If you have a little boy in your life, chances are you’ll be buying action figures at some point. Designed for all ages and interests, action figures range from a Cars movie toy to a Gormiti toy. Star Wars Clone Wars toy figures are popular, as are wrestling figure toys and Ben 10 Alien toy figures. For younger children, there are numerous Playmobil toys, while older children might enjoy a Halo 3 action figure or a Dragon ball Z action figure.
For years, Spider Man and Pokemon toy figures have been loved by children, and in recent years, an Iron Man figure or Transformers Megatron Toy have been good choices. Other popular characters aren’t limited to a particular brand, but offer more generic options like an army toy, Robin Hood figure, or spaceship toy. Whatever your child’s interest or your budget, there is an action figure sure to satisfy.
The first official “action figure” was G.I. Joe in the 1960s. After seeing the success of Barbie dolls, Hasbro created G.I. Joe toys, fully articulated figures as opposed to the small, stiff toy soldiers that had been popular to that point. Hasbro coined the term “action figure” to differentiate G.I. Joe toys from dolls intended for girls. From those early beginnings, the term has come to identify any doll-like toy marketed to boys, and the personalities and characters have certainly expanded over the years.
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Accessories and Tie-Ins
Practically any action figure has a load of optional features you can buy. Although this obviously will make the toy more expensive, it usually translates to additional play time for your child as well. Look for friends or enemies that will expand your child’s imaginative play. Whether a super hero or cartoon character, manufacturers are smart enough to have made other characters in the line, and your child will likely want more than one of the characters.
While clothing is not as important to action figures as they are for dolls, there are occasionally changes available. The trick with action figures, however, is that often they are sold as entirely different toys, rather than just buying new accessories. You may end up with several of the same character, just because he comes with a different theme.
Another key area to expand the play is through vehicles. Not all toys have vehicles, such as Pokemon, but many others do. Think of all the battle ships available for Star Wars, or the cars and bikes for Batman. While of course you do not have to buy all the available vehicles, it’s usually fun for children to have at least one. Even if the super hero can fly, he sometimes likes to drive to the scene of the crime. Other play sets may have tie-ins like the Bat Cave or other type of hangout for the action figures.
Finally, weapons are a key consideration. Many action figures have optional add-on weapons, and whether you feel comfortable buying these is a personal decision. When making that choice, consider whether it is a violent weapon like a gun or something more harmless like throwing a net over the bad guy. Whatever you choose, your child can have countless hours of fun whether or not you buy a weapon.