ToyFarce News: Toy Lingo For Beginners - Part 1

by ToyFarce
December 20, 2021

Are you sometimes confused by the terms used in a conversation about toys, or in the title of an item on ebay? Worry not, we've got you covered! Toy collecting can sometimes be overwhelming, and we will try to give you all the tools so that you don't ever have to worry about looking clueless while discussing toys with strangers on the internet or at a convention! You're welcome!

This first part will cover the basics, and the terms covering the condition of a toy.

ACTION FIGURE: The coolest thing on the planet. The thing we all love the most. Wikipedia says "a poseable character toy figurine made most commonly of plastic, and often based upon characters from a film, comic book, military, video game or television program; fictional or historical".

DOLL: The opposite of an action figure. They're not dolls, they're action figures, dad! Action figures are not dolls, but sometimes, dolls can be action figures. There is a grey area... Rule of thumb: If you can brush its hair, it's probably a doll.

LOOSE: When talking about the condition of an action figure, saying that it is loose means, like for a person, that it has been around. You will not be its first.

MINT / M.O.C. (Mint on card): Evokes the freshness of mint, so basically, your action figure is very fresh, still in its packaging. Probably smells nice and tastes delicious too!

M.I.B.: Unfortunately nothing to do with Agent J, Agent K or aliens, M.I.B. is a variation of M.O.C., but for items that come in a box rather than on a card: Mint in Box.

CASE-FRESH: The figure is brand new still inside the case (cardboard shipper box) and you will be the first person to touch it, as it has never been displayed outside. If you want to go one step further, you'd have to get your items 'container-fresh', where you would be the first person to touch the case from the container!

UNPUNCHED: Nobody has punched the figure (who would do such a thing?), so it's still in pristine condition, with his little cardboard 'chad' still intact (the little cardboard piece that covers the hole where the peg goes). Talking about pegs...

PEG-WARMER: A peg-warmer is a figure that nobody really wants, so it stays behind in the stores to warm the pegs, who sometimes get really cold during the winter. A peg-warmer will sometimes offer a blanket and hot cocoa to the peg.

What terms would you like to see in the next part? Let us know in the comments!

More news at 11:00... Part 1!

*ToyFarce News is parody news for laughs and not meant to be taken seriously!


Last 10 comments - ( Read All Posts )
ransomz - 2021-12-21 @ 12:52 am

How about covering the slang terms for those who buy multiples of scarce figures to try and make a profit on the secondary markets?

JangDangus - 2021-12-20 @ 11:01 pm

Bootleg. Knock-off.Lot of something. Custom. Vinyl figure. Example of how scale works. Soft goods (there should be a term for action figures with a basis in soft goods, or is there?). Articulation. Swappable. Kick his own ass (lol, fwoosh). x-points of articulation.

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