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What Are the 5 Most Valuable Star Wars Action...
A list of the 5 most valuable and sought-after Star Wars action figures.
How to Find the Value of Your Action Figure
Finding the Value of an Action Figure - Action Figure Price Guide - Action Figure Grades
The Scoop on Action Figure Size Scales
Action Figure Size Scales. Action Figures.
6 Action Figure Companies You Need to Know
There are a lot of action figure companies manufacturing action figures and collectibles in the world, but six stand out to the modern collector.
10 Best Unofficial Lego Website
Lego fans are nothing if not devoted, so much so that they've built up a slew of great unofficial websites devoted to buying, selling, trading and customizing their Lego minifigures. We break down the top 10 right here.
How to Care for Your Action Figure Collection
How to Care for Your Action Figure Collection - Action Figure Care
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Review
With the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the forefront of the collecting world, Raphael is another fantastic piece to add to anyone's collection.
Star Wars Vintage 1978-1985 Action Figure...
Not sure if you have them all? Then this Star Wars Vintage 1978-1985 Action Figure Checklist is just the thing for any collector looking to complete their collection.
That Figure Needs a Bath!
How to Clean Your Action Figures - Cleaning Action Figures
How to Start an Action Figure Collection
This should give you a good feel as to how to begin your new hobby of action figure collecting.
10 Dedicated Action Figure Websites
Although About.com Action Figures should serve all your action figure needs, there are a lot of great sites out there that serve the action figure community.
Action Figure Terms & Abbreviations
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Vintage Action Figure Profile: Star Wars 1977...
In 1977, the pop culture world was forever changed by a little movie called Star Wars. That following spring, action figures were forever changed when the multitude of Star Wars toys hit the shelves. We take a look at an original Luke Skywalker figure that has stood up pretty well these past 32 years.
What Defines an Action Figure?
What Defines an Action Figure - Action Figure Definition - Action Figure Differences
How to Open an Action Figure Package
It may seem simple, but there are a few tricks and tips to opening an action figure package if you want your cardbacks and figures staying in top condition.
Action Figure Repair: Reshaping Bent Plastic
Action Figure Repair: Reshaping Bent Plastic. Page 4.
The Top 5 "Must Join" Action Figure Forums
Join in on the discussions about all things action figures with these 5 excellent action figure forums. Don't just be a collector, be a fellow enthusiast!
10 Tips for Selling Your Action Figures on eBay
Want to sell your action figure collection on eBay? These 10 tips will make the process more fun and profitable.
Top 5 Super Hero Action Figure Lines
Super heroes and action figures were made for each other, and there have been a number of lines to prove it.
A History of G.I. Joe
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8 Tips for Posing Action Figures
Posing action figures can be a precarious task. Take a look at these eight helpful tips to make sure you're getting the most out of your action figure displays.
Top 10 Masters of the Universe Classics Figures
The Masters of the Universe Classics line is one of the most popular lines in the action figure industry, and despite a plethora of great figures, ten in particular stand out.
A History of the Lego Minifigure
The Lego minifigure is one of the most iconic designs in the world of action figures. Find out where the classic little yellow action figure got its start many years ago.
Spotted in the Wild! Ghostbusters II Toys R Us...
On our latest "in the field" hunt for action figures, we spotted the fearless four themselves in this
Thrift Store Hunting for Action Figures
Thrift Store Hunting for Action Figures - Finding Action Figure Deals - Thrift Store Action Figures
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Collection...
This collection of press images from Playmates Toys features the new Classic Collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, which are based on the original cartoon.
Transformers Masterpiece Checklist
Keep track of all the different Transformers Masterpiece releases with this thorough checklist detailing each and every figure.
Book Review: Mego Action Figure Toys
Mego Action Figure Price Guide - Mego Price Guide - Mego Toys Book
Top 10 Lego Minifigures
Lego released 16 unique minifigures in each of its first five Lego Minifigures series. That's a total of 80 minifigures, and here's a look at the 10 that stand out as the best.
