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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September 4, 2011
BLOGspideyHulk-OPEN1.jpg Clenching MEGO Comic Action Hero Spiderman in a small fist is not my earliest action figure recollection but it is the most vivid. Part of the reason this figure stands out amongst my other fond childhood toy memories is that it was only by the grace of my older brother that I was allowed to…

 

July 22, 2011
20110722-0338291.jpg Just one of those “let’s throw them in the case and see how the fans react” teasers. LOVE for them. Do it!

 

July 10, 2011
BLOGtest-pic111.jpg Everyone knows that you’re supposed to remove your lightsaber when you enter a Yoda studio. (This blog is just a pre-SDCC test of the WordPress mobile app.)

 

July 5, 2011
BLOG2011tee-OPENv31.jpg Get yer smokin’ hot 2011 Action Figure Insider exclusive tee shirts! Just in the nick of time for the San Diego Comic Con the folks at AFi have designed a new tee shirt for all you more style conscious nerds. Be the envy of geek hordes everywhere as you proudly show off your allegiance to…

 

June 3, 2011
For as long as I have been going to comic conventions, unassimilated friends have asked: “Are you going to dress up?” (That’s their way of asking if I was going to Cosplay.) My answer was always the same: “Pssh, no!” That is, until now. Despite my mock derision, I’ve toyed with the idea of joining…

 

May 31, 2011
So, I’m kinda into stuff related to the cantina scene from Star Wars Episode IV. A lot of that has to do with all the kooky aliens that populated the place. But, perhaps even more than the denizens, what makes that particular segment of the original Star Wars trilogy memorable is that really cool stuff…

 

March 30, 2011
Its fun when worlds collide. For instance, I love action figures. And I love yoga. You would be correct in assuming that those are two hobbies that don’t have much crossover. But thanks to a company called Kridana a bridge was built between my obsessions. Unfortunately, Kridana has come and gone. But let me at…

 

March 26, 2011
At the risk of jeopardizing some geek cred I’ll admit that only just now am I watching the ’03-’09 reboot Battlestar Galactica series. Based on all I’d heard I knew it’d be one of those epic television viewing experiences and I did not want to rush into it. I decided to start by rewatching the…

 

February 16, 2011
There has always been something I’ve found fascinating about Silver Surfer’s origin story hinging on a wanderlust inspired act of self-sacrifice. There is something I enjoy about his less-is-more aesthetic. There is something I relate to in his unassailable yet melancholy morality. He is a loner, reclusive and suffering. At the same time he is…

 

February 1, 2011
Recent primatological findings lend support to the theory that humans evolved, not from an ape-like ancestor, but from Ewoks. The dominant view amongst scientists concerning the origin of anatomically modern humans is the "Out of Endor" hypothesis. It is estimated that Humans and Wookies branched off from their common hominid ancestor, the Ewok, about 5…

 

February 1, 2011
Last year AFi forum member, H-Balm, started a thread called “Vintage Guilt.” This was an intriguing title. He made the point that, once a line ends, the amount of existing carded samples of a given figure are now, quite obviously, limited. And each time a collector decides to open one of these, the rarity of…

 

January 9, 2011
It was a real treat to be asked to review the second edition of Mark Bellomo’s amazing visual chronology: The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. My own childhood Joe collection only goes up to around 1987’s series IV but it was a passionate and memorable 5 years! Straight-armed Rock ’N Roll started it all….

 

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