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Who's new to collecting Action Figures?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by CrockAlley, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. CrockAlley

    CrockAlley Active Member

    I was wondering how many people Palisades have netted into the in-escapable world of action figures for the first time. I ask because I have been collecting Star Wars and Transformers for years, and do not recall a time before action figures in my life.
    And to those old-times, what other lines do you collect?
  2. BigDumbWookiee

    BigDumbWookiee Well-Known Member

    Aside from Muppets, I collect Star Wars, but not just figures, everything I can find! Star Wars is still my primary passion, but Muppets is pretty easy to collect as well since it isn't as invasive as Star Wars. I have one shelf full of Muppets, two rooms full (dedicated completely) of Star Wars.

    Im also going to collect the new Faces of Springfield figures. They are basically 9 inch versions of the World of Springfield Simpsons figures, the first three were recently released. I had at one time collected the WOS line, but it got out of hand, and I sold them. Now I wish I hadn't left it, so Im getting into these to satisfy my Simpsons craving, instead of spending hundreds, if not in the thousand, of dollars trying to get all of the WOS figures again.

    I can't remember a time where I wasn't into action figures, especially Star Wars. I grew up on Star Wars, Empire was the first movie I ever saw (I was two, but I do remember Yoda!), and I've had Star Wars figures my whole life.

    I've also collected through the past:

    GI Joe
    Monster in My Pocket
    Battle Beasts
    Masters of the Universe (the new figures look pretty cool)

    I have to say, of all the toys I ever collected, the Muppet line has the strongest twist ties ;)
  3. incredeeble!

    incredeeble! Well-Known Member

    I was just thinking about starting a thread like this... Palisades has pretty much revived my life in action figure collecting.

    Action Figures have pretty much existed all my life (He-Man, Star Wars, etc...). Still have all my original MOTU figures in the garage. I collected Spawn/McFarlane stuff for a few years until I realized that Todd McFarlane's a greedy prick.

    Lately I've been collecting some of the harder to find Simpsons(WOS) and Star Wars (potf). The Muppet line is probably going to be the only line I'll collect from the start of the series (still looking for WW Dr Teeth though). I've also got odds and ends here and there that I'm probably going to get rid of to make some room.

    Oh yeah, I also collect any and all pre-production/prototype figures. There's nothing like having a piece of plastic that you know is almost one of a kind or that symbolizes a blueprint to a production run. (Unfortunately, this part of my collection is still pretty small) Is anyone still reading???
  4. grail

    grail Well-Known Member

    i've been collecting anything and everything that i thought was cool for several years now. i think i'm going to actually sit down and take stock of the action figures soon...we're guessing it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-600
  5. Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford Well-Known Member

    Oh, I've been collecting awhile...

    I've been collecting figures for about 14 years now. I have one or two, and I've found myself involved with more than one line, you might say.

    To give you some idea, you can check out my toy room here:


    That's what's on display, not including what's at work, and the 30 or so large containers packed away in storage.

    Yep, I buy way too much.

  6. incredeeble!

    incredeeble! Well-Known Member

    Re: Oh, I've been collecting awhile...

    dang that's an awesome link/collection (148 pages)... and my girlfriend gets on my case for the 20-25 boxes worth of toys I have!.....
  7. electricmayhem

    electricmayhem Well-Known Member

    I've got pretty weak collections of Star Wars and Muppets. See, the problem is, stores don't like to just give me stuff for free. Anyone care to donate to my collection fund?:)
    and Michael, that's the coolest room ever!!
  8. grail

    grail Well-Known Member

    jeez...and i thought *I* had a lot of stuff...granted, i never got into anything bigger than your typical sized action-figure, and almost ALL of my stuff is out of the box...but man. that just blows me away.

    and i'm totally jealous of Mike and Sully...
  9. Pschtyckque

    Pschtyckque Well-Known Member

    The 70's were a great time to be a child (and toy collector). ;)

    Started with Legos and Star Wars, of course. Then moved on to Tron and Clash of the Titans (which I still have). Transformers and Gobots next.

    Now, I have McFarlane, Simpsons, Muppets, and a few boxes of random figures.
  10. ResidentLilly

    ResidentLilly Well-Known Member

    Live From Seattle

    Hey all...got a layover in Seattle, on my way to China tomorrow. Stopped in to see what was going on. It's funny...you don't even check the board one AFTERNOON and the time it takes to access and read all the posts, especially on a dial-up, is mind boggling.

    I am basically a Star Wars figure collector, although a few lines have prompted me to collect them. Simpson's, which I am still into, and most recently MOTU and Marvel Legends. I used to buy a lot of McFarlane stuff, but now I buy only some, mainly the MM line. Also, when something just comes out that is monumentally cool, I end up with it. I also pick up whatever resin statues fancy my attention.

