Todd McFarlane continues to drop little Spawn nuggets on us with random modern releases of the character in different forms. We had two Color Tops a couple years ago. He popped up in MK 11 and had several releases there. A 12 inch MK 11 Commando Spawn has been shown. Let’s not forget the Spawn Remastered Kickstarter. Now, out of the blue, Mandarin Spawn has returned, with his first release as a Walmart exclusive Gold Label figure. This is a re-imagining of the original figure, who made his first appearance in Spawn #165 via a one shot. It tells a brutal story of a deformed man being treated horribly in ancient China, given the chance to make a deal with the devil, dies and comes back to get his revenge.
So, today we have a look at the original Mandarin Spawn figure from 1999, and the new 2021 Walmart exclusive version. I have a running vintage Spawn shelf going here and figured why not, so I picked up the original version on eBay so I could compare the two. Cracked it fresh 20 years later. There is a mass release for the new version coming in the traditional red color scheme, but it’s first release is the blue seen here.
Read on to check out shots for both the OG and 2021 versions after the break, along with some quick thoughts, courtesy of McFaralne Toys!