How To Start An Action Figure Collection

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Tips & Advice

If you’re looking for a fun new hobby, collecting action figures might be for you. There are a lot of people who want to get into action figure collecting, but many of them don’t really know where to start. I’ve collected action figures since I was a kid, so I wanted to give some advice and tips on how to start an action figure collection.

Start Small

There are millions of action figures in the world, spanning many generations. From historic lines of superhero figures to special edition movie based figures, there really are endless possibilities. My advice would be to start small, otherwise you’ll start getting overwhelmed very quickly. Just pick something specific that you want to collect, and start from there. For example, the main thing I collect is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. That’s pretty specific, but I collect any era of action figures, so that includes multiple cartoons and movies. If you’re just starting a collection, you might want to narrow it down even more than that. So, sticking with the Ninja Turtles example, you might want to only collection action figures from the original cartoon. It will just make it easier to have something specific to focus on right from the beginning.

Set A Limit

If you’re passionate about action figures, it’s very easy to get quickly carried away. You could end up spending more money than you could have ever imagined. So, give yourself a limit…for example, you’ll only spend a certain amount of money on action figures per month. Or, what I do with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection is that I give myself certain limits for certain types of figures. I like the newer line of action figures, but I’m way more into the ones from the ’80s and ’90s, so I’ll give myself a higher limit on those.

Decide What You Want To Get Out Of This

Will you want to collect action figures just for fun, or is it something that you’re hoping to make money from someday? It’s always tempting to buy up the latest line of action figures in hopes that they’ll be worth at least triple what you paid for them eventually. Whichever you decide is perfectly fine, but just keep in mind that it’s nearly impossible to get rich from collecting action figures. Even if you have some old vintage figures in great shape that could potentially be worth some money, the demand isn’t always there. Making a big profit from buying/selling action figures takes a lot of work, research, and dedication.

What Will You Do With Them?

It’s amazing how much space action figures actually take up. Individually, they might be small, but once you start actively collecting, you’ll have boxes full of them before you even realize it. If you’re hoping to make a profit from your figures someday, you might be totally fine with leaving them in storage for years. If you’re like me, you’ll want to proudly display them in their own room. Regardless of what you decide, make sure that you know ahead of time what you want to do, and how much space you have to do it.

Learn About What You’re Collecting

Even if you’re just collecting for fun, I think that it’s important to learn about what you’re collecting. Learn stuff like which items are rare, how much certain items typically sell for, and the history of your action figures. I find the more that I learn about Turtles figures, the more fun that I have collecting them. It’s also a good way to avoid overpaying for items.

Stay Organized

I personally have a list of the action figures that I have, and the action figures that I want. I would recommend this to anyone who is collecting action figures. It might not seem like a big deal at first, but once you start getting heavy into collecting, it’s easy to lose track of what you have/need.

Have Fun

This is the most important tip that I have for collecting action figures. Whether it’s creating new displays, or searching through garage sales, I’ve always had a blast collecting Ninja Turtles figures. It’s something that I look forward to, and something that I definitely enjoy doing. If it ever stops being fun, or starts feeling like a chore, then you’ll probably want to look into having something else as a hobby.

I hope that these tips helped. If you have any other questions about collecting action figures, leave me a comment below.

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