6 inch (and 5", and 7")

ACTION FIGURES

My favorite action figures are the ones that range between 5 and 7 inches. These are the ones that are about 1/12 scale, so a 6 foot tall man would be 6 inches. Easy conversion, eh? And there are plenty of props for them, as you will see, since the standard collector's dollhouse is 1/12 scale.

Here are my absolute favorites: The Legion of Super-Heroes. These are being released currently on a very erratic basis. I have loved the L.O.S.H. since the 60's, and these are their silver age costumes. For those of you unfamiliar with the Legion, from left to right, they are: front row: Mon-El, Superboy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Brainiac 5, Supergirl, Star Boy. Back row: Ultra Boy, Timber Wolf, Ferro Lad, Sun Boy and Chameleon Boy. In front of Superboy and Supergirl are their pets, Krypto the Super-dog and Streaky the Super-cat.

I have a much better display for them, but it is a clear plastic rack that I got from the dumpster behind Blockbuster (don't ask), and it reflects too much light for flash photography. Each of these figures was collected separately, except that Superboy, Supergirl and the animals came in the Silver Age Superboy/Supergirl set. The Super cousins are the best articulated, having ankle, knee, hip, elbow, shoulder and neck articulation, as well as twisting wrists. Saturn Girl is the worst: she is only jointed at the wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck. That means she cannot sit down, and I cannot adjust the pose of her legs. And since one leg is shorter than the other, she must be posed with one foot on a prop, as seen here. (She comes with a stand with a spike to hold her, but I have misplaced it.) Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad are not much better; they have knee articulation but no hip movement. So they can't sit down, either.

Here's a fight scene between some of the Legionnaires and their greatest enemy, Mordru the Merciless. He has already floored the mightiest members, Superboy, Ultra Boy and Mon-El. What can Ferro Lad, Timber Wolf, Brainiac 5 and Star Boy do when the powerhouses have failed?

And in this picture the other Legionnaires fight another villain, the immortal Vandal Savage. He has taken out Saturn Girl, and immobilized Supergirl with a piece of Green Kryptonite. Can Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Chameleon Boy and Sun Boy stop him? Probably.

He knocked down Saturn Girl so that I didn't have to try to stand her up (see above). The green Kryptonite is from Pocket Super-Heroes (on another page), and the lamp is a Playmobil accessory. Vandal Savage is not a Legion villain (so far), but I figure that if he's immortal, he should still be around in the 30th century, neh? Anyway, he just looks too cool.

Here's a picture of some of my other figures. It's a confrontation in a bar between vampires Angel ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel") and Cassidy ("Preacher"). Looking on are Mary Jane Watson ("Spiderman"), Jesse Custer (the Preacher himself), Scott McCoy ("the X-Men"), Xander Harris ("Buffy") and Cordelia Chase ("Buffy"). Xander has a stake ready.

This bar scene is my favorite prop, and you'll be seeing more of it in the future.

MORE TO COME

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