Baseball Series 3
Today's guest review is from long time reader
Brandon. He's reviewing the third series of McFarlane's Sports Pick
baseball figures - take it away, Brandon!
My name is Brandon Miller and I am honored to be here on the best action
figure site on
the web, and I thank Michael for letting me do this review. McFarlane
always made their figures extremely detailed. Though yet still a young
company, McFarlane Toys has it's problems but what action figure company
doesn't? I am a big figure collector, collecting such lines as
Sideshow's 12 and 8 inch Universal Monsters, Hasbro's Star Wars, Toy Biz's
LOTR and Marvel Legends, Mattel's MOTU, many items from Palisades and
McFarlane's Movie Maniacs to name just a few. When McFarlane announced that
they were going to make License Major League Baseball figures for 2002 I was
so thrilled because being a very big Baseball fan this was a dream come true
for me. I have all three series' and they are great but do have their
problems. Series 3 here consists of Adam Dunn, Roy Oswalt, Juan Gonzalez,
Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Curt Schilling, Jason Giambi, and Roberto
Alomar. In my opinion this is the best of the lot when it comes to flat
stands but more on that later. I can't wait for McFarlane's Sports Picks MLB
Series 4, 5, and 6 in 2003! Let's get in to it!
Packaging - ***
As with McFarlane's current products they use the clam shell packaging. The
figure is nice and sealed inside with very few twisty ties but for some
reason the ones I received were short and had sharp ends on them so beware.
What I don't like about it is that on the front, sides, and back of the
package it shows pictures of the finished product not the actual person or
character it represents and no information either like age, height, weight
etc. Maybe McFarlane thinks this is better but I think otherwise. It is
great for the collector's who like their figures MIB and it does looks
menacing on the shelf!
Sculpting - ****
These figures are tremendous! I just love the way their sculpted. In my
opinion they look exactly like their counter parts do in real life. They are
so realistic that their faces and bodies look real and they even included
the hairs on the players arms, wrinkles in their jerseys, the MLB logos on
the back of their jersey and helmets, the team's logo, and even painted the
buttons of the shirts and the belt buckles! They also have dirt stains on
their legs reminiscent of the players sliding to a base. Though the Oswalt
figure is the same mold as Pedro Martinez and Guerrero is the same mold as
the Big League Challenge Mark McGwire figure but the head sculpts are brand
new. I understand why they made them like that since they had to fill the
spots since Jose Canseco retired and McFarlane moved the Manny Ramirez
figure to series two. But I am very happy with them! The figures are simply
Paint - ****
The paint on their uniforms is very good. The colors are perfect and
look just like the real thing! The paint of the players faces are is very
satisfactory as there is little mess or none at all while the paint on the
buttons and buckles are right on! No out of place paint apps whatsoever
Articulation - **1/2
The articulation here is another matter. Most of the figures only have three
points but some have five points. Particularly Gonzalez and Schilling have
neck, arms, wrist, waist, and ankles. Most of the figures I have bought of
McToys has cheap joints that either break or are very loose and this
disappoints me. Thank goodness that the joints here are not loose. It would
have been nice to have more points of articulation for more poses but I do
have these figures and that's what counts for me.
Accessories - ***1/2
Series one and two came with bats, the mats/stands, and sunglasses.
Series three here has the bats and the stands but the sunglasses are not
included and that's why this doesn't get four stars. I don't know if you'd
count this as an accessory but some of the players has equipment such as
shin guards, elbow pads, gloves, and helmets. I am not sure why the glasses
are not here this time around but it would have been a nice an addition. I
have had problems with their stands in the past being unleveled and on some
the bats don't fit easily in their hands but this series has improved.
Value - **1/2
I rate it two stars and a half because if you want a complete set it'll cost
a bundle. I paid a grand total of $72 which was the cheapest price I could
find in September of 02. I bought mine from Beans
Toys on Ebay. But even if you want a couple figures it'll cost a 9.99 to
13.99 each. If you want a set expect to pay from $80 to $95 in total so it
can be expensive but since MLB series 4 in on the way soon it is possible to
find sale and clearance out prices at store and on the web so you could grab
a set at a much lesser price tag.
Overall - ***
In my opinion the figures are worth it and its a must have for all
Baseball and sports collectors and is the perfect gift for a hard-core
Where to Buy:
Most Toys r Us, Kay-Bee, Target, K-Mart, and Walmart stores have these
in stock. Comic and sports shops will carry these but if you want the entire
set I recommend buying online.
- Beans Toys
I bought mine on Ebay via a buy it now auction from Beans Toys. The set is
not listed on their site but I would e-mail them and ask. They are extremely
friendly and reply right away and have great service!
- The Big Bad Toy
Store has most of them in stock as of this writing the set is out of
stock but you can e-mail them and they'll get them in for you soon for a
great price of $78.99 plus the $4.99 flat rate shipping and you may be even
able to get them cheaper! So you could get an excellent deal there! They are
highly recommended and they reply to their e-mails fast and has great
service and they ship fast as well!
They have the whole set including some variants. They also have the other
two series. Amazon has great service and this is a good choice over all.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.