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DC Comics

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Todd McFarlane

Real Name
Todd McFarlane
Employers
DC Comics; Image Comics; Marvel Comics; McFarlane Productions


Characteristics
Gender

Date of Birth
March 16, 1961

Place of Birth
Calgary , Alberta , Canada


First publication

Contents

Personal History

Personal History of Todd McFarlane is unknown.

Professional History

Professional History of Todd McFarlane is unknown.

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • Is co-owner of National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers.
  • Purchased home run baseballs from the 1998 Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa race, including McGwire's $3 million #70 ball.

See Also

Work History


Official Website

http://www.mcfarlane.com/

Links and References

[[Category:DC Comics; Image Comics; Marvel Comics; McFarlane Productions Staff]]

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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010
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From Lostpedia

The Lost action figures are officially-licensed merchandise created by McFarlane Toys. There are also several other types of Lost action figures (see sections below).

The figures are approximately 6 inches tall and have a recommended retail price of $15 to $20 USD. They each capture an episode-specific moment from the show, with a detailed base and photographic backdrop and also come with a life-sized detailed reproduction of a prop that is central to the character’s story, such as Kate's toy airplane. The realism of the action figures was achieved through both scanning the faces and videotaping the bodies of the actual Lost cast members. The backdrops are being dropped for the second series. (Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD))

Despite being officially called "action figures", they are actually figurines that feature no articulation joints and are therefore frozen in a permanent pose, making them unable to be used for any kind of action "action" play.

The action figures and Todd McFarlane are featured in a bonus track, "Cast In Clay: The Toys of Todd McFarlane", on disc 7 of Lost: The Complete Third Season (DVD).

Other officially-licensed Lost action figures have been produced by Medicom and Sideshow Collectibles.

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History

The McFarlane Toys Series 1, currently in stores (as of December 2007), consists of Jack, Kate, Locke, Hurley, Charlie, Shannon and box set of the opening of the Hatch. These first action figures were announced on May 23, 2006, and were released in November 2006, to coincide with the beginning of the broadcast of Season 3. [2]

Series 2, released in July 2007 [3] and currently in stores (as of December 2007), consists of Sawyer, Eko, Sun and Jin. The series originally also included Sayid, Desmond, and a crash site boxset, but were postponed and intended for series 3, before being canceled entirely.

Series 3 [4], was due to be released to coincide with Season 4 in early 2008 [5], and was set to include Sayid, Desmond, Claire and Ben, and a boxed set of the plane crash. However, due to poor sales of the previous series these figures were never released [source needed].

Other characters planned for future series included Michael, Walt, Boone, Ana Lucia, Libby and Ethan.[6]

Series 1

  • Release date: November 2006
  • Approximate retail price on the action figure line: $14.99 - $19.99 each

On May 24th, 2006, to celebrate the Season 2 finale, McFarlane Toys released a sneak preview of the Charlie Series 1 model. At the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con, McFarlane Toys unveiled the entire Lost Series 1 line.

On November 6, 2006, Jorge Garcia, Bryan Burk, and Todd McFarlane were on hand for an autograph event at the New York City Toys "R" Us store.[7]

The Hatch Boxed Set

The Hatch Deluxe boxed set replicates the opening of the outside of the Hatch as depicted in the Season 1 finale, and includes small scale figures of Locke, Kate, Jack and Hurley, a photographic background and a light feature.

  • Approximate retail price: $24.99 - $29.99


Jack

Jack

Pose
Stumbling through wreckage, as seen in "Pilot, Part 1"

Prop

Sounds
"If we can't live together, we're going to die alone."
"Everybody wants me to be a leader, until I make a decision that they don't like."
"There's something that you need to know... We're going to have a Locke problem, and I have to know that you've got my back."



Kate

Kate

Pose
Hiding in a bamboo thicket as seen in "Pilot, Part 1"

Prop

Sounds
"Jack!" (thunderclap and rain)
(Frightened) "One... Two... Three... Four... Five..."
"If you're thinking about going for the cockpit, I'm going with you."
"I only made out with him because torturing him didn't work."



Charlie

Charlie

Pose
Seen writing on his finger tapes as seen in "Pilot, Part 1"

Prop

Sounds
(Singing) "You all, everybody... You all, everybody..."
"Guys... where are we?"
"You don't know me! I'm a bloody Rock God!"



Locke

Locke

Pose
Looking down at the Hatch, presumably from an episode such as "Whatever the Case May Be"

Prop

Sounds
"I've looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw... was beautiful."
"Don't ever tell me what I can't do! Ever!"
"Do you want to know a secret?"



