There’s a reason that action figures have been a favorite toy for generation after generation of kids — they’re a jumping-off point for all kinds of adventures, sparking hours of imaginative and physical play. And while they may immediately call to mind super heroes and G.I. Joes, action figures don’t have to be limited to favorite characters from movies or TV (hi, Spider-Man and Power Rangers!) — kids can also play with action figures of classic characters like knights and pirates, real and imaginary creatures, and even job-related action figures like firefighters and police officers. Not limited to big kids, toddlers can even get in on the fun with figurines especially designed for their little hands.
Of course, action figures can also be priceless collectibles that never leave the box, but we’re guessing that’s not what you’re here for. (Maybe your kids can leave their toys untouched in the box, but ours sure can’t!) So for hours of active, hands-on fun for kids of all ages, check out our recommended picks for action figures that are sure to delight.
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1. Playskool Marvel Ultimate Super Hero Set
Fans of Marvel’s comic book and movie characters will love creating endless adventures with this set of ten iconic super heroes, including Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Designed for smaller hands, there are also no small pieces that can be too easily lost or stepped on, and the legs and arms are articulated for more posing and adventures. Great for toddlers and kids up to age seven.
2. Disney Buzz Lightyear Interactive Talking Action Figure
Toy Story 4 has proven Buzz Lightyear and friends have a timeless appeal for kids, and this interactive Buzz Lightyear will delight young fans with its 15 catchphrases and retractable helmet and wings. Kids can also activate a ‘karate chop’ motion. All joints are articulated and posable, including fingers. To infinity — and beyond!
3. Click N’ Play Sports and Adventure Snowboarding Set
Kids can enjoy playing with a real-life thrill-seeker with this snowboarding playset. He comes with his own accessories, including a snowboard and snow accessories. He is also articulated at 30 different joint points. Other figures include a police officer and SWAT team member for more real-world play.
4. SHARK WEEK Discovery Deep Ocean Explorer Playset
Make shark week every week with this interactive ocean playset. This kit includes six different sharks, a scuba diver, his deep sea suit, a boat, and all the gear he uses in the water. Your little marine biologist will love this kit because it was designed for kids to touch, feel, and explore the wonders of the ocean. Make their story-telling and imagination grow when it’s time to play.
5. FUNDISINN Among Us Game Figures
Become a little suspicious with these action figures designed to encourage camaraderie. These 12-piece figurines are a hilarious way to get the family together for a night of action and mystery. Modeled after the popular video game ‘Among Us,’ the objective is easy — find the imposter. Create your own real-life game and see the chaos unfold. What’s neat about these figures is that they come apart when someone gets killed, so it’s as realistic to the video game as possible.