Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Diecast Collection Project: Toy Glossary of Terms I.

In My Diecast Collection Project journey continuing from my Die cast 101- DEFINITIONS post , of course I need to know what these toy/die cast guys are talking about, hence this Toy Glossary of Terms article- more for me actually..I got this mostly from tfarchive.comtoycustomz and several other web sources(I hope you don't mind...) with embellishments, of course....

ABS (Acyrlonitrile Butadiene Styrene): A hard solid form of plastic.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

ACCESSORY: A small part that comes with a figure for usage with the figure or similar figures in the line.

AGE GROUP: One of several demographics products may be marketed towards.

Refers to the toy's pose ability, where a type of joint is. The more articulation a figure has, the more pose ability it generally has; a figure with basic joints at the neck and shoulders would be said to have three points of articulation.
from Poe’s Point: Articulation Revisited
How an item is bendable or statue-like in terms of posability, joint expression, and overall detail. I.E. Marvel Legends Figures boast that they are the most articulate figures in the industry, with joint expressions like hands, fingers, wrists, forearms, elbow/shoulder/knee/hip joints, feet, toes, etc.

BALL-JOINT: A ball/socket joint that allows 360 degrees of movement of articulation. Mainly used for arms and legs.

BLISTER/BUBBLE PACKAGING: The transparent plastic shell attached to a cardback; main types:

Clamshell” pack is a fully plastic shell sealed at the edges; refer to as a “blister pack”.
BOXED: means the toy is in its original packaging, which is a box (it may or may not be sealed)

BRICK: A term applied to early Transformers due to the overly square or rectangular shape of the overall figure compared to modern toys. Also applies to a toy where articulation is minimal. Compared to the curvature and fluid like motion of the bodies used on most transformers nowadays, certain G1 figures look like Robbie the Robot compared to, say, TF Movie Megatron.
Overload was the last original mold Voyager for the toyline. Considered a brick featuring almost G1 levels of articulation (only shoulder, hip, and head swivels) 
CARD/CARDBACK: The cardboard backing which a toy is sealed by a bubble package.
Luke Farmboy Cardback collection Cardback collection
CARDED: Means the figure is still in its original packaging which is usually a hanging card with the toy is a little plastic blister.

CASE FRESH: A toy that is sold directly out of the factory case. It's possible for toys to be damaged when case fresh due to shipping or warehousing errors.

COLLECTOR GRADE: The condition desired by collectors, which varies.

COMPLETE: When a toy is second-hand sold and includes original parts and accessories. Could be loose or packaged.

DETACHABLE: A part of a toy meant to removed.

DIE-CAST: (die cast or die-cast) in general refers to a metal casting process forcing molten metal, under great pressure, into a die or form mold cavity to give it a specific shape. Specifically, Die-cast toys are scaled down models, usually of automobiles, that are often made via casting.

Fabricated diecast shell of SLS AMG miniature model in scale 1:18

DIORAMA: A 3-D setting made to increase play time for action figures. See Playset

EXCLUSIVE: A toy that is only offered as limited run, usually given out at conventions or sold at a particular store.
3 Hot Toys exclusive Collectible Figurine in 2012;
1. Captain America: The First Avenger: 1/6th scale Captain America (Rescue Uniform Version) Limited Edition ;
2. The Dark Knight: 1/6th scale Lt. Jim Gordon ;
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: 1/6th scale Angelica  

FEATURES: An extra action given to a figure to increase play value. Could be considered a gimmick as well.

GIMMICK: A special feature given to an entire line to increase play value or could tread on a common theme.

GOLD PLASTIC SYNDROME: (GPS) is fandom terminology used to describe the phenomenon of a toy's plastic decomposing and becoming brittle to the point of shattering or crumbling under minimal-stress conditions.All noted instances of GPS have occurred in hard, glossy gold-colored plastics that appear to have a "swirl" to their coloration.
Emoformer with GPS

GRADING: A system where a toy is graded on their value and condition.

INSERTS: Contents in a toy's package that are not part of the product itself. Could be instructions, stickers, catalogs, or sprues.

KITBASH: A customized figure made by fans.

KNOCKOFF/Bootleg: A reproduction of a legitimate toy, commonly made in third-world countries and made of inferior materials.

Comprehensive G1 Counterfeit / "Knockoff" ID Guide

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