He also has a press pass and some serious glass.
Interestingly, this handsome lad isn’t the only war photographer action figure floating around. This clean-shaven fellow on eBay, who seems to have been born in 2010, sports a fancy “Nikno” strap and a “Lecia” camera, and current bids are about $111 for a kit including camera bag, water bottle and spare rolls of film. Film?
But wait, there’s an even earlier “War Photographer” action figure! A somewhat less glamorous “War Journalist” figure hit shelves in 2004.
In an interview with John T Wong of Toy News International, BBI’s James Hung said the figure “was inspired by a friend of mine who was a freelance photographer providing battlefield shots for various press agencies.”
Every year hundreds of journalist are killed in their “line of duty” while trying to provide accurate and often real-time information for the public. In this respect, they are courageous soldiers without weapons. They are there to collect and report the facts to let the truth be told.
I have not been successful in locating Hung, but I’d like to share with him some ideas for other figures: “Copy Editor: Unsung Hero” (smells like coffee, weeps when you move him to centralized hub); “Digital Journalist: What Does He Do Again?” (comes with several pairs of rectangular glasses, frequently vanishes to attend conferences, not eligible for buyout); “Investigative Reporter: Angry Survivor” (has only one outfit, insults you when you ask how things are going).
Related: Barbie to sell Malibu “Dream House” (The New York Times)