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McFarlane Toys With Matrix Figures

McFarlane Toys has created adult collectible figures based on the second and third installments of THE MATRIX trilogy, THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. On May 15, 2003, Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment, will release THE MATRIX RELOADED, the second installment of the Academy Award-winning blockbuster THE MATRIX. The third chapter, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, will be released later in 2003.

Tempe, Arizona-based McFarlane Toys, will release The Matrix Series 1 toys in May. The series contains five individual figures representing the first two films and a deluxe-boxed edition made for mature collectors only. They include:o Neo 1 and Trinity - Based on the famous lobby shooting scene from THE MATRIX. Figures include several weapons and a beautiful snap-together base.o Morpheus - Based on the character as he appears in a scene in THE MATRIX RELOADED. Figure includes several weapons, a sword and a large base that can connect to the bases of Twins 1 and 2.o Twin 1 - Based on a character in THE MATRIX RELOADED, this fully detailed action figure comes with a straight razor weapon and a full snap-together base that can be connected to the Morpheus base.o Twin 2 - Based on a character in THE MATRIX RELOADED, this fully detailed action figure comes with a machine gun and a full snap-together base that can be connected to the Morpheus base.o The Matrix Series 1 Boxed Set: Neo in Chateau - This detailed deluxe boxed edition from McFarlane Toys' first MATRIX action figure series features a re-creation of a Neo fighting scene in THE MATRIX RELOADED. Includes henchman and break-apart play action.

The Matrix Series 2 toys are scheduled for release in November.

Producer/director Todd McFarlane, best known as the creator of SPAWN and the founder of spawn.com, is the creative force behind McFarlane Toys. The company is one of America's top action figure manufacturers with several successful movie licensing tie-ins, including SHREK, X-FILES, TIM BURTON'S SLEEPY HOLLOW, the first two AUSTIN POWERS films, the Beatles' YELLOW SUBMARINE, AKIRA and the company's seminal Movie Maniacs series featuring horror icons from such films as TERMINATOR and TERMINATOR 2, ALIEN, PREDATOR, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE THING, ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE FLY, BLAIR WITCH, SCREAM, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, HALLOWEEN and more. The company also makes official league-licensed figures for baseball, football, basketball and hockey under its Sports Picks(tm) line, as well as rock music icons, electronic gaming and McFarlane's signature creation, Spawn. Check out www.spawn.com for more information.

From comic book creator, to multi-millionaire, Todd McFarlane has always followed his own path with intelligence and daring. J. Paul Peszko meets the man behind Spawn.

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