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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:30 am 
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The problem I've been saying for years, is that the cool toy is non-existent. By that I mean, a property that is originated as an action figure and anything else is created simply to promote it. Everything's video game/movie/comic based in retail now. It's a risky idea, I know...but a company like Mattel or Hasbro could maybe afford to take a chance.


Might I suggest you take a detour over to the fasion doll aisle and check out Monster High. Probably the best "toy first" concept to come out of the big companies in years (yes, there are a ton of off-shoots, but the property started within Mattel as a toy line). I hope whoever convinced the powers-that-be within Mattel to market monster toys to girls got a big, whoppin' bonus last year.


I have seen those and they are a very cool alternative to Barbie. I hope they stick around for a few years because my daughter is only a year and a half old. I can't justify buying them right now at any capacity haha.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:24 pm 
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For me, the day toys stop being available in local stores is the day I stop collecting toys. The chase is the only fun part of collecting action figures. Having them... not at all.


Maybe you should take up hunting or geo-caching. :lol:

While I do enjoy the "rush" of seeing something new on the pegs that I'm looking for, the hunt itself is kind of a drag. The only reason I don't buy more online is A) the price is usually higher and B) I don't like paying for shipping.

There is an advantage of holding it in your hand to check the paint apps and limb warpage, however.


Since I don't open anything, ever, some of that has little meaning for me. I buy it, it goes in a box, I probably will never see it again. I have 35 big boxes of figures now, haven't opened any of them in years.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:35 pm 
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You are the oddest toy collector I've ever come across. :wink:

Different strokes, I guess. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:23 am 
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You are the oddest toy collector I've ever come across. :wink:

Different strokes, I guess. :?


I'm a collector. I'm not a kid. I don't play with toys, I collect them, just like, as a stamp collector, I don't lick my stamps, I store them away. That's not odd, in fact, that's how most collectors are, as opposed to accumulators.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:48 am 
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Cephus wrote:
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You are the oddest toy collector I've ever come across. :wink:

Different strokes, I guess. :?


I'm a collector. I'm not a kid. I don't play with toys, I collect them, just like, as a stamp collector, I don't lick my stamps, I store them away. That's not odd, in fact, that's how most collectors are, as opposed to accumulators.


No offence to your style of collecting, but you actually sound like an accumulator rather than a collector. You said yourself that you buy and stuff them into a box. While a stamp collector puts thiers into an album and doesn't lick them, they also look them over, enjoy them, often will tell others about the history and stories behind it, ect. Yet, you said you just stuff them away and never look at them again. Just based on the meanings of the words, it would seem an accumulator would just like the aquisition and nothing else.

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:00 pm 
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Jim_Abell wrote:
Might I suggest you take a detour over to the fasion doll aisle and check out Monster High. Probably the best "toy first" concept to come out of the big companies in years (yes, there are a ton of off-shoots, but the property started within Mattel as a toy line). I hope whoever convinced the powers-that-be within Mattel to market monster toys to girls got a big, whoppin' bonus last year.
Monster High is great, easily the coolest thing Mattel has going right now.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:41 pm 
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I would also recommend the stuff threeA toys is doing with their various Zombies vs. Robots toys by Ashley Wood. And the Gothitropolis and Outer Space Men figures that the Four Horsemen make are outrageously fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:42 am 
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Cephus wrote:
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You are the oddest toy collector I've ever come across. :wink:

Different strokes, I guess. :?


I'm a collector. I'm not a kid. I don't play with toys, I collect them, just like, as a stamp collector, I don't lick my stamps, I store them away. That's not odd, in fact, that's how most collectors are, as opposed to accumulators.


You sound like a hoarder/accumulator not a collector, a collector will display their items, be it still MOC (Shudder) or Loose (Yahoo, free those figures from their plastic prisons) not buy them put them in a box and forget about them, what's the point apart from wasted space and wasted money.

