• 9 years 7 months ago
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    I've bought several old carded and boxed toys over the years and have found myself opening many of them. What do you guys think on this subject? Ok to open, or a big no-no?
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      • 9 years 7 months ago
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      Oh its a big no-no keep eveything, even buy 2 if need be but never open, not at our age anyway since we know the importance of keeping them boxed etc...... after all money cant buy hapinness..........but it will buy something that will make you happy
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        • 9 years 7 months ago
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        I don't open them. You could always buy two, one unopened and one loose. If the figure is rare, it's probably too expensive to open, anyway :) .
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          • 9 years 7 months ago
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          The price difference in auction on a boxed toy and an opened toy can be huge, we are talking hundreds if not more in some cases. As time goes by toys in thier original box are much harder to find, therefore collectors are willing to pay greatly for them. I buy Barbie and put them in a large box in a dry non-light area that way the box and the barbie will be in perfect condition and will be worht more when I go to sell.
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            • 9 years 7 months ago
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            I have bought many things still in there boxes or on there card but I usually end up opening them, I cant help it, if I dont I will obsess over it until I open it.
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              • 9 years 7 months ago
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              Exactly. It just sits there, taunting me to open it. Personally, I'll never sell any of my collection, so they are for my enjoyment only. I will say that if it is something very rare, say a first run carded Obi-Wan or the likes, I wouldn't even think about it.
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                • 9 years 6 months ago
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                Ive only got a couple of sealed boxed transformers but i could never see myself opening them, mainly because of what they cost me.
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                  • 9 years 6 months ago
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                  I agree. Open them.
                  Something people always forget when it comes to these things, they are TOYS, they were meant to be played with! Yeah, sure, they're worth more when they're in the box. But you have to ask yourself, do you really think that you will EVER actually sell them? I mean, seriously, have you, in the entire history of your life, ever sold something like that for the money?

                  I'm willing to bet that the answer is no.
                  So who cares if it's worth more money in the box, its worth more fun out of the box and set up in a cool pose on top of your TV or on display on your shelf.

                  Really, its like buying a DVD of your favorite movie and not opening it, because it might be worth something in 20 years. Screw that, pop that puppy open and watch the movie, thats what it was meant to do. :)

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                    • 9 years 6 months ago
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                    Open.Always.What are toys for if not for playing with.The only time I keep things in the box is if I have doubles.Otherwise I always free them.
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                      • 9 years 5 months ago
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                      Toy Story II has a nice show on this.

                      for the love of God open the,m they're toys not mini busts, they're MEANT to be moved around and posed and played with, if thats not what ytou're doign with toys then why have toys versus mini busts or some other trophy?
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                        • 9 years 5 months ago
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                        laserkid wrote:
                        Toy Story II has a nice show on this.
                        Yup!

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                          • 9 years 5 months ago
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                          I have picked up some damaged carded figures maening to open them. I still haven't got the nerve to do it yet even though I am a loose collector. Maybe I will just rip them all open one Christmas morning and be a kid again for a day.
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                            • 9 years 5 months ago
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                            IF you are a pure collector, you know not to open that stuff.

                            But if you are a retro junkie who enjoys reliving the past, open that stuff. Even when I was aware that toys could someday be collectibles, I always opened and played with my toys when I was a kid. If you are a kid and you ain't playing with your toys because you want to cash in on it later, that's the wrong friggin' answer. Open open open. My mother said that all the toys I kept from my youth are priceless. Gotta agree with that one because what makes them priceless is the fact that I enjoyed them. Those things are never getting sold.

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                              • 9 years 5 months ago
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                              Seriously, if you're keeping these things as an investment, you're far better off just getting a CD (not the musical kind), bonds, or get a good stock broker.

                              This is a good time to do that actually, the interest rates are pretty damned high right now.

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                                • 9 years 4 months ago
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                                Let me tell you something about toy values: They wont last. Every toy has apeak window of interest that eventually disappears. The older people get, the less likely they are to spend money on toys from their youth. Vintage GI Joe figures from the 60's which used to command thousands of dollars have dropped signifiacntly in value, with only the rarest of the rare pieces going up.

                                This is because the age of the people who had these toys is now approaching the level where they really dont care anymore...they're in their 40's and 50's. The key demographic in toys is 30's.

                                Thats the age where you finally are out of school, hopefully have a decent job and have some disposable income...you still have a nostalgic pang for your youth.

                                Thats why now is a terrible time to be "into" 3" GI Joes from the 80's, its like peak time for them. I was buying loose/complete Baroness figures in 1990 and paying $12 bucks each for them and I thought **THAT** was Highway Robbery! Todays prices are just insane....

                                But rest assured...in another 10 years, they'll be back down to normal again......more affordable and more accessable. The nice thing about toys in the 80's is there is alot to choose from.

                                The toys that you value so highly sitting on your shelf will eventually drop in value as interest in them wanes. Also remember, even back into the 80's there were people collecting toys....so alot more examples of "MOC" or "MIB" do exist, compared to say the 50's or 60's when people just threw out toys...

