Doll, Action Figure, or Figurine?

Doll, Action Figure, or Figurine?
Barbie Wonder Woman is possibly one of the best versions of the character that I have seen so far

How do I determine if something is a Doll, Action Figure, or Figurine? As a collector I have an easy way to label these. I am using Wonder Woman as my main example… probably because I love Wonder Woman.

My Rules:

  1. A Doll is a representation of an entity that you can dress or undress. It can be stripped nude and has no identifying marks as to what it is supposed to represent. Regardless of rooted hair or not, if you can strip a toy down, redress it and purchase multiple outfits… it’s a doll.
  2. An Action Figure is an articulated representation of an entity that is what it is. It may have soft goods or rooted hair but the figure is established as an identifiable character. Sure it may have accessories, or purchasable accessory packs but even if I loos Darth Vader’s cloak and lightsaber… he’s still Darth Vader.
  3. The figurine, simply, is a just a statute. No articulation, just eye candy.


Barbie Wonder Woman Doll

  • Facing a great enemy, Wonder Woman and Batman join forces to recruit a group of meta-humans to stand against this newly awakened threat
  • Having formed an unprecedented league of heroes, they set out to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions in Warner Bros. live-action feature film, Justice League
  • This Barbie Wonder Woman doll is sculpted and costumed just like the movie character
  • Armed for battle, this Amazon warrior wears her iconic Super Hero costume with headdress, boots, armored bracelets, “magic” lasso, sword and shield
  • Doll also features a fully articulated bodyβ€”perfect for high-action poses

Action Figures

Wonder Woman Fumikane Shimada Version Model Kit

Wonder Woman returns as a plastic model kit based on an original illustration by the beloved Fumikane Shimada! Three face parts are included (normal front-facing, normal left-facing, and yelling). The sword, shield, the Lasso of Truth, various armor parts, shield effect parts, and a simple base are included in this kit. Each joint has a wide range of flexibility to allow for diverse posing such as crossing the arms like in the comics. Wonder Woman stands 6 1/3-inches tall upon assembly.


Wonder Woman Movie Q-Fig MAX Figure

Steely eyed and fully armed, Wonder Woman is ready for her next challenger! This adorable, yet tough Wonder Woman Movie Q-Fig MAX Figure features Diana of Themyscira wearing her trademark red and blue costume atop her trusty steed. Unique and amazing details like the soft, textured bridle really brings this figure to life, as well as enables some movement and pose-ability in Wonder Woman. Armed with her sword and lasso, this dynamic PVC figure measuring about 5-inches tall and comes packaged in a window box.

I don’t mention plush items. Plush is plush. They can be articulated, have rooted hair, and even have accessories… Plush is still plush.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention bendable figures as a category unto themselves.

So, those are my rules. By my rules, the original Hasbro G.I. Joes were… yep, Dolls. I played with Dolls as a child. Mego was a bit different since some characters couldn’t escape what they were… I am looking at you Spider-Man, but I still consider that line to be Dolls. In the end, these are just labels. It really doesn’t matter what categories your toys fall into. As long as you love them, that’s all that truly matters.

PlaidStallion’s Toy-Ventures Magazine Coming Soon!

Toy-Ventures is a magazine celebrating and cataloging toys and action figures from the 70s & 80s, and it’s coming to a mail-box near you. I am pretty excited for Brian achieving his goal of seeing this project come to fruition, and for myself having a print magazine actually worth picking up, which is very rare these days. You can help support this project on Indiegogo.

This is a passion project of Brian Heiler. Brian is the creator of, host of the Toy-Ventures YouTube series and the author of the book “Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings” which was all about 1970s and 80s dimestore toys.

For the last 20 years, Brian has also been a freelance writer and photographer whose work appeared in publications like Famous Monsters of Filmland, Toyfare, Lee’s Action Figure Review, SFX magazine, Toy Shop magazine and was a regular columnist for the Village Voice’s Topless Robot.

Toy-Ventures is an old school print magazine about vintage toys from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s covering topics and items that don’t get the respect they deserve. Each issue will feature collector guides, rare photographs, interviews, and articles by some of the toy experts in the Collector Field.

Issue #1 will be a salute to the celebrated toy company Azrak-Hamway International or AHI.

Big Jim’s P.A.C.K. – Dr. Steel

Dr. Steel, now available on TeePublic.

Β  Β For a very long time I’ve wanted to do this design. It is from Jack Kirby’s illustration of Dr. Steel from the packing for that classic Mattel toy. Recreating the line art using nothing by shapes was a pain, but it’s scalable to any size. As what is virtually the digital inker of the piece, I also made a few changes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.

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