Figure Collecting 101 – Why Collect Figures?

My apologies in the slow updating of the site loyal visitors!  I got some kind of a fever and even though I nearly had this article finished a couple of days ago, I’ve had no energy and difficulty getting out of bed.  I’m finally feeling better and hopefully will resume updating the site regularly now.

I have always intended for this site to be a resource for collectors and Nintendo fans alike and while there are some great articles for anyone getting into a particular line of Nintendo figures like Micro Land or Nendoroids already on the site, I haven’t talked that much about figure collecting as a whole.  I predominantly collect Nintendo figures but I have thought about extending out to other ones as I have the money and I think you may start collecting figures out of a love of Nintendo, but if you don’t enjoy the hobby of collecting figures then you’re unlikely to stick with it long term.  So with this goal in mind, I’m starting a new series of articles called Figure Collecting 101 to help anyone new to the hobby better understand and enjoy it.  Today’s topic is going to start with one of the first questions anyone might ask about the hobby: why collect figures?

Amiibo at Toys R Us
Image courtesy of: http://vgtidbits.com/

Collectors Will Collect – There are tons of things you can collect.  Some people like coins, stamps, or cards, but of course not all collectibles are the same.  Generally, if you’re going to collect something it should be something you enjoy and appreciate and that someone else you know also enjoys.  This is important because otherwise, there is no social aspect to the hobby and you won’t have anyone to share your collection with.  Figures are a very interesting thing to collect because they actually can have some value, but they also are something you can play around with in a variety of ways whether it is posing the figures, making a display, admiring them, or many other things.  If you’ve ever seen a figure while walking around a store and thought it looked cool, then collecting them makes sense.  If you’re going to collect something, why not figures?

Figures Let Us See and Touch Digital Characters – For me, one of the absolute best parts of owning a figure is being able to see and touch a character I controlled in a game or have only seen off a TV screen.  Figures turn our favorite characters into something tactile and let us play around with them.  With a bit of imagination or some artistic talent, you can recreate poses, scenes, or even dioramas from the video games, movies, TV shows, etc. in figure form.  This is one aspect of collecting figures that other hobbies have no equivalent to and is a big reason why I collect.

Zelda Twilight Princess Gannondorf Dark Horse Comics Statue

Figures Can Become Valuable (In Some Cases) – I wanted to include this in the article because it is a side of figure collecting that many people find appealing and while some criticize (and there are valid reasons for doing so like scalping),  I am one of those people who finds it appealing to have a valuable figure, especially if I figure out that a figure may be valuable on my own and it proves to be true.  People who collect for value tend to not open their figures which some collectors would say strips the fun away, but I think this is a totally valid way of collecting and you have to do what you find most fun.  Investing in figures is not like the stock market and it can be tricky to play the game and I absolutely do not recommend betting much money on any one figure becoming valuable, but there are definitely times were you might buy a figure and be pleasantly surprised when you come to find it is rare or valuable.

Expensive Amiibo Prices
Image courtesy of nintendoenthusiast.com

Figures Are Fun To Own And You Can Make The Hobby Your Own – While I hinted at this with my first reason for collecting, it is the perfect way to end this article.  There are many different reasons why figures are fun to buy and to own.  They can be cheap or expensive and finding them in retail can be a thrill or rush.  I can think of a number of figures where I was so excited and relieved to finally see it in store and be able to buy it.  Honestly, if any of this article sounds fun or appealing to you then figure collecting could be a fun way to spend some time and money.  In future articles, I will talk more about how to enjoy figure collecting, what the challenges are, and more advanced topics for intermediate to advanced collectors.  If you have questions about figure collecting, ideas for future articles, or just want to share your experience as a figure collector and why you enjoy them, please let us know in the comments below!

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7 comments

  1. Yet another great article! I will share it to my site to help you get some more coverage. There was something I wanted to ask you. I am going to add an Affiliates page to my site and was wondering if I could include you with a link back to your website? You have a lot of great content and my site is beginning to do quite well now averaging 1000-1500 views a week and If I can give exposure to other great websites, then I will do. Please feel free to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.

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    • Mike, thank you for the kind words and yes, I would love to be listed as an affiliate. I have considered adding that sort of thing to my site and will definitely add your site to that whenever I get the chance. I’m still sick, but I hope that as I recover and get more free time, I’ll be able to do that 🙂

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      • I hope you get well soon, I had met with a terrible cold a few weeks that left me bedridden for days. Fortunately my brother covered the news while I got better. As soon as I did, the poor sod feel ill after. He is recovering now too. There is no rush to add us as affiliates, you get better first. We have already added you to the page with a few others. Get well mate, I look forward to reading more of your posts 😉

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      • Thank you Mike! I hope to be back to myself soon. I have so many articles I want to write, I just need the energy to do so. By the way, I subscribed to your Youtube channel a couple of weeks ago and have been watching some of your videos. Keep up the great work!

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      • Haha, thanks! I have not been updating it as much as I would like to, currently moving house so I have a lot of things in boxes and nowhere near a TV. Fortunately the Wii U have this marvelous invention called the gamepad which allows me to play most of my games without the need of a TV, now I just have to find my game capture device 😉 And thank you for your continued support!!!

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