There are quite a few steps involved in the making of action figure, including sculpting, molding, assembly and painting, which is why it's virtually impossible for one person to put out their own line of action figures.
But there's an artist in the Philippines who doesn't need a factory or machines of any kind to create his line of action figures- he just needs flip flops, scissors, a razor blade and some glue.
Filipino artist Elmer Padilla creates his awesome foam "action figures" out of old flip flops, which helps him make a little money to feed his family and helps clean up waste in Manila, where old flip flops are a major water pollutant.
Elmer's figures may not have as much poseable "action" as regular action figures, but his versions of the Transformers, Hellboy, Deadpool and Predator are so cool looking kids will definitely have fun playing with them.
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