Sick Toys for Sick People

Where there’s a market, there’s a product, and when you combine something twisted with something childlike, chances are, you’ll sell it. Todd McFarlane figured this out years ago and has released several twisted ‘collectibles.’

HISTORICAL

Elizabeth Bathory

elizabeth bathory mcfarlane 1 big1 252x300Lot No. 1 is a fine piece of work entitled ‘Elizabeth Bathory‘ from McFarlane’s Six Faces of Madness series. It depicts a Hungarian Countess bathing in the blood of virgins to keep her skin smooth and young. Disgusting? Aye. But this collector’s item is nothing compared to what perhaps the most prolific serial killer of all time did back in the early 1600s. It’s said that she murdered up to 600 victims. While there’s more evidence that the bathing-in-blood fiasco is more fiction than fact, Bathory remains one of the most gruesome humans to ever walk the earth.

Rasputin

51CYGVDH5FL. SS400  197x300Lot No. 2 is a lovely display depicting a hard-working gent named Grigori Rasputin, a Russian mystic known as the ‘Mad Monk’ who regularly defied murder plots and was rumored to engage in promiscuous sexual acts. Here’s another historical figure whose antics may have been exaggerated but the legends were enough for him to be immortalized in this toy.

Vlad the Impaler

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The Prince of Wallachia, more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler, was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” This Romanian fought the Ottoman Empire in the 14oos using horribly gruesome methods of torture and was rumored to dine alongside impaled bodies.

Atilla the Hun

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One of the Holy Roman Empire’s worst enemies in the 400s, Atilla the Hun led devastating raids into western Europe. Attila’s merciless army left a swath of devastation across much of Europe.

Also available: Billy the Kid and Jack the Ripper.

Who else McFarlane should make for the Faces of Madness series (and no modern day killers or dictators – that crosses the line): Ghengis Khan, Nero, Louis XVI of France, and Mary I of England.

Now that we’ve covered historical maniacs, let’s move onto items that children can relate to.

CHRISTMAS

McFarlane’s Twisted Christmas

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Nothing says Christmas like twisted action figures depicting (clockwise from top left) Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Mrs. Claus, Snowman, Reindeer Rudy and Santa’s Little Helpers.

WIZARD OF OZ

Flying Monkeys and Munchkin

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Aren’t these adorable? There’s nothing better than flying monkeys and munchkins, and this set has both.

Scarecrow

monsters2 scarecrow photo 01 dp 200x300 I don’t think it’s a stretch to take the Scarecrow and make him scary, but it still remains a fascinating figure.

Toto

monsters2 toto photo 01 dp 214x300I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t expect this when I thought of Toto as a McFarlane figure, but here he is, rider and all.

Also available in the Twisted Land of Oz series: Dorothy with Munchkins (and an alternate version where she’s wearing a skirt), Lion, Tin Woodman, Wizard with Scientist.

Fairy Tales

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Clockwise from top left: Gretel, Hansel, Red Riding Hood, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Little Miss Muffet, and, my favorite:

Humpty Dumpty

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What else should McFarlane put out? I’m hoping: Twisted Alice in Wonderland, Twisted Star Wars, and toy versions of the Twisted Disney Princesses. And don’t forget to check out the world’s most disturbing toy!

To learn why chicks dig guys with action figures, check out this video from Asylum:

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