What’s the coolest action figure news to hit pre-Toy Fair? The fact that McFarlane Toys has scored the rights to make action figures based on The Walking Dead comic series AND television series, that’s what! You read that right, folks! There are going to be 2 separate toy lines for The Walking Dead, and you all know what that means – zombies! 2 zombie figures per series to be exact. Not only that, but apparently they have action features including exploding heads and removable body parts! We here at MTV Geek are excited to be bringing you guys an exclusive first look at one of the rotting brain-eaters that make up the population in Robert Kirkman’s love letter to the apocalypse, and all of the info on the toys including the list of characters being released. Damn, September just can’t come fast enough!
And in case you missed it, our friends over at Splash Page got an update from the cast on Season 2 at the Golden Globes last month!
In one the most creative action figure collaborations of 2011, McFarlane Toys announced today two separate deals concerning the licensing rights of “The Walking Dead.” The first is with AMC to create action figures based on the original series that premiered on the network in October of last year. The second is with Robert Kirkman to also create action figures based on the comic-book series created by him. This is the first time action figures have been produced and both lines are available to retailers this Fall.
“Kirkman has created a world that is macabre and suspenseful with deeply-drawn characters: both human and zombies,” said Todd McFarlane, McFarlane Toys, creative force and CEO. “Working with the creative talents of Kirkman and AMC, we have planned figures lines that authentically represent both the television and comic series – including mind-blowing details, likenesses and play action. We want to push the envelope so that the true essence of ‘The Walking Dead’ series is captured.”
The first series of deluxe 6-inch figures is releasing in September 2011, includes four fan-favorite characters from the Image comic book including:
THE WALKING DEAD Series 1
Officer Rick Grimes
The second series of deluxe 6-inch figures is revealed in November 2011 and introduces four figures based on AMC’s original drama including:
THE WALKING DEAD Series 2
Deputy Rick Grimes
Each human figure includes multiple interchangeable accessories and several points of articulation for limitless possibility and customization. Each zombie figure features unique, gory, play action such as exploding heads and removable limbs. Figures are expected to sell for around $14.99 at retailers nationwide.
“I simply cannot contain my excitement over working with McFarlane Toys,” said Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” comic-book series. “For nearly two decades McFarlane Toys have proven themselves to be leading the pack when it comes to making cool looking, innovative toys, and I’m thrilled that they’re going to continue to do so with ‘The Walking Dead.”