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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August 7, 2009
I bought my first Justice League figure in the summer of 2003. It was Attack Armor Green Lantern. I had been eyeing the line and once I saw that cool green translucent force field I bought in. Heck, there were only 6 characters. (Hawkgirl was ify at that point if I remember correctly.) I loved…


July 27, 2009
Once upon a time in the very corner of a large kingdom there was a city, and in that city a convention castle, and in that convention castle a fan. This is the tale of one traveler’s adventure to an event so fantastic that mere words and photographs struggle to convey its wonder. Yes, noble…


July 4, 2009
Hey there, Xenozoic fans! After posting a blog about the Cadillacs & Dinosaurs toy line a month ago I received some feedback from creator Mark Schultz. I had a couple specific questions I was hoping Mark would elaborate on and he kindly obliged. Although there are lots of other interesting topics we could talk about,…


June 22, 2009
My wife and I spent a good amount of time this spring building a landscape wall in front of our house. Over the course of one long weekend we had the task of applying this natural stone veneer one piece at a time. She would "butter" the stones with the adhesive mortar and I would…


May 27, 2009
Between the years 1987 and 1996 writer/illustrator Mark Schultz composed 14 issues of comic brilliance called Xenozoic Tales. I struggle not to sound trite when describing Mark’s visual art and storytelling. I find when rereading Xenozoic Tales, for instance, I get stuck on certain beautiful panels that leave me just shaking my head in awe….


April 27, 2009
I don’t collect Mattel’s DCUC line but there have been some figures that I’ve wanted to pick up just because they’re so dang cool. Back when I saw wave 6 for the first time I grabbed the Hawkman, stared at it for a while and then reluctantly put it back in fear of the "slippery…


April 15, 2009
No, I’m not running for a school board in Kansas. But like the rest of you action figure biologists I’ve enjoyed observing the emergence of newly created figures based on characters that had action figures back when little plastic life on Earth was in its infancy. The last few years in particular have seen a…


March 25, 2009
A vinyl toy maven I am not. But some things I find irresistible. It takes extreme will power not to drop a wad every time I get out to California and visit Kid Robot or when I stop in at Red Hot Robot here in Phoenix. Because I know that embracing the designer toy world…


March 9, 2009
Its about time that a figure from the line that drew me to the Action Figure Insider forums makes my "Best Figure of the Month" list. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some sweet JLU figures the last few months. There has. I still look at figures like Atomic Skull, Deadman, Vibe, Captain Atom…


March 3, 2009
There is a common sub-breed of collector who rejoices every time a one-second-of-screen-time character gets an action figure. The cantina scene from Star Wars epitomizes this type of character. Loads of kooky aliens, locals,  and "spacemen" who you’ll miss if you blink. The four Kenner action figures to the right are what gave birth to…


February 18, 2009
It isn’t everyday designers get total creative freedom with a project. So when our ally in the industry, O’Neil Printing, contacted us and four other studios about designing a commemorative poster series for their 100th anniversary I saw an opportunity! During our first informal brain storming session I suggested: "Lets just do something fun, like…


February 16, 2009
Included in a "big box of love" from Mattel to AFi was the TRU exclusive Naruto Ninja Battleground Game. It so happens that my "little brother," Johnny, is quite the Squad 7 fan. So we gathered our shurikens, opened the box and took this game for a whirl.