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Latter-day Saint Action Figures
Poseable action figures of fictional Latter-day Saint characters and real-life Latter-day Saints
Nephi "Straight Arrow" Callendar: The Action Figure
Action figures based on Mormon super-heroes are extremely rare. But here's one, based on the super-powered, devout Latter-day Saint federal agent Nephi Callendar. This character, introduced in the "Wild Cards" series of novels edited by George R.R. Martin, uses the code-name "Straight Arrow."
The photograph comes from Joe Acevedo's website, and was accompanied by the following text:
It's been five long years since the last volume was published, but the folks at Bantam Books have announced a collaboration with Baen Publishing
and the fledgling Pamster Toy Company to introduce a line of action figures based on characters from the popular Wild Cards mosaic novels. Set
in a world like our own; save for the alien Takisian Virus which killed tens of thousands, disfigured thousands and left a precious lucky few with
fantastic powers; the Wild Cards novels feature the exploits of characters created by some of the top writers in science fiction, including George R.
R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Melinda Snodgrass, Chris Claremont, John J. Miller, Stephen Leigh, Walter Jon Williams, Lewis Shiner and many, mnay
more. The books were written in the "mosaic" format, allowing each author to write the chapters featuring their own charcters...
These two figures will be sold in a "Aces of the Justice Department" two-pack. On the left is Nephi Callender, aka Straight Arrow, a devout Mormon
who wields flame powers; to the right is Billy Ray, aka Carnifex, whose amped up reflexes and amazing recuperative powers make him a formidable opponent...
"Pamster" refers to the "customizing action figure" practice (business?) of Pam Coker and her husband Foster.
The following text is from http://www.joeacevedo.com/docs/customzone/customcon/customcon3/pamsterprof.htm:
Pamster is actually two people, Pam Coker and her husband, Foster. They had been dating since July 1994 and got married on February 15,
2000. Foster is 36 and grew up reading comics, Pam is 46 and never really was much of a comic book fan until she and Foster got together.
Then, he started giving her classic comics like The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen as Christmas and birthday gifts, and she was virtually
dragged into comic fandom. They began customizing action figures in May 1999, and since then have produced over 200 custom figures. In June
2000, they launched their website http://www.jacksonville.net/~pamster and have updating steadily ever since. Foster insists Pam get most of the
credit for their work, it was her idea after all and she handles most of the precision painting work. Foster does most of the sculpting, and is in
charge of selecting which characters are made. Their very first custom was a Golden Age Huntress, made from a Princess-What's-Her-Name, their
second was the Sportsmaster, the Huntress' husband, made from a Peter Parker.
The "Straight Arrow" action figure was assembled from actual mass-produced action figures. According to the "Recipes" page:
Straight Arrow: TJ Superman head, Martian Manhunter legs, Superboy arms, Impulse body
Carnifex: re-paint of a villain from The Shadow (ShiWan Khan, maybe?)
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is not a fictional character, but an actual professional wrestler (and a Latter-day Saint).
He is believed to be one of the few Latter-day Saint professional wrestlers upon whom an action figure has been based.
Web page created 4 March 2002. Last modified 4 March 2002.