Danny "CantinaDan" Neumann
Action figure anthropologist, Professor Cantina Dan Neumann has been a scholastic contributor to the online community studying the complex world of parumplasticus populus {little plastic people} since the turn of this millenium. His primary focus is the visual cataloging of species exhibits through photo-journalism.
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April 22, 2014
I don’t think any one of us predicted exactly how “Unlimited” Mattel’s Justice League action figure line would prove to be. Debuting in 2003, the line didn’t quit unit the end of 2012. Just about 10 years. That’s nuts. What started out as a line dedicated to “The Big 7″ eventually delivered well over 200 figures….

 

February 2, 2014
Back in 1981 I went on a cruise to Bermuda. Lucky kid, I know. I had these relatives, Connie and George, who were really good to me. I have a handful of memories from that trip. Like, it was the first time I ever ate chicken cacciatore. Not surprisingly though, one of my best memories had…

 

November 19, 2013
Remember when Mattel sold Japanese Kaiju figures? Had I not held onto a weird blue monster with big ears since childhood I would’ve answered “uhh, no.” Turns out, Mattel did obtain the rights to distribute toys for the popular Japanese company Popy back in the late 70’s. You  do remember Shogun Warriors, right? Same licensing…

 

October 3, 2013
BLOGtoycompanies-BIG Recently I was staring at the cool packaging of the Super7 ALIEN ReAction line. As I noted how the ReAction logo pays homage to the original Kenner logo I started to wonder what “Kenner” originally meant. Then it occurred to me that I had no idea where many toy company names came from. Hence, my…

 

September 28, 2013
We all have vivid childhood toy memories. One stands out for me. I was out shopping with my mom and we stopped at a store called Bradlees on Rt. 23 in Wayne, NJ. Bradlees was a discount department store. In North Jersey, where I grew up, Bradlees and Jamesway were the predecessors to Target and…

 

August 26, 2013
CantinaDanBLOG-Chewgum2 Chewgum Warriors. So that’s what he was called. I had pretty much relegated this guy to an old but vivid memory. But some random interweb search turned up an image that stopped me dead in my tracks. At long last, justice was gonna be served.

 

July 18, 2013
20130718-083409.jpg While browsing the Hasbro booth last night my buddy Matt asked if I had seen the Marvel display diorama. I glanced over and immediately saw what he was referring to … a big red dinosaur. What the whaaa! I’ve been decrying the fact the of all the Marvel toys we’ve gotten over the years we…

 

July 18, 2013
20130718-005831.jpg I felt like a little Preview Night splurge was in order. Tough to choose but decided to pick up the Adam Power pre-production test shot tonight. Of course, I’m a fan of the Four Horsemen’s work but here we’re talking about a vintage toy line being recreated by the masters of awesome action figure sculpting…

 

July 17, 2013

 

July 4, 2013
BLOGs7ALIEN-PKG1-500x3851.jpg If you are a 3 3/4″ fan (and especially if you are a vintage 3 3/4″ fan) the highlight of last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con was the reveal of Super7’s ReAction ALIEN line. We all know the story by now. Back in 1979 Kenner had the license to ALIEN. A line of 3 3/4″ action…

 

March 26, 2013
BLOGevoWicket-open11.jpg An action figure anthropologist’s work is never done. It was only two trips around the sun ago that we examined the evolutionary links between modern humans and our diminutive ancestor, the Ewok. We presented this theory through the example of one Ewok in particular: Wicket W. Warrick. But recently a more complete fossil record has…

 

February 25, 2013
photo-4-150x1501.jpg I always regretted not buying the Toynami Herculoids sets when they were easily available. They are definitely one of the coolest cartoon families ever. Of course, I had only vague recollections of the cartoon so I watched a couple episodes the other day. Pretty much what you’d expect from a Alex Toth / Hanna-Barbera cartoon…

 

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