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Welcome to the Universe of Imagination!

Action Figure Universe, where the comparative mythology of Joseph Campbell meets pop culture & modern mass media memorabilia, is an interactive entertainment scrapbook & resource site, all about figures of action & adventure of the mythic past, present & future, as they appear in their various forms in human history, popular art & the ever-expanding collectible toy market.

For me, collecting, enjoying & studying action figures isn't just about childhood memories.  It's an important part of personal growth & self-actualization, as well as a fun way to remain creative & imaginative throughout life's amazing journey.

Many of the action characters (heroes & villains alike) you will find here were conceived for adults, while others were originally intended for a younger audience.  Bearing in mind that no one is ever too old to be young at heart, I bid you welcome to the Action Figure Universe.

While you're here, feel free to explore the boundless reaches of child-like wonder & imagination that have long inspired people of all ages to not just dream, but to do, create & of course, PLAY.  As you step beyond the threshold of the so-called "real world," take heart & remember...

"The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play."

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

R2-D2 Illustration by Mike Sutfin (www.mikesutfin.com)

Droids R Us

From the Star Wars saga to Transformers to Robocop, it's hard to imagine where the imaginative world of action figure adventures would be without all our favorite mechanical friends and foes.


Read all about it on the Robots page.







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Tuesday, November 29, 2011



Dark Shadows 8" Action Figures

The first 3 in this series of Mego-like figures have been available for some time now, but I FINALLY got a set of my own, so for me, that's reason enough to celebrate.

Read all about it on the Dark Shadows page.






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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trek Nation Goes Where No Documentary Has Gone Before

As if anyone ever had any doubts, Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene & Majel Barret-Roddenberry has really really risen to carry the torch that his late parents left behind.  The young Roddenberry & nothing less than the sum of all things related to Star Trek are coming to the Science channel on November 30, 2011, so mark your calendars & don't miss this fantastic documentary!

Read all about it on the Star Trek Universe page.



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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Never fear, Smith is here!

ScifiMetropolis' new Lost in Space Dr. Zachary Smith 3/4-Scale Bust is certainly no bubble headed booby!  He's now available at Entertainment Earth and presumably, select spots in the galaxy where the space family Robinson has been marooned at different times over the years.  At least, one would expect Dr. Smith to leave behind a few mementos of himself along the way, huh?

Read all about it on the Lost in Space page.




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Monday, November 14, 2011


Arkham Asylum Batman
Kicks Gotham City Butt!

John Ary has the scoop on Mattel's variant Arkham Asylum Batman and boy, does this figure look sweet!  Batman forever!  Well... not necessarily with Val Kilmer, but you get the idea.

Read all about it on the Batman page.







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