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?
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?
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 🙂 ).
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!
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!