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Action Figures of the 1980s (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) Paperback – May, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: A Schiffer Book for Collectors
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764304941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764304941
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Marshall is a pop-culture anthropologist, toy expert, and widely-published author. Among his written works are the book G.I. Joe and Other Backyard Heroes (1997) and articles for such publications as Collecting Toys, FILMFAX Outre, Cult Movies, Oriental Cinema, International Doll, Collectible Toys and Values, and Film Threat.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Iain Fyffe on April 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is certainly good for reference. However, the author obviously thinks very highly of himself and his humour, which is often childish. He is also convinced that he *knows* what is good and what sucks, and if you disagree, it's because you don't know as much as he does. This may be partly because he grew up in the 70's rather than the 80's, and as such views these toys as a collector rather than as a fan. He also occasionally shows ignorance of the subject matter. For instance, he refers to Sectaurs as Warlords of Symbion, rather then Warriors. He is also unaware of the fact there was a Defenders of the Earth cartoon in the 80's, evidenced by his puzzlement at the very existence of such an action figure line. The frequent typographical errors are also irritating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Mudd on December 16, 2009
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This book does have a lot of information and some great photos but it seems lacking. Some toys lines are missing or not completely covered and some have no photos at all. My biggest gripe is the errors in the book... the author is supposed to be some kind of toy expert but he refers to Powermaster Optimus Prime as a "Pretender" and some figures have the wrong name assigned to their picture. All in all, it's not a bad book but not worth the price of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Meddaugh on September 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mark must pick values, out of the air!? I think having the book to reference series, and figures regarding the GI JOE line are fine, but HE HAS NO CLUE, as to the prices of any given JOE figure. I suppose anyone can write one of these, based on his egotistical stance on the subject of collecting. Furthermore, he is VERY ignorant on many things, he writes as facts, and leaves quite a bit out-such as variants, and seems to focus on certain figures, as though there was random research done, while writing. 6.5/10
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