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    Which action figures don't suck?

    We have a house full of animals and knights that don't have moving parts. My son is entranced by his friend's spider man action figures whose arms and legs move. But I look at those things and know he will break them in about ten minutes. They are nowhere nearly as well made as my old GI Joe stuff.

    Are any action figures well made anymore? The Schleich stuff is built to last the apocalypse, but they're solid plastic resin with no movement. I'm not afraid of military or gun stuff, I view that as inevitable.

    Thanks, all.

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    Ah, I too had the GI Joe (with Kung-Fu grip). That, the Bionic Man, and Stretch Armstrong were the pinnacle of action figures. Though I'm pretty sure the "stretch" in Stretch Armstrong was made with a polymer that causes cancer in laboratory animals...
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    What doesn't cause cancer?? Maybe an antique corn husk doll made before they used pesticides.

    Barbies should have moving parts. Hell, my Ballerina Barbie could do "splits......and high kicks!" That is until my sister chewed her toes off and ruined her career (perhaps she was doing the dirty work of her own Superstar Barbie, hmmm.)

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    the old gi joes were awesome. by old i mean the ones from teh 1980s. not the original barbie doll gi joes.

    The Boy has some iron man figures that are okay. and the car vehicles are neat. but aside from that, he is a lego boy. those are kind of action figures... and he love swaping their heads and making crazy figure concoctions.
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    Rescue Heroes are pretty solid. We recently pulled out a box full that my 12 year old used to play with and the 5 yr old now enjoys them. Nice mix of a few moving parts and the accessories are pretty durable.

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    The content disapoints.

    I was thinking action figures of the adult variety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed View Post
    the old gi joes were awesome. by old i mean the ones from teh 1980s. not the original barbie doll gi joes.
    On this, we must disagree. When I was a kid I had several old GI Joes (not the little ones from the '80s- sorry). This was even before the "kung-fu grip" versions. There were so many different uniforms and equipment available for them, you weren't locked into one pre-set scenario. I could never see the attraction to the smaller ones.
    On a trip to Europe as a child in the '70's I bought some Action Man figures (which was licensed from Hasbro)- WOW, they had all kinds of stuff available for them; Scottish soldier's uniforms, WWII uniforms, Horse Guards/Life Guards, all manner of equipment and accoutrements.
    Man, those were great toys!
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    Hit the yard sales and look for an old Stretch Armstrong.
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    The internet says Life Dolls can take a pounding.
    Dictated but not read.

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    As one of the resident Lounge toy makers I can sympathize. I think action figures peaked
    in the 80s for playability with GI-Joe and Transformers

    Somewhere in the early 90s people like Todd and Clay came along and figured out that looks
    far outsell playability when it comes to action figures. They also figured out that it was cheeper to hire a good sculptor to make a fab looking toy then it is to pay the Chinese a ton of money to deal with dozens of points of articulation that makes up a good playing toy. So as a result most of todays action figures for ages 6 and up are more mini statues than toys.
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    This is especially true with the big ticket licensing toy like the LOTR & Harry Potter
    articulation detracts from looks and looks sell, you can see what I mean below on Galadriel.

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    The only toys Iv ever made that didn't have much in the way of movement but were still fun to actually play with are the EverQuest series especially the little spider that came with most of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullvine View Post
    As one of the resident Lounge toy makers I can sympathize. I think action figures peaked
    in the 80s for playability with GI-Joe and Transformers

    Somewhere in the early 90s people like Todd and Clay came along and figured out that looks
    far outsell playability when it comes to action figures. They also figured out that it was cheeper to hire a good sculptor to make a fab looking toy then it is to pay the Chinese a ton of money to deal with dozens of points of articulation that makes up a good playing toy. So as a result most of todays action figures for ages 6 and up are more mini statues than toys.
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    This is especially true with the big ticket licensing toy like the LOTR & Harry Potter
    articulation detracts from looks and looks sell, you can see what I mean below on Galadriel.

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    The only toys Iv ever made that didn't have much in the way of movement but were still fun to actually play with are the EverQuest series especially the little spider that came with most of them.

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    How much do you charge to create a 4 inch figure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Porter View Post
    How much do you charge to create a 4 inch figure?
    My standard rate is 2k an inch on action figures a 4 inch figure would be 8k for the clay sculpture. Its goes up a bit if I'm doing the tooling to make it move most have China do that.

    Sometimes with smaller licenses and companies I can work in less money for a small royalty
    but thats rare the last time I did that was for a toy line based on the TV show FarScape.

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    Stretch Armstrong was fun until curiosity got the best me to see what was in side him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ats920 View Post
    Stretch Armstrong was fun until curiosity got the best me to see what was in side him.
    So what was in side of him

    Inquiring minds want to know

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    Where else could I expect an answer this detailed? There is such a range of interesting people here.

    Are the current Star Wars figures worth a damn? They used to have some articulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullvine View Post
    So what was in side of him

    Inquiring minds want to know
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    Probably not for the kid but...

    Mrs. Claus

    Red Riding Hood

    Gretel... sans Hansel in this picture.

    Little Miss Muffet

    ...a few from McFarlane toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWP View Post
    Probably not for the kid but...

    Mrs. Claus

    Red Riding Hood

    Gretel... sans Hansel in this picture.

    Little Miss Muffet

    ...a few from McFarlane toys.
    can i come over and play?

    reminds me of the earlier scene in grandmas boy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Porter View Post
    The internet says Real Dolls can take a pounding.
    Oh sure... the internet is how you know this.
    Last edited by black_box; 06-03-2012 at 12:27 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    Oh sure... the internet is how you know this.
    Epic!

    Don't they come in 3 catergories ?

    1 Date night
    2 Casual encounter
    3 CBGB-OMFUG
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    I got my daughter one



    I got my little girl a pair of Albert Einstein action figure for her 22 birthday, 2 months before she graduated from college with her BS in Physics. Here is a picture of them visiting Ferme lab down your way. I thought is was fitting.
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullvine View Post
    Epic! Don't they come in 3 catergories ?
    1 Date night
    2 Casual encounter
    3 CBGB-OMFUG
    you ARE the toy expert, it would seem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray View Post


    I got my little girl a pair of Albert Einstein action figure for her 22 birthday, 2 months before she graduated from college with her BS in Physics. Here is a picture of them visiting Ferme lab down your way. I thought is was fitting.
    Looks like a "ToG has his finger in a light socket" action figure.
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