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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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Sunday, November 25, 2012



Star Trek Icons: Seven of Nine

It's been more than a decade since the Star Trek: Voyager TV series came to a close in the now classic season seven finale, Endgame. All the cast and crew have since moved on, and Voyager can still be seen in syndication and on DVD, but it's always bothered me just how much this vital chapter in Trek history has been maligned and disrespected since long before the program had even come to a close.

Why, I've always wondered, would anyone hate Voyager so very much? Especially Star Trek fans! Sure, it wasn't the most engaging show on television when it first premiered on January 19, 1995, but I've noticed over the years, that most Star Trek series (and a whole lot of other scifi shows) often don't really find their legs until the second or third year of production.

After all, even Star Trek: The Next Generation didn't seem to have that special magic that came to characterize the adventures of Picard and crew until the beginning of the third year of the program. Though I've always thought it had something to do with the new uniform design that also appeared in the third season opener!  Silly old me.

For Star Trek: Voyager however, it did seem to take a little longer than usual for audiences to accept the new crew. One might even argue that it wasn't until the fourth season introduction of one of the Star Trek universe's now most iconic characters, that the show found any significance whatsoever for quite a number of fans.

Unfortunately though, by the time the lovely Jeri Ryan had arrived to fill the skin tight space suit of the best looking former Borg to ever grace the ranks of Starfleet, quite a few Trekkies and Trekkers had simply written the show off as a frustrating flop.

Which is something that I for one have always thought was quite unfortunate, since I did bother to watch all seven seasons of Voyager.  I wasn't always fully engaged those first few years, but I stuck with it and noticed a marked improvement in the content of the episodes as the series progressed.

In fact, by the time the show had wrapped at the end of season seven, I found the entire experience to be more than satisfying.  And let's face it folks; good Star Trek is good Star Trek.  So what then did finally start to work with Voyager?  Why, the introduction of Seven of Nine, of course!  Not my absolute favorite Roddenberry inspired character of all time, but certainly an exceptionally good one to be sure.  I hope you agree, but if not, as always, to each his very own.  So live long and prosper, fellow Treksters.  Long life and contentment, indeed.

At the very least, I hope you'll stick with me a little longer, just the same, and read on by clicking on the
image below to read more on the Star Trek Icons: Seven of Nine page.

Energize!

12:57 am jst

Monday, November 12, 2012



Will Johnny Be Good - or Won't He?

The trailer for the upcoming Lone Ranger film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, megastar Johnny Depp and cinema director extraordinaire Gore Verbinski not only doesn't look to be all that faithful to the beloved classic franchise, but actually shows signs of being yet another remake gone horribly wrong. Hopefully not. Guess we'll see when the film is released in July, 2013.

Click the link below to read all about it on the The Lone Ranger page.

6:27 pm jst

Friday, November 9, 2012



The Cult of Maul Will Never Die

Think you've seen Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace?  Think again.  A brand new fan generated music video by industrious Star Wars action figure collector Maddwoba, really casts a whole new light (well, a sort of dark light, that is) on the climactic duel between the Jedis and Sith seen in the first chapter in the infamous trilogy that so many Star Wars fans absolutely love to hate.

Click the link below to read all about it on the Star Wars: Darth Maul page.

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12:10 am jst


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