Your first action figure
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Your first action figure

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I don't mean what did your Mom buy you when you were tiny or something, but what was the figure that started you off collecting or customising.

Believe it or not, this is my third time of collecting!! I am 36 years old now, and collected Star Wars, Action force (G.I. Joe in UK), Micronaughts and anything else in that scale (A team, C.h.I.ps, Mork and Mindy, the lcove boat, star Trek the movie, Disney's the Black Hole, ANYTHING!!!).

These were eventually passded on to my little brothers and finally flew off t0o that great toybox in the sky.

Then later in life, I once again picked up on Star wars, and got a nice little collection of the original figs together. At the same time, I was collecting and customising/dioramising metal fantasy minis.

More recently (about 2 years ago), I somehow ended up with a series 2 Human Torch, and thought he was totally groovy.

I did a search around (I didn't know what series/brand to look for, as he was loose when I got him), and I found the site Marvellegends.net which is put together by a member of these boards!!

Anyway, since thenand with all your help on here (and a wee bit of input from EBay!) I only need about 7 figs to complete my collection!!!!

Anyway, sorry about the essay, I am just interested to know if a little bit of a silly gift has flamed up into an obsession wfor anyone else????


Posted by scarlet_magpie
on Thursday, March 6, 2008
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CplHicks -
Friday, March 14, 2008
I was 16.

Vintage star wars speeder bike and a complete C-9 loose vintage Zuckess figure.

I started to collect Star wars figures both new and old than.


I than porgressed to collecting anything I liked (mostly mordern stuff) I kept them loose to play with.
hawkeye -
Friday, March 14, 2008
I've got a few 2002 MOTU figures, I thought they were awesome. I got most after the fact cause the distrabution here isint great. I wish I could get my hands on more.
windblock2002 -
Friday, March 14, 2008
I also collect Starwars ,and 200x line of MOTU.......I think I have a total of 75 figures that include customs...My son collection is a lot of vintage TF,MOTU,Thundercats.....and he's only 14 years old .......$$$$$$$$
and I also have a big collection of Godzilla figures.
hawkeye -
Friday, March 14, 2008
I still have a lot of those comics. Same with me tho, MOTU Man-E-Faces was the first figure I remember(still have it too!). I have all but 6 things for a complete MOTU collection(some of it is in rough shape) I have about 400 80s RAH GiJoes and 50 2000up Joes then moved on to X Men(The first Gambit was my first) and Im still on MLs(for now). I just started a Star Wars collection(I had about 40 Ep1 toys). Along the way I picked up TFs, Thundercats, TMNT, Mask, Sectaurs, LOTR and a few other things along the way(almost all but the LOTR and Mask are gone). I never really stopped buying toys so I've been collecting for about 25 years.
windblock2002 -
Thursday, March 13, 2008
My first action figure were He-man and the MOTU ,I'll never for get it .....He came with alittle comic book and was full of muscle.......It was just a great time....and I am in my 30's......and still collect MOTU.
Tom-Tom -
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I wouldn't really call it an action figure, but I do have fond memories of getting a barney for my 2nd christmas. ahh, memories...
Chancellor -
Saturday, March 8, 2008
really? weird, guess I thought they were more international
DrSean -
Saturday, March 8, 2008
There are targets in VA, but idk if that counts.
MI is like the only place I've ever seen with Meijers.
Chancellor -
Saturday, March 8, 2008
haha, yeah, I live in michigan and I remember going to new york and being like, "where are all the targets!" hahah!!!
Punstarr -
Saturday, March 8, 2008
It still weirds me out to hear people talk about Wal Mart back in the 90s. We didn't get Wal Mart here on the west coast until post 2000. I had never heard of it until like 2002 and to this day that still shocks east coasterners. Then again, they hadn't heard of Target, so it's a tradeoff.
Wonder***Woman -
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Thinking back my first action figures were 2 or 3 wal-mart bags full of batman figures with all those gimick costumes and what nots from the 90's which I gave to my cousin who's dad was (at the time) in the army, so they moved a lot and were never seen again. I also remember a really odd Superman figure I had he had very little poa (like arms and legs and that was it) he also had a rather long hair style and a very ticked off expression But anyway the figures that got me started were probably the very few Wonder Woman action figures that didn't look like bruce wayne in drag, between jaw lines extremely buffed and manly faces there are few figures of the lovely lady I like. I collect Wonder Woman by what I like, and because Lynda Carter's costume never got incarnated I decided to try my hand at customizing a figure. Lynda has gotten delayed many times,(and once again I might add) but she is what has brought me int it all!
DrSean -
Friday, March 7, 2008
Well, it was actually a toy my mom bought me that started me off. The Merry/Pippin/Moria Orc 3-pack from the Fellowship of the Ring. Then I eventually found out about MLs and got the Ghost Rider, seeing him for the first time, thinking he was the coolest thing ever.
Maelstrom -
Friday, March 7, 2008
I guess when Todd McFarlane started producing figures is when I kind of got back into buying toys. At one time, I had all of his series one set. I either gave them all away or sold them on ebay or something. Looking back now, those first figures he released really weren't that great, but he continued to raise the bar and I soon started to get just about anything he produced. My first actual custom was Vampirella, I made it from a Cosmic Angela. I ended up giving it to a friend of mine who was really into Vampriella comics back in the early 90's. It was actually a pretty crude representation, if I remember right. Still, I wish I had some pictures of it. I don't know if my old friend still has it or not, he lives only a couple of miles from me, but we never talk anymore. Anyways, yeah I would say that when McFarlane started shaking up the toy industry is when I got into collecting figures.
Chancellor -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
yes, I remember that section of wizard!!!!!!!! totally awesome, guess I never really thought anybody could do something like those guys could
coolca -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
yay who created marvellegends.net?
its in my faves and go there for reference all the time!!!!



