Post by DE Sinclair on Mar 31, 2016 15:26:33 GMT -5
Articulation, Appearance, or Fun? The answer is, yes. They have to hit all the marks. If all they have is the minimal five (head, shoulders, hips) all they can do is stand there, arms at their sides, or up in the air surrendering. Right now there is a pretty cool looking 10" Reverse Flash figure, but it's got no knee (or much other) articulation. A speedster who can only stand stiff-legged is no fun.
I'll admit I don't really play with them, they are more for posing and displaying, which is why appearance and articulation are important. Both the DC Universe Classics and Marvel Legends figures, for the most part, struck a good balance between the two. I can't wait until I get the floor in my den replaced so I can setup (and maybe replace) the bookcases and put my figures on display again. It's been a while.
I hate to tell you this, but you are a bizarre psychological abnormality. --Reptisaurus!
Been collecting off & on since I was a kid in the '80's, and I agree a good action figure has to hit all three marks.
What's amazing to me is how far sculpting has come even since the '90's. I remember getting back into SW figure collecting with POTF2 in '95 - and, though those figures looked, overall, superior to the original late'70's/'80's Vintage SW figures - they didn't look that great.
Even the modern G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero figures (2007-on) overall look far better than their '80's counterparts - and back in the '80's the sculpts were considered great (for that time period).
Many of the action figures in the past 10-15 years look incredible; I actually think some of them are veritable works of art, and deserve to be displayed in museums - very impressive.
This is why (as I mentioned in another thread) that it would be great if a lot of the '80's toy franchises were resurrected & these figures were re-done - with new sculpts.
For me it is all about the appearance. That is what i look for and enjoy having a sculpted figurine which looks like the comic book character. i have a very limited figure collection and most are gifts, but ALL are important and fun to me in that they are of the characters i most enjoy. Have multiple versions of Batman, The Flash, the Demon, Hawkman and Mister Miracle for DC. Multiples of Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, Thor and various others that might catch my eye. They either are placed on my shelves or left in their packaging.
When i was just starting out it was all the Toybiz Marvel and Hasbro GI Joes and DC Super Powers along with the early Star Trek Next Generation figures along with whatever cool looking Transformers, Kiss, Spawn and various small figurines. Remember the Pocket Monsters and Muscle Men? Gobs of those in a jumble in boxes which i will occasionally sort through and place out for awhile.
A few Heroclix even of those specialty ones i can grab up for a few dollars: have all the "Sword/archery hero/villains: Hawkeye, Yondu, Green Arrow, Valkyrie, Black Knight, Thor, Executioner and such. And of course my B-Listers: Powerman, Ironfist, Stingray, ManWolf, Shang Chi, Nighthawk, Stingray, Deathlok, Creeper etc.
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!