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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, December 16, 2012



Godzilla: King of the Monsters

What could possibly be more cool than a radioactive, fire breathing prehistoric beast that can level entire cities in mere minutes, with little more than the flick of his mighty tail?  At least that's what millions of fans of Toho Studios' long lived Godzilla franchise might very well argue.

But then
, Godzilla has long been a favorite of kids of all ages, and way back in late 1970s, the Mattel toy company was kind (and business savvy) enough to gift the Western market with a whopping 19+ inch tall Godzilla action figure, complete with a spring loaded hand that could be fired like a missile!

This toy was way too cool, let me tell ya!  And man oh man, was he one durable plastic monster on wheels!  Well... you had to be mighty careful with the red lever that stuck out of the back of his head (that operated his faux firey tongue), but other than that, Godzilla is still, to this very day, most definitely one of my absolute favorite action figures from childhood.

Oddly enough, the monster forever on the loose and wreaking havoc in Tokyo (and thereabouts) was marketed by Mattel as one of the celebrated Shogun Warriors.  Given that a number of Japanese entertainment "otaku" style franchises overlap to some degree (sort of like comic book style crossovers in the US market), I suppose it all made some sort of bizarre sense after all.

All I know is that the Jumbo Machinder Great Mazinga, that I was also lucky enough to have when I was a kid, and his slightly shorter (though no less potentially lethal) friend/foe Godzilla (that big green masterpiece with the removable tail) fought many a battle on countless carefree days in the living room of the warm, cozy little house where my parents still live to this very day.

Of course, I'll be thinking of them this Christmas, and of all the wonderful childhood memories the Mattel Shogun Warriors and their mighty, adopted mascot/partner in fighting crime Godzilla, gifted me with, all those now mist enshrouded years ago - when life seemed so much more simple and pure.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out the Godzilla page of my ever evolving and endlessly expanding Action Figure Universe!  Godzilla will be glad you did.  ;)

Roar!
8:12 pm jst

Sunday, December 9, 2012



Cestus III Revisited

The new Mission Log Star Trek podcast from Roddenberry.com is here! Click the pic above to hear it streaming online. Naturally, there are lots of juicy, delightful tidbits of information about the classic original series episode Arena, so I highly recommend this latest installment in the series.

The guys even talk a bit about the MEGO 8" scale Gorn action figure (as well as the more recent EMCE Toys version). For such knowledgeable guys however, the two intrepid podcasters are unfortunately remiss in knowing how to pronounce the name of one of the most beloved toy companies of days gone by. MEGO is pronounced "me-go," by the way. Oh well. I guess, no matter who you are, ya can't know everything.

The rest of the podcast is certainly quite interesting and informative, although the guys do seem to be a bit obsessed with the famed Vasquez Rocks shooting location.  I'm not sure if they give the Gorn costume a fair shake either, but I suppose it does look a little plastic by today's CGI driven standards.  But I personally love the Arena story and characters, and besides the original crappy special effects (which Paramount replaced with CGI sequences anyway), I'm not sure that I'd change much of anything about this wonderful classic Star Trek episode.

And I unfortunately haven't quite finished my Star Trek: The Original Series Action Figure Episode Guide quite yet, but I did manage to pick up the EMCE Gorn a while back. I'll be posting pics and my own review of the figure soon, so stayed tuned!

Energize!
8:30 pm jst


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