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Not exactly a toy but I own the below original painting by Tom Wilson that played Biff Tannen in Back to The Future. Right now its hanging in my man cave that is never visited so basically no one outside my house sees it.

I've seriously thought about selling it but I'm not certain at how much, I paid several hundred dollars for it back in 2014. Any ideas?




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As a lifelong action figure collector, I've followed the market pretty closely ever since Kenner started producing Star Wars figures in the late '70s.  By the mid-eighties, the market was so big that even properties like M*A*S*H and The Love Boat had action figures!  When toy companies ran out of movies or TV series to adapt, they started developing their own unique TV shows, comics and cartoons, simply to promote their new toy lines.

Now, I understand why it took twenty years before horror icons like Jason, Freddy or Michael Myers became action figures, because that kind of collector's market didn't exist in the '80s, and it would've seemed inappropriate for violent R-rated films to spawn toys (despite vintage RoboCop and Rambo action figures).

But allow me to pose this question to my fellow figure collectors:

            Why the hell did it take 35 YEARS for a family-friendly franchise like Back to the Future to generate an action figure line? :huh:

The hugely successful trilogy spawned comics and a TV cartoon spin-off, and yet there was nothing but a few lousy DeLoreans and a small line of Happy Meal toys back in the day.  Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and Jurassic Park had action figure lines, so we know neither Spielberg nor Universal would have objected... and as Kenner's vintage Terminator and Aliens toylines demonstrate, toy companies were not restricted by likeness rights back then, either.  I just can't imagine why we didn't get a proper line of Back to the Future toys when it would've seemed like a no-brainer at the time.

Any insights?

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26 minutes ago, TangledThorns said:

Biff was pretty evil villain, he tried to rape Lorraine.

As an off the cuff opportunity.  Even there he ended up comic relief.  The other movies mentioned were action flicks where taking out the baddies with violence was required.  Such movies are what action figures were made of.  Comedies/dramas were for other merchandise.

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