There is a misconception in our country that toys are only for children. In fact, it is adults who buy most of the expensive toys. Originally marketed as "Boy's toy", the term "action figure" was coined by toymaker company Hasbro. With time, it has gained the status of a collector's item rather than just a plaything.
Action figures are the miniature version of any real or fictional characters from movies, comics, TV, and even video games. These figures are posable, articulated, and come with accessories. From Iron Man to Triple H, these plastic-made collectables come in all shapes and sizes.
Below is the list of some popular action figures that you can source from Bangladesh.
Hot Toys Black Panther
This 1/6th scale Black Panther collectible figure specially features an authentic and detailed likeness of Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. It has the newly developed helmeted head with highly detailed textures and silver trims. Additionally, it also has a newly developed body with over 30 points of articulations.
The package of the Black Panther comes with six pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including one pair of fists, one pair of clenching hands, and a pair of clenching hands with claws.
The toy also has meticulously tailored black and silver coloured Black Panther suit with extreme fine details and textures. It measures 12 inches in height and is priced at Tk30,000.
DC Comics Variants Play Arts Kai Superman
Long regarded as a bastion of the free world, Superman has come to represent all that we hold dear: freedom, hope, and justice. In a sleek and modern form, Superman joins the DC Comics Variant line. A striking figure, Superman's reimagined suit combines a muscular, organic body with an angular armor system. His House of El family shield is accurately recreated on his chest.
The packaging of the toy also includes two different types of cloaks, one pair of extra hands, and an extra face. The toy measures around 12inches in height and costs Tk11,000
Marvel Legends Wolverine Icons
The Marvel Legends Wolverine Icons by Toybiz is a rare collection. The company does not exist anymore, so the last available toys of this company are scarce to find. However, you can also collect this piece from here.
In the grand tradition of Marvel Legends, this towering 12-inch figure is faithfully and artistically rendered to give the most life-like, realistic representation of the character you know and love from your favourite Marvel Comics.
Super articulated to heighten the sense of power and flexibility. This mammoth Marvel Hero looks as good in the collector's box as he does in action. The toy has 30 points of articulation and it is priced at Tk8,000.
Masters of the Universe Classics Flying Fists He-Man & Terror Claws Skeletor
The battle for Eternia rages and Flying Fists He-Man has a little something extra up his sleeve. More precisely, he has got a removable fist accessory at the end of his sleeve and he uses it to send Skelly a powerful message. But Terror Claws Skeletor is not about to hand over his power. He meets the challenge with two impressive oversized claws. Who will win this epic battle?
Released in 2015, the MOTU classics is a rare piece to find these days. And fortunately, if you are a collector, you can avail this right here in Bangladesh. There are shops in the country that will bring this product for you once you place an order.
Interactive, app-enhanced Deadpool Head
The Marvel Legends Deadpool's Premium Interactive Head is an electronic, interactive, app-enhanced collectible with over 600 different sounds, effects, and phrases to entertain you all day and into the night as well. The head also includes multiple sensors and motors for expressive movement, creating an illusion that will make you feel you are really talking to Deadpool.
The Deadpool head is exclusively for adults. The approximate price of this witty head is around Tk14,000.
Marvel Legends 80th Anniversary Iron Man 6-Inch Action Figure
This action figure was released last year to celebrate 80 years of Marvel comics. With a premium deco inspired by the iconic Marvel Avengers character Iron Man, this figure makes a great gift for fans of Marvel Entertainment. This highly articulated Marvel Legends Series figure features intricate character detailing, making it excellent for both playing and showcasing.
The package of this special edition Ironman comes with few extra accessories. The accessories include two alternate heads and hands and four blast effects.
It is a 6-inch action figure and costs around Tk3,000.
Where to buy?
Jamil's Comics & Collectibles
Jamil's Comics & Collectibles is a comics shop located in UAE market, Banani. Though they specialise in American comics, collectibles of Marvel, DC, etc. are available in the shop as well.
Toylet is a collectibles and toy store located in Gulshan 2. They have lots of products in their stock and they also bring products from overseas on a pre-order basis. They are highly reliable and there is no chance of getting counterfeits from them. They also have wide range collections of Art Kai and Marvel Legends action figures.
If you are looking for collecting rare action figure, this is certainly a place you would like to hop in. Situated in Uttara, the shop offers various ranges of modern and classic collectibles. The price is also reasonable.
The Giftery BD Exclusive
Giftery brings exclusive toys to Bangladesh. Situated in Uttara, if you are looking forward to buying the Black Panther toy mentioned above, this is the place you should be in.
Knock is one of the most favourite destinations for anyone who loves pop culture, accessories, collectibles. Situated in Shukrabad the shop has almost every kind of merchandise and accessories from all kinds of shows, books and movies.
Situated in Bashundhara city, Mustafa Mart offers toy lines from NECA, Marvel Legends, Mcfarlane toys, etc.
Unbeknownst to most people, there is a small group of people in Bangladesh who are obsessed with collecting action figures. The age group ranges from school kids to university faculties. There is even a Toy museum in Banglamotor. Toy conventions are held regularly and attended by a handful of geeks.
As exciting as it may sound, action figures are quite expensive and hard to find in Bangladesh. Bear in mind that there are knock off figures in the market that are cheaper but made with substandard material and lack in precision.