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No matter how valuable your collection of Star Wars action figures may be, it is not a good idea to try and use them to settle a debt with unsavory types interested only in cold, hard cash.

Back in September 2010, a man was kidnapped and murdered after trying to pay off his debts with his action figures. The perpetrator of this alleged crime is a Mexican national who had been working in a California hotel under an alias. He’s now on his way back to Mexico to face justice. The next time you owe money to gangsters, let this be a lesson. Ebay those action figures first.

(San Francisco Gate via Consumerist/ Image via JD Hancock)

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These Legends of Cthulhu action figures by indie toymaker Warpo harken back to the ’70s and ’80s with their classic design and are currently up for funding on kickstarter. They each measure 3.75″ tall and will come in very retro packaging designed by Ken Kelley. He aimed to evoke the feel of 1979 so he went with an orange color palette and gave the packages wear marks to make them look old.

As for the figures, Cthulhu is easily the most recognizable of the line, but each of the other three Lovecraftian figures feature the same attention to detail. There’s a Cultist with a vinyl cape, a Deep One with a spear, and a Professor with his trusty pistol. Each is a tribute to both H.P. Lovecraft and the action figures of the ’70′s and ’80′s.

The kickstarter has great pledge incentives like coloring books, t-shirts, and even Q&A sessions with the Warpo team.

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures

While I totally understand the collector mentality when it comes to action figures, there’s definitely a side of me that likes when a toy maker really puts some emphasis on the word “action”.

This new line of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures by Boss Fight Studio are part of a Kickstarter project and are definitely designed to be customized, played with and posed in a variety of ways.

The team at Boss Fight Studio consists of 3 designers and 2 sculptors who have decades of experience working in the toy industry for brands like Marvel, Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers and more. Their goal is to create “a line of highly articulated action figures for adult collectors designed with play and customization in mind.”

Here are a few details from the project:

Highly Articulated – We believe that action figures are meant to be played with. If it doesn’t move, then it’s a statue. That’s why Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are designed with poseability as a priority. Our 4″ base figure features at least 17 points of articulation, all with an excellent range of motion.

Character – Each Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figure is packed with detail and personality. From the texture on the Spartan’s sandals to the individual snakes on the Gorgon’s heads, every piece of these figures has been designed and sculpted to tell the story of who this character is. At the same time, these figures can fill any niche in your collection that you want, battling alongside heroes, commanding legions of villains, or doing whatever else you can imagine.

Kit – Although Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures come fully assembled in the package, they’re designed to be a customizer’s dream come true. Want to give your Spartan some custom painted armor or sculpt gauntlets on your Gorgon? No problem! Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. figures are made to disassemble with minimal effort for easy customizing, yet hold together during posing and display.

System – The perks for customizers don’t end with figures that are easy to take apart and put back together. Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. features an articulation system that’s compatible from figure to figure. Although the individual figures each feature several unique parts, all nine Greek warriors share the same underlying structure, as do all nine Gorgons, and this will continue with our future product. So mixing and matching parts is an easy task for any level of customizer.

Head after the break to see more pictures and the project video.

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If you have Star Wars toys, treats, and a little patience, you might be able to entice tiny chipmunks to create cute pictures. Artist Chris McVeigh set the scene in his parents’ yard. He staged some Star Wars vehicles – like the Millennium Falcon – and action figures just right and lured some critters in with treats. The result is a furry edition of the Star Wars films. The scenes are so much fun that I can only hope they’ll put chipmunks in the sequel trilogy.

See more of the adorable images after the break.

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It seems hard to believe, but official Magic: The Gathering action figures haven’t been released in over ten years. Hasbro had the license at one point, but now Funko has the reins. They’ve already teased their line of 6-inch figures along with Pop! versions of the Planeswalker characters, but this is the first close look we’ve got at the packaging and the individual toys. The series of action figures includes Jace Beleren, Garruk Wildspeaker, Chandra Nalaar, Liliana Vess, Ajani Goldmane and Nissa Revane. They look cool, and I’d want them on my shelf whether I played the game or not.

Pre-order the figures now for a scheduled ship date of August.

See the remainder of the collection after the break.

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It’s no secret that we’re fans of QMx, but this Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Articulated Figure may be one of the best things they’ve ever created.

This screen-accurate, collectible figure has 38 points of articulation and is the first in Quantum Mechanix’s line of realistic 1:6 scale figures of Firefly’s Big Damn Heroes. First in a line. I’m already excited for Zoe!

It stands 12-inches tall, and the details are everywhere. QMx has an extensive library of screen-used costume and prop references, so they’re putting it to work here and the gorgeous head sculpt was created by Trevor Grove.

Plus, if you order directly from QMx, your Mal will come with his very own Lassiter.

This bit of shiny is expected in the Fall, but there’s a waiting list and I’d make gorram sure I was on it if I wanted to get one before they sell out.

Head after the break to see more pictures of our favorite Captain Tightpants.

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i am elemental figures

This Kickstarter project for a new line of action figures called IAmElemental says it’s looking to create action figures for girls. But given the idea behind these figures, I hope boys and girls alike think they’re amazing action figures and want to play with them.

Keeping in mind the outsized proportions of some female action figures, IAmElemental figures are created “with healthier breast, waist and hip ratios”. Additionally, the figures aren’t based on characters, but on the things that make up a person’s character.

Plus, the figures themselves are well made and come with all kids of cool stuff from accessories to their own trading cards.

The first IAmElemental series is called Elements of Courage and each figure embodies one of those elements: Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence and Fear.

All in all, it’s a great idea and I definitely hope they get this project funded. Check out the video after the break for more info.

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Funko has already released a Pop! figure of Marty McFly, but now they’re giving him a proper ride. That’s right, they designed an adorable DeLorean. It comes with Marty, but you can take him out and put Doc Brown in the driver’s seat if you choose.

Great Scott, that’s not all! Funko also has four Back to the Future ReAction figures. The 3 3/4-inch toys have 5 points of articulation just like the Kenner toys of the 1970s and 80s. Their ReAction line includes Marty McFly, George McFly, Doc Brown, and Biff Tannen.

The toys are all available for pre-order now with shipping slated for later this month or in June.

See the ReAction figures after the break.

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As far as I know, engineers haven’t found a way to make an actual Titan yet (honestly, what are they waiting for?), but in the mean time, Hong Kong-based Threezero recently premiered a new Titanfall toy that’s almost as good as the real, cannon-wielding thing.

The above Titan is fully posable and is 20.5-inches tall (that’s not Titan-huge, but that’s still pretty big). It also comes with a six-inch fully articulated pilot. Plus, if you buy more than one of these toys, you can build your own Titan army and then you can spend the rest of your life commanding your robotic minions to unleash hell from the comfort of your darkened apartment. Sounds awesome, right? Unfortunately, a price hasn’t been announced yet, but there’s a good chance that these toys might cost a pretty penny. Damn.

(via Topless Robot)

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I like to pretend I live in a world where my action figures come to life at night and have adventures and battles. Photographer Zahir Batin makes such a world real in his photograph series of Star Wars action figures posed out in nature.

He puts clone troopers and other figures in funny situations and occasionally works in a bit of editing magic like you see above with the Force choke. He even goes the extra mile to explain the behind-the-scenes aspects on his Facebook page. I admire both his photography skills and his patience for setting the shots up just right.

Check out more examples of his work after the break.

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