Action Figures Are The Most Popular Toys In The Galaxy?
Action figures are becoming very popular with each passing year. Since the very first action figure was created in the 1950's, action figures have gained immense popularity. An action figure is a posable character figurine, made of plastic or other materials, and often based upon characters from a film, comic book, video game, or television program. These action figures are usually marketed towards boys and male collectors. Redressable action figures are sometimes referred to as action dolls as a distinction from those which have all or most of their clothes molded on.
Action figures are particularly popular with boys because they represent traditional masculine traits and are closely associated with the public sphere. While most commonly marketed as a children's toy, the action figure has grown wide acceptance as an adult collector item and has been produced specifically with this in mind. In this case, the item may take on the statuesque properties of being intended solely for display.
Action figures come in all sizes, but the most common size is 6-7". Other popular sizes include 3", 3 3/4", 12", and 18". Plastic or vinyl is what most action figures are made from. Each figure (most, usually) comes loaded with accessories. Accessories may include guns, knives, weapons, interchangeable parts, etc. Clamshell, boxed, or carded are all methods of packaging that action figures come packaged in.
As the popularity of action figures increases, there are new manufacturers that pop up every year. Some manufacturers include: NECA, McFarlane Toys, Mattel, and Bandai. NECA licenses tons of movies, musicians, video games, and much more. McFarlane Toys also licenses many films, as well as television shows, and musicians alike. There are many themes that behold the action figure universe. Themes such as The Dark Knight, Scarface, Terminator, Alien, Predator, and Planet of the Apes. With the popularity of comic books, toy manufacturers have jumped into licensing comic books such as Spiderman, Batman, X-Men, Fantastic Four and so many more.
There are people who purchase action figures with intention of displaying them and there are those who collect them. Depending on how serious of a collector you are, collecting action figures can be easy and fun or your collecting needs can be very tedious work. The rarity of your action figure and the condition of the packaging that the figure is packaged in are determining factors as to its value.
If you are looking to ride the action figure wave all the way to the top, toy conventions are a great way to check out the latest figures or to network and meet people. Plenty of toy conventions are waiting for you to check out. Just to name a few, Comic Con in San Diego is the largest. Wizard World and American International Toy Fair are big conventions, as well.
So, start collecting something new and exciting and welcome yourself to the wonderful world of action figures.