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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 '80s Movies That SHOULD Have Had Action...
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How to Care for Your Action Figure Collection
How to Care for Your Action Figure Collection - Action Figure Care
That Figure Needs a Bath!
How to Clean Your Action Figures - Cleaning Action Figures
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Terms & Abbreviations
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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.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Animal Man...
This two-pack of figures features two incredibly obscure characters that have far too few figures based on them, making this an important set.
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.
Ask Matty - May 15th
Mattel has returned to offer more answers to all our burning questions on Masters of the Universe Classics, and the company's other big action figure lines.
A History of G.I. Joe
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Action Figure Repair: Reshaping Bent Plastic
Action Figure Repair: Reshaping Bent Plastic
What Defines an Action Figure?
What Defines an Action Figure - Action Figure Definition - Action Figure Differences
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.
Funko's Game of Thrones Figures Revealed
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
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Starting Your Collection Starting Your Collection There is something rewarding about having a physical
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.
How to Insure Your Action Figure Collection
How to Insure Your Action Figure Collection - Action Figure Insurance - Collectibles Insurance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Horror Figures of All Time
There's nothing quite like an ultra-detailed scary figure, and that's why I've assembled this list of the 10 scariest action figures ever.
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.
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.
Transformers Masterpiece Checklist
Keep track of all the different Transformers Masterpiece releases with this thorough checklist detailing each and every figure.
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.
Thrift Store Hunting for Action Figures
Thrift Store Hunting for Action Figures - Finding Action Figure Deals - Thrift Store Action Figures
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Book Review: Mego Action Figure Toys
Mego Action Figure Price Guide - Mego Price Guide - Mego Toys Book
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.
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.
Top 10 Toy Biz Marvel Figures of the '90s
In the '90s action figure aisles were ruled by Toy Biz's Marvel Comics lines, and these 10 figures are the best of the best.
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.
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.
The Batman
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide. Page 7.
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.
How to Make Custom Action Figure Backgrounds
How to Make Custom Action Figure Backgrounds - Custom Action Figure Displays
How to Spot a True Vintage Figure
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures. Page 4.
Your Guide's Batman Collection
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide.
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.
The Working Class Villains Speak Out!
The 2 man team behind the ultra-exclusive Emerald Dragonrider figure answer a few of our questions and talk about what it takes to launch your own action figure line on pure sweat, know-how and determination.
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.
The 10 Best Super Powers Figures
Kenner's Super Powers line started a long history of traditional DC Comics action figures, and these 10 amazing figures helped cement its legacy.
The Avengers Checklist
The Avengers is the biggest movie of all time, and the action figure line is just as big. Make sure you have every figure you need with this Avengers action figure checklist.
Marvel Universe Checklist
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The Most Common Action Figure Accessory Types
Action Figure Accessories - Action Figure Weapons - Action Figure Vehicles
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.
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.
DCUC Wave 15 Golden Pharaoh
DCUC Wave 15 Golden Pharaoh. Action Figures. Page 9.
The Black Series Takes Toy Fair
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
February's Cool Thing: Toy Fair
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
July's Tip For New Collectors
One of the hardest things to figure out for new collectors is how to display their figures. Simple shelving units and random arrangements on a desk aren't
Spider-Man Action Figures Through the Ages
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.
6 Tips for Following the Action Figure Industry
The action figure industry is a fast moving place, and without a keen focus and knowledge of how to keep up, it can be hard to see and understand it all. These tips will help you make sure you don't miss a thing.
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
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.
Action Figure Profile: G.I. Joe 25th Anniversar...
G.I. Joe 25th Anniversary Snake Eyes - Snake Eye Action Figure Review
Top Action Figure Playsets of All Time
Action figure playsets were every kid's dream, and these five were the ones every kid wanted.
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.
Lego Minifigures Simpsons Series Revealed
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 5 Optimus Prime Figures You Have to Own
Optimus Prime is the ultimate action figure character, and these five figures are the cant-miss versions of the iconic robot in disguise.
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Action Figure Checklist
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Action Figure Checklist - Action Figure Checklist G.I. Joe
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.
DC Comics Batman
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide. Page 9.
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 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.
The 5 Action Figures Every Cat-Lover Needs
If you're a cat lover, you absolutely have to own at least one of these fantastic feline action figures.
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.
The 5 Best Transformers Combiners Ever
Combiners are some of the most popular figures in the world of Transformers, and these five are the best ever made.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Wildcat (Blue)
Wildcat is one of the original DC Comics characters to hit newstands, and this figure is the most iconic version of the character in plastic.
February's Tip for New Collectors
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
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.
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
Spotlight on Batman: The Brave and Bold Black...
Black Manta is a key villain for DC Comics, and this cartoon-based version of the character will remain one of the most accessible for years to come.
5 Tips for Buying Action Figures at Conventions
Buying action figures at a convention is a fun experience, but it can be problematic and expensive if collectors are unprepared. This list of tips will help even the most novice convention-goers through the experience.
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,
Frank Miller Batman
Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns Batman Action Figure. Page 7.
