I’m not here to shill for McFarlane Toys. Hell, they’re not paying me a damn cent to write this but it has to be said; their figures are incredible value for the quality.

How do I know?

I never grew up. Ask my wife.

Even now, I’m regularly buying figures and toys to build up my ever growing collection. Whether it’s Mezco, NECA, Bandai Spirits or Takara Tomy Transformers Masterpieces, I’ve spent ludicrous amounts on toys. Yes…that’s going to include the SG$500 Sentinel from HasLab.

The point being, I’ve not averse to spending hundreds for a figure if it’s good. Then again, I’m not adverse to being a cheapskate either. Let’s be honest, McFarlane Toys aren’t for the premium collector…but they are damn awesome.

So far, I’ve had the pleasure of owing a couple of different figures from them; the Doomslayer (DOOM), Scott Ryder (Mass Effect Andromeda), All Might (My Hero Academia), Sub-Zero and Scorpion (Mortal Kombat) and DC’s Trinity (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman).

Barring the Sub-Zero and Scorpion figures (their face sculpts are pretty crap), the rest of the figures are pretty damn cool. Certainly much better than Hasbro’s comparably priced Overwatch Ultimates ones.

Good lord…I love Overwatch, but I’ll never buy another one (bought Tracer, Lucio, Soldier 76 and Ana) from the Ultimates line. Crap articulation, and hell to get them to hold their accessories.

I’m going to go for the pricier Figma Overwatch line from now on.

Anyways, I digress. We’re talking about McFarlane toys.

For sub-SG$30 figures (I bought Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman from Amazon SG), the value’s incredible. I’m particularly impressed with the detail (particularly with the faces) and paint jobs for them. Cheap, mass produced toys like these usually suffer from shoddy paint applications, with crappy paint work and color bleeding the norm.

I’ve had very little issues with paint bleeding (there are some areas of paint bleed so the toys aren’t perfect) and the only major defect I encountered was the lazy eye on my Sub-Zero figure, which made him comical instead of intimidating. That was from months back, and not in the newer DC Multiverse line though.

The DC ones are top notch.

Now, they’re not perfect by any means (I’d love more accessories and better articulation) but for what they cost, I’m really impressed.

I was floored by Superman. His face looks pretty much akin to the ones I’ve seen in comics over the years. Not recognizable like Christopher Reeves or Dean Cain, but chiseled facial features, a sharp brow and a square jaw.

The generic Superman! Weirdly, it’s what I’ve always been wanting in a Superman figure. It even comes with a stand that allows for some cool hovering poses!

Superman in particular impressed me enough that I bought Batman and Wonder Woman as well. I needed the DC Trinity on display!

The toys (even cross eyed Sub Zero) feel solid and balance well. They can’t do the more outlandish poses like Figma or the Amazing Yamaguchi line from Kaiyodo but they look good on display…which is what I plan to do with mine.

I really hope McFarlane continues with the DC Multiverse line…My wallet’s just waiting for figures of Batman (Terry McGinnis), New 52 Superman (with that sweet, sweet collared suit), Early 90s Superman (mullet power!), Doomsday (Death of Superman version), Superboy (Reign of the Supermen version), Superboy (Conner Kent version) and of course my favourite DC hero…BOOSTER GOLD (with Skeets of course…maybe even Ted Kord Blue Beetle)!

Sal's been in the industry since the early 2000s. He's written for a ton of gaming and tech publications including Playworks, Hardwarezone, HWM and GameAxis. Recently, Sal served as a juror for the Indie Game Awards at Taipei Game Show 2020. A geek and hardcore gamer, Sal will play everything, on any platform.