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Action Figure GAF |OT| AFGAF 2020 Re-Issue

Flintty

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A bit nervous about posting this (my first OT) and not sure if there's demand for it (the old thread was locked). But it's a big passion of mine so here goes!





Action. noun: the fact or process of doing something
Figure. noun: a representation of a human or animal form in drawing or sculpture

This thread is a love letter to kids of the 70s, 80s and 90s. A generation of kids who were on the cusp of the digital revolution. Yes, we had our Nintendo, SEGA and PlayStation consoles, Atari's, Amiga's C64s etc but we also had other cool experiences; We built dens in woods, rode our bikes for miles, pulled toys and gadgets out of our cereal boxes, and very important to me, we had these cool things called action figures and play sets! Life had balance. Life was awesome. Some of us haven't let go of that life.

If you played with Transformers, Thundercats, He-Man, Action Force (GI Joe in US), M.A.S.K, Marvel Legends, Star Wars, Centurions, Visionaries [the list goes on and on] in action figure form, and you have a sense of nostalgia for them, then this thread is for you.

This is a celebration of all things action figure, both vintage and modern. Come and share your memories, collections and any other thoughts on action figures.


Where to buy?

US: I've heard you guys are fond of www.bigbadtoystore.com www.megalopolis.toys and www.sideshowtoy.com. I often use Sideshow for orders to the UK too.
UK: www.staractionfigures.co.uk www.zavvi.co.uk www.forbiddenplanet.com www.collectiblesdirect.co.uk
Japanese imports: www.nin-nin-game.com www.amiami.com www.hlj.com
Do let me know if you have a store you'd like to add to the OP.

Who's who?

Hasbro: Probably the largest toy operation in the west. Transformers, Marvel, Star Wars, GI Joe - they have it all. And they have really stepped up on quality lately, in the face of tough competition. Usually around $20 / £20. 1/12 scale (6").

NECA: These guys are currently the king of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alien. Also doing some sweet Back to the Future figures, and excellent horror movie figs. Usually in 7" scale. $20 - $30.

Hot Toys: A Chinese company specialising in real life looking 1/6 scale (12") figures. Expensive, but rather damn nice. Cost? Lol - you'll need a couple hundred at least.

Figma from Good Smile Co. : A Japanese firm specialising in approx 6" scale figures, usually based on anime or video games. These are often excellent quality plastic but you have to pay for it. Usually around $40 - $60 (depending on exchange rate). Good Smile also make Nendoroids, a stylised stubby chibi type figure.

S.H Figuarts: Another Japanese manufacturer. If you want higher quality Marvel or Star Wars figures, these are the figures you want. Excellent quality but again, $40 - $60 per figure (depending on exchange rate).

Medicom Mafex: Another quality Japanese manufacturer. Can be hit and miss on robustness and quality but when they hit, they hit nicely. Currently covering Star Wars, Marvel and other licenses. $40 - $60 (depending on exchange rate).

Mezco One:12: 6” scale figures with fabric clothes on. These things are like mini hot toys in the tailoring department but the head sculpts are a bit soft. I don’t have any yet but they look pretty decent.

There are more manufacturers out there, but these are some of my current favourites.

Now for some photos from my collection :) (Apologies for the poor quality photos)















 
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Does your Mafex Wolverine have the issue where the bicep pops off the shoulder if you try and take advantage of the double jointed elbows?
 
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Keeping with the videogame figure theme, I’ve been wanting a good detailed Lich King for a long time. I have the NECA 7” scale which you can see in the OT but Beast Kingdom are doing something which looks like it could be so much better. I have one on order - it’s a bit pricey but hopefully worth it.






 
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Went to Walmart today and they had the entire Wave 1 of GI Joe on the shelf, with only 1 Destro left.

Fastest $100 I ever spent.


Excellent haul. I’ve got Snake Eyes on order, for pure nostalgia. I really wanted the light blue Cobra Commander. He’s US only via Hasbro Pulse but someone on an action figure forum has ordered one for me. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop at two.
 

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Excellent haul. I’ve got Snake Eyes on order, for pure nostalgia. I really wanted the light blue Cobra Commander. He’s US only via Hasbro Pulse but someone on an action figure forum has ordered one for me. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop at two.
Just pre-ordered Cobra Commander and Gung-Ho on Amazon.

They're out of the exclusive Storm Shadow and never posted Red Ninja

I'll get Pimp Destro from Pulse.

Not going to get the Cobra Commander variant I don't think. Only need one.
 

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I got lucky with Storm Shadow. Anticipating he wouldn’t be up in UK I put an order on Amazon US ‘just in case’. I have 5 on order now so it looks like I’m all in on the line 🙈
 

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Just seen this on my Instagram. I’d love to get hold of some of these, especially the good guys. Had a lot of fun with them and enjoyed the cartoon when I was a kid.


