Your First Look at McFarlane Toys' 12th Football Line
Friday, August 05, 2005

There are skeleton-rattling collisions, breathtaking fingertip catches, jaw-dropping cuts and jukes, but what truly makes the NFL season memorable are, of course, McFarlane's Sports Picks. This November brings NFL 12, an eight-figure line featuring record-setters, Super Bowl winners, All-Pros and even a pair of teammates.

As always, enjoy the photography:

BRETT FAVRE 3: Green Bay's longtime quarterback enters his 15th season with an eye toward defending the NFC North title against three improved divisional opponents. In the early weeks of the 2005 season, one of Mississippi's favorite sons should become only the third quarterback ever to amass 50,000 career passing yards.

COREY DILLON: The powerhouse running back finally got what he'd long requested -- an exit from Cincinnati and a fresh start with a new club in 2004. Dillon landed with the Patriots and turned in his career highs with 1,635 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. More importantly, he helped lead New England to their third Super bowl victory in the last four years.

MARVIN HARRISON 2: Indy's top offensive threat continued to terrorize defensive secondaries, recording his sixth straight season with 1,000 yards receiving and a Pro Bowl berth. Harrison tied his career high with 10 touchdown catches while also helping Peyton Manning set the single-season record for TD passes. Harrison and the Colts enter the 2005 season with vengeance on their minds -- and a Nov. 7th grudge match with the Patriots.

DONOVAN McNABB 3: The dedicated leader of the Philadelphia Eagles finally got his team over the hump in 2004, winning the NFC Championship Game and going to their first Super Bowl. Though the Eagles fell short against the Patriots, McNabb and "Team Green" are ready to take another shot at landing the title in 2006.

DREW BREES: The 2004 draft-day swap of Eli Manning and Philip Rivers was supposed to provide both the Chargers and Giants with their quarterbacks of the future. Apparently no one told Drew Brees, who emerged from two unspectacular seasons as San Diego's starter to record a truly breakout season. The former Purdue star completed 65 percent of his passes and threw 27 touchdowns while only getting picked off seven times. Brees ranked third in the league in passer rating and led the Chargers to the AFC West title.

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON 3: The top selection in fantasy drafts nationwide, Tomlinson has also had a storied history as part of our Sports Picks line. He was the headline attraction in our NFL 3 "Rookie Series" and a popular late addition to NFL 10. This fall we feature our third version of the Chargers dominant running back, but also our first version that features a 100 percent original sculpt.

KEVIN MAWAE: Widely considered the league's best center, the Jets' Mawae showed how valuable (and tough) he was in the early part of the 2004 season. When a broken bone in his right hand caused him trouble snapping the ball, the Jets decided to keep Mawae in the starting lineup -- wrapping his injured right hand in a protective cast and letting him snap left-handed. Jets QB Chad Pennington would rather take off-handed snaps from Mawae than normal-handed snaps from anyone else on New York's roster. Mawae was still a force during the injury, even though he was blocking with only one hand. We hope Kevin is as impressed with his figure as we are with his efforts.

LAVAR ARRINGTON: Long considered the most dominant player on Washington's defense, Arrington came off a career-best season in 2003 and battled a knee injury during most of the 2004 season. His healthy return in 2005 is considered key if the Redskins are to challenge in a much-improved NFC East.

Look for NFL 12 to arrive in stores this November, alongside an NFL two-pack showcasing a "classic" matchup between Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice from their many meetings in Cowboys/49ers showdowns.