anyway!!!
My first figure that I got was series 8 Captain America!!!!
yay that seems lame but thats all I got when the legends where out!
all of the other legends I saw and never picked up due to my childish brain!!!!
I regret all those times, but I reward my self for actually pickin up cap!!! The only reason I got him was cuz I liked cap a lot!!! I olny got known characters(ones a 8 yr old whould kno if he dosent read comics!!!
so there you go it was cap!!!
I place all my figs(unopened) in order of wheni bought them!!!
fig------series
Cap----8
Doc Ock----8
Daredevil----3
nightcrawler---?
Punstarr -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Toy Biz Wolverine.... waaaaaaay back when got me started customizing. Well Wizard's "homemade heroes" section was what gave me the idea first really.

Chancellor -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
magpie- WHO ON THESE FORUMS CREATED MARVELLEGENDS.NET????? I MUST KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

actual topic- like magpie, I have a few

my first ever action figure was, and honestly I don't even remember when I first got it I was so young, it was a bruce wyane that turned into batman from the george clonney batman movie. it was supposed to be a figure of that part in the movie where they're fighting mr. freeze's goons, so he had skates and stuff. of coarse, I lost all the little parts and everything, so when I was like, 8, I was on a hunt to get every piece I had lost. it was good practice at finding toys, and very rewarding

I also had a big phase of being OBSESSED with gundams. so I bought a lot of those.

next was ML 4 gambit, whose super-articulation inspired me to start collecting MLs. and that's pretty much it. great topic idea!!!
18thstreet-Geppetto -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I started of with he man first at the age of 2, my family all decided that if I was gonna have any more toy it would have to be he-man, not because they could afford it but be cause it was to teach me the value of taking care of my personal things and plus back in the early 80;s 4 bucks was a lot of money to a bunch of poor mexicans, so I didn't get as many toys as I wanted, most of which was handed down to me from my older cuz whos parents were well off cuz he was in the states longer. but after that crazy went it was a lil comic book that sparked my interest by the name of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, I was in love and then in the late 80's when the toys came out I was hooked it was turtles turtles turtles, I would go to mexico about 4 times a year cause it was cheap to travel back then and thats where my collection built, in mexico the turtles were cheaper so I would get like 3 for the the price of one in the states, I was a turtle fan and still am till toybiz made x-men and todd mcfarlane made spawn and its been spawn ever since.
scarlet_magpie -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Yeah, he was Star wars figure size (wasn't it fantastic when the idea was that ALL toys were interchangeable!!!), and he came in a large Egg spaceship.

I don't know if any others were available aside from Mork, and the only one I had was him in his spacesuit.
Henchmen4Hire -
Thursday, March 6, 2008
They had Mork and Mindy figures? You mean there's a Robin Williams figure out there somewhere!? Hey Cap, add this to the Actors and Action Figures checklist!
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