View Full Version : McFarlane Toys Picks Up 'The Simpsons'!!

01-18-2005, 11:24 AM
For those of you who were fans of Playmates Simpsons lines, there's some intresting news coming out of McFarlane Toys this morning. It seems that ole Toddy boy has snatched up the rights to produce figures from the long running series. Frankly I can't see why this was done, as the original Playmates line was dieing a slow death. And nearly every possible figure but a few were produced in that line. A Futurama line would have been more welcome, in my honest opinion. And the big question is, will these be able to top the Playmates line? In my opinion, rather doubtful. It may even end up like South Park's figure line in the end, and cancelled before it ever happens.

Two Separate Action Figure Boxed Sets to be Released this Fall
January 18, 2005

"Woo Hoo!" McFarlane Toys proudly announced a new licensing agreement with Fox Licensing & Merchandising bringing an all-new line of action figures based on characters from the hugely successful FOX series The Simpsons to fans everywhere. These amazing new Simpsons action figures will be released this fall in two separate multi-figure boxed sets. Each box will contain a different set of action figures re-creating favorite moments. Fans of the show will be saving up their "D'oh!" to get their hands on these hot new Simpsons products.

McFarlane Toys will breathe life into its version of The Simpsons action figures through sculpting, poses and paint applications. Founder and CEO Todd McFarlane will personally work with The Simpsons creative team to capture their favorite legendary and key iconic moments from The Simpsons and bring to life the snapshot storytelling that McFarlane Toys is best known for with its fans.

"As a fan of The Simpsons since its very inception, I know our toy company will bring as much innovation to these new character products as Matt Groening and his crew have done all these years," said Todd McFarlane. "My goal is to bring out very intriguing items that will reward the fans who have supported this show. We want to push the envelope so that the true essence of the show is captured."

"We are really excited to be working with McFarlane Toys to develop the next generation of Simpsons collectibles which will capture some truly unforgettable moments from the series," said Peter Byrne, Executive Vice President of Licensing & Merchandising at FOX. "McFarlane Toys has an exceptional reputation in the action figure category and we're looking forward to developing some really unique products for the huge Simpsons fan base out there."

The new line of Simpsons toys will be made available through two limited boxed sets in the Fall of 2005 with a full product line hitting shelves in 2006.

Jar Jar Binks

El Chuxter
01-18-2005, 11:56 AM
Oh, dissen gonna be veddy bombad. :(

01-18-2005, 11:57 AM
Wow. I just don't know what to think about that. I'm pretty sure they'll look pretty interesting, but I'm almost certain I'll end up not giving them more than a passing glance on the shelves. Unless McF were planning on continuing on with the figures as Playmates started them, I just couldn't see starting over with a new Simpsons line; especially not so soon. These are going to have to be really, really spectacular.

Exhaust Port
01-18-2005, 12:01 PM
It'll be interesting to see what direction they go with it. The Playmates line suffered from their need to get voice permission from Fox and the actors to produce the figures. Without the voice requirement McFarlane Toys have a much wider selection to chose from when producing figures.

For me the worse part about the Playmates line was the many variations they produced for a select few characters. Towards the end that seemed to be all we were getting was more Willie, Homer, Lisa, Bart, etc. variations while there were another 100 characters itching to be made. That line ended up being supported primarily by the hardcore Simpsons fans yet Playmates was still gearing most of their effort to appease the common fan.

I've never collected any genre supported by McFarlane before so this will be new for me. How about the Duff Beer mascots?! :D

01-18-2005, 12:48 PM
I would buy Homer and Bart from The Raven from the Treehouse of Horror Episode.

01-18-2005, 01:25 PM
I dunno what to think about this. I was with the Playmates line till the end and am damn proud and happy of my simpsons toy collection. I just don't know what Todd will do to it. I mean, he made a Twisted Oz line and those creepy sucktacular line with Red Riding Hood. what's next: Bart with a gorilla hand and Homer eating Marges corpse? Should be interesting to see.

El Chuxter
01-18-2005, 01:57 PM
More likely a cool looking Bart with crappy paint (never mind he's all yellow; Todd will find a way to screw up the paint) whose permanently in one rather odd pose and whose arm falls off as you as you open the gigantonormous clamshell casing. ;)

01-18-2005, 09:33 PM
Hell, the clamshell doesn't have to be open before the toy begins falling apart. I've seen McF stuff come DOA case fresh.

