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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February 25, 2012
BLOGmagnumPI-OPEN1.jpg OK, this is just kuh-razy. This past week I posted a blog about my vintage 3 3/4″ mini-collections. In the last paragraph I alluded to the fact that I continually hunt for the rare LJN Magnum P.I. Ferrari and action figure. Its been a white whale of mine for a while. You know, one of…


February 21, 2012
BLOGprideJOY-OPENv21.jpg Last year there was a thread in the General Toy Talk section of the Action Figure Insider forum called: Whats Your Pride and Joy? It was a cool topic and I remember posting: “I think right now my Pride and Joy is my humble collection of 3 3/4″ scale vintage figures.” Since then I planned…


January 22, 2012
BLOGspBRUCE-OPEN1.jpg Yes, you read that right. Apparently, I’m not the only nerd who thinks Bruce Lee and, in particular, Bruce Lee’s appearance in Game of Death is the coolest thing ever. Whoever is behind the Industrial Toy Werks Super Powers bootlegs is obviously a fan, too. Oh, for more about this kooky series of customs, please…


January 17, 2012
BLOGfemaleAFs-OPEN1.jpg I’m hoping you didn’t come here looking for facts. Or statistics. Or anecdotes from former toy company big wigs. All you’re gonna get is a flimsy theory pulled from CantinaDanny’s Action Figure Observer’s Field Guide. But it is true that, from the early days of the little plastic people, action figure lines have been light…


November 29, 2011
BLOGrobinHood-OPEN1.jpg Its not uncommon to find examples of genetic engineering within the realm of parumplasticus populus [Latin: little plastic people]. In fact, the re-purposing of action figure DNA happens frequently within a species. What’s not as common is to see unrelated species share the same genetics. Rarer still is to find that elusive action figure line…


November 22, 2011
BLOGmetronsChair-OPEN31.jpg Sometime back I posted a blog entitled The Bazooka Wormhole. I defined the phenomenon this way: a) A geek obsession that results in countless lost hours exhausting every aspect of trivia related to the niche subject. b) A compulsive preoccupation, at times against your will, with the minutiae of a particular topic within geek culture….


November 21, 2011
BLOGjluSGTrock-open1.jpg So a while ago on one of those rare days I get the nerve to enter the Mattel forums I stumbled on a thread entitled Attention Customizers And JLU Fans. On page 9 forum member Ed Case posted some pics of his Sgt. Rock custom. Now, I’m a big fan of many of you amazing…


October 31, 2011
GRANDPAmunsterAFi1.jpg Happy Halloween, all you AFi Munsters!


October 29, 2011
BLOGevoPlas-OPEN1.jpg On the heels of our last entry into the Action Figure Observer’s Field Guide we now focus our microscopes on one particular specimen from Phylum: DC / Class: Little Plastic People. Homo hominis plasticus (Plastic Man) is a difficult subject to observe based on the fact that his physical characteristics are ever changing. I’ve attempted…


October 29, 2011
BLOGyellowTRACK-open1.jpg It takes some guts for a dude to walk out of his home wearing yellow sneakers. Trust me, I’ve done it. Its one of those situations where the image in your head is a lot cooler than the actual execution. Perhaps it would have translated better if I had accessorized with either yellow nunchucks, an…


September 26, 2011
BLOGmetronsChair-OPEN21.jpg A quick refresher: AFi’s own, Vader, has created a Web site that aims to convince Mattel to add light-up features to the upcoming Mobius Chair that will be packed with DC Universe Classics fan’s choice Metron. Take note, corporate execs, the facebook page has three quarters of a hundred likes! Regardless, I had to ask…


September 25, 2011
BLOGevoSP-OPEN1.jpg There exists a passionate band of action figure anthropologists who are quite certain that the Big Bang for super hero parumplasticus populus [Latin: little plastic people] occurred in 1984. It isn’t that articulated super heroes (albeit more primitive) did not exist prior to the emergence of the Super Powers. They did. {see Kingdom: MEGO, Species,…