1/6 action figures, also known as 12-inch action figures or dolls, are a type of collectible toy that are typically designed to represent characters from movies, television shows, video games, and other media. These figures are usually highly detailed and articulated, allowing collectors to pose them in a variety of positions. Here is an alphabetical list of some common terms and concepts related to 1/6 action figures:
A – Articulation: The ability of an action figure to move and pose in various positions, often through the use of hinges, ball joints, and other types of mechanical joints.
B – Body: The main part of an action figure, typically made of plastic or other materials, that includes the head, arms, and legs.
— BIB(Back in Box) is a term used to describe an action figure that has been used, but is now back in its original packaging. This usually happens when a figure is used for a photoshoot and then returned to its box. Please check to make sure that all accessories are included and that there are no defective parts before purchasing the figure.
C – Customization: The process of modifying or altering an action figure to create a unique or one-of-a-kind version. This can include painting, sculpting, and adding or replacing parts.
D – Diorama: A small, detailed model or scene that is often used to display action figures.
E – Exclusives: Action figures that are only available at certain retailers or events, or that are produced in limited quantities.
F – Figure stand: A small, often clear plastic base that is used to support an action figure in a specific pose.
G – Gun: A small, toy weapon that is often included with an action figure.
H – Head sculpt: The molded or sculpted representation of a character’s head, which is typically made of plastic or other materials and can be swapped out or replaced on an action figure.
I – Infantry: Action figures that are designed to represent soldiers or other military personnel.
J – Joints: The mechanical parts of an action figure that allow it to move and pose in various positions.
K – Kitbash: The process of combining parts from different action figures or kits to create a new, custom figure.
L – Licensed product: An action figure or other toy that is produced with the permission and approval of the copyright or trademark holder of the character or property it represents.
— Loose simply means that the figure has no box. This is usually only an option when you are completing your collection and you can’t find the figure anywhere else. Do your homework for that specific action figure and only buy from a reputable collector.
M – Military: Action figures that are designed to represent soldiers or other military personnel.
— MISB(Mint in Sealed Box) is a term used to describe an action figure that is still sealed in its original packaging and has never been opened. Some people may use Mint on Sealed Card (MOSC) to describe the same thing, which simply means that the figure is packed in a card instead of a box. Either way, MISB/MOSC is a guarantee of the figure’s condition, but the condition of the packaging itself may not be mint. If you are looking for both a mint figure and mint packaging, make sure to ask for pictures of the packaging from all angles when buying online or from FB groups.
N – NECA: A popular action figure manufacturer that produces a wide range of figures based on movies, television shows, and video games.
O – Ordering: The process of purchasing an action figure, either in person at a store or online.
P – Pre-order: The process of reserving and paying for an action figure before it is released, often through a retailer or online store.
Q – Quirks: Unique or unusual features or details of an action figure that set it apart from others.
R – Review: A written or video evaluation of an action figure, often including a detailed examination of its features, articulation, and overall quality.
S – Scale: The size of an action figure relative to the character or property it represents. 1/6 scale figures are typically about 12 inches tall.
T – Third party: Action figures that are produced by companies other than the original manufacturer or license holder of the character or property they represent.
U – Upc: The Universal Product Code, a unique series of numbers that is used to identify a specific product, including action figures.
V – Variants: Action figures that are released in different versions or variations, often with different paint schemes or accessories.
W – Weapons: Small, toy weapons that are often included with an action figure.
X – XM Studios: A Singapore-based action figure manufacturer that produces high-end, highly detailed figures