Being a toy collector is a great hobby. You get to share space with your most sought after trophies and hang out with characters from your favorite franchise all at the same time. But how does one get started on this journey of acquiring this plastic treasure? And what perils do you have to look out for on this adventure? Read on for some helpful tips to guide you on your quest to amass a mighty army of collectible toys!
Tip 1: Decide what you love and build that collection!
If you are reading this post then you must have an idea of a toy franchise that matters to you. You need to focus on what you love and build on that. Don’t go down this path if you are thinking about the monetary value of your soon to be collection, instead surround yourself with what will make you happy for years to come.
Don’t go down this path if you are thinking about the monetary value of your soon to be collection, instead surround yourself with what will make you happy for years to come.
Tip 2: Seeking and finding your collectibles
This is the best part of being a toy collector and there are a few ways that you can go about it. Firstly there are many online retailers that will supply what you are looking for. The plus here is that you can track down your next target and have it delivered right from the comfort of your own home.
Then there is getting out for a real world adventure! Depending on what you are looking for, there are quite a few paths you can take.
If the toy line is, for example, action figures from the latest Transformers movie, then you can hit up your usual suspects, Target, Walmart and Toys r Us as they will have the latest and greatest figures in stock.
But what if you discovered a love for a toy franchise that has not been produced in a while? Don’t be dismayed, you may have luck finding them at flea markets, thrift stores, comic book conventions and if you have the time and the gas money, yard sales.
Tip 3: Beware of Knock off toys!
This one is a shame, but you can always count on people out there to take advantage of people’s passions. If you see an older more valuable action figure or vintage toy being sold at a low price, chances are that it could be a knock off.
Do some research before you buy, some options at accomplishing this are running a google image search, finding sites that are dedicated to the franchise you are collecting for more details on the actual toy and asking around forums to see if anyone else has fallen victim to this foul scheme.
Tip 4: Put those trophies on display toy collector!
This is one of the most satisfying aspects of the hobby, displaying your action figures or collectible toys in your home so that you can take it all in and enjoy what you have amassed. You don’t need the display to be too fancy as you want the focus to be on your collection.
There are many shelving options available online or you can even visit your local thrift store to find a good deal. You can even spice the display up by adding backgrounds behind your figure collection to make it look like they are in their appropriate world!
Tip 5: Maintaining your cherished collection
And we come to the not so fun part… maintenance. You have to dust and clean off your collection from time to time to restore your mighty action figure display to its former glory! Some supplies you will need are pipe cleaners (dust gathers in hard to reach places), canned air spray and dusters or wood furniture wipes for the shelves.
Keeping your collection clean will also rekindle your love for your toys if you haven’t moved them in a while.
As said before, being a toy collector is a great hobby. I hope you have learned a thing or two to start you on your way to gaining an epic collection of your own! Remember to collect what you love and what makes you happy, enjoy the thrill of the hunt, watch out for those knock-offs, find a cool display for your figures and keep them clean!