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Tips For First-Time Action Figure Collectors

by Edvard Berlusconi

Are you looking for a new hobby? Well, we have got a suggestion for you. Something that is fun and entertaining, but that will also take you back to childhood and something that might turn out to be very valuable, money-wise. In the following text, we are going to discuss why you should opt for this hobby, how to build a collection, and hopefully help you decide whether or not this is the best pastime activity for you.

The very first thing you should think about is why you want to start this collection? Why not collect stamps or old coins? If you are thinking about the material worth than you should probably try something else. Collecting sixth scale action figure requires a lot of research, time and patience. However, if you are passionate about collecting figurines of your favorite characters, then go for it. A number of collectors will tell you that they grew up with Star Wars franchise and wanted to have all memorabilia and merchandise in their possession. Due to its immense popularity, toys that represent these characters were the first to be manufactured. Nowadays, you can opt for Marvel, DC or the Lord of the Rings characters. Maybe you want to collect toys that you had as a child and have sentimental value, or you want to start the collection of figurines from currently popular franchises. Whatever the reason, our advice is to limit yourself to one line, because if you don’t you will end up with a mismatch collection, and what’s more, you will waste your money buying every figurine that catches your eye.


Upon deciding on the theme, it is time to make the first purchase. If you have never bought this type of toys, then the smart thing is to start slow. Take some time to investigate websites and sellers, and you shouldn’t invest a large amount of money in your first purchase. It takes a lot of time and effort to become an experienced collector with a lavish collection. You can start with eBay auctions which are perfect for two reasons. Firstly, since it is so widely popular and used by millions of people all around the world, you will probably be able to find any type of figurine you are looking for. Secondly, if you follow all the auctions you may be lucky to get an action figure for a lower price. Also, you can research numerous websites such as toyorigin.comToynk, Etsy, and Craiglist. The advantage of these is that they are usually managed by experienced collectors who can help you in your quest, and that use couriers instead of postal service meaning that your figures are more likely to arrive in one piece.


Finally, you have to consider the available space in your home and how you want to display the action figures. The best place for storing them is, without a doubt, a glass display case with shelves. This is something that you have to prepare as soon as you start your collection because you don’t want to toys stored in boxes or drawers. Furthermore, another thing to consider is Loose vs. Mint in Packaging. The former one means that you don’t have the original package of the toy; while the latter one suggests otherwise i.e. that it still is in the authentic box. These are usually considered to be more valuable, but in the end, it all comes down to one’s personal preference.

All in all, these are some main things to consider if you are thinking about starting your own collection. This can be a great hobby not only for you but also for your children.