Shannon

Shannon

Pose
Sunbathes as seen in "Pilot, Part 2"

Prop

Sounds
"What's a four-letter word for 'I don't care'?"
"The plane had a black box, idiot... I'll eat on the rescue boat."
"You want my information? Name: Shannon Rutherford. Age: 20. Address: Craphole Island."



Hurley

Hurley

Pose
Stands at golf course flag as seen in "Solitary"

Prop
Lottery ticket

Sounds
"Dude... I'm starving... I'm nowhere near that hungry."
"Stop! Wait! The Numbers are bad!"
"Welcome, to the first... and hopefully last... Island Open."



Series 2

Sawyer

Sawyer

Pose
Standing on the raft, as seen in "Born to Run"

Prop

Sounds
"There's a new sheriff in town, boys ... ya'll best get used to it."
"I'm a complex guy, sweetheart."
"There are nicer ways to wake a man up, Freckles."
"Fun time's over Bongo, why don't you go and hit the buffet?"



Eko

Eko

Pose
Standing, holding his stick

Prop
DHARMA Orientation Film Frame

Sounds
"Go. And tell your friends that I let you live—that Mr. Eko let you live."
"I understand that you live in a world where rightousness and evil seem very far apart, but that is NOT the real world."
"Hello, I am Mr. Eko."



Sun

Sun

Pose
Standing at the beach in her bikini (with towel) as seen in "...In Translation"

Prop
Oceanic Flight 815 boarding pass sleeve

Sounds
"Have you ever lied to a man that you loved?"
"I was going to leave you...I was going to get away."
"My wedding ring...it's gone!"
Speaking in Korean: "I'm not saying you should go alone. I'm coming with you."



Jin

Jin

Pose
Jin flees from the tail-enders after being captured under suspicion of being an Other as seen in "Adrift"

Prop

Sounds
"Others! Others! Others Others!"
"I...love...you."
Speaking in Korean: "I can't talk to anyone. I can't understand them. I need you, Sun."
"Bahlie!"(Hurry in Korean)
"Everything's going to change."



Series 3

The third series was set to be released to coincide with the season 4 premier in January 2008. However poor sales of the second series resulted in the cancellation of the entire line and was announced on the McFarlane message boards. A petition has been started by the Spawn Message Board, (http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?ab342ak3), to try and help persuade McFarlane Toys to release the third series.

The following four figures had been planned:

Sayid

In "Cast In Clay: The Toys of Todd McFarlane", a special feature on the Season 3 DVDs a sketch was shown for the Sayid figure. It showed him with one of the three antennas used in The Moth. Sayid was originally scheduled for series 2.

Desmond

The Desmond figure has him wearing a DHARMA suit and peeking out the Swan door. Desmond was originally scheduled for series 2.

Claire

The Claire figure would have also featured Aaron.

On the "Cast in Clay" featurette on the Season 3 DVD, you can spot a very quick glimpse of Claire at the end (or at least a concept drawing). She is standing with Aaron and to her right you can see the crib that Locke made for the baby.

Ben

The Ben figure was set to have him tied up in the Hatch.

Plane Crash

A miniature boxed set of the plane crash was also scheduled to be released with this set, much like the previous Hatch boxed set.

Other action figures

Highly Flammable Toys

In 2006, Highly Flammable Toys, a small company specializing in custom-made action figures made a figure of Leslie Arzt for the actor Daniel Roebuck. He approved of it, as did a Lost producer who also ordered one. It came with a plastic cover along with a backing card carrying a biography and the warning: "You may get some ARZT on you". The price for a custom-made action figure (as quoted on the company's website) is US$599.

Later as a joke, Highly Flammable Toys made a second Arzt action figure which consisted of red paint all over the box, representing Dr. Leslie Arzt blowing up in "Exodus, Part 1".

Sideshow Collectibles

In 2008, Sideshow Collectibles, a California-based designer toy and collectible studio, released a "highly-articulated" 12-inch Jack figure. Each figure comes with detailed replica clothing (made with real fabric), display base, and retails for US$99.