This is a surprise though. I'm not sure what McFarlane will do that Playmates hasn't done. Playmates did a pretty good job with likeness so I'm not sure how McF can improve over that. Maybe more articulation, but McFarlane has stated in the past they emphasize sculpt over movement.

I dunno... I only bought WOS figs from favorite episodes and the Halloween sets. I would rather see Futurama figures again though. Though MAC's Futurama figs weren't that much different than Playmates WOS ones.

01-22-2005, 09:49 AM
I think this is another bad move by McFarlane. The Simpsons is a dead line, theres not much public interest in them anymore. Maybe if McF waited a few years, but this confirms my belief that Todd McFarlane is the king of bad decisions. So continues the slow death of McFarlane Toys.

01-22-2005, 01:20 PM
I thought Playmates did about as good as you could ever get with these figs so I don't understand why McFarlane wants to pick up the line. The sculpting on these seems way below the other McFarlane figures unless he's going to give 'em ungodly awful paint applications.

04-23-2005, 12:01 AM
McFarlane has announced the names of the new Simpsons boxed sets due out later this year -

We're adding and updating a bunch of information in our illustrious and incredibly useful spawn.com online toy catalog this afternoon. To keep you up to speed on what's going on with McFarlane Toys for the remainder of 2005 (and to keep your clicky finger from getting worn out) we'll recap the changes right here.

Keep in mind, we're unveiling some new figures and adding some names to already-announced lines. The names could be subject to change and we'll fill in the blanks with more details and photography as those things are available.

Simpsons boxed set names
Family Couch Gag
Ironic Punishment

"Couch Gag" doesn't really narrow it down too much. I wouldn't mind seeing a Halloween themed set with the family as skeletons sitting on the couch.

Ironic Punishment... Playmates did a Halloween playset with that theme. I wonder what McFarlane is going to do - maybe a bloated Homer being force-fed by an automatic donut-feeding machine?

"Sooo, you like donuts, eh? Well, have all the donuts in the world!"
"Mmmm, More."

Jek Porky 2002
05-13-2005, 04:37 AM
Very bad move. I think we've got everything that we want now from a simpsons line!

05-13-2005, 05:30 AM
i heard besides the themed base line he was going to do an itchy and scratchy line to shocase the blood and gore playmates couldnt.
and what size are these gonna be? 3 3/4 or 5 inch or mebbe 8 inch?
as someone that bought every playmates fig and playset, i really need to be impressed.

06-09-2005, 09:02 PM
Slightly off-topic: Gentle Giant is releasing a set of Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween Bust-Ups this fall.

Here is the write up about the line and some images I stole from a online retailer:

Simpsons Series 1 Bust-Ups™ will be packaged in coffin shaped boxes as this is a Treehouse of Horror series. Individual pieces stand 2-3 inches tall and come in several plastic pieces that fit together like a kit. Set of four (4) includes Bart the Raven, Count Burns, Devil Flanders, and Kang & Alien Maggie.

06-10-2005, 07:34 PM
I think GG just beat McF to the concept, we all know McF wouldn't make anything more than statues anyway.

08-12-2005, 01:47 PM
Simpsonscollectors.com has the inside scoop on the new Simpsons toys from McFarlane:

The first planned release is a diorama (based on the short "The Devil and Homer Simpson" from THOH IV) of Homer chained to a chair in Hell while the demon force-feeds him donuts. There will be a lever you pull to actually feed the donuts into his mouth and out through his back. This is a special release prior to the official launch of the line next year.

The regular line will consist of episode-specific dioramas you can build. Each series will have individually packaged figures with bases that will all connect to form a diorama scene. The first planned series is themed to "Cape Feare". The figures for this are: Homer with chainsaw and hockey mask; Bart scared against the wall; Marge, Lisa, and Maggie tied on the ground; Sideshow Bob with sword in hand; and possibly also Chief Wiggum and Lou in pajamas with guns pointed. Other episodes being discussed for future series include "Bible Stories", "Treehouse of Horror III", and "Last Exit To Springfield". No dates are known on these releases.

Another planned special release is a "Create your own couch gag” set. This set will feature all 5 Simpsons family members and the couch. The figures and the couch have magnets on them, allowing you to pose them in many different positions to create a number of different couch gag scenarios. The "Devil and Homer Simpson" playset sounds like what I had in mind. I only collected the Halloween themed figs and playsets from the Playmates line so I may pick this up.