Top 5 Action Figure Marketplaces
Buying and selling figures is one of the most enjoyable elements of an action figure collection. Many collectors are looking for the best place to participate in economic side of collecting, and the follow five spots are the best places to do so.
Masters of the Universe Classics Checklist
This is a comprehensive checklist of the 2008 and onward Masters of the Universe Classics line of action figures manufactured by Mattel.
How to Insure Your Action Figure Collection
How to Insure Your Action Figure Collection - Action Figure Insurance - Collectibles Insurance
Top 5 Action Figure Blogs
There's nothing action figure collectors like to do more than share their collections. Many collectors have taken to the internet to show off their figures, utilizing blogs to tell stories, share their figures, and provide entertainment for other collectors.
Big Head and Little Head
1977 Han Solo. Action Figures. Page 2.
How to Spot a True Vintage Figure
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures. Page 4.
The Top 10 Action Figure Blogs
Love reading about action figures, and want to get a peek into the minds of fellow collectors? This list of the Top 10 Action Figures blogs should get you started on your way.
ThunderCats Classic Lion-O Review
The ThunderCats have finally returned in action figure form. Their fearless leader Lion-O is the first figure out and marks a strong return for the franchise.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Review
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have returned toy aisles in a major way, and the modern Leonardo figure is one of the best new turtles in town.
5 Transformers Characters You Need to Know
The world of Transformers is a complex and expansive one, and keeping track of its characters is an ordeal. The following list of vital Transformers collectors will arm any new action figure collector with the knowledge the need of the best and biggest characters in Transformers lore and action figure history.
Agent Nick Fury
This is the real gem of the 4 pack, a stunning likeness of Nick Fury as played by Samuel L. Jackson in
6 Tips for Displaying Action Figures
Setting up an action figure display can be a lot of work and a lot of frustration without the right preparation and know-how. These six tips and tricks will help collectors make the most of their action figures displays.
Spotted in the Wild! Target Exclusive Star Wars...
Target Exclusive Star Wars Vintage Style 3 Packs
7 Tips for Buying Action Figures in Stores
Don't go on an action figure hunting trip unprepared. Take these seven tips and tricks with you to make the most out of your buying experience and keep more in your wallet.
Lego Super Heroes Buildable Figures Checklist
Lego's contribution to the world of action figure's doesn't end. The Super Heroes Buildable Figures line introduces highly articulated stylized building figures based on famous comic book characters.
10 '80s Movies That SHOULD Have Had Action...
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Top 10 DC Universe Classics Figures
The DC Universe Classics line is one of the best superhero lines ever, and its 10 standout figures will forever be remembered by action figure collectors.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, and newly-designed the basic Donatello figure is one of the best Turtles action figures ever made.
Top 5 Video Game Action Figure Lines and...
With the prevalence of video games as a modern form of entertainment, the action figure industry has adapted to changing interests by creating high quality figures based on video games.
Displaying an Action Figure Collection in a...
Here are some helpful tips on what to do when you're collection outgrows the space you have to display it.
How to Make Custom Action Figure Backgrounds
How to Make Custom Action Figure Backgrounds - Custom Action Figure Displays
The Most Common Action Figure Accessory Types
Action Figure Accessories - Action Figure Weapons - Action Figure Vehicles
Top 5 Action Figure Forums
There are a number of online discussion forums which allow action figure collectors to gather and discuss their favorite companies, lines, and figures. The following five are the best the web has to offer.
"An Elegant Weapon, for a More Civilized Time."
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures. Page 3.
6 Things You Have to Know About Action Figure...
One of the most confusing things about action figure collecting is understanding sizes and scales. These are the basic things you have to know.
6 Classic Action Figure Lines You Need to Know
Every new action figure collector needs to be familiar with at least six classic toy lines: Transformers, G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mego World's Great Superheroes.
Lego Minfigures Checklist
Lego has been releasing waves of 16 individual minifigures, which are perfect for action figure collectors who aren't into building sets, but love the style of minifigures. This is a checklist for the minifigures Lego has released.
Mego Spider-Man c.1974
There are very few comic book characters that have been made into action figures more than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We take a look at some of the most iconic Spider-Man figures to hit toy store shelves over the past four decades. Page 2.
