The Figure in Question Shop

In case you were unaware, toy collecting can be a somewhat pricey hobby to take up.  Additionally, starting up a review site for those toys is not a deterrent to making more purchases.  If anything, it just provides an additional excuse to buy more stuff.  “I have to buy this one, it’ll make for a great review!”

What am I getting at here?  Well, I’m a college student who doesn’t have loads and loads of money around.  So, if I intend to keep this crazy collecting thing up, I’m gonna need to find some way to get a little extra financing!

So, The Figure in Question now has official FiQ swag!  Well, there’s t-shirts, anyway.  Over at redbubble.com I’ve set up a Figure in Question shop where my loyal readers (and anyone else who stumbles upon it) can pick up their favorite Action Figures For the Questioning design on their very own t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or heck, even a throw pillow!

The first three designs up for sale are three of my favorites: The Accessories, The Build-A-Figure, and The Exclusive.  If I can keep up with it, more designs should go up on roughly a monthly basis, so if your favorite isn’t in the first batch don’t worry!

So, please check out the store, and if you’re a fan of the site, please consider making a purchase or two.  I will be eternally grateful!  You can visit the Shop by going here or by clicking on the “Shop” tab at the top of the page.

Okay, that’s the end of the shameless plug of the merchandise.  We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…

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Action Figures for the Questioning #014: Hot Toys

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

HOT TOYS

HotToys

What is it?:

A company based in Hong Kong who are known for their high-end twelve-inch scale figures.  Their figures retail at a high price, are exceptionally lifelike, and usually include a large number of accessories.  They also have a tremendous after market, with more popular figures going for anywhere from two to six times their original value.

Action Figures For the Questioning #014: Heavy Hitter

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

HEAVY HITTER

HeavyHitter

What is it?:

A character that is more heavily packed in case assortments of figures and receives more variations and figures in general, based on their well-known status.  They are generally used to anchor a series of boxed set of lesser known characters, and are usually aimed at “moms and kids.”

Example:

Batman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man are all heavy hitters.

Action Figures For the Questioning #013: Hasbro

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

HASBRO

Hasbro

What is it?:

Probably the largest producer of action figures.  They originated the term action figure with the original GI Joe.  They currently produce Star Wars and Marvel toys, and previously made DC toys as well.  They have bought out numerous smaller companies over the years, and are best known for their work with the 3 ¾ inch scale.  They have a tendency to pack figures with pointless missile launchers.

Action Figures For The Questioning #012: Exclusive

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

EXCLUSIVE

Exclusive(Green)

What is it?:

A figure only available from a certain place (first-hand, anyway).  Can be a specific store, such as Toys R Us or Wal-Mart, or possibly and event such as San Diego Comicon.  Usually a figure that is desirable to more hard-core fans, but not a general audience.  Store-exclusives are usually meant to be a sign of good faith to the store to encourage them to support the line.

Example:

Minimates have prominent Toys R Us exclusive waves, with brand new characters not seen elsewhere.

Action Figures For the Questioning #011: Display Stands

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

DISPLAY STAND

DisplayStand

What is it?:

A stand meant to aid a figure in remaining vertical.  More often than not, designed to be innocuous and small, but can also be large and obtrusive.  Mostly seen with more collector oriented lines.

Example:

Recent releases of Minimates include a small clear stand.

Action Figures for the Questioning #010: DC

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

DC

DC

What is it?:

One of the big two comic book companies.  They are owned by Time Warner, and created Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and many others.  The name stands for Detective Comics, the name of the series in which Batman first appeared.

Action Figures For The Questioning #009: Day-Of

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

DAY-OF

DayOf

What is it?:

When an item is released online, at a specific time, and there are no pre-sales, it is typically referred to as a “Day-of” sale.  Depending on the nature of the site, Day-of sales can range anywhere from relatively painless to living hell.

Example:

Matty Collector runs on Day-of sales.  They tend to be an example of the “living hell.”

Action Figures For The Questioning #008: Build-A-Figure

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

BUILD-A-FIGURE

BuildAFigure

What is it?:

A way of releasing larger or less desirable characters.  The figure is divided into several pieces and a piece is included with each figure in a given series.  It is common for figures in that series to be related to the Build-A-Figure in some way, but not necessary.

Example:

The idea was pioneered by Marvel Legends, where it was used to release larger characters such as Galactus and the Sentinel.

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COLLECT-N-CONNECT

What is it?:

The Mattel equivalent of a Build-A-Figure.  Exactly the same idea, just under a different name.

Example:

Used in just about every series of DC Universe Classics, for characters such as the Ultra Humanite

Action Figures For The Questioning #007: Buck System

I’ve been in the action figure world for about 20 years.  So, it’s safe to say I’ve got a fair bit of knowledge on the terms that tend to be thrown around by collectors with little or no explanation as to what they mean.  I generally try to explain a concept on its first appearance on this site, but much as Stan Lee once said to assume every comic book was somebody’s first, I too must assume that every review on this site might be the first to be read by a new visitor.  As such, I’ve decided to put together a guide to some of the more frequently used terms and names that might show up.

BUCK SYSTEM

BuckSystem

What is it?:

A method of creating a small set of base bodies on which multiple figures can be built.  Commonly used as a way to cut costs.  However, it may also be used to make releasing additional figures and characters a quicker process.

Example:

Masters of the Universe is perhaps the greatest example of this system, but it has been seen on other lines, such as DC Universe Classics, another Mattel line.