Tomart's Encyclopedia of Action Figures: The 1001 Most Popular Collectibles of All Time by Sally Ann Berk
For the first time, a complete encyclopedia of the most popular action figures in the world. It includes comprehensive information on the characters, their dimensions, production qualities, packaging, where to buy them and much more. The Barbie Doll was launched for girls in 1959: it wasn't a huge success, but the concept of a fashion doll was born. And the idea of an action figure male doll was also born, to appeal to boys. What followed opened up a huge market: G.I.Joe, Captain Action, Action Man...Then in 1977 came Star Wars and the world changed. Following that, Masters of the Universe (1981), Transformers (1983), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), WWF Superstars (1996), fueled the market. Did you have these toys when you were younger? Did you get rid of them, or break them? They may be worth a small fortune now.