Different Strokes … Scales
January 22, 2009

I hear a lot of talk about people wanting every figure ‘in scale’ with every other figure in a line.  This has brought back memories of the old days, the mid 80’s, when there was only one line of heroes for each major comic company.  I was in my late teens, but thinking back, it never bothered me as a kid that figures I used together were different sizes.  You had one version of any given character, and that was it.   It was nothing like today.  These days we have Marvel and DC heroes in multiple lines, sometimes the same character in different lines at the same time.  Who ever thought we would see the Gentleman Ghost for sale at all, let alone 3 versions for sale at about the same time.

Do they really need to be ‘in scale’?  To take this to the extreme, I rearranged my figures in a ‘different’ way, mixing them up between lines.  I think it actually looks kind of cool this way.  You might want to try it.

Mixing scales allows you to do some cool stuff.  Here are some ideas.

Adults and Kids.

A Green Lantern Gallery. 

Or remake a scene from The Super-Friends.

(Remember the episode where the Legion of Doom transformed themselves into 100 foot tall giants?  Captain Cold is about to freeze the heroes into an ice cube!)

Most of all, have fun.

Erik "Superfriend" Skov
"Gathered together from the four corners of the universe." Oh, wait, that's the show, not me. Erik "SuperFriend" Skov never actually got to appear on the show, although he did watch it every week. Erik spent 6 years working for Hasbro in Pawtucket, RI before leaving for a job that paid more (Why else would a collector leave the company that was making Star Wars, Transformers, and while I was there Batman). I used to post all over the net. These days I tend to hang my hat at AFI.
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  • Kal (aka Dusty) says:

    Ha ha, when I was a kid (which was only a year ago 😉 ) I did the same thing, when playing with or setting up my STAS figures I used many of Toybiz’s animated Marvel figures, good times, good times, great post, thanks for the walk down memory lane,


  • h-balm says:

    Good point made!

    Often we get so focused on one thing we can lose the bigger picture.

    The mixed scale photos really do look like a collection for a fanatic. It seems to say, “I collect it all!”

  • Michiganj24 says:

    Have to ask why is Spidey with Superfriends lol
    and Wow tehy made a Sodma Yat figure

  • When my nephew was 3 and 4 all of the figures that were bigger were the smaller ones Dad. If he had two characters of the same scale they were brothers. Now he is 5 and a half and everyone comes from different universes.

  • Stewbacca says:

    I have never been one for scale (although my favorite is 3-3/4), and once I finally get my pictures up everyone can see…
    Usually I start with setting up everything from one line in a section– but as the collection gets added to I just start to put figures in wherever they fit.

    I mean I have a Rhino figure collection (not just the Spidey Villain) that goes across all lines and scales and its one of my favorites– it includes Heroclix, Legends, Spidey Animated (both cartoons), Avatar, Battle Beasts, Matchboxes, TMNT, 4 Horseman, Robot Heroes, Power Rangers, Wuzzles and more…

    Really need to take all those pictures.

  • Hourman says:

    I like a line to be internally consistent when it comes to scale. I don’t want my DCUC Superman to be shorter than my DCUC Flash. If lovin’ scale is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

  • jzachery says:

    Even as a child I was a scale guy. I didn’t mind not being able to mix lines because of it, but I was so mad that Secret Wars and Super Powers were so close, but just not close enough. I didn’t mix anything. Still don’t.
    The funny thing is, when it comes to a line, I’m not that picky about scale, like for JLU, I like Atom Smasher, Amazo, etc fine scale wise, I am a little disappointed that Barda is small, but I still like her…

  • Erik superfriend says:

    The Spidey thing.

    I put Spidey in the picture to see if anyone was going look at them closely. I always thought that the Justice League on the Super Friends TV show got the short end of the stick in terms of power because not only were they 2 members less (11 JLA vs 13 LOD), but they got stuck with Robin.

    Since I already did not have Apache Chief, Samauri, and Black Vulcan, I decided to sub in Cyborg, Firestorm and Black Lightning. Cyborg & Firestorm were on the show later and DC has said Black Vulcan was Black Lightning. If I was alreayd doing that, why not sub in someone more useful for Robin. And Plastic Man balances the picture.

    Sodam Yat
    Not sure what you think is a Sodam Yat figure, but I am not aware of one existing, and I do not own one.

  • J1h15233 says:

    No respect for Robin superfriend? I don’t know why so many people don’t seem to like Robin. Did Odonnell just ruin it for everyone?

  • Erik superfriend says:

    Its not a lack of respect on my part. Watch the old shows. Robin rarely does anything to help out. Contrast that with Robin on Teen Titans Go, where he leads the team. Very different.

    And I liked ODonnell as Robin.

  • J1h15233 says:

    I’ve only seen random episodes of the old shows and it was a long time ago so I don’t really remember much about it. I did watch a lot of Teen Titans though…great show.

  • wadsworth says:

    i do prefer my figures be accurate to scale. the fact that the jlu bane is going to be teh same size as my jlu batman drives me nuts.
    also, the dcsh darkseid, next to the superman . . . it’s just dissapointing.
    or even the sdcc lobo, that was slightly too tall for the scale of the line in my opinion.

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