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Kick Off Your Action Figure Collecting Hobby With a Massive Bang

Aug 14, 2008
The world of action figure collecting is exploding. I do not know what to think of this besides thank you nostalgia lovers. Being an avid action figure collector, this is ideal and beyond perfect for me and can be for you too as well if you play your cards right.

What do I mean by that? Well, you must do your research or you will absolutely end up with a closet full of plastic junk not worth anything more than the screws and rubber bands holding them together. There are many avenues to do some price comparisons and also to learn what is hot and what is not.

Another major factor causing grief in the world of action figure collecting is the knock-offs, the fakes and the imposters. Yes I know; that is a slew of ugly words. But, I calls it likes I sees it. So, what you must do is research, research and then research some more.

I know. Now you are feeling the burdens of work and study. You should enjoy action figure collecting to be successful at growing your collection in value. The reason I say this is simple, you are going to have to work at it. This work is really not work if you enjoy the action figure genre you are into because you will simply be seeking and absorbing information about the line of figures that you like.

How do you go about doing the research? It really is not that difficult. I would recommend you do some research in the major search engines. Begin by typing in the name of the brand that you are after or simply type in the phrase "action figures" to locate some starting points for you research. This will get you started.

You should consider following a few blogs in the form of RSS feeds. This is not as difficult as it sounds and following blogs could really streamline your research in action figure collecting. Learn about RSS feeds and how to use them. Again, they are very simple and extremely helpful. They put the information right at your fingertips and they will keep you updated on everything new and improved in your favored action figure genre.

Now, as you begin to dig your clutches into your chosen action figure collectible genre, you will want to start shopping for the figures that you want to collect. Set up some bookmarks in your favorites of the online shops that market the collectible figures that you are into. Subscribe to the newsletters and email campaigns so that you may get the latest deals and specials.

Now you have some information coming in on a steady basis. The next step is to subscribe to some actual snail mail newsletters and possibly join some collectible action figure clubs. Believe it or not, they are out there. I am a member of a few and really enjoy the mailings, sales letters and all the other goodies that come with the memberships.

Hopefully, this will get you on the track to becoming a top-notch action figures collector.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is an action figure collector who has been in the hobby for 30 years. Check out his blogs at GI Joes and Star Wars Toys for tons of information.
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