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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, April 21, 2013

The Last Gladiator Lives On

My Evel Knievel Toy tribute page is finally no longer just under construction, and I may just owe it all to Figures Toy Company!  The MEGO-esque toy producers aren't actually redoing the vintage IDEAL Toys offerings from the mid 1970s, but they will soon be releasing all new 8 and 12 inch Evel Knievel action figures, and that's pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Just to be clear, I didn't actually own any Evel Knievel figures and accessories as a kid, way back when, in the lean years of high unemployment and the crippling gas crisis that punctuated those thrilling days of disco era yesteryear, but my older brother did own a couple of those wonderful old toys, so I definitely did get to check them out from time to time.  Sometimes, I even got to play with them.

Yet, I was never quite as big a fan of Evel Knievel as my older brother.  Though certainly, I do have very fond memories of the revving sound of the "energizer" device that was used to wind up the EK standard stunt cycle accessory.  You had to crank that baby a few times, which naturally took some good old fashioned hand, wrist and arm action, but the final effect was usually well worth the effort.  Those were the days, my friend!

At any rate, click the link below to have a look at my Evel Knievel toys tribute page, which, quite naturally, is one of the newest features of the ever expanding Toy Cars sector of the Action Figure Universe.  I can't wait to see what Figures Toy Company has cooked up for their 8 and 12 inch versions of the classic "king of the stuntmen."  If the head sculpt is good, I'm quite sure that they've got another winning product on their hands.

1:36 am jst

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