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:20 am 
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You sound like a hoarder/accumulator not a collector, a collector will display their items, be it still MOC (Shudder) or Loose (Yahoo, free those figures from their plastic prisons) not buy them put them in a box and forget about them, what's the point apart from wasted space and wasted money.


What's the point of putting a coin collection in a safe deposit box or locking any other collection in a safe? If I wanted to display anything but a tiny portion of my collection, I'd have to add a wing to the house, there's just no way to do it and honestly, all the upkeep of doing it is far too time consuming. Besides, I'm really not interested in showing off to anyone, nor is there anyone around that would care what I collect. Add to that the fact that having them exposed to sunlight inherently damages them, I'd rather have them around for decades to come, not just throw them away because they're faded and falling apart. I'm an adult, I don't play with toys, I'm also not an investor, I don't care what they are worth, I buy them because they remind me of things I either have enjoyed in the past or enjoy today.

That's what collecting is all about IMO. YMMV.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:13 am 
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To me Cephus your a accumulator (hoarder), you buy something to hoard away, just like James - Your stuff never sees the light of day again, what's the point - you yourself have said you have no intention of making money on it.

A collector is someone who collects then displays their collection, a accumualtor (hoarder) is someone who will buy whatever and then forget about it, just to get a cheap thrill for however long the thrill lasts.

I don't play with the toys either, and I am a loose collector, however I do display my collection, which makes me a collector, and not an accumulator (hoarder).

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:42 am 
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Cephus wrote:
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You are the oddest toy collector I've ever come across. :wink:

Different strokes, I guess. :?


I'm a collector. I'm not a kid. I don't play with toys, I collect them, just like, as a stamp collector, I don't lick my stamps, I store them away. That's not odd, in fact, that's how most collectors are, as opposed to accumulators.


So anyone who opens their figs is a kid? All of us openers have it wrong?

You don't sound like a collector, you sound like a warehouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:24 pm 
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This is an interesting discussion. I have collected many toys over the years. I like them - and if given the choice would acquire them new in their original package. However, due to budget and the availability (especially of vintage) I get mostly used and loose toys.

Ironically, I found two loose Star Wars items that I thought looked very cool. I purchased them for a very low price. I came to find out they were from figures that I actually already had mint in box - but never knew what they looked like loose. This is true with toys that need assembly or ca be posed.

Meanwhile, I sell more toys now than I collect, and I set aside packaged toys exclusively to sell. But the loose toys have a chance to be played with by my grandchildren that visit (or make great gifts as they don't care if they are new in box or open and ready to play).

No doubt that some vintage boxes are worth the price (especially with great artwork) but modern packaging is often detracting.

I hope everyone can enjoy their collections or acquisitions. I will add that a forum like this benefits from people sharing photos and knowledge of their collecting experiences.

Enjoy !


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:23 pm 
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each to their own i buy figures with the idea of keeping them MOC then when they arrive im consumed by a burning desire to rip them open and feel them and see them better and stand them up and things and lots of others do so too.

but for example im going to get marvel universe captain america series 1 and open him when he arrives but also going to buy him again and keep that one in packaging and will try the same with the hulks.

ideally id like a set of the figures i like on display and a set of the same MOC.!

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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:31 am 
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each to their own i buy figures with the idea of keeping them MOC then when they arrive im consumed by a burning desire to rip them open and feel them and see them better and stand them up and things and lots of others do so too.

but for example im going to get marvel universe captain america series 1 and open him when he arrives but also going to buy him again and keep that one in packaging and will try the same with the hulks.

ideally id like a set of the figures i like on display and a set of the same MOC.!


I don't display because I don't have the room, I'd have to add a wing to the house to have enough room, plus the upkeep and cleaning on something like that is absurd. Therefore, I don't do it. I collect and preserve, not accumulate and play with.

But as you said, to each their own.


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 Post subject: Re: Is the Action Figure as we know it an Endangered Species
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:07 am 
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lol fair enough but displaying is different from getting figures out and rolling around carpet making battle sounds and having a civil war lol dont think anyones saying they play with them.

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