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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, November 25, 2013

Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who!

On the momentous occasion of 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who franchise, I am left wondering... if the classic Back to the Future Trilogy has anything to do with Doctor Who?  You bet!  It's not a ripoff by any means, but perhaps we can call BTTF an indirect tribute to the BBC series that just happens to be the longest running sci-fi television franchise in history.

Remember that Doctor Who is the tale of a mysterious, often eccentric and sometimes misunderstood man who travels around in space and time, often with one or more companions.  In the case of the beloved Robert Zemeckis films, Marty McFly is THE companion who is actually the star of the story, and the crazy old "Doctor" character is the brilliant, but somewhat zany Doctor ("Doc") Emmett Brown.  No comparison?  "No way," you say?

Kindly consider that before the time machine used in the films became a slick, souped up stainless steel DeLorean, the original concept was to have the miraculous machine be Doc Brown's modified refrigerator.  BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Now... a refrigerator isn't quite an ultra sophisticated T.A.R.D.I.S. (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space) time machine/space ship with a malfunctioning "chameleon circuit," permanently stuck in the shape of a mid 20th century British Police Public Call Box, but hopefully, you get the idea.

"Get outa town!" you say? I'm comparing apples and oranges, you say? Ah, but we must remember, that time and time again, when it comes to adventures in space and time, it's all, as Albert Einstein himself might very well have put it, "relative."

Or, as the 10th Doctor (played by Scottish actor David Tennant) of Doctor Who fame has been known to put it, "People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff."

Whatever the case may be, right now is always a great time to not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, but to also get back to Back to the Future, and that timeless classic by Huey Lewis and the News -- Back in Time.

12:20 am jst

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