While games may require a friend to play, action figures or collectibles can be enjoyed alone. Most action figures are plastic or wooden, and many are themed after characters in television shows, movies or even comics. Some action figures also come with coordinated homes or environments for additional play options.
Collectibles are the grown-up version of action figures. Some are still plastic, while others are porcelain or ceramic. These can have sentimental meanings or simply modeled after a member of the recipient's favorite sports team. Another version of action figures for adults are key rings with plastic, rubber or plush figures suspended from them. These add a whimsical element to an otherwise functional object.