hopes To Roll Out Busta, Kid Rock, Zombie Figures At Toy Fair").
Sporting a white tank top, cigar and red fedora, Kid Rock's figure is first on the toymaker's docket; it's scheduled for release in July, according to a spokesperson at McFarlane Toys. The Bullgod is posed in front of a stack of amplifiers with a neon peep-show sign in the background.
Also slated for July, a figurine of Jerry Garcia depicts the late Grateful Dead leader standing beneath a stone gazebo wearing a purple shirt and playing his guitar. Push a button on the figure's stand and a 15-second clip of Jerry Garcia Band music can be heard.
A shirtless and leather-slacked mini Morrison hits store shelves in August, a month after the 30th anniversary of the Doors frontman's death. Any hallucinogenics necessary to witness his infamous Lizard King transformation are not included, however.
For that special heavy-metal fan on your holiday shopping list, both the Young figure and the Metallica four-member set are slated for an October release. Including recently departed bassist Jason Newsted, the Metallica collection features the band posed on a stage setting circa 1988's ...And Justice For All tour, complete with instruments, lights and working concert rigging. Young, meanwhile, will be outfitted in his trademark schoolboy uniform, hunched over in mid-grinding riff.
Currently, there is no release date for Eddie, as the toy manufacturer is still deciding on which version of the ever-changing ghoul to portray.
A deal with Limp Bizkit is currently in the works, and replicas of Korn, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Slipknot are on McFarlane's wish list for the future, according to the spokesperson.