I've been a Spawn collector since Series 1 and McFarlane has definetly done an excellent job of raising the bar in the action figure world. The amount of detail he put into figures made everyone else look horrible and in response all the companies started doing better work.
I used to buy all the new McFarlane figures as soon as they hit the shelves, around 2 years ago I realized that I was waisting a lot of money because a lot of the McFarlane lines attract younger collectors. Young collectors do a lot of impulse buying and never have enough money for everything they want. This of course means at some point they either stop buying new things or they start selling old things. :wink:
Check out McFarlane lines on eBay some day, the majority of the time you can get the stuff for lass then half of retail. Not to mention a lot of stores end up clearancing McFarlane products because he comes out with so much so fast. A lot of stores aren't sold out of the old series before the next 2 or 3 items start showing up, somehow they need to make room so say hello to clearance prices and good bye to old figures.
In the long run this could definetly hurt McFarlane but Sportspicks and the otehr new things he's constantly adding will always keep his head above the water.
As far as the actual figures go they look amazing but don't try to play with them. The amount of breakage on McFarlane figures is worse then any other company. Usually because there are so many paint aps that it freezes up the joints on the figures and amazingly dried paint seems to be a lot stronger then the actual plastic the figures are made out of.