Pre-Order: McFarlane’s 6-inch MLB Team Figures!

UPDATE! These figures are NOW IN-STOCK!!

McFarlane’s MLB Baseball Figures have been one of the studio’s most popular collections, bringing true-to-life renderings of some of the greatest players in the game, from the old days to the modern era of America’s Pastime. Now, in their 6-inch figure line, they’ve created for groups of team-specific figures that fans are sure to love! Check out these lineups!

THE BOSTON REDSOX

David Ortiz
Kevin Youkilis
Jacoby Ellsbury
Josh Beckett
Dustin Pedroia

THE NEW YORK METS

David Wright
Johan Santana
Jason Bay
Jose Reyes

THE NEW YORK YANKEES

Mariano Rivera
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Andy Pettitte
Jorge Posada

THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

Ryan Howard
Chase Utley
Jimmy Rollins
(Final Figure To be Determined)

Each 6-inch figure is dynamically posed on a section of the diamond and boasts an uncanny likeness to the player it represents–something that has become the hallmark of McFarlane toys in general. Each team can be purchased as a set or as individual figures if you’re a fan of one player in particular. They’re available for pre-order now and will be shipping in September!

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies at age 80

george steinbrennerLegendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died after suffering a massive heart attack.

Spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Steinbrenner died Tuesday morning. He had a heart attack, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and died at about 6:30 a.m, a person close to the owner told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed those details.

Flags were immediately lowered to half-staff at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa. The Yankees say many employees there were in tears.

Steinbrenner, who turned 80 on July 4, bought the Yankees in 1973 and the team has won an MLB-best 11 pennants and seven World Series championships during his tenure.

Because of his failing health, he turned over the day-to-day operations of the organization to his two sons in November 2008. The Ohio-born executive known as “The Boss” leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Joan Zieg, and their four children — Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer.

While I can’t say that I approved of all of George’s business and human relations tactics, his contribution into turning baseball into a much higher profile sport, to say nothing of a much more lucrative business, can’t be understated. I’m sure George has passed on and has tracked down Billy Martin and is firing him as we speak. Thanks for the memories Mr Steinbrenner! Rest in Peace.

Yankees World Series 2009 Baseball Figures!

I’ve been collecting action figures since I was a kid. I started out with Batman, expanded into the DC universe and would later go into a number of fandoms from Hellboy to Pirates of the Caribbean to Legacy of Kain. One thing, though, that I never understood was the passionate love for figures of athletes. Never a sports fan, I always thought it seemed strange to collect figures of real people: what was the charm in having something smaller than life without any fantastic elements at all?

Clearly, I was mistaken. As I would later learn, sports figures are among the most popular out there and are well on their way to totally replacing trading cards. Who knew? Over in our sports section, you can check out MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL figures from the folks at McFarlane. But first, here’s an item we just added to CmdStore…

The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, the most in Major League Baseball history! McFarlane Toys is proud to commemorate this historic achievement with a World Series Champions Yankee 4-Pack Boxed Set.

This boxed set honors the Yankees “Core Four” — Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera — for winning five World Series titles with the New York Yankees between 1996 and 2009. Each player played a significant role in bringing home the title for the Yankees. Catcher Jorge Posada batted .333 during the 1998 World Series and blasted a home run in Game 2. Pitcher Mariano Rivera was the 1999 World Series MVP. Derek Jeter won the 2000 World Series MVP after batting .409, hitting two home runs, a triple and two doubles during the five game contest. Finally, Pitcher Andy Pettitte had the unique distinction of picking up the clinching win in all three rounds of the 2009 postseason.