== The Revoltech Series ==
In 2006, Japan … == The Revoltech Series ==
In 2006, Japanese toy company Kaiyodo began a new line of action figures called Revoltechs. This line was unique in several regards. Most notably, the joints used in the figures were a custom design that allowed for much higher ranges of motion. But also notable is the fact that instead of making figures from one specific franchise, Kaiyodo chose to include all manner of characters from anime, manga, and video games (''Neon Genesis Evangelion'' and ''Getter Robo'' have both proven to be staples of the line). The line was a success, and Kaiyodo decided to expand beyond the realms of robots, creating sublines for characters from ''Street Fighter,'' ''Fist of the North Star,'' and ''Queen's Blade'' (think Dungeons and Dragons for perverts).
== The Tokusatsu Subline ==
In early 2010, Kaiyodo announced a new, highly experimental subline for the figures. The "Tokusatsu Revoltech" (lit. special-effects Revoltech) series featured iconic movie monsters and characters. Everything from Ridley Scott's Alien to various Godzilla monsters to Jack Skellington got figures. But at a trade show in April 2010, Kaiyodo unveiled prototypes for figures of ''Toy Story's'' Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. In typical Japanese-figure-tradition, they both included alternate faceplates - Buzz got a cocky grin, while Woody got a face that has since been catapulted into infamy...
== Woody and the Internet ==
When pictures of the Woody figure with its bizarre trollface first emerged on the Internet, visitors to 2ch and 4chan's toy boards were immediately smitten with his grimace. They started using the images as reaction images, and they slowly spread to other boards as reaction images.
Fast-forward to July 2010, when Kaiyodo finally released the Revoltech Woody. With the figure in people's hands, the floodgates broke, and the tubes were flooded with all manner of images of Revoltech Woody in goofy, creepy, perverted, or just plain bizarre situations. It was also discovered that Woody's eyes could be manipulated via a small hooked tool, rendering him even more expressive. A lot of pictures emerged of Woody interacting with the ''Queen's Blade'' Revoltechs, as well as Max Factory's Figma toyline (known for mainly focusing on anime schoolgirl characters such as [[Haruhi Suzumiya]]). l characters such as [[Haruhi Suzumiya]]).