The new Ultimate Terminator 2 T-800 figure from NECA raises the bar significantly for action figure collectors. This figure comes with three heads that you can easily swap onto the figure, and an arsenal of different weapons. This sort of customization has been around for a while with the larger 12" scale figures from Hot Toys and others, but having this sort of customization … [Read more...] about Terminator 2 Ultimate T-800 figure from NECA
Well, this guy FINALLY arrived at my local Toys R Us. I've been hunting for one of these NECA Soldier Apes for months, and had almost given up hope of ever finding one, but last night, there were a half dozen of them on the shelf. I've never been big fan of the original Mego figures, and have pretty much ignored the new "Mego-inspired" lines, but these Planet of the … [Read more...] about Planet of the Apes – 8″ retro figure by NECA
So, there's a theme going on this week -- action figure photography. Taking photos of action figures is one of my favorite hobbies, it's like being a photographer to the stars, without the big budget and celebrity egos. Action figures are just lifeless lumps of plastic, but you might be surprised at how life-like those figures can be with the proper placement of your … [Read more...] about Lights, Camera, Action Figures!
I've been playing with my toys lately, and found this amazingly simple trick to really add some bang to your action figure photography. You only need three things that you probably already have laying around the house: 1. cotton, 2. yellow spray paint, and 3. flashlight. Spray paint the cotton -- don't worry about total coverage -- less is more in this case. Place the … [Read more...] about “Explosive” trick for action figure photography
The other day, I showed you my new lighting setup for taking action figure photos. The lack of a lightbox to diffuse the harsh light was preventing me from getting the shots I really wanted, especially for straight up product shots. A trip to the fabric store solved the problem. I purchased a yard of white nylon fabric, and draped it over some PVC pipes I rigged up to the … [Read more...] about Action figure photography … getting better
I love to take photos of action figures but it's a bit of a headache to set up the light booth and lamps. It's not easy when you have to dismantle your photo booth and lighting setup after every session. I was inspired by Philip's new home photo studio over at Battlegrip, and challenged myself to come up with a semi-permanent setup of my own. Here's an overview of the … [Read more...] about Action Figure Photography — new lighting setup!
I haven't bought a Star Wars figure since the original trilogy figures hit the shelves when I was a kid, but the size and level of detail on the Star Wars Black 6" figures broke this camel's back. I've been limiting myself to only figures that appeared in A New Hope, because I had to stop somewhere -- but of course that resolve melted once Boba Fett hit the scene. Look … [Read more...] about Star Wars Black 6″ action figures
In space, nobody can hear you scream.. but you may have heard me give a little "whoop" when I found out this beauty was coming my way. I need to extend a huge thanks to Philip Reed over at Battlegrip.com for hooking me up with this creepy new addition to the space lab. This is an SDCC 2014 exclusive Funko ReAction figure that comes packaged in a semi-translucent alien … [Read more...] about Funko ReAction SDCC Exclusive Alien figure