There is a lot to be gained from building an action figure collection. Not only is it a fun and rewarding hobby, but you may discover that you have a hidden superpower you didn’t know was lurking underneath your secret identity.
But how do you get started with this type of collection? Here are five simple tips to help you launch yours.
Step 1 – Ask Yourself Why You Want To Do This
Sure, that may sound like a simple question, but you do need to define your purpose for the action figure collection and revisit it frequently to keep it on track.
For example, you may wish to restrict your collection of action figures to just certain movie franchises, or you may want to collect characters from your favorite comic books.
Once you choose a theme to follow, the collecting becomes much easier as you progress deeper into the hobby.
Step 2 – Where To Purchase Action Figures
Here is where you will have the most fun. You can hunt down sources online, shop in thrift shows, yard sales, moving sales, estate sales, comic conventions, collectible stores, and the list goes on and on.
You may find some real gems in the most unlikely of places and that could bring you some great additions to your collection. You just have to keep your eyes open and look just about anywhere there is a sale taking place.
Step 3 – Your Display Options
Sooner or later you are going to amass enough action figures to warrant a place for them to be displayed. You don’t even have to stick to any kind of rule related to displaying your collection as the space you have available will be your most logical guide.
What works best may be a display case from a furniture or department store that has shelving in it and glass doors for viewing. These keep your action figures clean and secure.
Step 4 – Loose Or Mint Collection
If you are collecting action figures solely as a means to generate money by selling some of your collection off at one time, you will want to focus on mint collecting. This means the action figures are still in their original packaging.
(You’re not alone if you are doing the above – collectors are the target market for action figures today).
If this is not your primary goal for collecting, then you will be collecting “loose” figures. In other words, these collectibles are no longer in their packages, which will impact the value should you choose to sell.
Step 5 – Have Fun
This is one of the most important steps to follow with any sort of collection. You should be enjoying it from start to finish.
The hunt for a particular figure to add to your collection should be exciting and satisfying each time you put something new into your collection. As long as you are having fun collecting action figures, you will be able to enjoy the hobby.
When it quits being fun, you may need to rethink what you are doing.
Remember, what you collect is entirely up to you. You can have more than one collection, as well. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start your action figure collection today!