Calvin Ma utilises the action figure form in his sculptural work to explore personal issues and struggles with social anxiety. As an adult, he faces difficulties in the social environment. Meeting new people, being in the company of strangers, crowds, peers and intermittently among friends and family brings about a heightened nervousness that takes over and impedes his ability to function socially. Even as a child he was reserved and apprehensive, so he turned to toys to keep himself entertained. He believes the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with his active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on. There was something about picking up his favorite hero or villain and creating stories and adventures that captivated him. It felt only natural to tap into this childlike sense of exploration and storytelling through his artwork.