action figure


: a small-scale figure (as of a superhero) used especially as a toy

Examples of action figure in a Sentence

a collection of action figures of his favorite superheroes
Recent Examples on the Web It’s adorned with superhero action figures and plenty of posters and artwork of Steph Curry because the teen loves basketball. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 This is the first year that DC has gone all in on exclusive or limited-edition items, offering comic books, action figures, hoodies and pins, among other hot collectibles. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2023 The streaming giant is selling action figures and apparel inspired by a new show based on a popular Japanese manga called One Piece. Paige Hagy, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2023 But while Dawson is great with the Jedi moves, Ahsoka comes across more as a strict mom than a cool action figure. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2023 Camouflaged into a couch was a gift bag from his label, Atlantic Records, which contained an action figure of Wu-Tang Clan pioneer RZA and yet another bottle of 1942. Kenan Draughorne, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Walter Emanuel Jones, who played the original Black Ranger Zack Taylor, said he was recognized as the character a week before the show premiered when a child, who had purchased his action figure, recognized him. Chaz Kangas, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2023 The 5-year-old then went from aisle to aisle filling up the cart with various toys, including Chelsea dolls, a Spiderman action figure, a baby doll, more action figures, dinosaur toys, and a soccer ball. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 24 June 2023 The two live in a home filled with memories from Carter's career: posters, merchandise, action figures. Toby Hershkowitz, ABC News, 3 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of action figure was in 1950

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“Action figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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action figure

: a small-scale figure (as of a superhero) used especially as a toy
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