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.
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...
more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play."
Monday, January 30, 2012
The New Adventures of Flash Gordon Revisited
1:01 am jst
In 1979, hot on
the heals of the mega success of Star Wars, many a film and TV studio was scrambling to cash in on the emerging
scifi craze. Naturally, not many of the projects that were hastily greenlit at the time turned out to be even half as
popular or lucrative as George Lucas' interstellar cash cow, but Flash Gordon, the classic saga that had inspired
Lucas to spin his own space fantasy yarn, did go on to become not only a major motion picture, but a highly
regarded animated TV series from Filmation Studios.
Read all about it on the Flash Gordon - Filmation page.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
10:42 pm jst
The Heroic Journey of a 20th Century
In the first of many updates to come in the Planet of the Apes sector of the Action Figure Universe, I present the tragic mythic journey of the all too flawed
and ultimately very human hero, ANSA astronaut Colonel George Taylor.
Read all about it on the Planet of the Apes -1968 page.
Friday, January 27, 2012
6:27 pm jst
Jessica's Custom Zira
2004, Sideshow Collectibles first unveiled an all new line of wonderfully crafted 1:6 and 1:4 scale Planet of the Apes action figures that initially brought joy and amazement to an "ape-o-naut" fanbase that had long been
starved for high quality memorabilia based on the classic film series. Sadly, sales were not as high as expected, so
the Sideshow line of POTA action figures is (at least for now) no more. Yet diehard fans like Jessica Rotich are doing more than their fair share of hard work to keep POTA fandom alive and very, very well indeed.
Read all about it on the Jessica's Planet of the Apes: Zira page.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
3:43 am jst
The Rarest of Bad Robots
1979 Disney live action scifi film, The Black Hole, may have never been a huge success at the box office, but in
the intervening years, several of the more rare 3 3/4" action figures from the MEGO Toys line have become highly sought
after collectibles. Owing to the fact that the last 3 characters in the line were released in such limited
numbers, S.T.A.R. here alone might run (or earn) you more than $600 US!
Read all about it on The Black
Sunday, January 22, 2012
6:39 pm jst
Buster Crabbe is Flash Gordon
The late, great Olympian and early screen movie legend Buster Crabbe, is forever immortalized in 1:6
scale cloth and plastic with the introduction of this new tribute to one of the founding heroes of Saturday morning
serialized scifi fantasy.
Read all about it on the Flash Gordon page.
Friday, January 20, 2012
the new Conan flick fail at the boxoffice?
6:58 pm jst
Great movie! But maybe the filmmakers made
the usual mistake of delivering a project that is too graphic for young audiences, thereby automatically eliminating
quite a large percentage of potential viewers. But therein lies the true rub; since Conan's much storied adventures
have long been permeated by book and graphic novel covers with maidens and witch queens in all sorts of states of near
undress. And I guess, when your story takes place in a violent, dark age shrouded in myth and legend, any film
on the subject is going to at least flirt with content of a more or less graphic nature.
Read all about it on the Conan
the Barbarian page.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
3:52 pm jst
They may smell bad, but Tauntauns are pretty
fuel efficient, you know!
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is
pretty hard to beat as live action films in the franchise go. Check out two recent reviews of previously
issued 1:6 scale Tauntaun and rider sets. Though articulation on the older figure body Hasbro used with most
of their 12" figures wasn't all that great, if you can still manage to pick one of these wonderful vintage sets
from an aftermarket source, you are sure to enjoy the Tauntaun at the very least.
Read all about it on the Star
Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back page.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Any Ape Girl Scouts Lately?
12:55 am jst
You guessed it. It's time to find out just
exactly how much the apes of the immortal classic Planet of the Apes franchise mirror and have maybe even borrowed from
our own lowly human culture of the remote past!
Read all about it on the Humor on the Planet of the
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Wars Figure Collecting
5:27 pm jst
I really like Maddwoba's newest video featuring
his most recent Star Wars acquisitions. Watch the flick and read my thoughts about building your own Star
Wars collection. Or any collection that makes you happy, that is!
Read all about it on the Star
Wars: The Light Side page.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Shogun-zilla and More!
7:09 pm jst
I managed to finally get my Shogun Warriors page up and running, but as usual, I
need more pics of the vintage toys. However, as a kid, I only had two of the larger Shogun figures and three of
the 4" sized ones. And boy, are these toys EXPENSIVE (and not even always in especially good shape) nowadays from
Read all about it on the all new (but not yet quite perfected) Shogun Warriors page.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
1:29 pm jst
better time to visit the timeless tales of the much storied Timelord from Planet Galifrey than at New Years? After all,
it's a time for all creatures great and small to hopefully regenerate and reflect, with a bold outlook for bright
futures ahead. Sure, your trusty time and space faring machine is STILL stuck in the form of a 20th century
Police Public Call Box but never fear; ever greater adventures surely lie ahead in 2012!
all about it on the Doctor Who page.