Eight Wacky Action Figures (Plus a Quiz!!)

In recent years, the toy market has been inundated with action figures, both typical (superheroes) and not-so-typical (historical figures). Sadly, though, many of the action figures are still rather humdrum. To help you steer clear of boring desk decorations, we've dug through the plethora of action figures to bring you the best of the bizarre and offbeat.

Bossman & Deluxe Jesus

1. BossMan: This 3-faced super hero / super villain comes with a Wisdom Amplifier, Magical Management Stogie, Wireless Worker Leash, Truth Mystifier, and Early Retirment Plan. BossMan is also either the most appropriate action figure for work or the most inappropriate—You decide!

2. Deluxe Jesus: You may have seen Jesus action figures before, but I bet you haven't seen the miracle-working action figure! The Deluxe Jesus kit includes a Jesus with "glow-in-the-dark miracle hands," as well as 5 loaves of bread, 2 fish, and a jug for turning water into wine. (Sadly, the company does not guarantee miracles.)

Devo, Fuzz & Houdini


3. Devo: Feeling nostalgic for the days of Devo? Now you can bring the party home with a Devo action figures complete with 5 interchangeable heads, a whip, and, of course, an energy dome.

4. Fuzz: Fuzz is the hipster action figure. He stands apart from the crowd of other action figures because (1) no one has ever heard of him before and (2) he has three interchangeable heads.

5. Houdini: The master of escapes comes with a chair, a cloth straight jacket, real rope, and working shackles, so you can reenact your favorite escapes over and over again.

Marie Antoinette

6. Marie Antoinette: Marie isn't just another pretty face. This doll has head-ejection action and a removable dress!

SuperMom & Vincent Van Gogh


7. SuperMom: This mom juggles it all... groceries, cell phone, children, work, and even her own second head!

8. Vincent Van Gogh: Impress friends and coworkers with your own personal Van Gogh and a collection of mini masterpieces. Plus, who can resist the second, bandage-wrapped (and presumably one-eared) head?

GI-Fridge.jpgMore action figures: Crazy Cat Lady, Cold War Unicorns, your friendly neighborhood barista, The Brady Bunch, Bo Jackson, Sgt. Slaughter, the World's Tallest Man, Jeffrey Lebowski & Walter Sobchak, and Nancy Pearl, Librarian (with amazing push-button shushing action!) Also, Jason made me include this picture (==>) of his William "The Refrigerator" Perry special edition G.I. Joe.

Let's hear all about your bizarre action figures, whether you own one, want one, or have a great idea for a new one.
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And don't forget it's Quiz Week!! To celebrate, take The Action Figure Quiz.

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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