The term "action figure" was coined by famous toy idea-man Stan Weston in 1964 and was used as a marketing tool to promote the original G.I. Joe by Hasbro. Over 50 years since this 11.5-inch military-themed figure was brought to the market, action figures of all shapes, sizes and themes have been created, collected and adored. Inspired by the blooming bootleg action figure community on Instagram and adding to the list of themes here in 2018, two friends—Jacob Nichols and Cory Bosacki—have coined themselves Milk Saggers Workshop and are creating timeless skate graphic-inspired action figures for the skate nerds and nostalgic adults who still want to collect and play with toys.
After stumbling upon their Instagram account (@milksaggers) we decided to slide into their DM and get the story behind what they do. Turns out they make each figure individually by altering existing action figures piece by piece and auction them off on their eBay account. Genius! I suggest giving them a follow on Instagram and bidding on one of these custom figures. They range anywhere from $20 to $100 and up, but how can you really put a price on something like this? The real question is: Who's graphic is up next? —BRIAN BLAKELY
How many of each figure do you make?
Usually just one, sometimes two. We have made a few extras on commission also.
What is usually the starting bid when you put them on eBay?
Cory just started putting his on eBay recently and has only put up 2 so far. The 1st one started at $9.99 and the second $19.99. We may continue doing it for some of the figures, it really depends on which one of us makes it and if we want to part with it.
If you don't mind me asking – what has been the highest selling figure and for how much?
$50 on a commission basis. The latest figure out this week is over $100 on eBay but the auction doesn’t end for three more days.
What made you guys start doing this? Do you have a background in making action figures?
Guys in the bootleg action figure community on Instagram inspired us. We took what they are doing with popular culture and applied it to skateboarding culture. No, we don’t have any experience in action figures or toys so we just dove into it and have been experimenting with creating the packaging and altering existing toys (or just using them as is).
How often are you making them?
Our goal is one per week, culminating with a little show at the end of the year, hopefully displaying 50 of them.
Are the graphics you've made just personal preferences? Where do you draw inspiration for the next creation?
(Cory): I’m taking the relationship that a lot of early 90’s skateboard art had with popular culture and expanding that into the form of an action figure art piece. Inspiration for the next creation comes a lot from browsing old deck graphics, skate videos, and skate stickers. It also has a lot to do with the availability of existing action figures for me to use in the pieces. Learning to alter figures or make our own eventually will end this limitation. I have other plans to package items other than action figures too, once we thought of this concept the flood gates of ideas just rushed opened as to what we could create.
(Jacob): I started skating in the early 2000’s, so I'm more into that era of skateboarding. Right before skateboarding started getting really commercial. Destroying America and Jump off a Building were the first videos I ever saw. That's where I draw most of my inspiration. But I have yet to scratch the surface of what seems to be like endless possibilities.