01/05/2006: This suggests a diorama that's going to send me straight to hell....
According to an article in the Lowell (MA) Sun, adults are getting into the action figure collecting game:
They are little momentos of sports, film, music and pop-culture history, 3 inches to a couple feet tall, but action figures portray a little piece of you, too.Yep, if the Jesus figure and the Jenna figure are even close to the same scale.... "Now starring Jenna Jameson as Mary Magdalene in a recreation of a scene from The Last Temptation of Christ". [Yeah, yeah, I know... The Magdalene wasn't really a whore, but never let the facts get in the way of a good storyline...]
Especially if you're a grown-up.
Once geared toward young children who sought toys related to movies or Saturday-morning cartoon fare, action figures went upscale and collectable more than a decade ago, aimed at an adult market with money to spend and a yearning for youthful nostalgia to fill.
"It's probably an 80-20 split now," says Larry Doherty of Larry's Comics in Lowell. "Eighty percent of buyers are adults, 20 percent kids."
And the figures cut a wide swath through popular figures, from Jesus to Jenna to Johnny.
Jesus comes with poseable arms and "gliding action."
The Johnny Cash figure pays homage to the late, great American recording artist.
Jenna, an 8-inch-tall action figure tribute to Jenna Jameson, who has built a small empire as a porn star, has other attributes.
Which reminds me that I should pull my copy of The Last Temptation of Christ off the shelf and give it a read again...
Len on 01.05.06 @ 07:33 AM CST