                                Now if you want to talk RARE toys, you can talk about...say....Tin Toys made in Japan before the outbreak of World War 2, where there might only be a few hundred..or a few dozen known to exist in any kind of decent condition. People didn't "Save" toys then like they were antiques.

                                Today we save everything thinking it'll be the next priceless artifact on EBAY. But thats just unrealistic.

                                Now if you have a pristine carded figure, well maybe you save it that way because you like the whole package...you like the artwork on the package, you like the figure inside, you like knowing that you have a little time-capsule......the figure the way you would have found it sitting on a shelf in 1980, lets say.

                                But if you are tempted to open in, then DO IT...and **SCREW** the value.

                                What good is it to you when you're dead and buried? Are you thinking you're going to someday make a fortune off this carded figure? And then, when you sell it..what will you do with themoney?? Will you buy another "artifact" that you'll be too afraid to open?

                                Life is short, enjoy your toys. If you want to open it, then do so.
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                                  • 9 years 4 months ago
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                                  i concur, only a few choice figures i have mib, the rest are loose, and all the figures that i have mib i have loose ones running about

                                  for ex i only have 3 mib star wars toys fett, a trooper, and vader, the rest are out hunting down rebel scum :wink:
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                                    • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                    HeadRusch wrote:
                                    Let me tell you something about toy values: They wont last. Every toy has apeak window of interest that eventually disappears. The older people get, the less likely they are to spend money on toys from their youth. Vintage GI Joe figures from the 60's which used to command thousands of dollars have dropped signifiacntly in value, with only the rarest of the rare pieces going up.

                                    This is because the age of the people who had these toys is now approaching the level where they really dont care anymore...they're in their 40's and 50's. The key demographic in toys is 30's.

                                    Thats the age where you finally are out of school, hopefully have a decent job and have some disposable income...you still have a nostalgic pang for your youth.

                                    Thats why now is a terrible time to be "into" 3" GI Joes from the 80's, its like peak time for them. I was buying loose/complete Baroness figures in 1990 and paying $12 bucks each for them and I thought **THAT** was Highway Robbery! Todays prices are just insane....

                                    But rest assured...in another 10 years, they'll be back down to normal again......more affordable and more accessable. The nice thing about toys in the 80's is there is alot to choose from.

                                    The toys that you value so highly sitting on your shelf will eventually drop in value as interest in them wanes. Also remember, even back into the 80's there were people collecting toys....so alot more examples of "MOC" or "MIB" do exist, compared to say the 50's or 60's when people just threw out toys...

                                    Now if you want to talk RARE toys, you can talk about...say....Tin Toys made in Japan before the outbreak of World War 2, where there might only be a few hundred..or a few dozen known to exist in any kind of decent condition. People didn't "Save" toys then like they were antiques.

                                    Today we save everything thinking it'll be the next priceless artifact on EBAY. But thats just unrealistic.

                                    Now if you have a pristine carded figure, well maybe you save it that way because you like the whole package...you like the artwork on the package, you like the figure inside, you like knowing that you have a little time-capsule......the figure the way you would have found it sitting on a shelf in 1980, lets say.

                                    But if you are tempted to open in, then DO IT...and **SCREW** the value.

                                    What good is it to you when you're dead and buried? Are you thinking you're going to someday make a fortune off this carded figure? And then, when you sell it..what will you do with themoney?? Will you buy another "artifact" that you'll be too afraid to open?

                                    Life is short, enjoy your toys. If you want to open it, then do so.




                                    finally someone else who agrees with me, I've always felt this way since I first saw toy story 2, in my opinion the prospector(from the movie afore mentioned) is the best example that some toys should be opened and enjoyed, not left in their packages like some kind of prisoners.
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                                      • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                      keep it closed....
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                                        • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                        I open. I don't care how much it's worth, I can't stand keeping toys in their boxes. I DO keep the boxes around, but that doesn't mean diddly squat.
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                                          • 8 years 2 months ago
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                                          I agree.


                                          I have toys all over the place that I play with, I even have a exoskeleton type toy thing, (Based off a cartoon series where these cool dudes got in these robot exoskeletons.) I got all the parts for it and play with it all the time, ive heard its worth alot but I dont care. Only things I have that I dont play with are my video games, I got a emulator for that, and plus unlike plastic toys, cartridges wear out to darn fast. I remember playing duck hunt so much that the cartridge finaly just stoped working. I had to buy another cartridge, played that one tell it stoped working, and now I got another one but I aint gonna play it just cause it will just wear out once more.


                                          Most toys thou if they were made well wont break that easily, sept for G.I Joe's. All mine I have had to replace the rubber band in them (That links the top to the bottom.) Cause they just plum wore out.lol (Maybe me twisting em around to watch em spin contributed to that when I was a kid?LOL)
                                          Peace ta da masses!
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