|To box or not to box? Everything fledgling Star Wars collectors need to know.|
Okay so, Jean-Luc aside, I'm only joking. The point I'm trying to make is simple; boxed or loose? It's a question that every newbie toy fanatic must answer before they embark on their respective collecting crusade. And despite what many a forum will have you believe, there's no right or wrong answer. The majority of my own personal collection is indeed new, sealed, and boxed. But as the core of my humble collection sits safely in storage, due to room limitations, I'm beginning to wonder. Is it all worth it?
|In 30 years time, this'll be |
Today there're far more mint contemporary Star Was items tucked away in storage. In fact, the industry's arguably geared towards collectors, with a plethora of collector's items and limited editions. Not to mention countless protective cases and toy grading bodies, intent on preserving collectibles for many generations to come. Don't get me wrong, that isn't to say that many Star Wars collectibles won't be worth something, but I highly doubt that 1999, first wave, Episode 1, CommTech, Jedi Duel, Obi-Wan Kenobi will be funding a retirement to Bermuda any time soon.
|Two brand spanking new 2009 Commander Gree figures, delivered to my door.|
|Purchase delivered goods and the state of your item's |
packaging is out of your hands.
Then you have the additional problem that carded figures and boxes take up so much space. A sizeable tub or shelf can hold or display hundreds of 3.75" figures - no such luck if they're carded. And then, there's that gut feeling that every boxed collector should recognise; that aching sensation, you could end it all by ripping to shreds the packaging of all your figures and finally get to see them in all their unpackaged glory. But you don't. You don't because you're afraid you'll weep like an infant once you realise you can never reverse what you've done. Loose collectors on the other hand tend to rip the packaging off most items with reckless abandon. They've space for more figures and of course, can always keep a select few of those special purchases sealed.
And that's the reality of it. Most collectors employ a selective system in which they choose to display certain items sealed and other items loose. I for one always open and build LEGO sets, finding no joy in looking at a box without even the slightest glimpse of its contents. The fact of the matter is, don't let anybody pressure you into how you should collect. I've simply attempted to point out the pros and cons of each system, in the hope that you're able to make an informed decision.
|For the record, I ripped open my |
holiday to Bermuda. And with it, possibly
taken my first step into a larger world...