Gift Shopping Made Easy: Super Hero Action Figures

In this modern age where more and more children seem to be allowed to have their faces glued to smartphones for a majority of the day, it can be easy to forget that there were once physical toys and action figures that entertained children. What used to be a trip to the toy store or a 12-hour camp session outside superstores to wait for the next big children's toy has now been replaced with a click on the app App Store and the purchasing of various that share the same property: intangibility. So why choose to buy a few ethereal apps that have almost no physical presence when you can treat your son or daughter (or even yourself) to a seriously cool (and in these modern times what can accurately be described as old school) Superhero Action Figure? Here's a few worthy of your consideration.

Iron Man 12-inch Action Figure

Iron Man 12-inch Action Figure

Whether you've always thought that Iron Man was a cool superhero or simply started to like him when the ice-cool Robert Downey Jr. was cast to play in him the Iron Man movies, there's no doubt that most children out there would simply love to own a piece of the Iron Man action. While building an actual Iron Man suit is out of the question for all but the most dedicated of engineers out there, there's always the option of getting hold of the 12-inch Iron Man action figure for your son, daughter, or self instead.

Now, while the action figures of today may not be a patch on the traditional action figures such as the original Power Rangers Megazord, this 12-inch action figure is a fantastic replica of the suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3. Though this figure doesn't perform any dynamic functions such as shooting, its size alone is reason enough for children to get excited over it. Figures such as this may seem fairly basic to most adults but to a child, a toy such as this can mean hours of fun.

So whether you want to give this action figure as a gift to your children or simply treat yourself to a bit of genuine Marvel-universe merchandise, this figure is quite the essential item for anyone who fancies expanding their Marvel superheroes collection, or for people that are simply a little bit mad for Iron Man.

Hulk 12-inch Action Figure

Hulk 12-inch Action Figure

The Hulk is quite a formidable superhero and a relatively unique one as well. Not many other superheroes from either the Marvel or DC universe can claim to become immensely strong and also green when they become angry. Though Bruce Banner's human state wouldn't make for a very good action figure, this 12-inch Hulk action figure is perfect for children of all ages to add to their collection. Its 12-inch height means that it is considerably larger than many superhero toys you will find out there, and construction is very detailed, right down to the tiny toenails of the character.

The toy is of course best enjoyed by children ages 4 and above. Like the Iron Man figure, it unfortunately doesn't come with any interesting extra features such as extra flexibility for posing or dynamic props, but it will at least allow your son or daughter the ability to make the Avengers assemble, one action figure at a time. See the 12-inch Hulk Figure at Amazon.

Thor 12-inch Action Figure

Thor 12-inch Action Figure

You'll see some Thor action figures going for upwards of £200 on some websites (including Amazon), but these are the kind of figures that are purchased by collectors and admired from afar. This 12-inch action figure on the other hand is designed for hands-on action at the hands of any child aged 4 or above. Take hold of the God of Norse mythology and add him to your Marvel superheroes collection with this great12-inch figure.

Luckily, since this is intended to be used as a toy the price is more reasonable than the aforementioned £200 that was quoted for a more intricate version of Thor. This 12-inch figure costs £14.99, can be bought at ToysRus, and is also eligible for Prime delivery, meaning that if you order it early enough in the day it can arrive the following day. Handy if you're purchasing as an urgent present or simply don't like waiting for your Marvel action heroes to arrive.

Wolverine 12-inch Action Figure

Wolverine 12-inch Action Figure

Though the above superheroes may not be the cup of tea that your children were thinking about, Wolverine has a much more universal appeal. Even if the coolness of the character is derived almost solely from him being played by Hugh Jackman in the X-men main-series films and spin-offs, this 12-inch action figure will certainly find a home in the Marvel superheroes collection that you may or not be amassing for yourself or your children.

Yet again the shortfall with this Hasbro manufactured figure is that there aren't any extra features like pop-out blades or enemies to fight, but this can be left up to the imagination. The basic nature of the figure also ensures that it is durable with less parts that would otherwise be liable to break with heavy use.

Batman 12-inch Action Figure

Batman 12-inch Action Figure

Perhaps one of the most formidable of all the DC universe, Bruce Wayne's superhero alter ego stands 12-inches tall in this case. Though the design of the figure isn't quite as dark or ominous as the most recent Batman film The Dark Knight Rises portrayed, this figure still holds quite a mean stare.

Additionally, this figure can be posed and has 9 different points of articulation allowing you to pose him more effectively than any of the above action figures. See the action figure at www.matteltoystore.com; it'll make a great addition to your Marvel collection.

Captain America 12-inch Action Figure

Captain America 12-inch Action Figure

Perhaps one of the most overlooked action heroes in the Marvel universe (the movies weren't fantastic) , Captain America still comes to you in 12-inch form. Pose the figure in your army of superheroes and allow your child to use his or her imagination to create a fantastic super hero game without the need for a computer or mobile device at all. This Captain America action figure also comes with a shield and can be bought from Amazon.co.uk.