DC Collectibles 101: Anatomy of an Action Figure
Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:00am
Most of us study human anatomy in high school or college. We learn about bones, muscles and tendons, which are the three building blocks of most joints.
Well, a good action figure has plenty of joints as well, and they’re worth knowing if you’re a collector. Fortunately, unlike human joints, which have names like acromioclavicular and carpometacarpal, our joints don’t sound like the sort of words Harry Potter and Voldemort might shout out while shooting their wands at each other. They have much simpler names, but they can do almost as much.
We’re visual learners here at DC Collectibles, so rather than a lecture on Action Figure Anatomy, how about a chart? Here’s a look at the four types of joints you’ll find on a typical action figure, and where you might find them.
The figure in the chart above is Batman by Greg Capullo from our DC Comics Designer series of action figures. Obviously, not all of our figures are articulated in the same way, but we always try to bestow our action figures with as much articulation as we can without compromising the aesthetics of the figure.
As for those joints, here are a few points worth knowing…
You can click on the chart to get a really good look at it. Study up! We won’t be quizzing you, but you never know when your fellow collectors may. See you next week!