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Are You Sitting On An Action Figure Goldmine?


Do you want to know how much your figures are worth?

Are you looking for checklists?

A friend of mine, who’s a big action figure collector, recently had to move house and needed to sort out his collection.

His problem was that he had no idea what his figures were worth and how he should protect them.

But luckily I had a stash of old magazines and price guides etc, so we spent the best part of a week sorting through his entire collection cataloging, grading and valuing them.

It was then that I realized how little information there really is for the collector on pricing and cataloging your figures.

As a result I have spent the last three years putting together the most comprehensive list of action figures ever compiled. This database is an almost complete listing of every action figure produced from 1964-2010!

And now you can benefit from this database to catalog, grade and value your own collection.

Here you will find information on some of the most popular lines of classic vintage action figures with information on their rarity, price, year of manufacture and the manufacturer as well as image galleries.

Baseball

Find out what are the rarest and most valuable baseball figures ever made, when they were made and who made them...<find out more>





NFL Football

Before McFarlane's, before Kenner's Starting Line-up figures, there was Johnny Hero.

Produced by Rosko Industries of New York in 1965, only a year after Hasbro's G.I. Joe was released.

Johnny's place in the history books has been overlooked for far to long and it was time he gained the recognition he deserves as the granddaddy of all sports figures. Many believe that he was ahead of his time and...<learn more>



Basketball

In the mid 1980's Kenner released the first official NBA basketball action figures with their Starting Line-ups brand.

Kenner was the first to...<read more>

NHL Hockey 

Despite the sports popularity and its loyal fanbase, as a sport Ice Hockey has been fairly neglected by action figure manufacturers, with the exceptions of Kenner and...<learn more>

Wrestling

The best wrestling action figures ever produced, in my opinion, were the Jakks Pacific WWF figures.

But then that's probably because when I opened my first store they were hugely popular and...<read more>

UFC Mixed Martial Arts

Round 5 were the first action figure manufacturers to realize how popular the UFC was going to become, rivalling even the WWE!

As a result they were the first to release action figures based on some of the sports Superstars, they also ...<read more>

Who invented the Action Figure?

Did you know that the GI Joe was the very fist "action figure"?

And did you know that the GI Joe was based on Barbie?

The very first GI Joe figure was released in 1963 and as based on the hit TV series "The Lieutenant".

Probably their biggest problem was, how were they going to market what was basically a doll to boys?...<learn more>


Where did the Transformers come from?

The Transforms were a break from the traditional action figure being made in the early 1980's but quickly became a huge success for Hasbro, spawning many copycat lines, and remain popular to this day.

However, the Transformer line of toys was actually based on two lines of Japanese toys called "Microman" and "Diaclone".

Hasbro bought the rights to these toy lines and...<read more>

  

Video Games

Probably the fastest growing and one of the most popular sections of the action figure market current are thos based on video games.

Two of the most popular are Halo and...<find out more>

Anime & Manga

Japanese Anime (cartoons) and Manga (comic) based figures are extremely popular yet remain difficult to buy.

This is mainly because of Japanese culture and like many Japanese related products (except their cars!!) they don't like to see them exported! 

As a result...<continue>

Disney

Disney is probably one of the oldest, biggest and most well known brands in the world.

Everyone has their favorite character to collect, mine happens to be Tiger, from Winnie the Pooh. Who's yours?...<read more>

Movies

Movie action figures are a fairly new phenomena as most action figures were traditional based on completely fictional and original ideas rather than popular brands, TV shows or movies.

Mego were probably the first to release figures based on...<find out more>

TV

Mego became the most popular and one of the biggest toy producing in the country during the 70's and 80's due to its innovative approach.

Mego's CEO saw the potential in creating figures based on popular TV shows and...<read more>

Rock + Pop

While researching different figures and sets I was surprised at the number of vintage action figures there are based on pop singers or rock bands, such as this Cher figure dating back to 1976!

Of course many modern rock stars have been immortalized as an action figure also, such as...<read more>



Comic books :

Comic books and action figures are a perfect fit as each is only bound by the limits of your imagination. As with many innovative figures Mego were one of the first to release a host of comic book action figures with their "Worlds's Greatest Super Heroes" line which included characters from both DC and Marvel comics.

Since then literally thousands of our favorite Super Heroes, and their protagonists, have been made as action figures. Some of the most popular are the likes of Batman, Superman, Thor, The Hulk and the X-Men to name a few.

But the figures aren't just limited to Marvel and DC but also many Dark Horse, Top Cow, Comic Ink and other publishers have had their characters turned into action figures.

One of the most popular of these is probably the Spawn character, created and produced by Todd Mc Farlane of McFarlane Toy's, which he set up just for this.

For more information just click on one of the images below...


Misc Comics 

DC Comics

Marvel Comic 

Spawn

Misc Action Figures

This section is for the weird and wonderful, the ugly and beautiful, the strange and fantastic, human, alien and beast.

If it has no home, brand or license then this is where you find all the action figure orphans with no other home.

But don't let that discourage you, some of the best action figures ever produced can be found on these pages, so take a browse around and open your eyes... 


Urban Vinyl

If you're a bit more artsy than the average collector, then these will probably be right up your street.

Urban Vinyl figure have been around for sometime, but until recently has been pretty much an "underground" movement that hasn't been taken seriously by either the art collectors or action figure collectors.

Why?...<find out more>




Dolls

OK....lastly we have THE ORIGINAL, MOTHER OF ALL action figures.

A tall sexy blonde who actually started of life as a German prostitute, strutting the streets of Hamburg supplying adult entertainment, until...

She was found, rescued and taken back home to America by the father of a seven year old girl who was looking for a play companion.

Now, you may think that an ex-prostitute wouldn't be the ideal playmate for a seven year old girl.

But much to everyone's surprise Barbie became and remains world famous to this day...<read more>





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