Toys now have incredible value, collectibility and articulation which makes them exceptional playthings as well as display pieces. I've long had a pretty extensive toy collection and as I clean up my house for my next move, I've been reviewing all sorts of toys I have kicking around (some of which even become available for sale after I review them!). As I thin my collection, I'm happy to point toy enthusiasts in the direction of great toys they might well love and help steer them away from toys that they are likely to loathe after a time!
Before you check out the reviews, I heartily recommend understanding how I review in general. While all of the toy reviews are in my blog, W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe, as is my overall standard - My Reviewing Philosophy - I figured I'd take a moment to run through my criteria for how I review action figures and toys.
All toys I encounter are evaluated on a ten point scale where 0 (zero) is absolutely abominable through 10 (perfection, every fan should want to make it a part of their collection!). I start at zero and toys work their way up to ten. What are the criteria I grade on? Here are the standards:
3 points - Sculpt/Coloring - Does the toy look like what it is supposed to? Is the coloring good? Does any difference between the image on the package and on the figure make sense?
3 points - Balance/Articulation - Does the toy stand on its own? Does the figure have joints that move and are well-articulated? Is the playability of the toy good?
3 points - Accessories - Does the toy have good accessories? Are the accessories well-detailed? Does the coloring and scale match the rest of the figure?
1 point - Collectibility - Is the value of the toy going to hold up over the years?
These might seem like pretty strict standards for toys, but it's a surprisingly serious business!