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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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Monday, July 23, 2012



New Animated Turtles Series/Toys
from Nickelodeon & Playmates

The heroes in a half shell are back in all new animated adventures on Nickelodeon this fall, and long time licensee Playmates Toys is bringing fans the latest incarnations of all our favorite characters from the franchise.

Though arguably not quite as cowabunga cool as last year's highly articulated offerings from NECA, these new Playmates figures, vehicles and playsets look to be more than worthy of the sort of fun and playability that kids and toy collectors alike have come to expect from tie-in toys from the franchise over the years.

Click the link below to read all about it on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page.

Cowabunga, dude!

8:26 pm jst

Thursday, July 12, 2012



The Shat Strikes the Fans Again!

What can I say? I'm a Shatner fan! Or is it that I'm just a dyed in the wool Captain Kirk devotee?  Quite a lot of both, actually.  At any rate, prolific actor, author, director and entertainer extraordinaire William Shatner is up to his usual tricks, making trouble with all us fuzzy, lovable little tribbles out here who will probably always adore him, come hell or high water anyway.

Not that this new Star Trek fan documentary is going to be a bad thing, mind you. In fact, it almost looks like the legendary Canadian icon (whose alter ego actually hails from Iowa, USA) may just be poised to finally make up for the comments he made about Star Trek enthusiasts in general on Saturday Night Live on December 20, 1986.

You know... that infamous speech Shatner gave in the skit that was set at a faux Star Trek convention in which he ranted, "GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show!  I mean, look at you, look at the way you're dressed!  You've turned an enjoyable little job, that I did as a lark for a few years, into a COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME!"

Hmmm.... Well, even though most of us fans took that in our stride back then, and I'd have to say that most of us still do, it's still something that stings a little when you really think about it. But then... there's this new EPIX original production, William Shatner's Get a Life, that's set to take the geek world by storm on July 28.

Could it be that Mr. Shatner now seeks to atone for that infamous comedy routine of yesteryear that inspired this latest Trekkie biopic? Guess we'll see how this one plays out. And let's face it. Even if he does use this opportunity to lampoon Star Trek fans in a whole new way, we are a fan community that will almost certainly once again proudly wear our nerdy pride like the IDIC badge of honor it will surely always be.

So, live long and prosper, Star Trek fans across the universe! And long life and contentment to you too, Mr. Shatner. We owe you at least that much, and a whole lot more.  But... if you could... please stop arguing with Carrie Fisher.  And gosh!  Who would've thought that Captain Kirk would end up embroiled in an endless intergalactic feud with Princess Leia?  Sheesh!

Check out the video preview of "William Shatner's Get a Life" documentary on YouTube, or click the link below to transport to the all new Star Trek Icons: William Shatner page.

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8:46 pm jst


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