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Jun 28, 2012 16:28 |  #406

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Great start! Looks like they're your collection now. :lol:

Thanks! I was told to be careful with them,because they are collectable!


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Jun 28, 2012 16:36 |  #407

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Thanks! I was told to be careful with them,because they are collectable!

Someone lied to you, or sort of lied to you. From my own experience... a toy is only really considered a collectible if it's never been removed from the original packaging and kept mint. Once it's cracked open... it's "value" (monetary) plummets. :lol:

That is unless the item becomes so rare and passed on from generation to generation for a few hundred years. ;)


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Jun 28, 2012 17:58 |  #408

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Someone lied to you, or sort of lied to you. From my own experience... a toy is only really considered a collectible if it's never been removed from the original packaging and kept mint. Once it's cracked open... it's "value" (monetary) plummets. :lol:

That is unless the item becomes so rare and passed on from generation to generation for a few hundred years. ;)

Well... thats okay. My son is only 10, so maybe if he keeps them in their cases (not original) they might be worth something for his great grandchildren! HaHa

Really, he just like them because he is infatuated with anything military related.


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Jun 28, 2012 18:29 |  #409

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Well... thats okay. My son is only 10, so maybe if he keeps them in their cases (not original) they might be worth something for his great grandchildren! HaHa

Really, he just like them because he is infatuated with anything military related.

IMO, toys need to be played with. Sitting in a box sealed up in hopes of it worth possibly something (or more likely nothing) doesn't make sense to me. But what do I know. :lol: As long as your son is getting the most out of it and enjoying the toys (however he wants to play, or not play with it), that's all that matters. Looking forward to more photos from you. Fire away, digital is free! ("Free" after you've paid for the initial lump sum.) :D


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Jun 28, 2012 18:51 |  #410

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IMO, toys need to be played with. Sitting in a box sealed up in hopes of it worth possibly something (or more likely nothing) doesn't make sense to me. But what do I know. :lol: As long as your son is getting the most out of it and enjoying the toys (however he wants to play, or not play with it), that's all that matters. Looking forward to more photos from you. Fire away, digital is free! ("Free" after you've paid for the initial lump sum.) :D

It appears we both enjoy playing with them:)


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Jun 30, 2012 10:26 |  #411

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Jun 30, 2012 14:10 |  #412

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IMO, toys need to be played with. Sitting in a box sealed up in hopes of it worth possibly something (or more likely nothing) doesn't make sense to me. But what do I know. :lol: As long as your son is getting the most out of it and enjoying the toys (however he wants to play, or not play with it), that's all that matters. Looking forward to more photos from you. Fire away, digital is free! ("Free" after you've paid for the initial lump sum.) :D

Yes, some toys are meant to be played with, like the ones you get in Toys R Us or Target and Walmart etc...but some are collectibles. They are works of art, like the ones MrClean is taking photos of. Go check out Sideshow Collectibles (external link) and check out the prices on some of their "toys" and let us know if you'd be ok with kids having them out and playing with them. These specific toys, again, are collectible works of art, to be drooled over for their fine detail etc...and yes worth money.

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Jun 30, 2012 19:36 |  #413

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Yes, some toys are meant to be played with, like the ones you get in Toys R Us or Target and Walmart etc...but some are collectibles. They are works of art, like the ones MrClean is taking photos of. Go check out Sideshow Collectibles (external link) and check out the prices on some of their "toys" and let us know if you'd be ok with kids having them out and playing with them. These specific toys, again, are collectible works of art, to be drooled over for their fine detail etc...and yes worth money.

Well said Chris.

For me, I open all my "toys" since I have no plans on ever reselling them. But the figures I collect from Hot Toys and Sideshow are more like mini statues and definitely works of art. They are aimed at the adult collector community and not even sold in common channels for retail purchase like a Toys R Us, Target or Walmart.

Plus I doubt any parent would want their kid to be playing with a $150-$200 doll. ($150-$200 retail, not after-market pricing.) ;) They are so fun to shoot because of the realism and attention to detail. Some figures look almost lifelike in person!


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Jun 30, 2012 23:39 |  #414

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Yes, some toys are meant to be played with, like the ones you get in Toys R Us or Target and Walmart etc...but some are collectibles. They are works of art, like the ones MrClean is taking photos of. Go check out Sideshow Collectibles (external link) and check out the prices on some of their "toys" and let us know if you'd be ok with kids having them out and playing with them. These specific toys, again, are collectible works of art, to be drooled over for their fine detail etc...and yes worth money.

If the Sideshow Toys were not $150-250 a pop, I'd let my 2.5 year old have a go at them all day long. To *me*, what makes them collectibles is the cost of ownership. But that said... I'm not one to view these as investments. I'm sure they will be worth $1000-10,000 someday, assuming boxed, mint, and unopened. But that's a lot of time to wait and a lot of storage space taken up.

I've got my Iron Man opened up. Go back a few pages and you should find photos of mine, along with other stuff in my humble (and miniscule) collection compared to that of MrClean's :)


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Jul 01, 2012 20:55 |  #415

Yeah I think a lot of the true collectors are collecting to make money, like MrClean, he probably buys these particular figures for what is special to him, for the art he loves, therefore making money is not ever in his plan. However there are those who are out to make money and buy, don't open, and resell for more than they paid. I don't think we have many of those on here. The photos are done for the love of photography and the figures themselves. I'm glad you all share these with us on here, I have yet to buy a Slideshow or Hot Toys figure, I might one day, but my 3 and 1 year old sons would probably make me try to let them play with it and I don't want to even have to argue with them right now on that. lol...

So I just enjoy seeing all the photographers photos here, so glad I started this thread, it lets me see all your collections and drool. Keep sharing!




  
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Jul 09, 2012 04:09 |  #416

Hi all. I am usually in the motoring threads but stumbled across this thread a few day ago now I am hooked. It has got motivated me to get out some of my little cars and take some pics of them. I know this is mainly action figures but though I could just post these quick ones. I am still getting my set-up sorted but these pics were taken with my mobile phone and loaded to instagram. The surface is a black jacket and the other is a gray magazine cover and using and LED headlamp for illumination. Next time I will use the dslr.

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Jul 17, 2012 10:03 |  #417

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Jul 18, 2012 13:58 |  #418

Tried it in B&W?

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Jul 31, 2012 17:39 |  #419

My Sylvanas arrived yesterday and I'm pretty happy with these pictures, what you guys think?
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Aug 01, 2012 01:24 |  #420

Those look awesome. I know it was probably the effect you were looking for but I would have liked to see the subject pop out from the background a little more. Although the "stealth" look does give it a good feel.


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