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‘They’re called action figures for a reason’

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Chris in Maryland is putting the “action” into his action figures. Today he shares his shelves of plastic-on-plastic violence, pitting The Teen Titans against Trigon, Mongul against the Justice Society and many more.

“I had a lot of fun posing many of the figures in fight scenes,” he said. “It is embarrassing how much I enjoyed doing this.”

Check out Chris’ collection below.


Chris tells us:

They’re called action figures for a reason.

Since 2005, I’ve picked up the occasional action figure here and there on a whim (and at a discount) at conventions. I’d never had much of a plan or had any real interest in displaying them until a few months ago. For the first time in about two decades, I am not buying comics on a regular basis and I realized this summer that I miss the iconography. I decided I wanted to expand my small collection of figures and find a way to feature them in order to fill the void.

Two trips to Ikea and Home Depot (the Billy bookcases, glass shelves, glass door, and dot-it lights make great cases for about $100 a piece) and many, many auctions on eBay for figures and specific issues to feature behind them resulted in three different displays.

As you can see below, I had a lot of fun posing many of the figures in fight scenes. It is embarrassing how much I enjoyed doing this. Some of the other shelves are just the characters in static poses because it didn’t make too much sense to have them fighting each other (don’t think I didn’t try in several cases, though).




The Crime Syndicate is one of my favorites. As you can see from this shelf, I wasn’t too worried about getting figures from a specific story or even consistent versions of teams. I just wanted to be able to match up cool looking figures.


The George Perez drawn JLA/JSA/New Gods cross-over from the 80s is an all-time favorite. That was the interpretation that helped me fall in love with the New Gods (even if they’ve rarely been as interesting to me since). With Omac throw-in for good measure (just because he is also Kirby and Perez’s version in DC Comics Presents wowed me so much), here is some New Gods-love.


This is the first of two Marvel shelves. Not sure why, but the Marvel figures have never appealed to me as much as those from DC. On the right, I’ve got a pretty cool X-team. On the left are two of my favorites – Falcon and Dr. Strange.


It didn’t take long to realize that most of the figures I was collecting were male. This shelf was my attempt to feature some female characters, including my all-time favorite Barbara Gordon from Thrillkiller and two versions of Scarab from Kabuki (the duality of which mirrors that of Promethea and Sophie in an unexpectedly cool way).


I was late to the Wildstorm stories but really loved Planetary and enjoyed various parts of the Authority. Really like the pairing of the trios here (even if the family dynamics between the characters are vastly different).

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Nice collection boss,wish I could do that someday.

I love when people bringing something bigger into displaying their collections, and not just putting their action figures in a row. Great collection and really awesome idea of displaying it

Sweet setup. Thank god shelf porn is back. I thought u guys got rid of it

Nice to see some New Gods love! And Trigon is pretty cool, too!

Looks awesome — having fun with your collection is the thing to do!

that is one cool way to display your colleciton espically love the x-men shef

‘They’re called action figures for a reason’

And the reason is because if you call them DOLLS, fan-boys are gonna get their feelings hurt.

Is this the Chris who used to run Phoenix Comix in Baltimore?

I picked up the Uncanny X-Men #100 reference before I got to your caption, Chris, so I say: mission accomplished, and well done!

Arranging shelves to harken back to favourite stories/issues/moments/ideas is a thing near and dear to my heart (I do the same thing) and so, unsurprisingly, I absolutely adore your set-up. Well done!


January 5, 2014 at 12:29 am

Glad shelf porn is back. Please keep it regular!!
Nice display

I love the variety in this collection. Really like the Falcon and Dr. Strange set up.

Love your set up. Great idea to pair the action figures with the comics.

Thanks for the comments, all.

@Jake – totally true.

@John – different Chris.

@Sean – hope you’ve sent photos of your scenes into JK. If they were posted in a previous Shelf Porn, please provide a link. I’d love to see them.

Meh. A friend of mine used to set up entire BIG battle sequences of his action figures in large fish tanks. That was much more impressive than these photos.

Wow, Catman, your friend sounds really cool. You, not so much.

Chris in Maryland – nice job, looks good! Love the Kirby shelf.

I totally would call Chris out for the utter dorkiness of it all…


… I, a grown-up man, did just spend last night photographing my Transformers collection in all sorts of action poses (including a great one of Grimlock with his sword raised with a volcano backdrop), so truly my only response can be one of brotherly love and admiration. :)

Plus your shelf is a hundred times nicer than the Ikea bookshelf I got going on.

El Santo – those look great! Dorks unite.

the Authority FTW, Angie rules

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