Medicom Lost Kubricks

The Kubrick Lost figures

Medicom released a series of "Kubricks" in August 2008. The first wave consists of Locke, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Sayid, Charlie and Hurley, with two additive secrets chases in more limited edition Desmond and Ben. Furthermore there will be Kubrick/Be@rbrick two pack with an exclusive Jack Shephard in his Suit Kubrick and a Lost Be@rbrick. There will also be a 100% Lost Be@rbrick and a 400% all white DHARMA Swan Station Be@rbrick. [http://www.toycyte.com/lost-kubricks-ratios-and-mystery-figures http://theblotsays.blogspot.com/2008/02/kubrick-and-berbrick-lost-figures.html More pictures]

Kubrick Lost series launch party announcement poster [1]

A release party for the figures was held at Meltdown comics in Los Angeles on November 19, 2008[8], and attending were the creators and writers of Lost: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Paul Zbyszewski, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Kyle Pennington, and Brian K. Vaughan. [9] A video about the evening was released on Dharmaspecialaccess.com.[10]

Unofficial series

After McFarlane Toys announced that the series would be canceled, a few fans got together and hired a sculptor to continue to produce figures in a limited run in the same size and style as the McFarlane ones. The first series will contain Juliet and Daniel, with the second series likely to consist of Desmond and Ben. The figures are unpainted and unpackaged to keep costs minimal and come with a simple base to pose them. They can be ordered from these forums.

Bif Bang Pow!

Action figures now cancelled by Bif Bang Pow!

In June 2009, it was announced that Bif Bang Pow!, a company already successful with making merchandise from films such as Flash Gordon and The Big Lebowski, had obtained rights to make action figures based on the series. [11] The first series, to be released in February 2010, includes two 2-packs: Jack & Kate, and Sawyer & Juliet. The first series has since been cancelled and replaced by two new series to be released in the summer. Pack 1 features Ben and Kate. Pack 2 contains Hurley and Locke. The reception of these 1970's/1980's style figures has been poor and will probably end up in the range being cancelled.

BifBangPow Pack 2 - Due Summer 2010


Bobble heads

Bif Bang Pow! also releases a line of bobble heads. The first being Benjamin Linus, based on his appearance in Season 5's '316'.

Bobble heads released by Bif Bang Pow!


External links

Jorge Garcia and Todd McFarlane
  • These characters are toying with us
  • Lost Series 1 - Photo Slideshow from Comic-Con 2006
  • 'everythingLOST Merchandise Store' - Unofficial Oceanic Airlines and Ajira Airways Replica Models
  • Toys "R" Us November 6 event
  • Unofficial Figure series website
  • Spawn.com links
    • Lost Series 1
    • Lost Series 2
    • May 23, 2006 press release for Lost Series 1
    • Feb 07 2007 press release for Lost Series 2
  • Lost Media Mentions - Gallery of the Meltdown launch in November 2008

This article uses material from the "Action figures" article on the Lostpedia wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Marvel Database

Up to date as of February 09, 2010

From Marvel Database

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Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane
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Real Name
Todd McFarlane
Pseudonyms
Todd MacFarlane


Characteristics
Gender

Date of Birth


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Professional History

McFarlane's first published work was a 1984 backup story in Epic Comics' Coyote. He soon began working for both Marvel He illustrated several issues of Marvel's Incredible Hulk.

In 1987, McFarlane joined writer David Michelinie on Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man. McFarlane changed the character's appearance, making him more spider-like with wiry limbs and large eyes. His interpretation would influence those of many subsequent Spider-Man artists. McFarlane also helped to create Venom, a wildly popular villain.

McFarlane's work on The Amazing Spider-Man turned him into an industry superstar. In 1990, Marvel launched a new monthly Spider-Man series, simply called Spider-Man, which McFarlane both wrote and illustrated. Spider-Man #1 sold 2.5 million copies, partially thanks to the variant covers that were used to encourage collectors into buying more than one edition. Spider-Man #1 is seen by many as the beginning of the comic speculation boom that lasted through the first years of the 1990s.

After a 29-issue run of Amazing Spider-Man, McFarlane told editor Jim Salicrup he would be leaving the book with issue 328 to write his own work. He'd grown tired of drawing other peoples stories. Jim offered Todd a new Spider-Man book to both write and draw. It was a massive success in sales until Jim was replaced by editor Danny Fingeroth with issue 16.[1] McFarlane quit over a creative dispute with that very issue. McFarlane did issues 1-14, and 16. Most issues were crossovers with characters such as Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and X-Force.

Work History

Images Attributed to Todd McFarlane

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • Todd McFarlane's work has won him numerous awards over the years, including a 1992 National Cartoonists Society Award for Best Comic Book.

See Also

  • Gallery of Todd McFarlane's pictures
  • Quotations by Todd McFarlane
  • Todd McFarlane in the news

Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • Spawn.com features a biography and info about McFarlane's work
  • press release on twist issue and latest on twist issue
  • Todd McFarlane credits on Spider-Man
  • Comic Book Awards Almanac
  • Interview on SuicideGirls
  • Interview with Todd McFarlane - CEO of McFarlane Toys at Dread Central
  • Interview - Now Playing magazine




This article uses material from the "Todd McFarlane" article on the Marvel Database wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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