A few months ago we discovered a new wonderful visual resource for tracking action figures, weapons, vehicles and playsets in a simple image. The social media-based Action Figure Checklists creates visual checklists for action figure toylines that are extremely helpful for those wanting to make sure their collection or figure is complete. The collector and creator of Action Figure Checklists is William Stonum who came up with the concept as a way to track his own collections when toy hunting. With over 135 visual checklists currently available and more on the way, Stonum has put in a ton of work for the benefit of action figure collectors of all types. While we specialize here on Star Wars action figures, we are collectors and lovers of so [...]
If there’s one thing we here at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss love almost as much as Star Wars action figures, its Star Wars comic books! Since there are no action figure comic-packs currently on the horizon we thought we would stop daydreaming of a rekindled relationship between these two and instead take a look back at how it all started. From He-Man to Micro Machines – the birth of the comic and toy mash-up! In the 1980’s it wasn’t uncommon for an action figure line to come packaged with a comic book story of some sort. For example in 1982, Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line became very popular and included a mini-comic book (published by DC Comics) with each of their action figures. The [...]
As new product has finally begun to reach store shelves, collectors are seeing two new styles of Star Wars action figure cardbacks. In celebration of the release of The Black Series and Saga Legends series, From 4-LOM to Zuckuss is taking you on a brief look back at the different cardback styles of yesterday and today. 1) “Classic” Style The “classic” style of cardback (established in 1978) set the standard for Star Wars action figure cardbacks with its rectangle 9” x 6” shape. This is the only style of cardback that does not feature a J-hook type hanger but instead an isolated peg hole. This is the most widely used and most popular style of cardback. Series to feature this style: Star Wars, The Empire [...]
Kenner/Hasbro’s 1996 short-lived Shadows of the Empire series is the topic of conversation in the most recent episode of Galaxy of Toys Podcast. In Episode 9, the hosts do a great job of breaking down each toy released with knowledgeable insight and fun nostalgia. Head on over to have a listen by clicking the pic below!