What do I need to know to get started collecting action figures?
If you are a fan of action heroes, collecting may be a fun, interesting hobby for you. Imagine, you get to shop in the toy stores for action figures just like you did when you were a kid, only this time you’re all grown up and can buy anything you like! There are a few things you’ll need before you get started and this should be a good guide for you to start building that collection of action figures you wanted as a kid.
Think about which action figures you have a real interest in. Find out the history of the figures and then decide where to start. You may not be interested in finding the entire collection of the original Transformers because that could be heavy on the pocketbook. Instead find out trends about the figures and go from there. Now could be a great time to collect the entire collection that will be released with the upcoming movie. Starting with series of new figures is a great way to begin building your collection.
With the resources available through the internet more collectors have access to the items they’re looking for. The tricky part is deciding which sellers are selling the real deal. Contrary to the collecting day of past where retailers or collector’s shops had an interest to build a solid reputation, there are many scammers online trying to sell you unauthentic or fake products.
This is where researching the items you’re collecting comes in handy. The more you know about the action figures you are collecting, the better. Ask for pictures and detailed specs about the product before selling. Some details such as lip color on an action figure can mean the difference between a great find or a big waste of money. So do your research. The internet is a great way to find out complete histories on the figures and many websites have guides on what to look for and what the common knock offs look like.
Stores are still a great place to find action figure collectables. Many comic book stores have hundreds of collectors items available. The great thing about going to the stores is that you can see the action figures in person. This way you don’t have to go off of a stranger’s description of the item you’re looking for. Instead you can see and touch for yourself before deciding on purchasing.
People have been collecting action figures for years and the value of many action figures does indeed tend to rise. Especially on hard to find or complete collections of action figures. So, find out what you like, do the research and have a great time building your own action figure collection.
About the Author: John Gibb is the owner of Action Figure resources
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