Fine figures

Franklin

I don’t collect Peanuts action figures. I have accumulated a few over the years, but I make a point that the only thing I actually collect is Peanuts books; that is a sufficiently large and expensive hobby on its own. Which is not to say that I cannot appreciate the fact that good action figures exist. My pal Scott Shaw! just shared some of the promo images of a current set of Peanuts figures, and there were two of the dozen that really stood out for me.

First appearance Franklin! With beach ball!!

And then there’s this…

MISTER SACK! A true hero gets the action figure he always deserved.

The world may be imperfect, but it is not without its moments of grace.

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