A Call to Action (Figures): Throwdown in Gingerbread Town II: The Rethrowdownening

The Time: late December 2014.

The Place: My girlfriend’s apartment in southern Maine.

The Situation: The only action figures I have with me are the ones that my girlfriend just gifted me for Christmas. My lightbox is at my apartment in Boston—two hours south of us and she’s taken her car to medical school. I’ve got to run out a column the next day, which means I need to take new photos.

The result: Nick Lenihan called it “epic.” My brother the pickle man made a rambling comment about “gingerbread eating monsters will inspire a new era of body image issues for oversized reptiles.” My cousin Katharine said, “Wouldn’t it be more fun to just eat the gingerbread houses?”

It was the first Throwdown in Gingerbread Town, a holiday tradition I hope more action figure photographers will join me in creating each December.

Trying it at Home:

1.) Build a gingerbread village. It’s much easier if you invite friends to a gingerbread house building party.

2.) Take a set of photos of your action figures fighting inside the aforementioned village.

3.) Clean off your figures with warm, soapy water and dry them off.

4.) Show off the pictures to your friends.

Without further ado, here it is: Throwdown in Gingerbread Town II: The Rethrowdownening.

A Call to Action (Figures) is a monthly column published in the middle of the month, chronicling my rants and raves about all things action figure. Join me next month when talk about why Build-a-Figures are a rip off!

Are you going to build a your own gingerbread town and then tear it apart in an epic battle this year? Why or why not? Show me the pictures in the comments!

By Ryan Bradley

I've been collecting action figures for as long as I can remember. In 2009, I shifted my focus from general collecting to 3 and 3/4 inch to try and get all of my figures to one scale. I'm a freelance writer who started working at Action Figure Fury in 2014.


  1. LOL! I’m not sure what’s more awesome…the Gingerbread Battle or the fact that your girlfriend got you She-Hulk and Juggernaut figures. Both are pretty sweet! Happy Holidays!

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