action figures


V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010
Odds and Ends

Odds & Ends

Dateline: Japan—A 30-year-old factory worker has pleaded guilty to burning down his family’s home after his mother threw out some of his action figures. Yoshifumi Takabe testified in Kobe District Court in western Japan that he became suicidal after losing several of his toy robots. Yoshifumi described the toys as partners with which he wanted to spend his life, ABC News Australia reports. In retaliation for his mother’s housecleaning, Yoshifumi poured kerosene inside the home and torched it, saying he wanted to die in the fire with his other “precious” robots. According to reports, the bulk of Yoshifumi’s action figure collection consisted of toys from the popular Gundam animated series. The fanboy’s 55-year-old mother told the court she frequently complained to her son that the toys were cluttering the house. She said there were enough to fill 300 boxes. The fire, which was set on Aug. 9 of last year, completely destroyed the family’s two-story wooden house. No one was injured. Presumably, all of Yoshifumi’s Gundam figures were lost in the blaze.

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V.19 No.17 | 4/29/2010

Arts

Toys You Can’t Have

Recognize the cast of characters at the right? Seem vaguely familiar? They should. These custom-made action figures by mad genius creator Sillof re-imagine what Star Wars would have looked like had it been a samurai film directed by Akira Kurosawa. (Which it kinda was: Lucas borrowed a lot from Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress.) The details on these figures are amazing. Check out Sillof’s Samurai Wars page for amazing close-ups of each figure. Dig through Sillof’s other pages for a set of steampunk Star Wars characters, a bunch of Dune figures and an incredible collection called “Gaslight Justice League.”

V.19 No.7 | 2/18/2010

Toy Fair 2010

The Toy Industry Association’s annual coming out celebration is going on right now in New York City’s Javitz Center. Toy Fare 2010 features all the mind-bendingly cool toys, games and collectables we’ll be seeing in this coming year. (Hopefully!) Figures.com has posted a helpful gallery page featuring tons of press photos and on-the-convention-floor snapshots. There’s Marvel Comics, DC Universe, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hasbro, Lego, Ghostbusters, Masters of the Universe, McFarlane Toys. More stuff than I can even name. New Robotech? Hell, yes! A Morbo Figure from “Futurama”? Gimme! He-Man vs. Superman two-pack. I don’t even understand it and I want it! Man, just check out those 8-inch “Venture Brothers” figures over there for starters!