This Isn’t Your Typical G.I. Joe – Action Figures of Real People

As the holiday season approaches, you might have some children in your life who are asking for Barbies, or Disney Princesses, or Transformers, or Star Wars action figures.  Instead of supporting an interest in Barbie (whose physique defies all natural laws), or the princesses (who set feminism back about a gazillion years), or in a franchise that gets lamer and lamer by the moment (I blame it on Jar Jar) why not buy that special someone a historical, literary, or real-life-celebrating action figure instead?

Historical Action Figures

Alexander The Great

OK, so maybe Alexander the Great wasn’t the NICEST guy in the world, but he was pretty smart and pretty tough.  Maybe he’s a good substitute for a Transformer, or GI Joe (do they even still sell those?).  This toy also comes with battle armor:

Alexander the Great Ready for Battle

Or, if he’s not your cup of tea, perhaps a strong female character would make a good gift.

Anne Bonny Pirate

Anne Bonny was a female pirate.  Not sure if it’s a better message to kids to give them the action figure of a woman who stole and plundered for fun, or for a vapid-headed princess who’s willing to lose her own voice so she can be with a man.  Hm.  Tough call.

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was the first female superstar in American (thanks, Wikipedia!) and she could hit a target shooting behind her back with a mirror.  That’s why THIS toy comes with a mirror.  And that’s also why she’s holding her gun backwards.  In case you were wondering.


Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, was not such a bad guy.  A kinder, gentler pirate, if you will.  Just thought you should know.

Marie Antoinette

And she never really did say, “Let them eat cake,” you know.  This fun toy comes with a removable wig (to show how she must have looked BEFORE they cut her head off) and her head is removable too.  So, she’s fun AND educational!  Who doesn’t want a Marie Antoinette Toy?

Marie Antoinette Features

Houdini with More

Just don’t punch him in the stomach.  Houdini.


Is this the same toy?  I guess so.  Hours of entertainment!

JP Patches

Famous clown named J.P. Patches.  Scared of clowns.  Moving on…


Freud!  Just in time to help me get over my clown fears.


Jung, just in time to tell Freud he’s being a bummer.

Benjamin Franklin

Good old Benjamin Franklin.  Even though he’s one of the greatest figures in American history, my grandma didn’t like him because she said he used to sit around naked.  First off, what’s wrong with that?  Second, how did she know that?

Literary Action Figures

Charles Dickens

“Hey, it’s me!  Charles Dickens!  I wrote such classics as A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and more!  I also helped found and run a home for fallen women!  Yay me!”

Jane Austen

“It’s me, Jane Austen!  I wrote Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and lots more, and likely died of Bovine Tuberculosis! I trust that you won’t doubt my power to bring universal pleasure.”


“I’m William Shakespeare.  And you’re not.”

Oscar Wilde

“I’m Oscar Wilde.  And I DIDN’T die of Syphilis!”

Historical Musical People Action Figures


“It’s me, Bach, saying if it ain’t Baroque, don’t fix it!”


“I’m Beethoven.  I rocked.  I likely died of lead poisoning, and I could compose and play the piano even after I lost my hearing!”


“I’m Mozart!  The movie about me was way better than the movie about Beethoven!”

Piano Sold Seperately

For any of the above characters, you can download the template for this foldable piano.


“I’m Wagner.  If it weren’t for that crazy King Ludwig, I might have been exiled forever!”

Religious Figures


Moses’ special collectors edition sandals can also be yours for just $19.99!


You can go with the standard Jesus…

Deluxe Miracle Jesus

Or the Deluxe Miracle Jesus, complete with jugs for water and wine, loaves and fishes, and glowing magic hands.

Real Life People


For the librarian in your life – the Librarian Action Figure.

Delux Librarian for Real

For the BETTER librarian in your life – the Deluxe Librarian Action Figure.

Lunch Lady

To remind your kids to respect those unsung heroes of the lunchroom.

Sherlock Holmes

What do you mean “Sherlock Holmes isn’t real?”  What.Ev.Er.

Crazy Cat Lady

Because this is what happens when you watch too many Disney movies and play with Barbies, kids.

Seth Godin

And finally, for that special kid who knows he wants to be a marketing guru someday – Seth Godin!  Woo hoo!

All these fine action figures, along with a lot more neat stuff, can be found at Archie McPhee

Article by Lizaio


  1. I have to agree with retmil that Entertainment Earth is one of the best sites out there for toy clcteolables, simply becuase they offer items from many different manufactuers. As for models, that’s getting harder. Ten to twelve years ago, one could walk into a comics / hobby shop (or even Toys R Us) and find models based on superhero or sci-fi subjects. Now it’s tough to find models anywhere other than a hobby shop and when you do, they are traditional cars, planes, and ships. Many companies that used to make superhero kits have gone out of business or stoped making models. You might want to check ebay and try companies like Horizon, Toy Biz, Halycon, Polar Lights or Aurora. You might also want to check various hobby sites on the web and see what they still have from these companies it may be cheaper. There’s several sites out there that offer kits produced on a limited basis or that remake older kits from the past. Monsters in Motion is a site I check into from time to time for such items. (Beware, some of these get pricey) Cult TV Man is another good one. If you’re at a bookstore, Amazing Figure Modeler is a great magazine that is entirely about figure kit building. Hope this helps!.

  2. it just looks like a piece of trash but i like alexander the great one thats looks cool but i wish you could print them

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