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, 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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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 Hasbro The toymaker is behind such iconic brands such as My Little Pony, Play-Doh, board games like Monopoly, Yahtzee, Cranium, and Candy Land, as well as GI Joe action figures. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Toys 'R' Us Closings: How Mattel, Hasbro, and Lego Will Be Affected," 16 Mar. 2018 More than 18 million Doctor Who DVDs have shipped, 12 million action figures have been sold in the 13 years since its relaunch, and in 2013 a 50th-anniversary episode was screened in 94 countries. Clark Collis,, "Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker is simply 'brilliant' on the cover of EW's Comic-Con preview issue," 12 July 2018 So while those are finished Deadpool plays with action figures. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Deadpool 2' Marketing Blitz Bets on Too Much Being Just Enough," 14 May 2018 The reseller’s moving crew hustled inside and started stuffing black garbage bags with pink baby blankets and what was left of the Skylander action figures. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "At Toys ‘R’ Us, ‘There Is Nothing Left’: The Day It Closed for Good," 30 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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