action figure


Definition of action figure 

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

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Synonyms for action figure


doll, dolly, poppet [Midland], puppet

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Examples of action figure in a Sentence

a collection of action figures of his favorite superheroes

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Pick up this Toy Story 3 action figure set, which is down to $39.99. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "5 Stores Worth Visiting on Black Friday," 18 Nov. 2011 But really, the big draw here is the strange, action figure / human hybrid animation stuff, which looks visually striking if nothing else. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Searching, Tau, and more," 23 June 2018 Because the toy maker had created action figures of Cena proposing on bended knee to Bella, and there’s probably no chance the dolls will be released now. Mark Shanahan,, "So much for those action figures of John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella," 17 Apr. 2018 Befitting a true summer movie star, there’s even an effort underway to get Ginsburg her own action figure. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Mister Rogers and RBG are box office’s unexpected stars," 29 June 2018 One company came out with a series of Presidential Monsters action figures and included a Zom-Bush next to Baracula, Lincolnstein and General Eisenhowler. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Happy birthday to George W. Bush, the most doll-friendly president," 6 July 2018 This very strange movie has Steve Carell playing a photographer who’s lost his memory and starts creating makeshift World War II scenes out of Barbies and action figures. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Searching, Tau, and more," 23 June 2018 There's also the matter of us being a bunch of overgrown children who keep, and proudly display, all kinds of toys, action figures, dolls, and other nerdy decorations in our home offices. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The detailed toys and rare collectibles that keep watch over our home offices," 13 Jan. 2018 ARKit could recognize a specific children’s action figure and add virtual objects to the scene with which the toy could appear to interact, for example—that's basically what the LEGO app that was demonstrated at the WWDC keynote did. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of action figure

1950, in the meaning defined above

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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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