Between Textuality and Materiality: Fans and the Mediation of Action Figures

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Abstract

Taking Star Wars as a case study, this article analyzes action figures as complex media texts that are consumed through a diverse range of media beyond the actual tangible objects available in toy stores. While earlier discussions of action figures have predominantly explored the relationship between character toys and the narrative of a fictional text, this article foregrounds the mediation of toys as playthings through fiction and non-fiction fan productions—including fan-fic, videos, cosplay, production histories, guidebooks, and podcasts on the past, present, materiality, and playability of action figures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFilm Criticism
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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