 
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Anyone here collect Starriors and Rock Lords? Starriors were an attempt to bring Action figure sized Zoids to the US and has a cool story and comic.

Not my toys but I have these at my childhood home:






Rock Lords were the shit too. Again, Not images of my own but I still own these two from my childhood.



 

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Anyone here collect Starriors and Rock Lords? Starriors were an attempt to bring Action figure sized Zoids to the US and has a cool story and comic.

Not my toys but I have these at my childhood home:






Rock Lords were the shit too. Again, Not images of my own but I still own these two from my childhood.



Ah man I remember Rock Lords from the 80s/90s!
 
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Just seen this on my Instagram. I’d love to get hold of some of these, especially the good guys. Had a lot of fun with them and enjoyed the cartoon when I was a kid.


The vehicles for this toy-line were insane. Some the size of a freaking wagon. I really miss the old toys and the variety they had. This is going to be a great thread.
 
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The vehicles for this toy-line were insane. Some the size of a freaking wagon. I really miss the old toys and the variety they had. This is going to be a great thread.
Yeah as much as I love 6” figureS, a lot of the figures in the 80s/90s were 3-4” scale which meant they could have vehicles. The old GI Joe figures were awesome, I had the massive Tomahawk twin rotor helicopter.

That said, I recently got the Hoth Snow Speeder in 6” scale and it’s a beast! I’ll put some photos up later 👍🏻
 

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Some quick photos of the Hasbro Snow Speeder, Dak and the Luke Skywalker pilot figure. This thing makes me feel like a kid again.








 

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Here are my Figmas:






Started late but I have most of the ones I really wanted. I'm getting the re-issue of Pit which leaves the Space Adventure Cobra figures and the other two Magic Knight Rayearth characters.

I'll put up my S.F. Figurarts next. Those are mostly just Star Wars and Dragonball Z though. I have bunch of MCU stuff but after Endgame I can't really stand looking at them. I let the Captain America figma slide since it's just him and it's cartoony enough to feel like its own thing.
 

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Here are my Figmas:






Started late but I have most of the ones I really wanted. I'm getting the re-issue of Pit which leaves the Space Adventure Cobra figures and the other two Magic Knight Rayearth characters.

I'll put up my S.F. Figurarts next. Those are mostly just Star Wars and Dragonball Z though. I have bunch of MCU stuff but after Endgame I can't really stand looking at them. I let the Captain America figma slide since it's just him and it's cartoony enough to feel like its own thing.
I love the Alien and Predator, wouldn’t mind getting them myself. Space Channel 5 too ❤
 

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Predator comes with a boat load of accessories too. I know everybody is into the NECA stuff but I really like how the figma turned out personally.
 
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So yesterday Hasbro lunched a crowd finder for a 1/12 scale Sentinel in the Marvel Legends line. This thing is a beast - 26” tall and would look perfect in an X-Men display!

$350 a pop though, but no reasonable way to get it in Europe yet. The goal was 6000 backers and they smashed that in just over a day, and have stretch goals for every extra 1000 backers after, the first being a Mastermould alternative head. I want one 🙈








 
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I have the sideshow collectibles 1/6th R2-D2 which I got as a gift the year TFA came out. If I only knew what was to come....

 
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You done well to pick up some of the exclusives there. I remember camping websites for some of them, it became quite a game to get some of the figures that were hard to find.

Nice collection! I still need to get Boba and a Vader with a soft cape. I got the original one with the hard cape - it’s a bit short and terrible for standing!
 
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You done well to pick up some of the exclusives there. I remember camping websites for some of them, it became quite a game to get some of the figures that were hard to find.

Nice collection! I still need to get Boba and a Vader with a soft cape. I got the original one with the hard cape - it’s a bit short and terrible for standing!
Im kind of alone in myhate cloth capes, lol. I'm always worried that they're going to get stained and I can never get them in the position I want.
 
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Im kind of alone in myhate cloth capes, lol. I'm always worried that they're going to get stained and I can never get them in the position I want.
I’m not a fan when they just hang loose but I like wired capes. Plastic capes can work but sometimes really hinders the balance for standing, as is the case with the OG Figuarts Vader. That’s only one of his problems though, the other is he’s too short! It was worth getting him though, for the Deathstar base, which will be handy for when the Emperor finally arrives.

 

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Cool thread Flintty Flintty ! I don't collect but subbed to see the cool stuff you guys pick up.
Thanks Jooxed, appreciate it. Looking at other collections is half the fun for me. Careful though, it only takes being tempted by one figure and the next minute you’re down the rabbit hole 😃
 

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Thanks Jooxed, appreciate it. Looking at other collections is half the fun for me. Careful though, it only takes being tempted by one figure and the next minute you’re down the rabbit hole 😃
I have an Amiibo buying problem but that doesn't really count. I still have all of my old Ninja turtle figures from when I was a kid at my parents house somewhere next time I go to NY ill see if I can dig them out.