Many collectors of what I’ve often though of as the “Spawn Generation” of the late 1990s will remember Moore Action Collectibles, one of McFarlane Toys’ few competitors at that time, whose products included detailed action figures of characters from Witchblade and The Darkness, as well as television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Moore kept something of a low profile in the action figure arena throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, but now the company, now called the C.S. Moore Studio, is gearing to re-enter the market in the near future with some pretty neat toys. Mr. Moore was kind enough to answer a few questions for PoeGhostal.com.
1.) Many collectors remember the days of Moore Action Collectibles, especially the Buffy and Top Cow action figures it produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but it’s been nearly a decade since M.A.C. was actively producing action figures. What has brought the C.S. Moore Studio back to the action figure market?
CSM: We had done the Alice and Calie statues with Zenescope and it had gone well. Over that time, Joe Brusha, co-owner and president of the company had asked me about sculpting action figures and after thinking it over for a few months, I decided to do a series with them. Their characters look great and have a look that goes well in any 3-D format. This is exactly why they say “Never say ‘Never again.’” I enjoyed working on them and collectors seem to like them.
2.) Many of the studio’s current product stems from properties created by Zenescope Entertainment. How did that relationship come about?
I had met Joe at a show some years ago at a show and we got to talk a bit. I always thought they had a terrific look for their characters and they had and have a strong following, which is important in choosing projects. The public domain aspect was also interesting. After clearing some projects off my plate, we decided to do the Calie statue based on one of their covers by Billy Tucci, whom I had known a long time. I thought it was a great cover and would make a great statue. It sold out pretty quickly and we still get requests for both Calie and Alice.