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Posing action figures might seem simple, but there are some tricks to the trade.

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March's Tip for New Collectors

Monday March 31, 2014

Spring is finally in the air, and that can only mean one thing: it's time for spring cleaning! Action figures might be fun, but that doesn't mean they're devoid of responsibility. Like all nice things, any figures that have been opened deserve regular care and cleaning. Especially in the Springtime!

March's Tip: Clean your figures this spring. It doesn't take much. Take down every figure on display and give them a good inspection. You'll need to dust their shelves, dust their heads, and make sure everything is still in proper shape. If you notice any fading or sun damage, move those figures to a dark room! If you see caked on dust, take a soft-bristled toothbrush to them for a little extra scrubbing. You can even use some gentle dishsoap to clean off any grime they've accrued through the years. It feels so good to know the warm air is outside and clean figures are inside!

Cleaning figures isn't just about caring for them, it's also a lot of fun. You can take the opportunity to pose them in exciting ways or finally get yourself an organized collection. Make this Spring a big one for your toys and you won't have to buy new figures for a long time (unless you want to).

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Lego Minifigures Simpsons Series Revealed

Thursday March 27, 2014

The new Lego Minifigures series based on the famous cartoon family The Simpsons has been teased for months, but today collectors got their first full look at the 16-figure lineup. It includes the full family and more than a few of the most familiar faces from all around the fictional town of Springfield. This is a new trend for the Lego Minifigures line, and will add some cool depth to one of the action figure industry's best lines.

The lineup includes the following key characters: Itchy, Scratchy, Krusty the Clown, Nelson, Milhouse, Lisa, Marge, Homer, Apu, Bart, Chief Wiggum, Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, Maggie, Grandpa Simpson, and Ned Flanders. Due to the ensemble nature of The Simpsons, many people's favorite character is probably missing, but I can't think of anyone that should be replaced with someone more popular.

These individually packaged Minifigures will be available in stores across the country very soon. While they might not attract the diehard Lego collectors of the world, they'll bring in an entirely new audience of their own. This is the most unique Minifigures set yet, and opens the door for future licensed lineups  too! Superhero, Hobbit, or even Castle or City series of Minifigures might be coming next. This will definitely go down in the history of the Lego minifigure as a significant moment.

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Hot Toys Reveals Black Widow from The Winter Soldier

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to be the biggest movie of Spring. It's the next release in an incredible line of Marvel movies, and Black Widow is returning to the film series once more. Hot Toys is capturing that return to the screen in a way only they can: with another absolutely jaw-dropping action figure.

This unbelievable figure is set to include a "newly developed head sculpt with straight brownish-red real fabric hair, newly designed tight-fitting costume made with multiple materials, and detailed weapons and accessories." That's a very technical way of saying "this figure is perfect." This version of Black Widow looks like the best that's ever been produced, and hopefully it's a sign of great things to come with the movie.

This figure will be up for pre-order from Hot Toys in the near future, and she's likely only the first of many upcoming Captain America figures from the legendary manufacturer. It's a very exciting time to be an action figure collector and fan of Captain America.

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Photo © Hot Toys

February's Tip for New Collectors

Friday February 28, 2014

Modern action figures are all about the articulation. There are dozens of joints in most figures these days, but collectors rarely take full advantage of them when putting figures on display. All too often I see static figures standing straight up, with little regard for realistic body language or life-like stances. That's why this month's tip is a big one!

February's Tip: Learn to pose your figures! It's not just about standing them straight up in a line. You can place figures into deep action poses, pit them against one another in choreographed fights, or even have them interact with your environment. I have a figure who holds the stapler on my desk, and it gets more comments than any other of the hundreds I have on display! Give your figures a bit of personality with simple tricks like putting their hands on their hips or pulling back a cape. Make accessories pop by putting them in dynamic poses, not just hanging to the side. Notice all the little details, and I promise your displays will look better than ever.

It's not just a good tip, but it's a lot of fun too! Posing well is the first step to an organized collection that drops jaws and leaves onlookers impressed.

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