15 Unexpected Action Figures You Can Buy

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When most people think of action figures, superheroes and army soldiers come to mind. But isn’t that a little limiting? After all, Benjamin Franklin harnessed the power of lightning and we’re pretty sure Hillary Clinton has a mean right hook. Here are some action figures you might not have expected—but totally want now that you know about them. (Since these toys are geared toward adults and likely have swallowable parts, they're not recommended for children.)

1. HILLARY CLINTON; $15

Now you can re-enact all the fun of the campaign trail with this Hillary Clinton action figure. The 6-inch figure comes with posable limbs perfect for striking presidential poses and giving impassioned speeches. The presidential hopeful is dressed in a signature Clinton pantsuit and sensible heels.

Find it: Amazon

2. DONALD TRUMP; $38

On the other side of the election, we have Donald Trump. While we couldn’t find an action figure based on his current political persona, there is this relic from his time as a reality star. The toy speaks and has 17 different quotes from the television show The Apprentice. Now you can fire all your other toys and build a ritzy golf course in your bedroom.

Find it: Amazon

3. EDGAR ALLAN POE; $12

Recreate famous stories like The Fall of the House of Usher or The Tell-Tale Heart with this Edgar Allan Poe action figure. The hard vinyl figure is perfect for all your macabre misadventures. The set comes with a tiny raven to whisper in Poe's ear.

Find it: Amazon

4. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; $10

Writing sonnets has never been so exciting as with the help of this William Shakespeare action figure. He even comes with a plastic quill and book.

Find it: Amazon

5. JANE AUSTEN; $11

This Jane Austen action figure comes with a book and quill to help her write commentary about the high society in your toy box.

Find it: Amazon

6. RON BURGUNDY; $31

Relive all the best parts of Anchorman with this Ron Burgundy figure. The 13-inch toy has 12 different sayings from the movie and comes with a pair of aviator sunglasses, a glass of scotch on the rocks, and a dumbbell. You can also change Burgundy into a robe and loafers for relaxing at home with his many leather-bound books. Strangely, when you take off the sunglasses, you can look through the back of the figure’s head and see out of Burgundy’s eyes.

Find it: Amazon

7. VLADIMIR PUTIN (ON A BEAR); $65

Putin is known for his love of outdoor sports and riding animals shirtless, so it’s no surprise that his action figure would choose a bear as his steed. You can make Putin ride the bear into action—whether it be to hunt in the woods or intimidate foreign government officials.

Find it: Amazon

8. ALBERT EINSTEIN; $35

The German physicist might not seem like a superhero at first glance, but when you consider the breakthrough discoveries he made in his lifetime, it’s no wonder he’s been immortalized as a posable action figure. Use his movable arms to write elaborate calculations on blackboards and push back his luxurious, wispy locks.

Find it: Amazon

9. VINCENT VAN GOGH; $14

This van Gogh action figure comes with an easel and art box, and the figure holds a palette and paintbrush. The set has an amazing amount of detail: The easel actually opens and closes and holds a tiny version of a van Gogh painting (Harvest Landscape with Blue Cart).

Find it: Amazon

10. MOSES; $11

Have a biblically good time with this fun Moses action figure, complete with the Ten Commandments. The rest of your toy box is sure to stay in line when the rules are clearly displayed on those two tiny plastic tablets.

Find it: Amazon

11. PULP FICTION; $30

If you’re looking for a little more profanity with your toys, consider one of these Pulp Fiction action figures that spew all sorts of explicit quotes from the movie. You can pick from Vincent, Jules, or Jimmie. Vincent comes with a gun and has 12 different colorful sayings. Jules has a gun, briefcase, gold bracelet, and a “bad motherf*****” wallet; it speaks 11 phrases. Jimmie has a cup and slippers and says seven different things.

Find it: ThinkGeek

12. SNOOP DOGG; $40

This action figure is a full foot tall and ready to go on all sorts of adventures with you. With 34 points of articulation, you can pose the rapper in almost any position you’d like. Since it’s no longer in production, the supply is limited—get one while you still can.

Find it: Snoopermarket

13. ELVIS PRESLEY; $50

Serenade your other toys with this Elvis action figure. The glittering gold suit is certain to impress even your snooty G.I. Joe. Mattel has a huge line of Elvis toys and Barbie brand also makes a variety of Elvis dolls.

Find it: Amazon

14. POPE JOHN PAUL II; $34

Now you can bless your toy box with this Pope action figure. The toy has a historically accurate outfit and has 22 sayings spoken in the Pope’s actual voice.

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15. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN; $34

Relive one of Benjamin Franklin’s most famous experiments with this action figure complete with kite. Since this toy is made with hard vinyl, it probably won’t attract any lightning, but it’s possible Franklin never really performed this trick to begin with.

Find it: Amazon

15 Forgotten Summertime Activities We Need To Bring Back

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Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy the sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to take a break from technology. Ditch your TV, shut down social media, and go outside. To do what, you might ask? Here are 15 summer activities from yesteryear that we should totally revive in popular culture.

1. Skipping rocks

Here’s a recipe for a classic summer: put down the video game, go outside, and throw rocks at water. Once you’ve mastered the flick of the wrist required to get the right amount of spin on your stone, it’s hard to stop counting how many skips you get on each throw.

2. Playing loggits

This game played in Tudor England was sort of like a cheap version of horseshoes. Players stuck a stick in the ground and took turns throwing other sticks at it. Whoever got their stick closest to the target won the game. Consider this activity more proof that all you need to have fun is some yard debris and a sunny day. 

