Oh, yes, it’s that time again! Time to pick this debate back up and add my own 5 cents. I’m well aware this debate has been going around ever since people started collecting memorabilia. Besides the old question why do we collect memorabilia, there’s also the question of unboxing action figures and memorabilia. Some people are for it, some people strongly against and it has caused quite a few fights among the internet folks.

There is no guideline or rule that action figures and collectibles need to be boxed or unboxed. It’s entirely up to the person’s preference. However I’d like to touch on some common points.


Boxes, boxes, boxes

If I wanted to display boxes, I’d collect boxes. I get that boxes are great if you want to stack them. But often times boxes are twice the size as the item inside and wouldn’t it be easier to unbox the figure, store the box away for future use and use the remaining free space left by the box for another figure?

Some boxes are not see through and while the packaging may look cute, isn’t it just sad that your item would not see the light of the day? Some people argue that by leaving it in the box, it would be more valuable to them.

I just don’t get that. Sure, it’s protected by the box against breaking and such, but aren’t the memories of playing with your favourite action figure just as valuable? Isn’t it more fun to capture your action figure out of the box in all the different poses and interaction with your other action figures?

Doctor & Donna
Doctor & Donna

The value of the figure doesn’t drop when the box is opened – it’s the popularity of the figure that determines its value. Most collectors are interested in the overal st


If you buy action figures and collectibles with the intention of selling it later on for greater value, that’s completely fine and I have no problem with that; kudos to you.

I just don’t understand why you would want to sell it in the first place. If it’s an action figure of a character that you absolutely love and adore, why would you sell it? If you need to sell them due to difficult life situation, I completely understand.

Toys are meant to be played with

I asked my friend E. what he thought about this issue. He told me the following:

“For me personally I would open collectibles, I have no interest in keeping them in a box to look at and “increase in value”. If watching Toy Story 2 taught me anything it’s that toys are to be played with! So for me I would always open them rather than leave them boxed.”

My friend R. shared a similar view:

“I prefer unboxing the items. I can see them better and I can use different techniques to light them.”

I can definitely relate to this. As a child, you would not keep a toy in its packaging. You’d delve right in, trying out all the accessories it comes with. Sometimes when I walk past my shelf, I change the action figure’s position. With Connor action figure, I make him hold the tomahawk or pistol or both, with Doctor and Donna I just make them wave (sometimes at each other 🙂 ).

Connor & Donna Noble
Fandoms clashing!

Obviously not all action figures have accessories or bendable limbs but I can still pair them up with figures that do. For example the little Dalek Sec has little wheels and can turn his head and ‘limbs’ and the infamous plunger. Wouldn’t you want to wheel a Dalek around your table shouting “EXTERMINATE”? 😀 I definitely would (and have done so)!

I think the joints are there for a reason – to be moved with.  And you can’t quite do that whilst the figure is in the box. With my Deadpool statue that I got in February’s Loot Crate, I wouldn’t be able to shine a light from the back if it was in the box and create such a great explosion effect!

Don’t they look so much better?

What is your opinion on this debate? Do you like to unbox your action figures or would you rather keep them in their boxes? Let me know in the comments below!

PS: Psst, do you know how to take care of your action figures and statues? I wrote a handy post with tips and tricks how to keep your collectibles clean and safe!


  1. Comment by John D.
    John D.

    Thanks for rhis, I always took my toys out of the box. More value for me to play with them ,and have those memories. Rather than have them now to resell them. You can probably still find some star wars figures buried in the back yard of our apartment in Virginia. The 70’s were a great time.

    • Comment by Dana - GeekyGamingStuff.com owner

      Thank you for your comment, John! I just can’t imagine myself selling my precious toys and you are definitely right, more value in the memories.

  2. Comment by Hannah

    Hey there.

    I agree with you 100% on this! I never understood why someone would ever want to sell their action figures, especially of their favourite characters. Yes, you can earn a bit of money, but collecting them is supposed to be a hobby, not a job!

    Interesting read. Loving your Doctor Who collection!


    • Comment by Dana - GeekyGamingStuff.com owner

      Thank you for your response, Hannah! I’m glad that you share the same views! I’d never sell my action figures!

  3. Comment by Viking T
    Viking T

    Buy, sell, trade…it is a collector’s market out there for sure. I grew up in a family that collected various figures over the years. My dad left his in the boxes but I opened mine obviously because I was a kid. Today I still collect many items as I find them: neca, funko, jada ect, ect.. some of them I keep boxed others I have displayed cause I feel you get more view and more enjoyment out of the figure. Also less space taken by boxes equals more space for more figures!! I know horror figures can hold a lot of value but my wife can decide that once I am gone! I know I won’t be selling the horror figures while I am alive


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