In the wake of the demise of the once coveted STARTING LINEUP sports figures produced by Kenner, a new player entered the figure market in the form of toy and comic book creator Todd McFarlane. In the year 2001, McFarlane produced his first line of figures, which were called SportsPicks. McFarlane is a sports fan and former partial owner of the NHL Edmonton Oilers franchise. So it came as no surprise that the first SportsPicks series were comprised of players. McFarlane was able to secure a license from the player’s association, the NHLPA, but not the league itself (NHL). As a result, the represented players are dressed in team colors but without team logos.
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