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 That's partly because Disney relies on ancillary revenues from toys — and Baby Yoda, with his saucer eyes and toddler-sized robe, will soon inspire a fleet of plush dolls, keychains and vinyl action figures. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'Baby Yoda' owns the internet. What does that mean for the future of 'Star Wars'?," 22 Nov. 2019 Embrace all that by perusing comic books, action figures and role-playing-game accessories. Matt Wake |, al, "The ultimate Huntsville weekend: 30 local must-do’s," 27 Sep. 2019 Despite having very little screen time in the original film trilogy, Fett has become one of the Star Wars universe’s most beloved characters, with one of the top five best-selling Star Wars action figures. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The successful launch of Disney+ depends on the legacy of Boba Fett," 11 Nov. 2019 Theft: Mayfield Road A Cleveland man, 28, was cited at Walmart Oct. 1 for the theft of three toy action figures. cleveland, "Boy brings machete to meet with friend: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 10 Oct. 2019 And, of course, the outfits look slightly different – which means my daughter is going to want new gowns and action figures. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "There's a 'Frozen 2' poster and now we definitely have to buy new princess gowns," 10 June 2019 Care Bears, My Little Pony, Nerf Blasters and the Masters of the Universe action figures, which feature He-Man and She-Ra, round out the list. David Williams, CNN, "Care Bears, Matchbox cars, Nerf blasters and smart phones among 2019 finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame," 11 Sep. 2019 Hasbro, the company behind Marvel action figures and Play-Doh, among other toys, has been working for the past several years on sustainability initiatives. NBC News, "As millennial parents demand sustainable toys, Lego is perfecting plant-based bricks," 2 Aug. 2019 There were flowers and candles and action figures of Captain America and Iron Man. Jason Morris And Darran Simon, CNN, "A person is in custody in the shooting death of a 7-year-old St. Louis boy, police say," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of action figure

1950, in the meaning defined above

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30 Nov 2019

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“Action figure.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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