“Action” figure?

I don’t watch Lost, but mostly because I know I would probably become obsessed with it and I have enough obsessions in my life. But I was amused to see that ball (as in base) enthusiast Todd McFarlane is producing Lost “action” figures. The first wave of statu–I mean, figures will feature Merry from Lord of the Rings sitting on a pipe.

Now, I’ll grant Todd his due respect for revolutionizing the toy industry and raising the bar for sculpting through the roof. But I just don’t see the appeal of this sort of thing. If a figure has at least a little articulation, then for me, it crosses the line from mere collectible to something with some use value, something that can inspire the imagination a bit. But that’s another blog post…

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