One look at Alex Teo’s home reveals his passion for 1:6 scale action figures. So
large is his collection that his home has taken on the vibe of a small museum.
What turns a mild-mannered graphic designer into an action figure aficionado?
Let’s ask him. Alex took some time to discuss just what’s behind his
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a father of two teenage boys living in sunny Singapore and a graphic
designer by profession. I run my own company and devote some of that time to
blogging about my passion. Blogging about toys has opened up a whole new world
to me, connecting me with many like-minded people across the globe and I've
made many friends from blogging.
There are enormous amounts of board games that make a quick splash
onto the scene and then disappear quietly into the night, like an
sulking beaver or any number of furry rodents. (I'll pause here for a
brief moment of applause for that sweet metaphor. Thank you.)
A true board game classic comes by only once in a decade or so and
has to contain some great, creative element, that keeps it accessible
and re-playable. Monopoly is a fantastic classic because it contains
chance, franchise building and a world that affects all participants.
Risk is a classic because it involves strategy, chance and action turns.
These board games have become legend because of their high replay
value, their accessibility to any generation, and their depth in
strategy options mixed together with a healthy amount of chance and good
It takes a lot to become a great, certified classic board game these
days. To most shoppers, the board game department has been looking
mighty bleak for a dozen years now. With video games dominating the
market and the attention of all spectrum's of the family, it's no
surprise that board games have to work extra hard to earn any kind of
play time. Especially when it comes to family time. However, where
others have fallen, one game stands alone and proud, and that game is
The Settlers of Catan.
China seems to be part of many conversations in our industry, but did you ever wonder how that came to be? Well, wonder no more. Toy Town: How a Hong Kong Industry Played a Global Game by Sarah Monks, a new book commissioned by the Toy Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong tells the inside story of how tiny Hong Kong became the world's number one toy exporter then went on to establish southern China as the global toy industry's production base.
Angela Gardner, one of the many contributors to the book, learned the toy industry from her father, Frank, head of Plastic Manufacturing Corp (PMC). She was the first woman to sell on an international level and went on to found her own company, Castlespring Enterprises in Hong Kong
Here at Radar Toys we are not fanatical collectors of plush toys. We much prefer articulate action figures and awesome strategy board games. Agricola, anyone? However, once in a while a company comes out with something that is just too darn adorable in the world of plush toys, that we can't resist. We've fallen victim to many-a-superb Pokemon plushies over the years, but this time around the winning hand belongs to a company called Funko.
Funko has been on the steady rise the last couple of years, producing bobble heads, vinyl inspired figures, and outstanding plush toys. Funko's awesome success is due their ability to secure licensing rights to some of the greatest franchises. From DC Universe to Star Wars to Lord of the Rings --- Funko has products of some of the most revered characters in nostalgia-land. Enough talk, let's look at some pictures of their great plushies. Here are a few of the house favorites at Radar:
There are so many great things that came out of the 1980's. The music, the fashion, the cartoons, and especially the explosion of video games in the homes of the masses. The 1980's produced a vast array of entertainment that blossomed into great and nostalgic franchises. Gremlins, Transformers, G.I. Joe -- the list could on and on. The Nintendo Entertainment System was a huge success in the world of video games for the home. It absolutely dominated that genre and era. Being very well positioned in that decade, it tied in very well with many of the franchise icons of the time. There is a hefty list of NES games inspired and based on movies and cartoons of the 1980's.
What is awesome to see is that some of the most revered NES game franchises have received their due respect with the release of great action figures at last. The best current example of this can be seen with the release of Mega Man action figures over the last couple of years. Mega Man is rightly considered one the best 8 bit era lineage of games. A side scrolling blasting platform game -- it is epic. For a game that had six editions on the 8 bit NES, it never failed to deliver the quality of game play that went along with the name Mega Man. All of the Mega Man games are considered to be in the top 100 NES games of all time. That is saying something.
At Radar Toys we basically tear up at the sight of mint condition copies of the NES games or the action figures. Mega Man is retro, nostalgic, and all kinds of awesome. The action figures are superb. We love the packaging and the style of the figures themselves. While no one will argue that these are the most articulate or detailed figures --- they are clean, with a smooth retro look and true to the original characters. They have a soft sculpting appeal that we think is great and a perfect fit for the style of Mega Man characters. Just look at some of these pictures and see Mega Man glory: