Star Wars Prototypes from way back when…

sWith Star Wars Celebration in full swing and the 40th anniversary of the greatest movie of my childhood being celebrated like never before, why not take a look back at some of the fantastic product that never saw retail shelves? Thanks to the January ’99 issue of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest , there are some fantastic pics of on-produced or released prototypes from the Micro Collection line of metal figures and playsets.  And just like the article on Mego’s Marty Abrams, it’s so cool seeing where it all came from, Action figure and toy fans.

Jim  04/13/17

Special treat for my fellow MEGO fans…

Greetings gang! As any reader who has ever been to the Toy Box more than once by accident should know, I’m a HUGE fan of the MEGO line of action figures from the 70’s. They were and still are my first toy love. And while I rave, rabble and rant about the new  retro, Mego style action figures, nothing can top the originals… or their father; Marty Abrams…

I share with you now this fantastic article from January ’99, inside the former go to publication of all things action figures; Tomart’s Action Figure Digest.  See where it all came from Action Figure fans!

Jim 04/13/17

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A day to play the Viewaskewniverse way!

Needed a recharge from a “Meh Monday” so it was time to break out the figures and take a little break for the sake of comedy and inspiration. Figured I’d share 🙂 – Jim 03/27/17

And of course you get get your own via Entertainment Earth! (I’d truly appreciate it if you did. 😉

Now, Go Play!


What good is collecting if you’ don’t play? A new direction for the Toy Box…

Greetings dear readers! Changing it up around these parts because, well, it’s the right thing to do. Reviews have been great but where’s the fun in those? Plus, they’re a dime a dozen. Soooooooooo as for me and my Toy Box, it’s time to shake it up and put the play things through the paces of play… as it should be!

Taking my own advice and getting serious about PLAY!  I will preface this new journey with one thing though, some of the goodness that pops into my head may be offensive to some and not all of it may be exactly kid friendly. Nothing raunchy or terribly vulgar BUT not always PG.

Your pal, Jim 03/19/17

Connect with me on Facebook and tell all your friends who like this sort of goofiness. And perhaps, we may still learn something along the way.


Action Figure Work Day March 3rd, 2017 #AFWD2017 The best new holiday in the history of plastic!




Are you ready to play? I know I sure am! I’m still debating on who is going to enjoy the day with me tomorrow. Lots of options to be found in the Toy Box for sure so the selection process is a tough one. Do I go with something newly acquired such as the Figures Toy Company “Penguin” from the 1966 Batman series? Or maybe the $3 beater Captain Rex from the Clone Wars I also picked up for at Visioncon? Or do I dig out one of my favorites that I’ve had forever such as the Mego Green Arrow that my loving and understanding wife got me for Christmas back in 2009? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Maybe I should go pick up something new today? Expand my horizons… hmmmmm…..

What about you? Are you going to play tomorrow and with who? And to all my non-action figure friends out there in social media land, I challenge you to stop by the toy aisle sometime today or tomorrow and browse around. See what’s out there that may catch your eye. Pick it up and take one day to play. Could make for some great conversation for you tomorrow at the day job. May even help you learn more about the people you work with? Conversations started lead to great findings. And with a action figure as your subject matter, I’ll bet you same said conversation can’t help but be positive. I think it’s safe to say we could all use more of that mindset in our day to day activities!

Now Go Play! – Jim 03/02/17

Get connected with the official Action Figure at Work Day page on Facebook and share your pics and thoughts. All the cool kids are doing it!

AND do like actually just did… get your NEW Brodie Bruce (Jason Lee in Mallrats) Action Figure TODAY from Entertainment Earth. It may not be here in time for tomorrow but you’ll be totally ready for next year 😉



Brian Muir Darth Vader Sculptor In The Shadow of Vader


This story featured on TKO 8 Television – Harrison, AR is my way of saying thank you and showing respect to Brian Muir, and all of his amazing work that benefited all of us, especially Star wars fans.

I could go on and on and on about my take on meeting Brian and Lindsay Muir but I think you would be far better for it if you would do some connecting yourself by following these links….

And for more of my reflections of Visioncon 2017, visit me at my personal playground