Locally-based McFarlane Toys is the most prominent manufacturer of sports action figures, and they’ve done their share of Cardinals. Anquan Boldin was featured a couple of times, as has been Matt Leinart, Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner. Now, it’s Beanie’s turn.
Todd McFarlane and his guys have created a Beanie Wells figure that will go on sale at the company’s store at Westgate City Center — right next to the stadium — this weekend, just in time for Sunday’s game with the Saints. It’ll be released nationally through their online store (http://store.spawn.com/) on Monday.
“I chose Beanie for our Exclusive figure this year because I wanted to choose a Cardinals player, and I think he’s got the best chance to take over the offense in the post-Warner era,” McFarlane said. “A healthy Wells gives us the best running threat the Cards have ever had here in Arizona.”
McFarlane always makes sure to have a wide variety of figures across sports leagues because, bottom line, the big-name players are the figures people want. But the Cards’ recent successes and high-profile players have helped him make the choices to do a few Cards. He likes having his outlet by the stadium, too (An original store, ironically, used to be in an office part just down the street from the Cards’ Tempe facility too).
“I love visiting the store on Cardinals game day on my way into the stadium,” McFarlane said. “To see the ‘Sea of Red’ stopping by and taking a look at our toys before and after kickoff makes me glad we planted our flag out in Glendale.”
Of course, that’s a “toy” for bigger boys and girls. For someone a little younger, there is Chevron’s Victor E. Van, a toy car available at Valley Chevron stations that is Cardinal-themed, complete with a host of Cardinal stickers so each van can have its own unique look.
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