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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Throughout all of this drama, Kate and Toby bond over vintage action figures—and a Three Rivers Stadium replica—but otherwise things remain status quo. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This Is Us Will Reveal 'All the Answers' Next Week, So Get Ready," 15 Jan. 2019 When kids immediately fell in love with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader, their action figures were nowhere near ready. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Earlier this year, during a visit to Elysée Palace to have tea with Brigitte Macron, Jacques again had an action figure in hand—this time a Spiderman toy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 She has been made into an action figure, a Halloween costume and a design motif for totebags and T-shirts. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Hospitalized After Fall," 8 Nov. 2018 All went well until nearly the end of the celebrations, when Jacques dropped his action figure into the crowd. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 With that matter now resolved, the California action figures to move forward. Lee Ross, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' legal fight with Trump returns to LA courtroom," 24 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of action figure

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of action figure was in 1950

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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