CONAN SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURE PHOTOS UNVEILED
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Monday, May 17, 2004
Today, spawn.com is proud to share the first-ever photography of McFarlane Toys' upcoming Conan Series 1 line of action figures. Inspired by the Hyborian legends as originally written by creator Robert E. Howard, this line of figures represents several characters from the Conan mythos, each accompanied by a written legend.
Here is an overview of each figure in the series (note that some figure names have changed since our initial story):
One hero towers above all others in the Hyborian world. Black-haired, sullen-eyed, with gigantic melancholies, this is Conan. Barbarian, thief, pirate, raider, mercenary, hero --- but above all, a Cimmerian!
Conan was born amid the carnage of battle as his tribe fought off a Vanir raiding party. The territory claimed by his clan lay in the northwest of Cimmeria, and although he is a purebred Cimmerian, Conan is also of mixed blood. His grandfather was from a southern tribe but was exiled by his people due to a blood-feud, eventually finding refuge in the north. Having taken part in many raids into the Hyborian nations before his exile, he told tales of these softer countries to a young Conan, who vowed to one day see these storied realms for himself.
The son of a village blacksmith in the grim gray hills of Cimmeria, Conan honed his strength and prowess by hunting the wild mountain beasts and competing with the other boys in his tribe. At age 15, already standing 6 feet and weighing 180 pounds though still not fully grown, Conan received his baptism of battle as part of a host of Cimmerian clans that attacked the garrison settlement of Venarium, an Aquilonian outpost encroaching on Cimmerian lands.
In the year following the destruction of Venarium, Conan made his first journey beyond his homeland. He spent some months among a tribe of the Aesir, fighting the Vanir --- and it was during one of these clashes that he slew Heimdul, father of Skifell.
Tired of the crowded cities in the south, teeming with people of politics and the trivial trappings of civilization, Conan longs to see the vast snow-covered expanses of his native north. Now his quest has brought him into the mountainous borderlands between the Vanir and Aesir.
Back again in the lands where he was born, Conan now must face the son of his long-forgotten enemy.
With hair as bright as the summer sun and eyes the color of the bluest sky, Svadun the Aesir Warrior was born with the rising of a bloody new moon, timber wolves howling throughout Nordheim as if possessed. The Gods must have granted her the gift of the Runes of Protection, for this Warrior woman is as quick in wit as she is with her blade -- and she was once saved from certain death by Conan the Cimmerian. Since then she has sworn an oath to save his life in return before journeying back to her beloved tribe in the deep mountain borderlands between Vanaheim and Asgard.
Skifell's father was a Vanir Tribe Chieftain slain on the battlefield by one Conan, a Cimmerian, more than 25 winters ago. Though still beardless, this youth's combat exploits were widely spoken of, for he was said to be a prodigious battler, wielding a war-blade like death itself. Since that day, Skifell, has been seeking to avenge his father. A mountain of a Vanir, with both fire in his hair and heart, he is a fearsome fighter and hardened ruler of his folk. When the Cimmerian returned north on a quest away from his glory in faraway lands, tales both old and new spread like snow flakes in a blizzard. Now Skifell has caught up with the man he knows as Conan, Heimdulslayer!
Bêlit was born in Asgalun, in the northern parts of Shem. Her father, king Atrahasis, taught her how to sail -- and to fight. In a few short years, Bêlit's skills were equal to that of any man, easily commanding the pirate ship The Tigress. On the night Stygian assassins killed her father (by orders from her uncle), Bêlit was reluctantly smuggled out of the city and away from a certain death.
She became chief of a band of pirates and takes to a life of plunder and adventure. It is during this time she meets Conan, a mercenary from the north, who soon becomes her consort. Together they share a deep and passionate love, while raiding the western seas with the black corsairs.
During one of their raids, Conan is captured by rival brigands and sold to a sect of Stygian wizards. He is kept chained in their dungeon, awaiting slow torture and an agonizing death. Bêlit cunningly disguises herself as a Stygian Priestess and infiltrates the fortress, where the pirate queen must face a hellish last challenge before she can free Conan -- the Son of Set, a massive snake godling known as the Fire Dragon.
FIRE DRAGON, SON OF SET
The High Priests have nurtured the Son of Set for generations, raising it on blood, magic and virgin flesh. Thanks to the priests' care and training, this child of Set, this Fire Dragon, has grown to immense size and now possesses great intelligence and power. Its inhuman mystical abilities allow it a direct connection to Set himself, making even the High Priests tremble. The Fire Dragon is a perfect guardian for the hatching scaled ones, and for keeping the Cimmerian pirate imprisoned.
Each of this six action figures in this series features incredible detail, and bases and accessories. Several of the bases (Belit and Fire Dragon, and Conan 2 and Skifell) are interactive and can be attached together.
There are many other Conan projects in development include a live action film from Warner Bros., anime-style direct-to-video features and a variety of other digital entertainment.
This line will be in stores in August. While you're waiting, battle shield in hand, enjoy the photography. More info and an exclusive photo can be found on the official Conan website.
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