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 Post subject: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 1:01 pm 
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Hey everybody,

I work for a company that's interested in having some action figures made, but they want to be sure that it is good quality. What brands do you guys like the best? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 5:09 pm 
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For me it's MU and G.I. Joe, always have loved the 3 3/4" to 4" scale, although I also like the Outerspace Men done by 4H and their other brands also like the Glyos Figures done by Onell Designs I just don't collect the larger scale figures (My range is 2" to 4" Figures).

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 5:45 pm 
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I'll be the first to say it ... JLU style! There isn't any better.

Unless you are a Super Powers guy.

(probably best to cover my bases ... :wink: :lol: )

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 9:24 pm 
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Thanks for the quick responses guys! However, I'm completely ignorant when it comes to action figures, what does JLU, MU, and 4H stand for? Thanks a lot guys, and sorry if I sound like an idiot!


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
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JLU = Justice League Unlimited

MU = Marvel Universe

DCUC = DC Universe Classics

DCIH = DC Infinite Heroes

4H = Four Horsemen (group of sculptors for DC action figures)

TRU = Toys R Us

There's a few for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:58 am 
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I think if you give us more information about your project, we might be able to give you some more specific advice on how to progress with this.

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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:19 am 
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Yeah. Each company has it's strengths and it's weakness. It really depends on a lot of factors. What sort of property are you talking about? Video game? Movie? Comic Book?

What scale of figures are you interested in having made?


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:12 am 
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Size isn't something that we have really thought about. As for the action figures themselves, they would be of book characters. We'd like to have one of our guys make sketches that we could then send in to a manufacturer who would make them. We just want to make sure that we have quality products that when people buy them, they don't break in a few hours. I once bought a few Neon Genesis Evengelion action figures and they fell apart as I gave them their weapons...


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 Post subject: Re: Best brand of action figures
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:10 pm 
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Just so you know, the process of making action figures isn't quite as easy as "we'll turn over some drawings to a manufacturer".

Sounds like you and your company might need to do a lot more research.

For example:

What is your target audience? Why?
Does articulation matter? How much?
Is style one of the top factors? If so, is a Vinyl option a better option?
What is your marketplace? Mass retail? etailers? Self representation?

Scale is a major factor for many collectors. Some want things in the 3-4" scale for display/storage/play purposes. Others like the 5-7" formats which allow for more articulation, sculpted detail, posability (generally) and a greater appreciation of the aesthetic. Some like figures in the 12" scale for a greater sense of costuming and details. Better facial sculpts, accessories, articulation, etc. But each scale also has its own set of drawbacks.

Some collectors like "soft goods" (cloth elements like capes), others want a plastic figure to only include plastic elements.

If you are talking about articulation, do you want basic articulation like the standard 5 POA (point of articulation) seen in JLU, vintage Star Wars, or Lego figures? Do you want to up the POA by including forearm, waist, mid-thigh swivels? is it all cut joints? Ball-joints? a combination of both?

Honestly, I would recommend that you and some of the other members of your team go to TRU and buy a bunch of different items. Buy some smaller action figures, some larger ones. Some superhero, some military, some fantasy, some sports, some movie. Check out Playmobil and Lego figures. Go to some Garage Sales and Flea Markets in your area and check out what you can find. Take everything apart. Study the way it was put together and why. Check out the styles of sculpture, paint applications, and overall aesthetics.

When you come to a consensus on what you like, start contacting some manufacturers that you might consider using and ask them what it would cost for them to produce something in the style of (provided physical example). Find out what the minimum order would be (it might be larger than you might think). Find out what the "turn around" time would be. Are they going to simply cut the mold? Will they press the plastic? Are they doing full assembly and paint apps as well? Or does all of that need to be farmed out to a secondary source?

What about packaging? Blister Card? Window Box? Blind Box? Mailer?

Like I said, the more information you can give to us, the more we can help you. From what little you have said, I'm not sure you know what you are trying to get yourself into.

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