Plus Changes to the 2005 NFL Two-Pack Schedule..
Friday, May 13, 2005

McFarlane Toys kicks off its football season with a two-pack commemorating this January's NFC Championship Game. The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons met on Sunday, Jan. 23 for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Eagles were the better team that day, besting the Falcons 27-10 in the freezing cold at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia's Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins turned in a huge performance, forcing a fumble and intercepting a pass to spearhead the Eagles defense. Atlanta QB Michael Vick had a tough day against the Philadelphia defense, but it was his brilliant skills and leadership that led the Falcons from a 5-11 season in 2003 to an 11-5 season in 2004. Dawkins has the bragging rights now, but Vick won't have to wait long for a chance to even the score -- Atlanta and Philadelphia meet again for Monday Night Football on Sept. 12.

The two-pack features an all-new version of Michael Vick and our first-ever Brian Dawkins figure, packaged complete with an interactive base. Look for it in stores in late July and, as always, enjoy the photography.

Our second (and final) NFL two-pack for 2005 was scheduled to be Packers wide receiver Javon Walker making the famous "Lambeau Leap" into the stands. Once we further examined the production costs for this display (including the Walker figure, a base, a wall, stands and a pair of fans) it was determined that it couldn't conform to our normal two-pack price point. Rather than eliminate key elements from the proposed pack, we decided to shelve the project for now and resolicit it in the future with more realistic pricing. To be clear, the "Lambeau Leap" set was Todd's idea from the start, so we hope our Packers fans understand that the project is shelved, not canceled.

In its place, McFarlane Toys will release a classic two-pack, featuring San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice vs. Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders. This will be a different sculpt and jersey combination than the original Jerry Rice 49ers figure (a chase figure from 2002's NFL 5) and the first time we've offered our Deion Sanders figure (sold this spring in the Collector's Club as a Raven and Falcon) in a Cowboys jersey. Look for this two-pack to arrive in stores in late October and stay tuned to in the upcoming weeks to see photography of the figure prototypes.