    Most of the basement shrine is taken up by Star Wars though, followed closely by a display in package and out of every product I have worked on in my career. That's an interesting display because there are so many different kinds of things.

    LOTR is the one line I want to get into and just can't. Love the figs, but to collect them all will result in an out of control display need that I can't fulfill. I know it is impossible, but I would have loved for that line to be Star Wars scale.
  11. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    my thoughts exactly...

    (those were the TRU giveaways, right?)

    (although I can't exactly say they were giveaways, TRU wanted the winners to actually pay the taxes on them..)

    the local store had theirs out for a while after the contest ended(some evil kids beat them up :( ) I told them whenever they wanted we could come with the truck to take them home, but no luck.. they weren't there one day when we went in, I havn't heard anything about them since.

    anyways, I've been collecting figures on and off since I was little, it started out with the TMNT figures. my mom had to buy me two of each (one to keep in the package, one to play with) I did thundercats, crash dummies, I'm still trying to get all the simpsons, plus various figures from various other lines if they catch my eye... and of course the muppets(which I would have had the complete set of(not counting lunchbox kermit, I have kermit, and will be getting the lunchbox, so I don't count it) if my mom hadn't told me that the dr. teeth repaint wasn't a repaint, just a pre-release back when they weren't selling for outrageous prices "are you SURE that's what he looked like in the show" "yes, definately" (and she claims to be a muppet fan, last time I ever listen to her!))

    Good Luck in China Ken! :)
  12. Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford Well-Known Member


    ...Mike and Sulley were given away with a drawing at each store. Getting them home, into the house, and somewhere in the room was a major issue. I even did a little feature on the whole process:


    I also had to skip LOTR. As much as I wanted them, I stuck only to the 12" versions. While they take up more space each, they make far fewer of them, thank goodness. Another line that I'll have to stay away from is the new Trek - I'm actually glad that I wasn't impressed by the entire first series, thus meaning I can avoid picking up most of the rest that are currently planned to be released.

  13. incredeeble!

    incredeeble! Well-Known Member

    Just wondering... Does anyone else have pictures of their collection on the web like Michael's? I'd be curious to seen that.

    I've been inspired to give it a shot. It'll probably have to wait until next payday so I can finally get my display case!
  14. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Active Member

    I've been collecting mainly Star Wars since 1998. The bulk of my collection is MIP 3 1/4" figures, though I'm slowly starting on my 12" collection. Over the past year, I've built up my LOTR collection as well. Still need a couple of the 12" figures though. I also horde anything from the Evil Dead movies (McFarlane, Sideshow, whatever).

    And of course, the awesome Muppet Show figs :)

    Too many cool toys, too little money!
  15. Aerosmith

    Aerosmith Well-Known Member

    If it wasnt for McFarlane we wouldnt have the high quality figures we have to day. He raised the standered for action figure quality! :)

    Oh and I have been collecting figures all my life! Wish still had them all. :(
  16. incredeeble!

    incredeeble! Well-Known Member

    Gotta admit that's so true...
  17. grail

    grail Well-Known Member

    incredeeble! - i wish i did...but i need to get back into a living arrangement that affords me the room to set up displays.

    aerosmith - you are correct, they certainly raised the bar as far as detail. just like Toybiz has done recently with articulation.

    flyingmonkey - i right there with you on the Evil Dead stuff. i've probably got every version of the DVDs, and every toy/collectible i can put my hands on. i have a question though, i started writing a review of Ash and Evil Ash this weekend. is it my imagination, or does the Ash figure look like he just got kicked in a VERY uncomfortable place?

    Michael - i read that. i can't begin to imagine what i would have done...i drive a ford escort. and yeah the first set of Enterprise toys didn't jazz me too much (but i may still get a couple) but i REALLY like the space-suited versions.

    all - am i the only toy collector that never got into Star Wars or the Simpsons? most of my toy collecting sprang from my comic book collecting, so most of my toys feature super-heroes. besides, this'll probably get me thrown out, but...i always found the size of the Star Wars figs off-putting. they were too small, and their pieces were smaller. i'm the oldest of 6, small pieces weren't allowed when i was a child.
  18. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Active Member

    Are you talking about the McFarlane or the Sideshow Ash? I have the McFarlane Ash and haven't noticed that.... feature :) I just bought the Sidshow Good & Bad Ash off eBay and am waiting for them to be shipped. I guess I'll let you know on that one. Have you been able to get the Ash/Pit Witch 2-pack? Freakin' Sam Goody exclusives... you can't find 'em anywhere!
  19. Michael Crawford

    Michael Crawford Well-Known Member


    Grail, you've mentioned writing reviews for Zentertainment before, but I can't find them. Where are they located on the site?

  20. radionate

    radionate Well-Known Member

    Re: Oh, I've been collecting awhile...

    Michael, Wow! What a collection. I'm most impressed with the Mike and Sulley props from TRU. I'm soooo envious.

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