Monday, 25 September 2017

ACTION FIGURE BONANZA - PART THREE...



Four more action figures for you, Criv-ite chums.  And you're wrong, you haven't seen that SUPERMAN figure in a previous batch, because that's a different figure with a different face.  Did you have an ACTION MAN when you were a kid?  Of course you did - most kids had at least one.  You'll therefore probably be surprised to learn that this Action Man isn't for kids - read what it says on the bottom of the box:  'WARNING - THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A TOY.  NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.'  What's the world coming to, eh?  An iconic kids toy of the '60s & '70s is no longer considered a toy, nor is it regarded suitable for kids.  It says 'For The Adult Collector' on the sides of the box, but why can't it be for grown ups and kids?  You tell me.

7 comments:

Phil S said...

Some collectors toys are too delicate for toys or have small bits which are lost or break. But an Action Man Footballer?

Kid said...

I wonder if they're using a less robust kind of plastic to save money on production costs, PS, making it more suited to displaying than actual playing with?

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I thought you intended to apply for a lottery grant to start a childhood museum so you could display all your action figures and suchlike. When are you going to do it ? You're not getting any younger, y'know !

Lionel Hancock said...

I think Bob Dylan summed it up when he said " The Times They Are A Changing " .When we were kids we had Action Man toys and we played with them and we loved them but todays kids have cell phones Ipads and Facebook networking to amuse themselves.So I guess the poor manufacturer has changed his direction and gone for the collector market ..Probably sells more there too... My thoughts on the topic.

Kid said...

Can you name anyone who IS getting any younger, CJ? I'll have you know there's plenty of life in the old dog yet. One day, once I've enjoyed my treasures for a good while longer, I'll start to do something about it.

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Wouldn't disagree with that, LH, but manufacturer's reasons aside, to describe an adult collecters' piece which was once a toy for kids as not being a toy for kids just seems weird to me. Sell it to adults, sure, but to rule kids out altogether - well, it just doesn't make sense. And remember, I bought it in Toys 'R' Us - a toy shop for kids. Duh???

TC said...

There is also a sort of catch-22.

In the "old days," toys and comic books were for children, who handled them roughly. Few survived in good condition. Low supply + high demand = high prices.

These items bought by "adult colectors" will get packed away, or get displayed on a shelf. Years from now, it will be fairly easy to find them in near-mint condition. And the demand may be low, since collectors who want them will already have them.

Kid said...

I also suspect, TC, that in saying it isn't a toy for kids, the manufacturers feel justified in charging a slightly higher price than it would otherwise sell for if it was aimed at children. I'm amazed that Toys 'R' Us even stock it, so it's probably a remaindered line.

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