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 30, 2008
When your action figure allowance is relatively small each figure counts. You think hard about which ones you buy. And maybe you spend a bit more time savoring new additions to your collection. With that in mind I’m going to take a stab at a monthly column which will choose and review a figure I…

 

September 1, 2008
. . . just what action figure lines might we be collecting? Many of us remember with a special nostalgia the particular niche of kitsch that was MEGO. Whether it was playing with 8" figures donning cloth outfits and squishy heads, or 3 3/4" figures with bent knees and oddly sculpted left hands. (You know…

 

August 23, 2008
It wasn’t the title of the book that intrigued me. It was the subtitle: "A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel." The author, Michio Kaku, was interviewed on a local radio show and when he started mentioning Star Wars and Harry Potter I cocked an eyebrow. For his…

 

August 3, 2008
The entrance to the Mattel booth was Castle Greyskull. That was pretty cool. My wife went to a panel with Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly for the new "The Day the Earth Stood Still" remake and, as a surprise to everyone, Hugh Jackman shows up at the end, thanks the fans and shows a new…

 

July 18, 2008
How ’bout are you willin’ to make the commitment, wakin’ up, goin’ okay, it’s gig time, what t-shirt am I gonna wear? Can’t decide, can’t decide . . . brain aneurysm! -"Rock Your Socks Off" by Tenacious D   For our particular breed of geek a tee shirt collection is almost as prized as our…

 

June 1, 2008
Perhaps you’ve heard me refer to my "little brother," Johnny. To avoid confusion I’m referring to the terrific 10 year old boy I was matched up with through the "Big Brothers Big Sisters" program. Johnny has 3 brothers (the sibling kind) and 2 cousins. Whereas I thought all of these boys would be easy prey…

 

May 11, 2008
Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night by a crashing sound that gets your heart racing for as long as it takes to realize the sound came from some of your displayed figures falling over? Well, it is that time of year again. Phoenix hasn’t reached 100 just yet, but…

 

May 2, 2008
Filmation closed out the 70′s with one of their finest cartoons: The Adventures of Flash Gordon. Unfortunately, it lasted only 2 seasons. That may have been for the best given the wrong turn NBC forced it to take, ie: abandoning the serial format and adding Gremlin the Dragon. Recently, I rewatched most of the series….

 

April 23, 2008
The First Lady of the North Pole is one of Santa’s greatest assets! One of the coldest places on Earth is getting hotter. Naughty and nice, Mrs. C. finds a new way to work the North Pole – just doing what she can to keep Santa happy on those cold winter nights.     You…

 

April 19, 2008
I’m absorbing the NYCC 08 news as best I can along with the rest of you. The Justice League Unlimited news has me rather excited. I mean, Wonder Pig? Did not see that coming. Also announced: The Key, Atomic Skull, Shadow Thief, Silver Banshee, Giganta (10" and 4"), Captain Atom, KGBeast, and Galatea. In my…

 

April 16, 2008
Back in the early to mid 80′s I was a Marvel Comics aficionado. My tastes developed over that time in such a way that eventually I would only buy comic books if I liked the artist. This means I followed John Byrne pretty closely. I remember being blown away with the art in his short…

 

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