6 Tips for Buying Action Figures Online
Buying action figures online is the way most collectors shop these days. Follow these tips to make sure you're not missing out on the best deals.
Perfect Fit
Mauraders Inc. Gun Runners Action Figure Accessories . Page 2.
Review: Halo Wars Megabloks
Megabloks aren't just for kids anymore and they prove it with their line of Halo Wars Authentic Collector's Series building system that not only offer intricate ships and vehicles from the hit video game, but boast what just may be the world's tiniest fully articulated action figures.
March's Tip for New Collectors
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
The Top 5 McFarlane Toys Lines
McFarlane Toys is an action figure powerhouse, and these five lines are the main reason why it's such a prominent manufacturer.
"... Ancient weapons are no substitute for a...
1977 Han Solo. Action Figures. Page 3.
The 5 Best Masters of the Universe Playsets
Masters of the Universe had lots of amazing figures, but its cool playsets may have been the real reason the line was so popular.
Top 5 Classic Action Figure Throwback Lines
As time passes and collector interest starts to drift towards the lines of old, manufacturers tend to bring back classic properties and update them for modern audiences. These are the five best action figure throwback lines of all time.
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Action Figure Checklist
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Action Figure Checklist - Action Figure Checklist G.I. Joe
Man-Bat
DC Universe Classics Wave 10. Action Figures. Page 3.
Guide to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
With the long and confusing history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand, this guide to the various figures, lines, and characters should be a helpful tool to any curious collector.
Pocket Super Heroes Spider-Man c.1979
There are very few comic book characters that have been made into action figures more than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We take a look at some of the most iconic Spider-Man figures to hit toy store shelves over the past four decades. Page 3.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Checklist '82-'89
Not sure if you have every version of Snake Eyes ever released? Need away to keep track of your mounting G.I. Joe collection? All you need is this handy dandy checklist. Now you know...
Top 5 Transformers Prime Season One Episodes
Transformers Prime Season One included a number of fantastic episodes, but five of them stood out from the rest. Find out which episodes of the must-see show are absolutely must-see.
The 5 Best Michelangelo Figures From Teenage...
If Michelangelo happens to be your top Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, then you have to read this list of his absolute best figures.
One of the 5 Points Gang
Like the Kenner Star Wars figures of old, the POTF figures only had 5 points of articulation, and the
Guide to Lego Minifigures
This is a guide to everything Lego minifigures. You can find the history of the classic figures, checklists to see what's been released, and reviews to help guide your buying decisions.
Guide to Transformers Prime
This is a guide to everything Transformers Prime. You can find information about the TV show, of the figures, and more.
The Top 5 Conventions for Action Figure...
Conventions are a big part of the action figure industry, and these five are the biggest and best that every collector should try to visit.
Phase 2
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 9.
3 3/4 Inches of Destiny
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures.
Lego Hero Factory Checklist
The Lego Hero Factory takes Lego bricks and turns them into action figures with an interesting narrative and lots of potential for play.
Captain Action Spider-Man c.1967
There are very few comic book characters that have been made into action figures more than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We take a look at some of the most iconic Spider-Man figures to hit toy store shelves over the past four decades.
Forager
DC Universe Classics Wave 10. Action Figures. Page 5.
Those Stylish Buns
1977 Princess Leia. Action Figures. Page 2.
The Army Building Factor
Whether it's Stormtroopers or Cobra Alley Vipers, collectors love to build armies for those epic battle
Top 5 Series 8 Lego Minifigures
There are 16 figures available in each new wave of the Lego Minifigures line, and picking five favorites out of each group is a difficult challenge. This list does the work for you by determining which figures from series 8 every collector has to own.
Secret Wars Spider-Man c.1984
There are very few comic book characters that have been made into action figures more than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We take a look at some of the most iconic Spider-Man figures to hit toy store shelves over the past four decades. Page 4.
Phase 3
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 10.
10 '80s Cartoons That SHOULD Have Had Action...
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5 Masters of the Universe Characters You Need...
