Earlier, when I wrote the article 5 Steps on How To Start an Action Figure Collection, I mentioned that before you start with your collection, find a niche. However, I did not really stress of giving examples on why it is important to find your or niche or theme. The main reason is you need to have a clear direction. Without, it’s easy to get lost or discouraged in today’s complex market. Whether you are collecting for enjoyment or financial gain you do not want to end up paying too much for your collection of mismatched figures.
This is part of my son’s collection. A mix or Transformers, DC comics and Star Wars. By the way, the Star Wars minifigures are mine 🙂 If you are into diorama, you will find it difficult to mix and match BumbleBee, Superman and the Stormtroopers.
However, if your niche or theme is Star Wars, it is easy to arrange your collection.
If you are not into Transformers. superhero characters such as Superman or Star Wars, you could also consider Gundam – giant robots (or mecha) called “mobile suits”. Check out my post on Gundam Exia First Grade, bought it after watching the complete Gundam 00 Season 1.
If choosing a theme has already given you the headache, wait till you look at the manufacturers. There are tons out there which are producing the same thing. Take a look at Aquaman, one is from DC Direct while the other is from Kotobukiya – Justice League Aquaman. Except for Gundam, so far, to my knowledge, Bandai is the primary licensee of the Gundam trademark.
If you didn’t already know – the term “action figure” was first coined by Hasbro in 1964, to market their G.I. Joe figure to boys who would not play with dolls. It’s better that calling it a boy’s doll, right?