The increasing popularity of action figures brings some great new products. Action figures have been very popular since the 1950’s. The first G.I. Joe action figure was created in the 50’s, and since then countless genres have been introduced. After the 1st G.I. Joe came to life, the hit sci-fi film Star Wars produced tons of figures from those great characters. Kenner had spawned some of the greatest collectible toy figures on the planet from the movie Star Wars.
The most popular size to collect is 7″, However other common sizes include 3″, 3 3/4″, 12″, and 18″. Most action figures are solid in weight and are made from vinyl or plastic. Another thing that makes these items collectible, is the accessories and extras that you receive included in the packaging. Clamshell, boxed, or carded are all methods of packaging that action figures come packaged in.
Lots of manufacturers to choose from. Here are a few: Jakks Pacific, NECA, McFarlane Toys, and Mezco Toyz. Jakks pacific specializes in licensing WWE wrestling figures. Both NECA & McFarlane Toys license many different films, TV shows, video games, sports, musicians, and tons more. One of McFarlane Toys specialties is licensing professional sports. They cover all pro sports including: NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL. 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. While movie action figures are popular, licensed action figures from hit television shows are extremely popular as well. 24, Lost, The Simpson’s, The Girl’s Next Door, Futurama, South Park, and Family Guy all have quality figures made from characters of each of these shows.
There are people who purchase with intention of displaying them and there are those who collect them. Collecting action figures is a hobby for some, for others it is a collecting empire. If an action figure is rare or a limited number of them made, this raises their value. The condition of its packaging is also a determining factor of the 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. The American International Toy Fair, Comic-Con, and Wizard World are just some of the huge toy conventions that are held once a year across the country. These conventions are a great place to meet new people that share your same interest.
So, start collecting something new and exciting and welcome yourself to the wonderful world of action figures.