Dan Polydoris is a lifelong toy collector and writer. All the way back in 2010, he started a website called Death by Toys which he intended to be a place for him to write about his toy news and to showcase the occasional custom action figure he created.

As time went by, his batches began to sell out faster and faster. Eventually, he began really focusing on making custom action figures and it paid off. Death by Toys has developed into a line of collectibles known for its affinity for the strange, offbeat, and absurd.

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Spikey Bunny
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7 months ago

I can't upvote this one enough!!!

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"I read some comics, but I am not really a ‘comic nerd'," Dan told Bored Panda. "I'd definitely fall more into the ‘toy nerd' bucket. When I was a kid in the '80s, I'd go through my friends' X-Men or Batman comics, and I'd really only recognize the characters from having already owned their figures (despite having no clue who the hell they were)."

The creator doesn't know if there's really a good figure or a bad figure. "I think it all comes down to what type of toy/aesthetic you dig," he explained. "For me, I love a good simple, vintage action figure in the 3-3/4” scale with classic 5-point articulation (specifically from the '80s)."

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Hans
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7 months ago

I would like to see some instructions: "Creep around houses. Do not be discouraged by people hiding behind their curtains. Ring persistently..."

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Basically, anything that captures that old-school vibe is pretty much at the top of his list. "But I wouldn't look at something that's on the opposite spectrum (i.e. something super detailed or highly articulated) as being bad. I actually think they're great, but I'm too in love with all things vintage to dabble in much current stuff."

His love for the craft began when Dan started repurposing his vintage Star Wars figures to look like old NES characters around 2012 before his first kid was born. "I posted them online and people asked to buy them. I sold my second set to my good friend and fellow toy designer, Dano Brown, and then basically just kept making toys since."

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Francis
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7 months ago (edited)

i laughed so hard :D the warning in the upper right corner...

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However, it wasn't just talent. Dan has really put in the hours to perfect his skills. Looking back, he thinks that the constantly trying out new things was what has helped him improve the most. Whether it's a new process like resin casting with pressure or veering into (or out of) different categories like horror, humor, the Bible, public domain characters or whatever. "This stuff is all so fun to do, so I feel fortunate that people have stayed on board as I've continued to explore new ways to make weirdo stuff."

Unfortunately, his store is completely empty now. "Everything I make sells out instantly, so I'm trying to work to keep it stocked, but Death by Toys is literally just a one-person operation. And sometimes I try to eat or sleep." So if you're craving one of his designs, you better follow the project closely!

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YupItsMe1234
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7 months ago

Can somebody get me this for my babyshower? My inlaws would have a panic attack. I bet my grandmother in law faints and my uncle in law immediately turns on FoxNews to cleanse the air. It will be fantastic.

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Bean59
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7 months ago

lol i love this

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MagicalUnicorn
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7 months ago

i feel strong need for this, although in country i live there's no ocean or sea...

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Gabi
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7 months ago

*snort*

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Francis
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7 months ago

never thought a train would describe my life that accurate

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Baked Panda
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7 months ago

Shut up and take my money 😍😍

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Emerald Joanna
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7 months ago

He captures the anguish so perfectly!

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Gabi
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7 months ago

*And this is, my children, how I began to smoke weed*

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ADHORTATOR
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7 months ago

I' d buy this directly!

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glowworm2
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7 months ago

"One well-used Johnny Knoxville action figure." Hilarious!

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HempFairy
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7 months ago

Oh dear.... this is dark! i love it.

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Bathsheba
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7 months ago

This would be funnier if it was gay unicorns...

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Lily Mac Dennard
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7 months ago

Breath, sunflower, rainbow, 450, three to the right, 4 to the left

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Leo H
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7 months ago

It would sell..fo the magic hand thing baby

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Gabi
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7 months ago

Gives a whole new meaning to fingering. With batteries.

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Baked Panda
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7 months ago

So you can swaddle your dead

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GeneralZod
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7 months ago

Yippie-kay-ya, motherf*&%er

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IzzieM
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7 months ago

I thee what you did there...

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*MINTYMOONS*
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7 months ago

will sold separately

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Seabeast
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7 months ago

That's a wasp in the photograph.

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Baked Panda
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7 months ago

At least his hands are the normal size and no orange spray tan... gets my vote!

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*MINTYMOONS*
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7 months ago

XD

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Just another Day In The Glade
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7 months ago

He is

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Kahlo Smith
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7 months ago

Honestly, that grass looks pretty average-length to me.

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Den Star
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7 months ago

Moms have not been looking like this in ages lol.

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TryAgainMyFriend❤️
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7 months ago

I can’t even with this one

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Guy MacGregor
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7 months ago

Another obscure reference for me :/

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