Starting an action figure collection can be easy, but it doesn’t stop there. You also need to take proper care of them. If not, I don’t think it will last very long. Whether you are collecting as a hobby or an investor, protecting them can make your collections last longer.
Here are 4 useful tips to keep those action heroes in their prime.
1. Regular Care of the Figures
The least you can do is dust them frequently. Dust and airborne particles will cause damages to your collection. If you are like me, who on and off play with your toys, it is impossible to minimize direct contact with them from our fingers. It is because, on our fingers, there is a layer of grease or finger oil that may cause yellowing to the collectibles.
Other than the dusting, if you frequent play with it, clean them. Take a bowl of warm water. Not hot water, okay. Hot water can cause the plastic to soften. The bowl should be large enough to completely submerge the figure. You’ll also need a soft-bristled toothbrush. Get a brand new one as it will be free of toothpaste residue, which can be abrasive and cause paint to scratch off of the figure. You’ll also need some liquid soap. Dish detergent should do no damage to the material and color.
Personally, I uses Amway’s LOC. This multi-purpose cleaner really does clean everything and is versatile enough to be used on almost any surface to remove any kind of dirt or grime and it’s gentle enough to be used as a mild cleanser for your collection. I have a friend who is very sensitive to most cleaning products but this one has never given him a problem. Still, you have to test it out to confirm. It works for me.
Or if you have the money, you can also invest in an ultrasonic cleaner.
2. Don’t Play With It Too Often
I can’t stop you when you have the urge to just get lost in your own world – your own version of Age of Ultron, but frequent movement on their joints will cause their joints to be loosened. Just be careful. And make sure your hands are clean before playtime.
3. Avoid Direct Sunlight
Avoid direct sunlight for a long period of time. UV light can cause discolouration and degradation. If it is exposed to UV light for a long period, it might cause a crack and brittle to it as well.
4. Storing Your Collections
Once you have a handful of action figures, it’s time to think of a place to store your collection. It can be as simple as a few layers of open shelves. Or a cabinet with glass doors. If you frequently go to IKEA, the display cabinet that has glass all over would be just perfect. If you are keeping them on open shelves, you also need to think of a proper container to keep them. Usually, collectors will keep those expensive ones in sealed storage container, but for me, I just use the most common container that is widely used among hobbyist which is the plastic container. It reliable and cheap. You can get it for as cheap as USD1.50 at Daiso.
I hope with the tips above, you got an idea on how to proceed.