Photographing action figures is a whole lot cheaper than hiring models, and you don't have to put up with any prima donnas. One of my favorite aspects of collecting action figures is creating backdrops and photographing them. You learn something new every time you stage one of these miniature photo shoots -- where to place the lighting for the most dramatic shots, how to use … [Read more...] about DIY: Make a backdrop for better action figure photography
I've been seeing these new McFarlane Toys The Walking Dead 7" Action Figures for a while and was excited about the fact that they scaled perfectly with the Neca figures that I have collected over the years. These McFarlane figures are not action figures at all since the only thing that moves is the head -- slightly. The figure looks phenomenal but you better like the … [Read more...] about McFarlane Toys’ Walking Dead action figures
This week's Pop Culture League challenge is all about monsters, so I wanted to show a few of the beasts that live among me in the cave. If you grew up watching the Addams Family, you remember the Thing. This bank is basically a big black plastic box. When you put a coin in the slot, a cute green hand reaches out to grab it and drag it into the depths of Hell. This … [Read more...] about Here there be monsters
What have we here? Apparently, Kenner was thinking about a Planet of the Apes line of action figures to coincide with the Tim Burton atrocity of 2001 -- huh? This prototype figure is being offered at auction and it's not too shabby -- kind of a superhero/He-Man ape. Of course, Hasbro ended up releasing a line of figures for the Burton movie that were pretty awful, … [Read more...] about Kenner Planet of the Apes action figures?
This week, the Pop Culture League is talking about blind boxes and mystery packs. Other than the LEGO mini figures and Minecraft blind boxes, I try to avoid blind buys at all costs. Dropping four or five bucks on something blindly is not my kind of collecting. I do enjoy the thrill of the reveal, but that feeling is fleeting at best, unless you are lucky enough to get a rare … [Read more...] about Anyone up for a game of Dice Masters?
I can't tell you how many times I have stated that collecting is all about the thrill of the hunt, but for one particular collectible that thrill is wearing thin. Hot Wheels cars are the one "collectible" that my kids and I both enjoy -- I buy Batmobiles and they choose whatever catches their eye, the crazier the better. For almost five years now, I have been telling them about … [Read more...] about The thrill is gone
Philip Reed must never sleep. By day, he is the CEO of one of the most popular gaming companies out there, Steve Jackson Games, and by night, he is a prolific blogger and writer (oh, and he's also a really nice guy!). His latest book, Action Figure Carrying Cases, hit the streets this week after another successful Kickstarter run at self-publishing, and I have to say that this … [Read more...] about Book Report: “Action Figure Carrying Cases” by Philip Reed
Being an Army brat, my family moved around a lot, and when I was in the fifth grade, we were stationed just outside of Seoul, South Korea. The housing community was commonly known as "RGH" -- short for residential government housing. Three-story cinderblock buildings painted bright green and white was what we and dozens of other families called home. There was a fence around … [Read more...] about My earliest arcade memories