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.
There were tons of incredible new figures revealed at Toy Fair this week, but Hasbro managed to reveal the most exciting of them all. Their 6" Black Series line impressed collectors throughout 2013, and now it's set to get even better this year. Hasbro revealed an unbelievable lineup of figures, each and every one of which looked perfectly sculpted, superbly painted, and well-articulated.
The first wave set to come out in 2014 includes a prequel Obi Wan Kenobi, a Bespin Luke Skywalker, and a classic Stormtrooper. Wave 2 includes newly-revealed figures Chewbacca, a Clonetrooper, and Anakin Skywalker. Wave 3 includes some powerhouse characters like a wonderful Darth Vader figure alongside an Episode VI Luke, not to mention a variant Sandtrooper. The best news of all are two deluxe figures, the Scout Trooper with Speeder Bike and Jabba the Hutt.
This line is one of the most popular in the world of toys right now, and I can't wait to see it grow in 2014. There hasn't been a disappointing figure yet, and I can't see one anytime in the near future either. It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan and action figure collector.
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Every year the action figure industry heats up in the middle of February thanks to New York Toy Fair. Major manufacturers and smaller companies both gathers to reveal their latest and greatest figures to members of the action figure and toy media and industry members. It's quite simply the biggest event of the year for action figure collectors following at home, and it's undoubtedly the month's coolest thing.
I'll be providing you coverage, articles, and photos of the biggest new action figure reveals, including coverage the largest manufacturers and the biggest lines in the world right now. These include Masters of the Universe Classics, Star Wars The Black Series, Transformers, Funko's new Legacy Collection, NECA's movie and gaming figures, and lots more.
February is my absolute favorite time to be a collector, and I hope I can help make it one of yours too!
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Funko has been relatively quiet about their Legacy Collection line of collector-focused 6-inch figures. But earlier today photos of their Game of Thrones sub-line were released, and they look fantastic. Fans of the show or any action figure collector with an eye for quality will love this line. It's almost certain to become a classic action figure line if it lasts any time at all.
Check out the photos of Series 1 below (click for full size), which is set to include Ned Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, a White Walker, The Hound, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister.
Spring is still a few months away, but this month's tip is all about cleaning anyway! Your figures are probably dustier than you realize, so don't ignore this one.
January's Tip: Dust your figures! If you're like most collectors, you have layers upon layers of figures in displays, but rarely ever dust them. Every few months you should take down each and every figure, dust the ground beneath their feet, and clean each one individually. Standard dusting tools will do the trick, just be sure to work the feathers into all the joints and sculpted details of your figures to do it well.
It's not rocket science this time around, but it's certainly important to preserve the paint and attractiveness of your collection.
DC Collectibles has constantly been improving as a collectibles manufacturer. Figures are bigger, more articulated, and higher quality than they've ever been. But none are bigger than their newly-revealed Arkham City Clayface. This is the biggest figure they've ever produced.
This gigantic monster of plastic stands more than 13 inches tall, dwarfing the standard Arkham City figure (which wasn't even small in its own right). Figures simply don't get any grander or more eye-catching than this one, and any collector who is lucky enough to give it a home in a collection will be lucky indeed.
You'll be able to grab Clayface in comic shops or online later this year in July. You can also watch how he was made thanks to a compelling video series from the manufacturer.
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The year 2013 was an incredible one for action figures, and featured lots of growth here on About.com Action Figures both in visitation and in the total number of articles available. To honor the continued move forward, I've selected the top 10 articles of last year.
You'll definitely find something instructional or entertaining in each of the selections below.
- Top 10 DC Universe Classics Figures
- 6 Tips for Managing Your Action Figure Collection
- Top 10 Action Figure Websites
- A History of the Lego Minifigure
- Top 5 Video Game Action Figure Lines and Manufacturers
- 6 Tips for Buying Action Figures Online
- Top 10 Lego Minifigures
- Top 5 Classic Action Figure Throwback Lines
- 7 Tips for Buying Action Figures in Stores
- Top 5 Action Figure Forums
That's some awfully good reading, if I do say so myself! But 2014 already has a month in the books and there'll be even more great reading material added right here before the year is out.
When it comes to action figures these days, no one is making better ones than Chinese manufacturer Hot Toys. They're pumping out incredible figure after incredible figure, and collectors can't get enough. But even their typically-amazing figures don't compare to their latest announcement.
The Dark Knight armory is an unbelievable set of figures and accessories that captures the iconic characters and scenes from the masterful film of the same name. Bruce Wayne and Alfred are captured in perfect detail, the set includes a third Batman figure than can be displayed as a part of the armor or separate, and there are dozens upon dozens of accessories included in the set.
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Photo © Hot Toys
December is almost over, and that means a new year is beginning! This month's tip is to make a new collecting resolution for yourself to start 2014 and keep it going for years to come!
December's Tip: It's time to make a positive change to your collecting habits for the new year! There are lots of things you can do to improve your collection, but it's important that you pick one and remain dedicated to that goal. For instance, maybe you need to work on organizing your collection better. Perhaps your resolution should be learning the history of action figures. I recommend focusing on your posing and display techniques to make your figures look their best. And of course you can always aim to join the action figure community at large by checking out other great action figure websites and toy forums.
Whatever you do, make the most of the new year by renewing your dedication to your figures and your collection. A resolution can help you stay focused and responsible as you buy, organize, and enjoy your toys.
There are a lot of great places to buy action figures online, but occasionally a store comes along that changes a key feature and stands out in a surprising way. This month's cool thing is one such store: ToyZoo.com. It's a new take on the online toy shop that goes beyond good design and a wide selection of figures with its one-of-a-kind rewards program.
You can earn reward points for doing almost anything on their store, including making purchases, writing reviews, sharing links on social sites, or just browsing their inventory of figures. This means it's possible to buy figures and save a ton just by being involved and active in the community. I can see it quickly becoming another consistent stop on the shopping route of devoted collectors.
So if you're looking for a second home-away-from home outside About.com Action Figures, ToyZoo might just be the place to go. You'll probably see a review or two from yours truly along the way!
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