McFarlane figures continue to march out of the factory. Next spring’s baseball releases include the game’s top new slugger.
By Niel Vuolo
McFarlane Toys recently announced its latest baseball line up, scheduled
for release in May of 2007, and unlike most of the series before it, which were packed with superstars, Series 18 is rolling the dice with four budding superstars. All make their Sports Picks debuts and only two players hail from the often prerequisite Yankees and Red Sox.
Two young sluggers headline this series, Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard and Mets’ third baseman David Wright. Wright did have a Shea Stadium exclusive figure this past season but the series 18 will be his full size figure
Both of these sluggers faced off at this years All-Star home run derby and
should be fixtures at the midsummer classic and in National League pennant races for years to come.
The Arizona Diamondbacks would not be in the NL Wild Card or National League West division race if it weren’t for their new ace Brandon Webb. And like previous Diamondback aces Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, being enshrined in plastic is rewarding Webb’s tenacity and excellence.
Justin Verlander of the Tigers feels like the bust of the series. Like the Chris
Weinke’s and DuJuan Wagner’s of past NFL and NBA series, they too seemed like a good idea when the series was first announced. The Tigers could be a one-year wonder, but with a 100 mph heater, Verlander might be able to keep the critics quiet.
Like seemingly all recent McFarlane releases there are Yankees and Red Sox. Series 18 features the second releases of “Big Papi” David Ortiz and Mariano Rivera. Many on the Spawn.com message boards moan and groan about the inclusion of so many figures of these AL East foes. But TMP is a business and if the Yanks and the Sox weren’t selling, they wouldn’t still be making them.
Until these figures hit the shelves, baseball collectors can sate their appetites with the Toys R Us exclusive series 17, which releases in early April of 2007.
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