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is one of the action figure industries most popular and collectible lines. New action figure collectors should be familiar with the biggest characters and most popular figures of the classic property, and this list introduces them.
Beast Boy
DC Universe Classics Wave 10. Action Figures. Page 6.
The 5 Best Presidential Monsters Figures
The Presidential Monsters toyline is one of the most unique and creative independent action figure lines of the last few years, and these are its top figures.
April's Best Reads
The end of the month is here, and it's been a popular one for About.com Action Figures. Thousands of readers enjoyed hundreds of articles throughout the month,
6 Tips for Organizing Your Action Figure...
It takes a lot of time, effort, and know-how to organize an action figure collection. These six tips will have your collection organized in no time!
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Scorpion
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Scorpion
DC Comics Batman
DC Comics Batman Action Figure. Action Figures. Page 8.
6 Tips for Managing Your Action Figure Collection
Action figure collections can easily get out of hand, which is why it's important for collectors to actively manage and track their collections. Using these tips will help any collector gain control of their collection.
Robotman
DC Universe Classics Wave 10. Action Figures. Page 2.
The Princess with a Pistol
1977 Princess Leia. Action Figures. Page 3.
Toy Biz Spider-Man c.1990
There are very few comic book characters that have been made into action figures more than your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We take a look at some of the most iconic Spider-Man figures to hit toy store shelves over the past four decades. Page 5.
Top 5 Series 6 Lego Minifigures
With over 16 possibilities in each wave of the Lego Minifigures line, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the best. This list tells you which figures from Series 6 take top honors.
May's Best Reads
Another month has come and gone here on About.com Action Figures and there are 10 more articles that you absolutely have to read. These pieces were enjoyed by
The Greatest Story Ever Told With Lego...
Action figures rarely take the spotlight in works of art, but Brendan Powell Smith's take on the Bible utilizes Lego minifigures in a creative way that highlights figures as works of art and storytelling devices.
Ghostbusters Classics Checklist
The new Ghostbusters line from Mattel has a lot of different characters and variant figures. This checklist gathers them all in one easy to read place.
Phase 1
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 8.
Spotlight on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...
The original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figure line wouldn't be complete without one of the most recognized and beloved turtles of all, Leonardo.
The Weapon of the Jedi Knight
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures. Page 2.
ThunderCats Checklist
This is a checklist for the Bandai line of classic and modern ThunderCats action figures.
The Rebel Set
Target Exclusive Star Wars Action Figure 3-Packs. Page 2.
The 5 Best Rivalries in the Action Figure...
There are rivalries everywhere, and these five action figure duels make the hobby a lot more interesting.
The 3 Piece Helmet!
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 7.
The Villain Set
Target Exclusive Star Wars Action Figure 3-Packs. Page 3.
Tips on Buying Action Figures on eBay
Buying vintage action figures on eBay is easy, getting the most for your money is a little harder. Here's a few tips for the beginning bidder.
Masters of the Universe Classics Bios
The characters of Eternia are far more than two dimensional thugs and bravos, they have sordid pasts, vibrant histories, humble beginnings and amazing destinies. Find out about your favorite MOTU heroes and villains from the official Mattel biographies.
The Princess on a Mission
1977 Princess Leia. Action Figures.
Guide to Transformers
Transformers is one of the biggest and most diverse brands in the world of action figures. There are numerous iterations, characters, and histories to learn and master. This guide is the first step to understanding Transformers.
Top Action Figure Playsets of All Time
Action figure playsets were every kid's dream, and these five were the ones every kid wanted.
Imaginext Batman
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide. Page 2.
The 5 Worst Mego Figures Ever
The Mego World's Greatest Super Heroes line is as classic as it gets, but not every figure was perfect or even necessary.
Spotlight on DC Universe Infinite Heroes Batwoman
Batwoman is a relatively new character to the world of DC Comics, and still has few figures representing her. This was one of the first, but is also unfortunately one of the worst.
Egon Spengler
Mattel Retro Action Real Ghostbusters Figures. Page 3.
Hey! Watch it with that Lightsaber!
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 11.
