Every toy/figure collector knows the pain of making that decision…should I or shouldn’t open that box. We spend hours and $/£ every month to satisfy our craving for cool collectibles and its get to a point where just looking at them through a plastic pane becomes too much. As a collector there are two questions that are always asked and almost robotically answered when questioned by your peers who don’t understand your “fetish” for plastic girls/boys/robots/cars etc:
1. Are you keeping them as a investment?
2.When are you going to stop?
The second question will never be answered in the way most people would hope for, but the first question is in actuality a really annoying one. You pre-order a great figure knowing that its limited in quantity, you end up waiting maybe 6 months to a year for that item to ship, in some cases the shipment takes weeks to months, and finally when you get that lovely figure that you first saw around 1 year sitting in the cargo box the question hits you…Will it devalue the item id I open it?
From a purely collectors point of view “YES” any modification to the original state of the item from point of manufacture devalues the item incrementally…bummer. With this though in mind I began to think “But its for me, its valuable to me and only me”. I finally reached this stage at the beginning of 2009 after a solid year of hardcore buying. In the space of 1 year I have accumulated 100+ Anime figures from various series with such gems as Wave’s Elfen Lied Collection and Hlj Alice mature from Queen’s Blade (pics coming soon). All of my collection are in boxes but have been opened at least once for photo shoots for the sites and general inspection for damages, after all whats the point of trying to preserve the figure if the figure was broken to begin with. Just these actions however have reduced the values anyway and the state of space management has now reached critical level where just stacking the boxes are running the boxes anyway.
2009 I will be opening and taking out all of my figures, “letting them breath” as my partner tells me, while the boxes will be packed away safely and stored in the attic until the time comes to move. Right now as I think about the contents of this post I have tabs open for grand display cabinet designs as I desperately seek a way to store the plastic army rampaging in my room. Right now the thinking is something glass with a little light that has a lock to stop prying hands (probably my own) from moving things around.
So “To Open or Not to Open?” I guess if you have the space and the time to invest heavily in collecting toys for figures then don’t, let the money roll in and when its time to sell (that’s assuming you ever do) you will be sure to earn a pretty penny. For the rest of us, we buy these things because we think them beautiful, why else would yu see fully grown adults taking plastic toys into the great out doors to get that perfect picture? I hope this post is useful for people out there as I am sure that many a collector has had this indecision at the back of their minds at some point or the other.
Thanks for reading
p.s. new photos for 2009 are in the works along with a whole string of new figures.