A boy and dad passion for action figures.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

All Time Favorite: Batman Utility Belt from Remco

One of the coolest toy I remember owning as a kid what the Batman Utility Belt from Remco released in 1979. It came with a Bat-watch, Bat-walkie talkie, Bat-glasses, Bat-handcuffs. It was amazing! I remember pretending for hours to be Batman.

This kit can still be found mint and inbox on sites like Ebay but last time I checked it was around $500 US, talk about crazy but I'd probably buy it over an Apple's iPad.

Remco made other very cool utility belts "based" on Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America and Superman. Remco was a toy company founded in the 1940s that was best known for toys marketed and sold in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Grocery and action figures

Part of the beauty and fun of now doing the grocery alone with my three years old son is that in the same store they are selling action figures. Yeah, it gives me an excuse to buy him some.

Yesterday we got a Deadpool figure from the collection based on the X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE film. What's kinda weird though, is that in the film Ryan Reynolds is never seen wearing the classic Deadpool suit. Anyway, the figure is actually pretty cool and comes with lots of accessories, which is always a plus.

We also got a very cool Crimson Dynamo figure from the IRON MAN ARMORED ADVENTURES collection. It doesn't do much but its kinda big and does somekind of "hand slam" action. Hopefully next time we'll get the Mandarin figure, which looks totally cool!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Star Wars Power of the Force Action Figures

Like all the kids growing up in the 1970s, I was a fan of Star Wars. I perfectly remember when the original action figures came out. Sadly upon their release, they were almost impossible to find here in Canada. I still own all of my original Star Wars action figures. They are stored in two of these huge Darth Vader head cases.

Back in 1995, Kenner reintroduced the toy line and like most adults of that time who grew up watching Star Wars I bought them all. Not to play with them but just to own them. Fifteen years later I have decided that my three years old son should own them and have some fun. So last night I gave him is first three Star Wars action figures; Boba Fett, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. I plan on giving him all the others once a week.

Needless to say he totally digs them!

Some quicks facts about the Kenner Star Wars action figures:

The Kenner toy company produced a line of Star Wars action figures based on prominent characters in the original Star Wars movie trilogy. Over 90 unique action figures were produced and sold from 1977 to 1985. Between 1977 and 1984, 300 million Star Wars action figures were sold; Kenner's success motivated creators of other action-adventure movies to market their own action figure line.

These plastic action figures were usually smaller than four inches and typically moved at five points on their bodies, but there were many differences and unique qualities in the individual figures that departed from these norms. Kenner's Star Wars action figures were produced along with vehicles and playsets based on the Star Wars movies. The action figures were typically sold in clear plastic packaging attached to product cards. The backs of the cards usually promoted (and sometimes enumerated) all available action figures, upcoming figures and related products. "12-back" cards promoted a line of 12 action figures, "20-back" cards promoted a line of 20 action figures, etc.

The toy line was reintroduced in 1995 and called 'Power of the Force' (called Power of the Force 2 in collecting circles to differentiate it from the original 1985 line). Kenner produced these figures as a subsidiary of Hasbro from 1995 through 1998 until its Cincinnati, Ohio office was closed in 1999. The remaining two years of the line (1999 and 2000) were produced and labeled as a Hasbro product, as they are done today (as of 2009).

Although Hasbro continues to produce a variety of toys relating to all six Star Wars films, the original Kenner toys are the most sought-after by collectors.

Welcome plastic lovers!

My son and I are addicted. We spend most of our time either hunting, buying or playing with them. In our continuous effort to spread our love for what others sometimes cheaply call toys, here's our blog where we will post almost anything and everything related to these Fully Jointed Play Figures. Hope you'll have just as much fun as the both of us! Enjoy.