Action figures have been around for about 50 years, entertaining kids all around the world with cool accessories and unique features. During that time there have been tens of thousands of different figures, some really cool and some not. Here’s our list of the 10 coolest action figures of all time:
1. G.I. Joe
This is the most famous action figure of all-time, and with good reason. The G.I. Joe started it all as the very first action figure, debuting with many different styles and accessories. During its almost 50 year run, the toy line has expanded from just one “Real American Hero” to an entire team. G.I. Joe’s are so popular they even have a complex background story involving an ongoing battle between the G.I. Joe Team and the evil Cobra squad. No action figure is cooler.
Star Wars toys are among the most popular of all time, so it’s hard to pick the best action figure from the bunch. So, we decided on the silliest, and Chewbacca it is. The fury friend of Han Solo has several action figure iterations, and some cool accessories like weapons and backpacks. There were even a few versions of the toy that let off his famous growl!
3. Stretch Armstrong
One of the most unique action figures of the 1990’s, was also one of the most fun. It may look pretty simple, but Stretch Armstrong was very popular for it’s durability. You could stretch each of his rubbery limbs up two two feet, knotting them together or tying them to another object.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Almost all of the TMNT action figures have been really great. From the original plastic versions (above), to the new Lego Minifigs (which be mentioned yesterday). The characters have been popular for almost 25 years in comic books, movies, TV shows and cartoons, and nearly every version of the famous turtles have an accompanying action figure.
No matter which version of Batman is your favorite, there is certainly a cool action figure to match. From the original 1960’s TV Batman to the current Dark Knight, there are plenty of cool Batman action figures to choose from. Many of the newer figures come with some really great accessories like a working utility belt, and removable costume.
6. Any Lego Mini Figures
Until the Minifigs came around, action figures were often huge and sometimes hard to transport. But that all changed when LEGO introduced the thousands of versions of minifigs, allowing for the figures to be transported almost anywhere. From superman to surfer dudes, your collection of minifigs can be almost limitless. Plus they come in giant sets, with dozens of figures included.
7. Removable Helmet Darth Vader
The Star Wars villain’s action figure is simple, but really cool. Vader’s helmet is removable, revealing the burned, disfigured face below. You could practically act out the entire movie trilogy with this one.
8. Optimus Prime
The coolest transformer of all-time also has one of the coolest action figures ever. A fully moveable, transforming toy that goes from a semi-truck to the massive autobot, featuring wheels and functional weapons. Now that is an action figure.
One of Marvel’s greatest baddies was brought to life in this awesome action figure, complete with giant muscles and a removable ramming helmet. This action figure was as tough as they came.
10. Buzz Lightyear
He doesn’t look as “grown-up” as some of the others, but Buzz gets points for being original. Inspired by the popular Toy Story character, the 12-inch Buzz action figure matches the movie character perfectly.
Congratulations to Kyle, winner of a brand-new G.I. Joe!