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37 Comments on A Call to Action (Figures): Open Your Toys

  1. Steven Saldutti

    Where do I start with the many many problems with this article? First of all the grammar is all off, several spelling errors, and I’m not even going to go into detail about the punctuation.

    OK, none of that is true. Despite the subject matter, I thoroughly enjoyed this article! Very very well written, and it almost pursuaded me to reconsider my stance on my mental illness of refusing to open my figures. ALMOST! I’d like to write an opposing view point if I can remember how to post an article!

    Thank you for the excellent read!

  2. I’ll start by saying I’m for the content of the article and not to critique anyones grammar. Right and wrong grammar does not help me with the information I’m interested in. The figures I have in pack I keep them in pack because 1) I paid package price when I could have paid half the price for a loose one. I would sell it back and use that money to buy 2 loose figures. 2) I have some old childhood figures in pack, I won’t open these because I have no desire to pose them or display them. The fact that I simply own it and when I look at it I remember the days I got each one so many many years ago is the satisfaction I need.

    Currently, I only buy loose figures. I agree alot with the points made so I simply don’t buy a packaged figure. The money I’d pay for that I can get at least 2 loose figures. More for me.

    • Steven Saldutti

      You present an excellent argument about the space. I’ve completely run out of space. I’ll post some pictures when I get time, but space is a huge issue.

    • Nick Lenihan

      Steven knows everything about keeping his figures in the package. He buys them without even peeking at the figure inside!

      I open just about everything. The only ones that have a chance at staying in the packaging are ultra limited exclusives. Why would I want to destroy the figure’s value by 50%+ in just a few seconds?

      I also keep all of the boxes for my sixth scale figures, and the space needed for just that is insane.

      • Steven Saldutti

        Wow! You really keep the boxes, nick? I’m very impressed!!!! And I’m impressed you admitted to it! I even keep the brown boxes they come in (hot toys) which is simply ridiculous. It’s getting to the point, however, that I’m running out of display room, and am keeping the figures in the brown boxes, stored away! I’ll send some your way!

  3. Superman

    Indeed, I agree. I have a lot in packaging, but not because I want to get rich in the future. I like them in it, keeps them from getting damaged, dust, etc. I have recently started to collect some loose cause of price. I loved to see them standing on my shelf, take pics of them in different poses with certain backgrounds. So I started to open a few I had in packages cause of that. But some I cant bring myself to open them. Probably if I get a good shelf/case/space to keep them in I might open all. But for now I will open just a few. Keep my prized ones, my babies (lol) in there packages. Good read, makes sense. I agree with you.

    • RyanB4890

      Thanks! What you’re saying makes an awful lot of sense too. I keep mine in shoe boxes to protect from dust, but they’re all in their in a pile so they’re definitely not going to be in as good shape as yours. That’s the compromise.

      Just curious, what separates one that you’re willing to open from one that you aren’t?

  4. The Sickled Pickle

    I have never actually opened an English book for reasons similar to those eloquently laid out in this article. I still have my first grammar book encased in three-thousand dollar heat and light sensitive glass case with a finger print reader and retinal scanner because I know that bad boy is going to reach at least two hundo (million) dollars by the time I retire. Has my grammar suffered? Certainly, I have never read a single page of any grammar book I have ever collected but the real question is do you want to retire to a dumpster behind the local Subway restaurant and get molested by disgruntled employees or retire to a mansion in the Carribean with a butler named Alfred who wipes your ass with hundred dollar bills? If you answer the latter, you better start hitting up local K-12 students to begin your collection of elementary and advanced grammatical textbooks. Most collectors unfortunately cannot resist the incredible urge to crack them open, especially when confronted with unruly and uneducated trolls from the internet. That is why I have invested thousands of dollars in the aforementioned cases and an industrial-grade security level bank vault that would make Tom Cruise renounce Scientolgy in a thriller called “Mission Impossible: It was Actually Impossible.”

  5. BruceBanner

    Haven’t read many of your articles but knowing a few toy collectors who leave their toys unopened this one caught my eye. Good read. Looking forward to the next one.

  6. Jorge Rodriguez

    Another great article and on point. What i choose to keep boxed or in packaging is for the pleasure of display, or something i paid a little higher for on the back market for then I wanted to or had to have. Shelf space or space period is also an issue for many, as boxes can take up a lot of room. Sometimes i like the mix of boxed and open display for aesthetic purposes to mix it up a little. As far as getting market value for some rare item, many times you are still at the mercy of the person who wants to buy it from you and will nickel and dime you to get it off your hands and make you feel like you are wasting their time, particularly pawn shops or collectibles shops that specialize in getting their hands on valuable items at a low price from desperate unsuspecting collectors. They pull the old, I don’t care, walk away trick on them, to make you wonder why its ok if you walk out with what you perceived is a valuable item. They know it is but also know you want the money and they want the item as cheaply as possible. Its the old Indian Jones, “Throw me the idol and I’ll give you the whip” scenario. No one is fooling me and saying “Adios senor” with my item.
    If you really know you have something super rare, giving a call to an auction house is your best bet, where people can bid fairly on the value if you happen to be lucky enough to stumble on an original GI Joe or Action Comics No. 1.
    The picture attached has my Buffy action figures, which I know from studying the market used to be at the height of the show, bout 60 to 100 bucks a piece on the back market. Once the show faded, you can now find many of these, in the packaging for ten to 15 dollars on EBAY, with some worth a little more. But for me it is sentimental and i have always loved the show, so taking them out of the packing was a no no for me. I also have some authentic signed ones, and I would not sell them to anyone.

    • RyanB4890

      Thanks!

      Aw man. That’s amazing. I think they look great in the packages hung on a wall like that too. I prefer opening them, but it’s so subjective.

    • Steven Saldutti

      Wow, fantastic collection and display! I agree with everything you said. And as far as your figures going down in value, the sentimental value can never have a price placed on it.

      Indeed, keeping the super rare ones in the box is a good call. My concern is I will not figure out which ones are super rare until years later. And if I opened it, I’m screwed! So, I just keep it all boxed. Like my emotions.

      • jr22173

        Thanks for the awesome reply! As far as determing value, some collections are more maddening then others value wise. Beanie babies are a perfect example of that. My wife has large collection and I have given up trying to search for prices based on defects and which duck beak is pink instead of yellow! Lol!!

        • Steven Saldutti

          Wow. I think Beanie Babies are the absolute perfect example! Back in the mid – late 90s, I remember some of those were going for like 5,000 if I’m not mistaken. I remember one day, the receptionist at the office I worked mentioned how expensive her collection was. She was planning on selling it all in 1-2 years, and retire. And she could have retired on that. Then, about 2 weeks later, literally overnight, the bottom fell out of the Beanie Babies line. It was crazy! And lol, I agree, checking the variants/blue eyes VS. Pink can get maddening! Like coin collecting. I don’t care where they were minted!

          • jr22173

            Exactly! I don’t doubt that for the discerning collector, whether coin collector, beanie baby fanatic, or Buffy love slave like me, we know which of our items are truly valuable market wise. But when someone tries to come late to the game and start collecting on the back market it is almost impossible to know a first edition from a second edition or why a slight discoloration can demand an extra five hundred vs the one you can get for 20.00. And yes any collector can tell you that stumbling on or having preserved that rare treasure which can send you to retirement early is pretty much impossible. But hey, who is to say you and I might not stumble on the last two copies of action comics no.1☺️ Stranger things have happened.

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