action figure


Definition of action figure

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

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Examples of action figure in a Sentence

a collection of action figures of his favorite superheroes
Recent Examples on the Web And Funko Pop! unveiled its new Selena action figure, which will debut in March 2021. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Selena continues to rule the airwaves in new Houston radio station," 17 Dec. 2020 Her remains rest atop a bookshelf in my bedroom, next to an action figure of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, waiting for a time our family can gather to scatter them. John Leland, New York Times, "How the Oldest Old Can Endure Even This," 1 Jan. 2021 Fallon's team at The Tonight Show challenged the Obi-Wan Kenobi actor to leap over an Obi-Wan action figure on his motorcycle. Nick Romano,, "Ewan McGregor executes Jimmy Fallon's 'epic' motorcycle stunt with Obi-Wan Kenobi figure," 16 Sep. 2020 And there are also plenty of Cyber Monday laptop deals, video games and Shark robot vacuums, plus discounts on toys like the Barbie Estate Malibu House playhouse and Marvel Avengers: Endgame action figure sets. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Walmart Cyber Monday deals 2020: Best sales on Dyson, grills and more," 30 Nov. 2020 Chip is saving up to buy a Spider-Man action figure. Fox News, "Alabama mail carrier surprises birthday boy with a gift," 27 Nov. 2020 During a holiday photo session, his parents captured Sheehan's pure joy while unwrapping an Aquaman action figure. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Jason Momoa surprises young ‘Aquaman’ fan battling cancer with 'beautiful' FaceTime call," 24 Nov. 2020 The action figure has the Astroworld artist holding his infamous Travis Scott meal. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Travis Scott x McDonald's action figure lowest ask is $55,000," 9 Nov. 2020 The lead characters, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad, compete on Christmas Eve to purchase an impossible to find Turbo Man action figure for their sons. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "The Toyman: Brian Levant to share his massive collection in 'My Life and Toys'," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of action figure

1950, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Action figure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of action figure

: a small usually plastic doll

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Kids Definition of action figure

: a model often of a superhero used as a toy

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