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.
According to the Packaging Blurb
The A Team Movie Action Figures from Jazwares. Page 5.
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.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Black Canary
Black Canary is a big-time DC Comics character, and one of the most prominent female superheroes out there. That makes this an incredibly important and desirable figure.
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.
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.
Plentiful Enemies
Halo Wars Megabloks Figures. Action Figures. Page 7.
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 5 Best Donatello Figures From Teenage...
If Donatello is your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, then you absolutely have to read this list of his best figures.
McDonald's Premium Batman
A look at the personal collection of the Action Figure Guide. Page 4.
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.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Cyborg Superman
This figure of Cyborg Superman might just look like a repaint to the trained eye, but it's actually an important and distinct version of one of Superman's most feared enemies.
Hot Toys Reveals Black Widow from The Winter...
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
Lego Batman Minifig
Lego Batman Minifig. Action Figures. Page 4.
Spotlight on World of Warcraft Quin'Thalan...
World of Warcraft players number in the millions, but only a handful of action figures have ever been produced. That makes Quin'Thalan Sunfire and important figure, and more popular than most collectors would ever guess.
ThunderCats Checklist
This is a checklist for the Bandai line of classic and modern ThunderCats action figures.
Big Head and Little Head
1977 Han Solo. Action Figures. Page 2.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Guardian
The Guardian is a virtually unknown DC Comics character, but his iconic appearance and heroic ways have earned him time in the spotlight.
"An Elegant Weapon, for a More Civilized Time."
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures. Page 3.
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8 Tips for Posing Action Figures Thursday, January 26, 2012 Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Posing action figures
Review: Marauders Gun Runners 1:18 Scale Action...
Marauders Gun Runners 1:18 Scale Action Figure Accessories
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.
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.
1978 Star Wars Action Figure Carrying Case
1978 Star Wars Action Figure Carrying Case - Star Wars Case
Lego Minifigures Royal Guard Review
Lego honors the Queen's Guard of Buckingham Palace and their giant fluffy hats with this Lego Minifigures Royal Guard action figure.
Battle Beasts (1987) Checklist
The classic Battle Beasts line was an action figure sensation, and with over 100 different figures being released, a checklist can help collectors organize this massive vintage line.
3 3/4 Inches of Destiny
1977 Luke Skywalker. Action Figures.
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.
4 1/2 Inches of Pure Tough Guy
1991 Toy Biz Wolverine Action Figure
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Shark
Shark may be more animal than man, and might also be one of the most disappointing figures in his line, which means he earns his time in the spotlight so you can avoid him.
Spotlight on Masters of the Universe Classics...
Tri-Klops might have a silly name, but he's one of the biggest and baddest villains to ever face off against He-Man, earning his place in the spotlight.
Transformers Prime Season One Limited Edition...
Transformers Prime takes one of the action figure industry's most beloved brands and brings it into the modern cartoon era. This look at the Transformers Prime Season One Blu-ray will have Transformers fans salivating.
Spotlight on Indie Spotlight Dick Tracy
Dick Tracy just doesn't have enough action figures based on his original design, and Shocker Toys helped fixed that problem with this important release.
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.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Kid Flash
Kid Flash is the teenage sidekick to one of the biggest superheroes the world has ever known, and this is one of the few figures based on such a prominent character.
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Scorpion
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Scorpion
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.
Take a Load Off
Despite how strange the lower legs accessory seems at first, once the regular legs are snapped off (at
Dragonball: Evolution Figures Review
April 2009 saw the release of the Dragonball Z: Evolution movie; a movie which die-hard DBZ fans have
The Berseker Predator
NECA Predators Action Figures. Page 3.
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.
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.
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
Although not from Mattel, but rather offered up from Diamond Select, we couldn't help but notice this
Scorpion
Mortal Kombat Scorpion_B. Action Figures. Page 3.
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.
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...
Lego Minifigures Roman Soldier Review
Step back in time to take a look at this Lego Minifigures Series Roman Soldier action figure with this review.
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Scorpion Vehicle
Megabloks Halo Wars Scorpion. Action Figures. Page 2.
Just Add Action Figures
Action_Figure_Tiered_Display_4. Action Figures. Page 4.
Spotlight on Transformers Masterpiece Optimus...
Take a step back in time with this special look at the vintage 2003 Transformers Masterpiece Optimus Prime figure.
Max Charge Hal Jordan
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 2.
The Packaging
Par for the course with Mattel toys, the packaging on this set is top-notch and perfect for those "mint
Collect Them All!
NECA Predators Action Figures. Page 4.
Spotlight on DC Universe Classics Killer Moth
Killer Moth might not be a famous DC Comics character, but this figure is without a doubt one of the most unique of all time.
Mega Bloks Halo Wars USNC Warthog Vehicle
Megabloks Halo Wars Warthog. Action Figures. Page 2.
The Score
There were only 40 of these action figures made, but we got one and are putting it through the paces in a full review of the first figure to hit the toy collecting world under the Backyard Legend banner. Page 9.
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