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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Comics to Toys: It Figures

Hi. I’m Mark, and I’m....(deep sigh), I’m an action figure collector.

Man, it feels good to finally admit that! This is something that I’ve been coming to grips with for years. The shame and denial were part of a self-inflicted imaginary world I had forced myself to live in. But now, I’m saying it. I’m saying it loud and proud! I’M AN ACTION FIGURE COLLECTOR!!

But, ONLY figures from the Marvel Legends line. CERTAIN figures, at that. Let’s get that straight, right now. No Star Wars, or LOTR, or WWE figures. No Pokemon (or "Pokie-man" as I often hear it pronounced here in my beloved state of Oklahoma), or Gundam, or Transformers. Just the good stuff; Marvel Legends. Whadya think, I’m some kinda geek? O.K., yeah. I am. And I should be penalized for the question.

What can I say? Toybiz has created a monster of a successful figure line with Marvel Legends, with a tenth series about to hit the shelves! Kids and adults alike race to snatch these things up. Reasons for the enormous popularity? Well, one would have to be the incredible attention to detail, perfectly rendering heroic characters as long-time fans remember them from the Bronze, and even Silver age comic books which littered our bedroom floors. What else? Thirty or more points of articulation certainly doesn’t hurt. You can pretty much pose your figures as you wish, with that many joints. More? How about those sculpts! Seriously, the individuals who take knife to clay in order to produce those amazingly recognizable characters are (make NO mistake) true artisans. In fact, one of those gifted folk, a gentleman by the name of Kevin Stark, who has done work for lines such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Universal Studio’s The Mummy, and others, is spearheading the October opening of an action figure museum in my aforementioned beloved state! Read about that, here.

But, hey, when I think about it really hard, I figure a comics fan being drawn to these figures is a natural. I mean, when you talk about Marvel properties, you’re talking about some of the greatest and most recognizable characters in the history of fiction. Why WOULDN’T a true fan want three-dimensional representations of some of those characters in his/her home? Or even the office? That’s where mine are. Of course it’s a home-office, but you get the point.

So, aaalllll of you hold-outs, out there, you comics fans who would never buy an action figure....just open one Marvel Legends package; preferably one of your favorite characters. Check that figure out. You WILL open others. Heh, heh, heh. Oh, yes, you certainly will.

And, maybe I wasn’t completely honest about collecting ONLY Marvel Legends. I may have a few Mego-like Famous Covers figures, as well. Maybe a Mister Freeze figure. A few HeroClix. I MIGHT have some diecast super hero figures. BUT THAT’S IT!! Oh, wait, there's that Mage figure.

Stop laughing.