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ANNUAL MCFARLANE TOYS YEAR-END AWARDS TALLIED
Spawn.com Community Speaks and the Winners Are ...
January 07, 2005
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We recently invited all viewers of spawn.com to vote for their favorite figures from 2004, in a variety of categories for both sports and non-sports products, as part of our second annual McFarlane Toys Action Figure Awards. All your votes have been tallied and the results are in. So, without further ado, here are the categories and winners as selected by you...

NON-SPORTS:
BEST ONLINE FEATURE
• Clive Barker's Infernal Parade

BEST LIKENESS
• Elvis Presley ('68 Comeback Special)

BEST REPRESENTATION
• Robocop (Movie Maniacs 7)

BEST PACKAGING
• Clive Barker's Infernal Parade

BEST ACCESSORY
• Bethany Bled's iron maiden (Clive Barker's Infernal Parade)

BEST PAINT APPLICATION
• Vlad the Impaler (McFarlane's Monsters 3: Six Faces of Madness)

BEST POSE
• Mary Slaughter (Clive Barker's Infernal Parade)

BEST BOXED SET
• Spawn vs. Cy-Gor (Spawn Series 26: The Art of Spawn)

BEST COLLECTOR'S CLUB/RETAIL EXCLUSIVE FIGURE
• Stealth Celtic Predator (Alien vs. Predator Collector's Club Exclusive)

BEST 12-INCH FIGURE
• Wings of Redemption Spawn

LINE OF THE YEAR
• Clive Barker's Infernal Parade

FIGURE OF THE YEAR
• Robocop (Movie Maniacs 7)

The big winner in the non-sports categories for 2004 was our Clive Barker's Infernal Parade line of macabre circus freak-inspired action figures, which came out on top in five of the 12 categories available: Line of the Year, Best Pose, Best Packaging, Best Accessory and Best Online Feature.

Also, there seems to a trend forming in the Best Exclusive Figure category as this year's winner, Stealth Celtic Predator, and last year's winner, Stealth Predator, both have a couple of key elements in common. One, they are both based on characters from the fan-favorite Predator franchise. Two, it would appear our collectors really enjoy figures with an innovative twist -- in this case the "stealth" aspect, which was applied in order to re-create key moments from the films in which these characters appeared.

Then there is the Figure of the Year: Robocop from Movie Maniacs 7. This highly requested figure exceeded fan expectations with its dead-on, movie-accurate details and 17 points of articulation. When comparing Robocop with last year's Figure of the Year winner, Dorothy (McFarlane's Monsters: The Twisted Land of Oz), you get a nice comparison as to the different techniques used by McFarlane Toys in our continuing effort to develop and produce the best action figures on the market. On one hand (Robocop), you have a faithful re-creation of an existing character, complete with a wide range of motion and an expert eye for the small details. On the other hand (Dorothy), you have a completely new design created with the same eye for detail, but utilizing a "frozen moment" style of presentation that allows for the sculpture and paint scheme to come through unimpeded by the cut-lines necessary when you choose to include numerous points of articulation.

SPORTS:
BEST LIKENESS
• Vince Carter 2 (NBA 7)

BEST POSE
• Vince Carter 2 (NBA 7)

BEST CHASE/SURPRISE FIGURE
• Nolan Ryan Astros (Cooperstown)

BEST EXCLUSIVE
• "Orange Crush" Shannon Sharpe

BEST BOXED SET
• Clinton Portis vs. Ray Lewis

BEST LINEUP
• NFL 10

BEST 12-INCH FIGURE
• Wayne Gretzky (Oilers)

BEST LEGEND
• Nolan Ryan

BEST SERIES
• NFL

BEST 6-INCH FIGURE
• Jonathan Ogden (NFL 9)

The sports collectors voiced their opinion in the 2004 McFarlane Toys Action Figure Awards and this much is true: The NFL is still king. Our collectors voted the NFL as their favorite series and NFL 10 as their favorite 2004 lineup -- both wins were repeats in the categories from 2003.

NFL 9's Jonathan Ogden was named the 6-inch figure of the year, while the Clinton Portis vs. Ray Lewis two-pack won the Best Boxed Set category. Once you factor in the "Orange Crush" Shannon Sharpe taking the Best Exclusive category, NFL products won five of our 10 categories. Two other figures won dual awards, with NBA 7's Vince Carter 2 taking Best Likeness and Best Pose and the Cooperstown Collection's Nolan Ryan winning Best Legend and Best Chase/Surprise Figure.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to cast their votes and make sure to keep your eyes on the vast array of figures we have planned for the coming year, because once 2005 comes to a close, we will be doing this all over again with an all-new list of nominees.

For a look at the winners from 2003, click here.

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