Full disclosure– I have a very hot-and-cold relationship with AMC‘s The Walking Dead. When it’s on, it’s great, but it seems to chronically get caught up in advancing plot at the expense of characters, and tends to make weird choices seemingly based on shock value as opposed to good storytelling. But the Walking Dead toy line by McFarlane Toys has been consistently fantastic, in terms of both quality and diversity. Not only does the collection include action figures based on both the TV series and the original Robert Kirkman comics, it’s among the best examples of gender balance in a mass market toy line.
At this point, virtually all of the major characters in the show have been given the toy treatment, and that includes the many women in our group of survivors. From Michonne to Carol to Maggie, not only have the ladies been represented in this toy line, they’ve been among the very best figures in the line, overall.
One important, long-running character had yet to see the light of day in toy form, though. Beth Greene, who started slow but really came into her own as a character in the show’s fourth season, had been ignored by McFarlane Toys, until she became the surprise winner of a fan request poll last summer. And now, true to their word, McFarlane has announced that Beth will be part of the ninth series of action figures, slated to hit retail in February 2016, at the same time as the second half of Season Six airs on AMC.
It’s awesome that we’re getting Beth, a character that truly won me over after the survivors left the prison. Equally awesome is that she’s not even the only female character in this latest lineup of toys– the new wave will also include Michonne in her Alexandria constable uniform, along with poor, lonely T-Dog, a variant of Daryl Dixon, and a new, particularly nasty looking zombie.
You can read McFarlane’s bios for each new figure and see their 3D model sheets below:
What job could you possibly give one of the most lethal members of Rick’s group when she arrived in Alexandria? Side by side with Rick, Michonne enforced law and order as constables. Patrolling the streets, Michonne made sure everyone stayed safe, even if that included quelling Rick. This version of Michonne depicts the character in her full constable uniform, Figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, iconic katana with sheath, and pistol.
With a kind smile, Beth Greene served as a pillar of hope and strength to the group of survivors. Using kindness, paired with the medical knowledge passed on to her by her father Hershel, Beth helped heal both the body and soul of those around her. Her death shook the very core of the group of survivors; almost as if all hope died with her. This figure features Beth in her outfit at the end of Season 4 and includes approximately 22 points of articulation, assault rifle, and knife.
One of the original Atlanta survivors, T-Dog was a kindhearted and well-intentioned member of Rick’s group. He never hesitated to charge in and help those in need. Even when all seemed lost he put others before himself and ultimately sacrificed himself to save Carol from Walkers overrunning the prison. This heroic T-Dog figure is ready for battle in his removable Riot Gear Vest. Figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, pistol, fire poker, and industrial bolt cutters.
The only thing worse than a Walker you see coming, is the one you don’t see! Searching for supplies in an abandoned flooded food bank in Season 5, the survivors are unaware of the real dangers that lurk beneath the water. Trapped in this cesspool of standing water, the Water Walker’s flesh is literally melting off his body as it waits for its next victim. Figure includes approximately 22 points of articulation, food can, and glass jar debris.
GRAVE DIGGER DARYL DIXON (DIRT VERSION)
If the apocalypse has taught us anything, it’s that you are never safe…even from the flu. Daryl Dixon, a long-time survivor within Rick’s group, has become a pillar of support for those who came to rely on him. If that means burying the dead, then so be it. This version depicts a dirt-covered Daryl from the Season 4, wearing his gloves and bandana while digging the grave for another fallen companion. The figure also includes approximately 22 points of articulation, wooden cross/grave marker, and shovel.