08-25-2005, 10:39 AM
"Treehouse of Horror III" eh? I hope it's from the King Homer segment. Maybe have a huge "King Kong" Homer with a bag of peanuts and have a smaller Barney kicking him. "Hey monkey! Want a peanut? I SAID ONE! ONE!!!!!" :D

08-25-2005, 03:45 PM
King Homer would be okay, although I have the Playmates version. Maybe a large 18" King Homer with Shirley Temple figure he can eat.

Cap'n Otto: "Who's this King Homer dude?"
Burns: "He's either a gigantic prehistoric ape or a tourist trap concocted by the Ape Island Jaycees."

01-27-2006, 11:08 AM
McFarlane has unveilved prototype pics for the "Ironic Punishment" box set, the first release in their new Simpsons line. The box set, due out next month, has an action feature in which a demon force-feeds donuts to a bloated Homer in hell. It looks like the donuts go into Homer's gaping maw and then come out into a little tray attached to the base.


I'm hoping this thing isn't too fragile. McFarlane quality has slipped in recent years.

01-27-2006, 11:16 AM
It looks good but honestly NO Simpsons product is impressive anymore.

The show is past is prime, and its been beaten to death in the markets. You can release any Simpsons product you want, but these days it's "store junk."

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 11:24 AM
I might buy it.

Anyone have an idea what the price will be?

01-27-2006, 12:30 PM
One Million Dollars!

Nah, lol I'm guessing it'll be about the same price as their other boxsets like Alien vs. Predator, Alien Queen...$20 - $25 maybe?

I gotta be honest, I was weary about McFarlane doing the Simpsons but this set looks really good. But as Jayspawn said, I think Simpson's product is past it's prime and I for one am done collecting Simpsons stuff.

01-27-2006, 07:57 PM
How lazy are they that they left a big ugly seam line running down the entire side of Homer? Even Hasbro isn't that sloppy!

01-28-2006, 11:48 AM
Well, the pics are of the prototype so hopefully McF will work out any remaining cosmetic flaws from the final product.

I don't mind picking up Simpsacrap occasionally but I've never been a hard-core collector. I usually buy Halloween-themed figures and character favs. I agree the show has been rather bland the last few seasons, but it still remains my favorite TV program of all time.

James Boba Fettfield
01-28-2006, 11:03 PM
Nah, lol I'm guessing it'll be about the same price as their other boxsets like Alien vs. Predator, Alien Queen...$20 - $25 maybe?

I gotta be honest, I was weary about McFarlane doing the Simpsons but this set looks really good. But as Jayspawn said, I think Simpson's product is past it's prime and I for one am done collecting Simpsons stuff.

Might be able to do $20. $25...only $5 more, but I don't know. I'd like to see what size this product is first because that'll be a large factor on if I think it is worth it. But it's one of my favorite scenes from the series so I may buy it without too much more research.


Hope that seam goes away, too, but it's not a dealbreaker for me if it stays.

K M Toydarian
01-31-2006, 04:28 AM
If you are talking about the black line down the side of Homer, at first look a while back, I was under the impression that Macfarlane painted the black seams on some of the lines to deliberatly to simulate the 2D cartoon drawing look. Playmates didn't go this direction, but I though McF did. If that's the case, I'll have to see what these look like in person.
I am wondering how many people are preordering this line as opposed to waiting to see it in person. I want to make sure the scale works with Playmates line which I love! To much detiail, or weirdness will kill it. Playmates figs were simple, but acurate!

02-17-2006, 01:08 PM
A pic of the next McF Simpsons set has appeared over on the Diamond Comics Previews site:


It's the Simpsons Couch Gag box set, which includes magnetic Simpsons family members that can be posed in a variety of configurations, a few accessories, and of course, the couch.

Classic Simpsons, as only McFarlane can do it! Homer and Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II recreate the classic episode-opening couch gag. Create your own couch gag by rearranging the magnetic figures, which can be positioned in a variety of poses and configurations. Comes with Simpson-themed accessories including a Duff beer can and Porko Bits.

02-17-2006, 02:18 PM
Cute idea, but too specialized for my tastes. If it's cheap enough, it'll make a good desk toy, something you can monkey with at work.

