In the 1997 movie Spawn, the character was played by Michael Jai White. Prior to becoming Spawn, his name was Al Simmons. Al Simmons becomes Spawn after making a deal with a devil to see his wife one more time because he was killed during a mission.*
The action figures were created as Al Simmons and as Spawn.
The Adventures of Spawn-Spawn X (2006), Al Simmons (1997), Spawn Series 17: Spawn Classic- Al Simmons (2000) Gunslinger Spawn 12" (2005),
For more info go to Spawn.com. The website shows all the Spawns that have been made over the years. I have four of them. I usually choose the ones that have a face. The 12" Spawns including Gunslinger came as statutes. There has never been a 12" Al Simmons. The figures were created by McFarlane Toys. I hope they create a 12" Al Simmons action figure with the Spawn costume.
Falcon like Luke Cage was created as a 12" statute. I did not purchase these statutes because the price of $175 for each was high and they were not articulated figures.
His real name is Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson. "He originally possessed the ability to telepathically communicate with his pet falcon Redwing, but that ability has grown into the ability to telepathically communicate with any birds within an unknown radius. Through this telepathic link he is also able to receive mental images of what the birds see." *
The Falcon action figure came in 6" and 8" versions.
The 6" came with a falcon and 8" version 12" version
The photo is from comicattack.net
Luke Cage- He is a superhero from New York and obtained his powers in an accident that left him with near impervious skin and superhuman strength.*
12" Statute (original look) marvel.com12" Statute ( newer version of Cage) marvel.com
Cage is a "self-taught hand-to-hand combatant with years of street fighting experience; he is also a superb athlete despite his great height and weight. He is self-educated in the law and speaks several languages." More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/universe/Cage,_Luke#ixzz1bv9nCpsY
A look at actors who played comic book characters but were never created as action figures for the characters.
What characters did they play?
The picture shows how they became action figures, but not in their comic book characters.
Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Will Smith as Agent Jay, Shaquille O'Neal as a Los Angeles Laker, Billy Dee William as Lando Calrissian
Laurence Fishburne was the voice of Silver Surfer in the movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The Silver Surfer did come in a 12" size.
Shaquille O'Neal played Steel in the movie of the same name. "Steel is John Henry Irons. He was created as a 6" action figure.
Will Smith played Hancock in the movie of the same name. Hancock tells the story of a viligante superhero.
Billy Dee Williams played Two Face ( Villian) in the 1989 Batman movie. "Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, the clean-cut district attorney of Gotham City and an ally of Batman. until acid was thrown in his face.*
The Silver Surfer wields "the power cosmic", absorbing and manipulating the universe's ambient cosmic energies. He can augment his strength to incalculable levels, and is almost totally indestructible. He can fly at near-limitless speeds on his board. More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/universe/Silver_Surfer#ixzz1bvEu8WtI
Samuel Jackson has played several superheroes and a villian during his movie career. He was the voice of the character Frozone from the Incredibles (animated). He played Nick Fury in Iron Man, Octopus in the Spirit (a Villian) and Elijah Price in Unbreakable (story based on comic book format).
In Iron Man 2, War Machine appears and his name is Colonel James Rhodes. In the first Iron Man, Terrence Howard played the part and Don Cheadle played the character in the second movie. His character is wearing the War Machine costume.
The thing that I did not like about the action figure is the face. It is a half face plate that pops off and on and is replaced with the helmet plate. I wish the entire head was created with the helmet fitting over his head.
In honor of Comic Con that was here a couple of weeks ago, I am sharing some of the comic book characters.
Blade- The Vampire Hunter. The character was brought to life by Wesley Snipes on the big screen in 1998. There were two other Blade movies to complete the trilogy.
The first Blade figure was created by Toy Biz. It seemed like the figure was created in a small quantity because it was hard to find. Every week I would be in every Toys R Us looking for Blade but to no avail. Then one Saturday afternoon, I went into Toys R Us and saw that they had only one. Unfortunately, a teenager was holding it in his hands and he was surrounded with two other friends holding the other 2 characters (Punisher and Wolverine) released with Blade. I thought to myself how am I going to get this figure from him. It was easier than I thought. I just asked him if he was going to buy it. He said no and it was a great day.
The second Blade was not based on Wesley Snipes and it is called Real Action Heroes created by Medicom Toys.
The third Blade was based on Wesley Snipes in Blade 2. It was created by Hot Toys.
The action figures that have a connection to Martin Luther King's life.
(Samuel Jackson, Benjamin Banneker, Pres. Obama, Nelson Mandela)
Samuel Jackson- Playing Martin Luther King in the Broadway Play, "On the Mountaintop".
Benjamin Banneker was an author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner. He assisted in surveying the city that would become the nation's captial. (www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p84.html).
Other winners of the Nobel Peace Price:
President Barack Obama gave a speech at the dedication on Sunday. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
Nelson Mandela won in 1993.
*Alex Rodriquez, a baseball player for the New York Yankees. He is from the Dominican Republic. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs and is the all-time leader in home runs by a player of Hispanic descent. He is in a Seattle Mariners Uniform and played with a couple of teams before the Yankees.
*Sammy Sosa played with the Chicago Cubs. He is from the Dominican Republic. He is in a Chicago Cub's uniform, but played with 4 different teams during his career. He retired from baseball in 2007.
*Anderson "Spider" Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He is the current UFC Middleweight Champion and the promotion's longest reigning champion. He was never created as a 12" doll. The doll was 6" figure from Round 5 - Ultimate Fighting Championship Toys series. The head was almost the size of a 12" doll head so I put him on a 12" body.
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Mattel created dolls based on the characters from Rebelde.
Rebelde ("Rebel" or "Rebellious") was a Mexican telenovela (soap opera) produced. The series is set at the Elite Way School, a prestigious private boarding high school in Mexico City revolving around a group of students forming a pop band. The actors are bandmembers from the group RBD.*
The male dolls were not created as single dolls. They were packaged with the female dolls from the show. Alfonso Herrera as Miguel Arango, Christopher Uckermann asDiego Bustamente, Christian Chavez as Juan "Giovanni" Mendez Lopez.
Giovanni and Lupito
Miguel and Mia
Diego and Roberto
Note: The female dolls were issued in three different sets. Two different single sets and one couple set. The first single set showed the dolls looking more like the characters. The second set showed the female dolls using the Barbie face mold
A.C. Slater is a character from the television show Saved by the Bell. The doll was created by Tiger in 1992 with the 5 other cast members. A.C. Slater was "the school's star athlete, excelling as a wrestler and the quarterback of the football team."* His real name is Mario Lopez.
He is wearing a crochet outfit and not his original outfit.
Carlito, is a Puerto Rican Professional Wrestler. He was with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the action figure is from the WWE Maximum Aggression Series. He is also a 13-time world heavyweight champion having held the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship.
In honor of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, I will share with you some dolls and action figures that are Hispanic.
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The National Hispanic Heritage Month website states the theme for this year is Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit” http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Ricky Martin, a singer, a Puerto Rican pop singer and a former member of the Menudo musical group in the 1980"s. He has several hits including the 1999 hit "Livin La Vida Loca". The doll sings this song.*
Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish-American pop music singer. The doll also sings. He has appeared in movies and television shows. He was named "King of Latin Pop".*