Buffy the Vampire Slayer Action Figures
If you are a fan of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer then you are in danger of becoming an action figure -- or even a comic book (but that's for another post) -- collector. Beware!
No matter you favorite character in the show, there's at least one, of not dozens of action figures devoted to him or her. Spike is your favorite? You have half a dozen to choose from. By the way, my personal fave? Subway Spike.
You can get most of these figures for under $15 on Amazon, eBay or at a local comic book store. If you're like me, or like I used to be, you're thinking what would I do with a Willow doll? Where would I put it and doesn't that make me the most pathetic geek in the world?
The answers are: It's just cool to have a Willow doll; you can bring it to work or prop it on a bookshelf at home; lots of people love the tv show and being a geek is suddenly cool. So don't sweat it.
I learned the hard way that not all action figures are created equally.There are some really good forums out there -- read up before you spend a dime! The Buffy community is very active and there are several excellent communities.
Some companies use the latest technology when it comes to creating the figurines. They use these amazing cameras that capture an actor from all sides at once and use that data to create to basic figure. For the fine detail and facial structure they'll employee a team of artists and sculptures.
Even the latest tech isn't going to help a bad face job. With Buffy figures, the Clayburn Moore figures are almost uniformly excellent. But each figurine is different. They come out at different times and some have a higher price tag -- super rare or what have you -- from the beginning.
The bottom line is this: Buy what resonates with you. If you think that the Anya shopkeeper action figure just doesn't work, pass on it. (I actually like the Anya shopkeeper, by the way.) Don't buy something just because it's rare. Things have value because others want them. So think about it logically -- just because there is a "collectors" edition of D'Hoffryn doesn't mean it's actually worth what you would pay for it. (Again, I think that the D'Hoffryn is excellent. You can even see his feet!)
Best of Buffy
I really love all the characters on the show. Even the villains. The mayor, The Gentlemen, stupid Warren, Drusilla, they are all perfect.
But my heart belongs to the Slayers -- especially to Faith. Her character is so complex. I absolutely hated her at the beginning. Hated her as only a shy girl can hate the girl who is the center of attention. But as the show progressed I was fascinated by her characters journey. Bad girl to BAD girl.
I love this Faith figurine. It captures her spirit nicely. I don't think it looks like Eliza Dushku much, but somehow that's OK. The tattoo is nice and I love the boots (where can I get a pair?)
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