02-18-2006, 03:31 AM
As much as I'm not into Simpsons toys, I think it's a clever idea also. The magnet thing is really cool. There's some nice photos over at the McSpawn site BTW... http://www.spawn.com/toys/product.aspx?product=2642

02-18-2006, 03:49 PM
I hadn't noticed before, but they're using thick paint for Homer's hair, just like Playmates did, that used to drive me nuts and I guess still does. :p

02-18-2006, 08:12 PM
I hadn't noticed before, but they're using thick paint for Homer's hair, just like Playmates did, that used to drive me nuts and I guess still does. :p

Yeah, it's kinda distracting.

I'm not much of an opener when it comes to my collection, but this is one I'd get and definitely open.

02-19-2006, 12:31 AM
i collect the sportspicks variants, and get a lot of them signed too. (+ a few movie & music on blowout) i have every playmates simpsons carded, but will definately pass on the mcfarlane simpsons sets. i did snag a napolean at wallyword a couple days ago for 3 bucks! nice sculp. i don't think mcfarlanes detailed sculpting looks better with the cartoon sculps. i want mcfarlane unleashed sets!!!!

02-19-2006, 11:16 AM
Boring. These sets will not sell well. As Jayspawn said, the simpson show is past its prime and the toys are too. I doubt the collectors who bought all of the playmate sets will be getting a complete set of these new sets.


02-21-2006, 11:27 AM
I wish the figures were articulated so that they actually could sit on the couch, but I suppose that's asking a lot of McF. Articulation is not their strong suit. Still, it would be a fun desk toy as JT pointed out.

If McF made a THOH Couch Gag set with an all-skeleton family I'd be all over that.

02-21-2006, 03:28 PM
Boring. These sets will not sell well. As Jayspawn said, the simpson show is past its prime and the toys are too. I doubt the collectors who bought all of the playmate sets will be getting a complete set of these new sets.


Totally agree. I bought 90% of the World of Simpsons figures, and that was a great line, but it's over. About a year ago I started a thread announcing McFarlane taking over the line and literally got NO replies!:D

05-18-2006, 06:47 PM
I saw the Homer's Torture set at TRU last night near the McFarlane aisle. I didn't like it that much, the hinge on Homer looks cheap, there's an ugly seam, they left a screw hole exposed on his side, and only 10 donuts are removable.

05-22-2006, 04:32 PM
I wasn't too impressed with the Ironic Punishment set after seeing it in person either. Homer's black body outline is a little too distracting and the paint jobs look sloppily done.

Maybe the magnetic Couch Gag set will be better.

05-22-2006, 04:55 PM
Does any McFarlane product sell well anymore? It seems like they haven't done much in so long!?

05-22-2006, 05:12 PM
Does any McFarlane product sell well anymore? It seems like they haven't done much in so long!? I think the Sports figures are McF's primary cash cow these days. McFarlane is running into some stiff competition from NECA and SOTA in the horror & movie niche markets too. Spawn figures still continue to draw my eye, but it seems they've pretty much exhausted the source material for new figure ideas.

05-22-2006, 07:44 PM
Lately they seem to be largely in the business of ****ing off their sculptors and watching them quit.

Aside from the Cyber Units line, which I'll maybe look at when they come out, they've got nothing going that I'm really interested in. I just saw the 3-D album cover stuff, and it's about as stupid as it gets. I couldn't care less about the sports or military figures... but that's just me.

06-11-2006, 10:53 AM
Will Mcf make induvidual figures or just sets? I have every Playmate figure made and want my collection go farther but I am not sure if Mcf will continue where Playmates left off or remake any of the Playmates figs. Anyone got any info on this?

06-11-2006, 09:09 PM

There are 2 more boxed sets coming up, but McF keeps claiming there will be regular action figures, now slated for '07. I kinda get the vibe that they'll dry up like their cancelled South Park line though.

06-14-2006, 05:51 PM
From what I've read (http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_041406a.htm), the regular action figures will be smaller in scale (4") than the Playmates (5") WOS line.

The rationale being that no one will buy the same figures all over again had McF's Simpsons figures been in the same scale as Playmates.

06-17-2006, 11:58 PM
I did see the magnetic Couch Gag box set at Spencers today; $24.99. I'll wait and see if TRU carries this set at a lower price point before buying. I liked the looks of the set, the figures are smaller than WOS scale, but it seems like it would make a nice desk top toy.

06-18-2006, 07:18 AM
I saw the IP set at TRU and it looked terrible. Cool idea but poorly executed. The hinge on Homer's jaw was all I noticed. I wish these things were good because I'd get Simpsons stuff like this, but not now that I've seen how shoddy the workmanship is.