Collecting Anime Figures

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Collecting Anime Figures

Collecting: a guide to starting and improving your own collection

Anime is commonly defined as animation originating in Japan. In English-speaking countries, anime is also referred to as "Japanese animation".

While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese cartoons were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s - notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka - and became known outside Japan in the 1980s.

Anime, like manga, has a large audience in Japan and recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online.

Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. Anime gained early  popularity in East and Southeast Asia and also attained popularity in various communities throughout the world.

Anime Figure Collecting

Collecting figures in general is regarded by some as too childish. They see no justification in spending a fortune on toys! But as anime figures have evolved into an appealing hobby, there is no stopping its demand in the world of collecting today.

Anime and manga fans have a number of grounds on why they collect anime figurines. Just like any other collecting hobby, it revolves around the individual’s interests and passion.

In figure collecting, the goal is basically to own the physical representation of a character/series that appeals to you most. They give life to what you see on tv, read on a manga, or have played in a video game.

Why Collect Anime Figures?

One may marvel over why collectors indulge in such a thing. Why do they collect something way behind their maturity levels? And all these posh figurines do is sit and collect dust?

Once again, figures are noted collector’s item. Collectors don’t buy and collect anime collectibles with the intent of owning a toy, but to own a captured moment from their loved manga/anime.

Figures and collectibles are works of art; they are highly detailed making them dear, but for a true anime fan, it is money well spent, enjoyed and fulfilled. People spend thousands on paintings? Why not a fraction of that on figures?

Tips on Collecting Anime Figures and Collectibles

There is no particular way to collect, but here are some tips that may help aspiring collectors start their collections.

1.) Find the right anime for you

Before starting your anime collection, know first what anime do you like best, specifically which character. As mentioned earlier, collectors find a feeling of intimacy and attachment to the anime toys they are collecting because of what it represents.

2.) Recognize Anime figure manufacturers, licenses and their value.

Don’t go barging into high end collecting when you haven’t done a little bit of research. Just like anything else, it's something u build up to, step by step and it takes a while to realise that what you're paying for isn't a piece of plastic, it's a physical representation of a loved character designed and sculpted to perfection.

One factor is to recognize the authenticity and understand the value of these items. An alarming number of people who are just getting into it or buying a gift for someone else will not understand why 'a piece of plastic' costs as much as it does.

3.) Know how to maintain your collection.

For long time collectors, their figures become reminders of their childhood which then heightens the sentimental worth of the figure.

Like any other collectible item, it’s value depends on it’s actual condition so if you’re planning to make profit out of your anime toys collection one day, it’s best to keep them well looked after.

Keep your collection away from direct sunlight, humidity and constant temperature swings, these issues can damage the figures details and paint.

Put your figures in a safe storage container. Make sure to place the heavier ones at the bottom and don’t stack too much, this might damage the form of your figurine.

Clean your figures every now and then, dust can creep even in the most sealed places as well as grime can build up if the figure is not properly tidied.

To Summarize

We collect figures because we love the anime. We are merely owning a physical representation of a character/series we adore and follow. It is a passion purely persued to fulfull our own sentimental values, and it is not something those who aren't a part of can understand.

It can be an expensive passion, but knowing where to buy and budgeting for it accordingly turns into a much more economical obsession than those who spend on cars, designer fashion, jewelry etc. If it makes you happy, then just do it! xD

That being said, keep your figures well maintained and looked after. You put in a bunch of effort to find/purchase your prized collectable. Don't let it rot away or let your neighbours 2 year old stick it in his mouth. That's just cruel (not sure if it's crueler to the 2 year old or the anime figure) :p

How do you get Pikachu onto a bus? You poke him on... ha.. ha..

K bye!

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