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How to Start an Action Figure Collection

Watch more How to Make Money with Collectibles videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to start a toy action figure collection by following these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Learn the history of toy action figures Learn the history of toy action figures, including original G.I. Joe and Star Wars action figures of the seventies, especially for vintage collectors. Tip The original G.I. Joe was 12-inches tall. _Star Wars_ toys established the now standard 3 3/4-inch action figure size. Step 2: Learn common action figure collection terms Learn common action figure collection terms. "Limited edition" means a manufacturer reduces a figure's production line. "Exclusives" are made for specific retailers. Step 3: Learn common action figure grading terms Learn common action figure grading terms like "modern grading" for packaged toys from 1991 to now and "loose grading" for toys in opened packages. Tip Visit the Action Figure Authority (AFA) website to learn more about action figure grading. Step 4: Select a focus for your collection Select a focus for your action figure collection. Are you a fan or a specific movie like _Star Wars,_ or are you a fan of comic book superheroes like _Batman_? Choose a niche that matches your interests. Step 5: Visit toy stores Visit toy stores to see the newest action figures on the market. Go to thrift stores and garage sales, good starting venues for new collectors, for vintage figures. Step 6: Store action figures Store your action figures out of direct sunlight and humid spaces. Remove price tags from collectible boxes with tweezers. Once you've begun your collection, consider arranging them in a display to show off your work to your peers. Did You Know? In 1966, the licensed English version of the G.I. Joe action figure was sold as "Action Man."
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