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Tortured Souls Feature Goes Live

While 2001 has been a big year so far for McFarlane Toys, nothing has had an impact with the hardcore toy collector quite like the upcoming Clive Barker's Tortured Souls line.

    These six figures have inspired revulsion and gleeful utterances of "cool" from every quarter. The unveiling of the line was one the premiere events at Toy Fair 2001, where Todd McFarlane and Clive Barker held a press conference.

    Tortured Souls is the brainchild of a close association between McFarlane and Barker, who labored to create figures so extreme they would become a benchmark in horror toys.

    Mission accomplished. Here are the specifics on the figures:

AGONISTES, the secret face of Genesis, stands 7 inches tall to the top of his eyeless, surgically altered skull and has nine points of articulation. Much of his flesh is gone (from feeding to his supplicants), but Agonistes features several chain-attached cutting tools, a removable headdress, and a fully articulated and removable back piece which holds a "scalped" face.

THE SCYTHE-MEISTER, the assassin transformed, stands 7 1/2 inches tall to the top of his flayed scalp and has nine points of articulation. Dressed in black straps and buckles, the assassin hunts with a variety of cutting tools, including his massive working scythe. He also includes a detachable backpack assembly to carry his kill and a plethora of bloody chains.

LUCIDIQUE, the Avenger. This angel of doom stands 6 3/4 inches tall and features eight articulation points. Lift her dreadlocked hair to reveal a filleted back with built-in mounts for two removable cutting implements. Lucidique also comes with several bloodied chains, hooks and other tools to do her work efficiently and with the utmost pain.

TALISAC, surgeon of the sacred heart. This birthing machine is 6 3/4 inches tall with eight points of articulation and a removable egg housing an abominable fetus. Talisac comes with his own surgical hoist contraption that keeps him hooked on and an IV bag for all the necessary fluids to keep his body functioning in its sole sadistic purpose.

VENAL ANATOMICA, the haunter of Primordium, stands 7 inches tall to the top of his removable periosteum and features nine points of articulation. Beneath his fleshy cranial sac (attaches via spike and chain to his shoulder) lives Venal's nerve center and dead eyes. His weapons include a chained mace and several razor-sharp hooks.

MONGROID, the second coming, stands on all four "hands" and measures 6 3/4 inches from outstretched finger to finger; includes nine points of articulation. A buckled leather strap across his mouth keeps Mongroid's screams silent, while a multi-strap/buckle/chain-and-hook system holds the gaping, green-toothed mouth growing from his abdominal region.



    But you don't just get figures. Barker wrote an entire novella outlining the characters and their shared world. Each figure is packaged with a chapter; purchase all six figures and you get an entire original Clive Barker fiction available nowhere else.

    In celebration of the upcoming release of Clive Barker's Tortured Souls, Spawn.com has created a special Tortured Souls feature section that includes photography, descriptions, Quicktime VR movies, packaging, concept sketches, in-progress sculpts, story excerpts and several downloads. Click here to check it out.

    In other news, there will be a special in-store signing featuring Clive Barker at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles (7522 Sunset Blvd.) on Saturday, July 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a small advance shipment of Tortured Souls action figures available for purchase that day. The main shipment of figures is set to hit stores in early August.

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