'War Journalist' action figures: A buyer's guide

PetaPixel | CNET

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Michael Zhang highlights a very cool toy: a 1/6 scale "War Journalist" figure, complete with camera bag, interesting facial hair, and laptop.

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)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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