Adamantium Claws
1991 Toy Biz Wolverine Action Figure. Page 3.
Spotlight on Transformers Masterpiece Optimus...
Take a step back in time with this special look at the vintage 2003 Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure.
Dark Knight Batman
Dark Knight Batman Action Figure. Page 10.
Transformers Prime Megatron Review
Transformers Prime is a wonderful show, and it's made better by its thrilling antagonist Megatron. This figure captures the big bad Decepticon in all his Transformers Prime glory.
Frank Miller Batman
Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns Batman Action Figure. Page 7.
Vintage Spotlight: 1981 Tomy Tron Figures
We take a look back on one of the most legendary, if tiny, action figure lines from the 1980s, based on the literally glowing Disney motion picture, Tron.
The Spitting Image
Mezco Wolfman Action Figure. Action Figures. Page 5.
Kelek: Evil Sorcerer
We take a look at some old school packaging from LJN's Dungeons & Dragons line that has held up pretty well over the past couple of decades (and then some). Page 5.
10 S.H. Figuarts Power Rangers Figures That...
Power Rangers is an absolute powerhouse in the world of action figures, and the S.H. Figuarts line is producing its best figures ever. These characters need to be added to the lineup.
A Grim Look of Determination
1991 Toy Biz Wolverine Action Figure. Page 2.
Your Guide's Batman Collection
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide.
Transforming Battle Suit
Mattel delivers an avalanche of action figures to kick off the major motion picture release of Green Lantern. We spotted the figures on toy shelves and snapped some pics just for you. Page 8.
Butters
Mezco South Park Classics Butters. Page 3.
Spotlight on Street Fighter IV Guile
Guile is the all-American hero of the Street Fighter universe, and as one of gaming's most popular characters, this figure is definitive.
Free Rocket Firing Boba Fett!
Star Wars Vintage Collection Darth Vader Action Figure. Page 2.
The Accessories (Or Lack Thereof)
Mezco Wolfman Action Figure. Action Figures. Page 6.
Transformers Prime Cliffjumper Review
Transformers Prime is one the best action figure cartoons evere, and the figures based on it are great too. Cliffjumper may be one of the most memorable characters on the show, but his figure isn't quite so incredible.
Review: Marauders Gun Runners 1:18 Scale Action...
Marauders Gun Runners 1:18 Scale Action Figure Accessories
Transformers Prime Wheeljack Review
Transformers Prime is a television sensation, and the action figures are just as fantastic. Wheeljack had a great guest appearance on the show, and has a great action figure too.
Spotlight on Batman: The Brave and Bold Black...
Batman may be the biggest name in comics and cartoons, and this figure combines a style that merges both worlds.
Joker
DC Universe Classics Wave 10. Action Figures. Page 4.
Action Figure Profile: G.I. Joe 25th Anniversar...
G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Snake Eyes - Snake Eye Action Figure Review
Wolverine Unmasked
Action Figures. Page 4.
Spotlight on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tokka
Take a step back in time with this special look at the vintage 1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tokka figure.
Lego Minifigures Computer Programmer Review
The Lego Minifigure Computer Programmer figure gives nerds, geeks, techies, and bowtie-lovers a Lego character to call their own.
The World's Smallest Fully Articulated Action...
A closer look at the world's smallest fully articulated action figures from the Megabloks Halo Wars Authentic Collector's Series building sets.
A Lot of Fun for \$10
Action figures don't have to be packed with articulation or linked to a major license to be great (of course, it helps), and the little mysterious toy company, Chap Mei, have been proving just that for years. We take a look at a couple of their over-the-top offerings. But be warned; there are monsters inside. Page 8.
Movie Masters Hal Jordan & Tomar-Re
Mattel delivers an avalanche of action figures to kick off the major motion picture release of Green Lantern. We spotted the figures on toy shelves and snapped some pics just for you. Page 10.
1989 Movie Batman
1989 Movie Batman Action Figure. Action Figures. Page 13.
Transformers Prime Soundwave Review
The Transformers Prime cartoon has a plethora of villains, but none are as sinister as Soundwave, and this review showcases that the figure is just as dangerously good.
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