3. Rolling a hoop

Two young girls rolling hoops in a London park in the 1930s
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You’ve probably seen this one in old-timey paintings, but chances are you’ve never rolled a hoop. The activity, also known as trundling a hoop, requires nothing more than a wooden hoop and a small wooden rod like a dowel. For centuries, kids amused themselves by running along and tapping the hoop with the rod to keep it rolling on a straight course. Easy to learn but tough to master, this one kept generations of kids out of mischief. 

4. Having an outdoor dance

“Schottische” is a traditional folk dance, much like a slower polka. It has long been a popular dance at Swedish midsummer festivals, which celebrate the season’s warmth and long daylight hours.

5. Growing giant vegetables

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Giant crop competitions appear in several state fairs. The tradition is particularly notable in Alaska, where longer sunlight hours during the summer make growing enormous produce easier. One Alaskan has grown seven world-record-sized vegetables, including a 76-pound cabbage! Most people no longer grow their own food, but taking pride in creating something uniquely huge is a vital American tradition.

6. Using bathing machines

Before string bikinis were considered appropriate beach attire, Victorian ladies frolicked in the surf within the confines of a bathing machine. These private carts gave women a sheltered space to change their clothes right on the water. Sure, most women are no longer afraid of being seen in a bathing suit, but wouldn’t it be nice to have your own private hut in the surf?

7. Heading to the summer farm

In agrarian Scandinavia, farmers traditionally lived on one farm during the winter and on another in the summer. When the weather warmed, farmers would take their livestock up into the mountains to feed in the meadows while they made repairs and grew hay on their home farm. Milkmaids would stay in the mountains for the summer months with the goats, sheep, and cows, milking them to make butter and cheese. A scenic rural getaway surrounded by dairy products? Yes, please. 

8. Sculpting things out of butter

Carving sculptures out of chilled butter is an American art that dates back to the 1870s, when a woman from Arkansas sculpted the main character of a 19th century Danish play in bas relief using brooms and sticks for Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The activity later became a staple of state fairs, and while it still goes on today, the practice could really use a revival in general culture. The best art is edible.

9. Playing a sidewalk game

Young girls play hopscotch on a sidewalk in the 1970s
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In early 20th century New York City, kids played a popular street game called Skully. They would draw a large square on the asphalt or cement with several numbered boxes drawn inside the board, then flick bottle caps onto those targets in numerical order.

10. Having a garden party

Victorian England was known for its garden parties, when fancy socialites would gather on carefully manicured lawns to enjoy the nice weather. Guests enjoyed lawn tennis, live music, dancing, and races. While country estates are harder to come by these days, a little backyard lawn tennis followed by tea sandwiches is the perfect way to spend a summer’s day.

11. Taking a road trip

As America’s interstate highway system connected more places and more people bought cars, road trips became a popular vacation after World War II. However, higher gas prices and fewer vacation days eventually made the quintessential family getaway a little less popular. The freedom of the open road may be back within reach—at least for this summer.

12. Legally opening up a fire hydrant

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Flooding the street completely on a hot summer day is a no-no, but city slickers trapped in the heat can still create an urban oasis on a hot day. New York City, for one, offers fitted caps that funnel a gentle spray of water out of an opened hydrant—legally. Your block could be home to the tiniest of water parks.

13. Celebrating the summer solstice

Since ancient times, people have celebrated the longest day of the year with dancing, food, bonfires, and more. Try celebrating it the way they do in Sweden: Traditionally, Scandinavians clean out their houses and decorate them with flowers before the holiday.

14. Tuning into the radio

Vintage radio sitting on a mid-century dresser
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An integral part of the warm weather season is the so-called “song of summer,” that one tune that seemingly plays in the background wherever you go. Online radio isn’t the only way to find your summer jam. Listening to a favorite rock DJ is no longer how most people get their music, but there’s a bonus that comes with hauling out your old portable radio: You can take it to the beach.

15. Spreading a hoax about a sea monster

During the summer of 1937, newspapers in Nantucket began publishing accounts of a mysterious sea serpent that had come ashore, based on photographs of giant footprints on the beach. As it turned out, the New England seaside’s huge monster was an inflatable balloon, staged by a local puppeteer to draw attention to his shop.

Hotels.com Wants to Pay You $10,000 to Test Out Some of America’s Fanciest Hotel Pools

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Getting paid to hang out by the pool all summer may sound like a job that's too good to be true. But popular hotel booking site Hotels.com is looking to hire one lucky "Poolhop" to do just that—and pay them $10,000 for their efforts.

According to the official job application, "The Poolhop’s responsibilities are simple; travel to some of the most incredible hotel pools across the country, sip on fruity drinks, snap some photos, sport a hotel robe, and report back to reward-loving Hotels.com fans."

Along with the $10,000 stipend, the Poolhop's perks will include paid airfare and accommodations at six hotels across the country, one year of Hotels.com Gold Rewards member status, and “eternal bragging rights.” The only serious requirements are that applicants be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. resident. They must also, of course, know how to swim.

Thrillist reports that the chosen hotels aren’t your average accommodations, either. The Poolhop will get to dive into luxury at Hawaii's Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the Mondrian Los Angeles, the SLS Las Vegas, Colorado's Garden of the Gods Club and Resort, The William Vale Hotel in New York City, and Miami Beach's National Hotel.

“No one wants to be sitting at a desk all summer,” Katie Junod, general manager of the Hotels.com brand in North America, said. "There are so many incredible hotel pools to explore across the country, and we want to give travelers a first-hand look at the crème de la crème. And who better to live the hotel life than our very own Hotels.com Poolhop?”

The trip will take place during two weeks in August. All applications must be filled out and submitted by Tuesday, June 25th. And don't forget your sunscreen!

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