A Collection a Day #19 – 80’s Action Figure Heroes, originally uploaded by Cool and Collected.
The new A-Team and Karate Kid movies are being released in the theaters today, so I thought a fitting tribute would be to show you some of my action figures from the 80’s. You remember the 80’s don’t you? The time when greed was good, blowing things up was cool, and “political correctness” was unheard of. I miss that decade. Sigh.
Well, here we have the A-Team’s Mr. T facing off with the Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi, while John Rambo and Chuck Norris place their bets. Having these guys around are great reminders of of that time in pop culture history.
Collecting action figures is one of the larger areas of collecting in modern toys. There are plenty of great figures to buy but selecting the right ones is the tricky part. Toys today are produced in such high numbers that there is a very real possibility that there won’t be a market for them in the future, simply because there will be so many available. Some of the most popular (and prevalent) action figures from the 80’s are from the Masters of the Universe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You can buy these in bulk on eBay and get a collection without too much effort or expense, but don’t expect these figures to be carded or complete. That will cost you.
I only intentionally collect one line of current action figures, Halo’s Master Chief. I say “intentionally” because it is very easy to stray into the other aisles at the toy store. Over the years, I have gathered a hodgepodge of various figures, including a bunch of Lord of the Rings figures I found at a yard sale recently. They were too cool to pass up. I’ll show you those in a future post.
I have collected so many different things that I thought it would be fun to try and photograph a collection a day and see how far I can get.