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"Somewhere in a classic, run-of-the-mill backyard, a collection of action figures assemble. Their distinctive personas painted over skillfully sculpted plastic, their arms and legs constructed with the perfect amount of articulation. These figures belong to a world all their own, one unencumbered by real-life consequences, but with endless possibilities and outcomes."

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I’ve been collecting action figures for as long as I can remember, and shooting photos of them for almost as long. It began with Star Wars in 1980 and quickly evolved into G.I. Joe and others as the decade rolled on. Inspired by the diorama photography in holiday catalogs and cross-sell inserts, I began recreating scenes in my backyard and photographing the adventures with my mom’s polaroid camera (when she wasn’t looking, of course). 

After years away from the hobby, I’ve returned with renewed vigor; collecting and photographing the adventures of my figures all over my local neighborhood and wherever my travels take me; sparking some fun convos with strangers and weird looks from others.

 

BY PAUL PANFALONE

 
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Some of my first-ever toy photos taken with my mom’s Polaroid camera waaaaay back in the summer of 1987 when I was 11 years old.

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THE FULL FORCE PODCAST: NEWS BURST

October 17, 2018

SYNOPSIS: "Hello and welcome to a very special edition of The Full Force #NewsBurstbrought to you by GeneralsJoes with me as your host, Christopher ‘Slapstick Battles’ McLeod aka Diagnostik80!! On this installment of your absolutely favourite kind of burst, we have the man behind Plastic Battles on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Instagram, Paul Panfalone to talk about his amazing photography, podcast and more!! So without further ado, let’s get stuck into this News Burst!!”

LISTEN : NEWS BURST +


GIJOBURG PODCAST – GUEST

December 5, 2017

SYNOPSIS: "GI Joburg climbs into a detailed discussion of the F.S.S 7.0 figure images and determine their favourites with the help of a favourite guest: Paul from Plastic Battles! Is 7.0 worth your hard earned dime? Give the episode a spin and we might just help make up your mind."

LISTEN : EPISODE 104 +


GIJOBURG PODCAST – GUEST

June 06, 2017

SYNOPSIS: "Today we talk Toynography ("toy+photography" - let's see if it catches on...) with a master of the game: Paul Panfalone. He's a professional photographer and art director who is the man responsible for @plasticbattles. His stuff is good. Really good. Listen to the show; scroll thru his Insta; be inspired, Joburgers."

LISTEN : EPISODE 89 +


MASKAST EPISODE 16 – INTERVIEW

June 29, 2012

SYNOPSIS: "Jason and Wyatt take a break from reviewing M.A.S.K. cartoon episodes to have a chat with Paul Panfalone, graphic artist and creator of the PlasticBattles.Net website. Paul talks to us about his memories of M.A.S.K. growing up in the 80s, the inspiration behind his recent Spectrum and Viper mask posters, and his impressions of our live-action movie quest."

LISTEN : EPISODE 16 +


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