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The way The Wizard of Oz SHOULD have been - Mcfarlane "Twisted Land of Oz" figures

McFARLANE'S MONSTERS SERIES 2:
TWISTED LAND OF OZ

Not for children under 17. McFarlane Toys' second Monsters series is based on the L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The classic characters in the book receive a bit of a 'twist' in this series, an artistic interpretation of what could have been in an alternate Wizard of Oz universe.


Here's the main site.

Dorothy with Munchkins:



From Spawn.com:

"Not for children under 17. Bound and blindfolded, this exotic Dorothy is being branded by a group of evil little Munchkins. She may never find her way back to Kansas."

More pics:

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dp.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



Lion:



"No courage? Think again, partner. The teeth alone on this vicious beast would strike terror into any mere mortal being."


http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dl.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



Scarecrow:



"This fellow is in bad, bad shape and still brainless. Dressed in tatters, Scarecrow is about to fall apart ... if he isn't ravaged by the birds or his own scythe first."

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dp.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



Tin Woodsman:



"He may not have a heart yet, but this biomechanical Tin Woodsman has an ax and a robotic arm appendage that more than make up for it."

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dl.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



Toto:



"Nothing like this creature ever existed in Kansas. Less a canine than a monstrous four-legged nightmare, Toto includes reins and a rider."

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dp.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



Wizard with Scientist:



"A dandy dresser with mask and respirator, this Wizard includes a miniature scientist sidekick."

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_01_dp.jpg

http://www.spawn.com/toys/horror/mon...hoto_02_dp.jpg



I seriously think someone should remake The Wizard of Oz using this premise! Very cool. I guess these figures come out in August.

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Utterly repulsive.
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The folks at McFarlaine Toys do some beautifully detailed work, but their fantasy figures all look like they just stepped off a heavy metal album cover. So dark and depressing. I'll stick with my female anime figure collection thanks.

The Wizard is about the only one that does anything for me.
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Holy christ! That scarecrow is ****ed up!
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I don't like the McFarlane twisted stuff. the First series of Clive barkers lost souls (or whatever) were cool and I picked them up, but the second series seemed like they were gross just for the sake of it. They should have had a story like the first series.

Now this one. I saw these a while back and I think they are lame. seems they are trying to push the envelope just for the sake of it with no real point. I like the McGee's Alice figures because it adds a twist to Alice without making it too gross for no reason. Most of all it had a story.

Now whats really the point of making the cowardly lion look like he just got into a fight and ****ed **** up?

then most of all I don't get Dorthy. whats the point? so for the comment of "the way the wizard of Oz SHOULD have been" I say.. Negative. the way it should have been was like the book which it wondered a bit away from to begin with starting with the ruby slippers.


My guess is that this series will not sell all it's units at Kay bee or toys r us and will be in the discount basket faster then anything else. I rank this series up their with "Pirate Spawn".... simply awful and lame.

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the scarecrow and lion are pretty cool, but the rest aren't that great.IMO
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A little extreme, IMO.

Sure, I wouldn't mind a severe interpretation of the story - but Dorothy dressed in a corset? Toto as a monster?

Doesn't work for me.
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
so for the comment of "the way the wizard of Oz SHOULD have been" I say.. Negative. the way it should have been was like the book which it wondered a bit away from to begin with starting with the ruby slippers.
I was of course being facetious in saying that. If that's what The Wizard of Oz was really like, I think the movie would have scared the **** out of me even more than it did!
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Not bad, McFarlene's figures always have so much detail and work put into the sculpts, they never seise to amaze me. I have a 12" McFarlene Edward Scissorhands guarding my DVDs, he's got sensors so that if you get close enough he moves his arms & blades, I love the thing. I have a feeling I'll probably be picking a couple of these Oz figures up to accompany him.
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Originally posted by PolloDiablo
Not bad, McFarlene's figures always have so much detail and work put into the sculpts, they never seise to amaze me.
Not true. For a while there they lost their way and were putting out crappy sculpts with bland detail. Only recently have they stepped it up.

As far as these figures are concerned.. The "tinman" looks like a modified Spawn figure..
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I love it - I'd love to see a movie like this. Perhaps American McGee can make a FPS game for the PC based on this.
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American McGee is already doing an OZ related game and currently has toys out for it right now.


http://www.entertainmentearth.com/hi...ican+McGee%60s

Former id Software employee American McGee, best known for creating the twisted shooter American McGee's Alice, has announced his next game.

American McGee's Oz, based loosely on the novels by L. Frank Baum, will be released for the PC and Xbox in 2004. The game is based on the premise that at some point the land of Oz becomes torn by war, with munchkins building horrific steam-powered machines of destruction and witches sending hordes of flying monkeys to do battle. It will tell the story of a wizard savior sent to Oz to save the land from destruction.

Not as twisted and morbid as McFarlanes desperate attempt of attention, but I'm sure it has more substance then these cheap toys which seem to just want to sell the shock factor and carry no real meaning on to why they are the way they are.
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McFarlane stuff...Not for Wussies
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Those are hilarious. Not a toy collector, though.

Actually, in either the late 80s or early 90s, there was a comic book called "Oz Squad."

The premise was sort of a goof on the "grim 'n' gritty" comics of the time.

It went something like this:

There were now plane flights between Oz and Earth. Dorothy was a secret agent. The scarecrow was sort of a moody punk obsessed with the occult. The tin man was now an assassin and "transformer" - also think he had an affair with the wicked witch. And the cowardly lion was a fashion model who could sort of morph between a semi-human and lion form.
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
American McGee is already doing an OZ related game and currently has toys out for it right now.
Yeah - that's why I brought it up - I was just thinking these designs were cooler than what he was working on.
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Originally posted by Jackskeleton
the way it should have been was like the book which it wondered a bit away from to begin with starting with the ruby slippers.
Actually the Ruby slippers were an invention of the movie to show off the Technicolor. I believe they were originally silver shoes (been a while since I read it)
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They make a horror version of Oz and they don't include the Wicked Witch of the West or the flying monkeys? Lame.
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wow, these are tight as hell. I'm not an action figure guy, but these are pretty badass!
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Originally posted by caligulathegod
Actually the Ruby slippers were an invention of the movie to show off the Technicolor. I believe they were originally silver shoes (been a while since I read it)
Silver indeed. that's what my comment was mainly pointing out.. That the way The Wizard of Oz SHOULD have been was like the book.
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I've read that L. Frank Baum designed "The Wizard of Oz" as political allegory, regarding the Populist Party, who wanted to switch from the gold standard to the silver standard at the time the book was written.

A google revealed this (so I won't go into detail here):

http://www.tech-head.com/oz.htm
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I don't like Dorthy with breast implants.
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I've not seen the entire movie much less read the book.

The stuff looks cool, but the lion looks like he would hand you your ass in about 15 pieces...why would he lack courage?

The American McGee's Flying Monkey was disturbing...the same way Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were.
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I admire McFarlane's twisted disposition, but this stuff just seems a tad too juvenile, as many of you pointed out. I do like the look of the Wizard, though, even with the "incorrect" slippers.
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The "dark" Wizard of Oz crap is getting pretty old. This is hardly an original idea.
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Originally posted by Groucho
The "dark" Wizard of Oz crap is getting pretty old. This is hardly an original idea.
Agreed. I think these figures suck. They should come out with a 'dark' Shrek line.

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