For many adults over 30, we grew up with our favorite lunch boxes that featured images of TV and movie heroes that were popular at the time. The idea of the commercialization of our most popular means of communication (movies and television shows) has been strengthened at least since World War II. Since TV shows and movies are the most widely available media on the planet, it makes sense for studios, toy developers, and manufacturers to capitalize on the success of their work.
Toys based on our movie and television “heroes” are sold throughout the year. However, with the holiday season near us, it is no wonder that the toy industry is trying to bring the world’s favorite characters to life in the form of products that allow us to keep our “heroes” on a shelf or for our constant play. .
The modern action figure is more than just an old Ken doll dressed in military uniform and a jeep like some of the old GI Joe dolls were. Major movie studios are licensing toys based on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, X-Men, Transformers and Harry Potter have moved beyond the old action figures with the types of items produced for these movies and the level of detail and complexity provided by this type of toys. The most popular toys and figures each year are from blockbuster movies and television shows. Even television fighting action figures, other sports toys, and action figures have a large number of fans. Many of these toys are collectibles in their own right, with complete sets and stories created by toy producers for the biggest movie and TV fans.
The modern action figures produced now are not just “toys” for the sake of toys. In some cases they are more like puzzles, like Transformers toys where there may be various shapes of the character. You need to learn how to make them change shape, find out how all the parts work together as a whole. They can really challenge the brain and teach anyone the basics of mechanical parts, while also keeping our imaginations in overdrive.
If you enjoy a movie or TV show and want to remember it forever, just go to the store, buy some figures and enjoy them. You don’t have to be a foodie to really have fun collecting action figures; Give yourself to the heart child in yourself! Get out there and find out what the world of toy collecting is all about – you will find something no matter how old you are.
The ‘Star Wars’ movie franchise is still considered a mainstay of modern toy collecting. Even the GI Joe franchise chose to go for the now standard 3 ¾-inch size action figure, which is making a huge comeback with kids and collectors alike. Along with the common “just play with me” toy, most of the modern action figures produced now are not just “toys” for the sake of play. In some cases they are more like puzzles, like Transformers products that could have various shapes of the character. You need to learn how to make them change shape and figure out how to make the resulting toy move and work. They can really challenge the brain and teach anyone the basics of mechanical parts, while keeping the imagination constantly running.
Collecting action figures and games can be for fun or as an investment. Start with what you are passionate about, be it a comic book hero / heroine or a movie character that has taken on a life of its own. Start small and work your way up, as it can be very expensive if you try to pick up hot items right away. Enjoy collecting movie toys today.