The Ultimate Buying Guide for X-Men Collectibles
So, you are ready to buy some X-Men collectibles? Fans of the comics and the movies agree that collecting action figures, bobble-heads and other memorabilia are not just a great way to pass the time between new releases. Having a venerable collection of these items could give you a most delicious fangasm, no matter if you are into displaying them in dedicated cabinets or liven up your personal space with them.
In this guide, we will give a few essential suggestions for you if you are just about to start investing in X-Men collectibles or if you are revitalizing an old habit and want to get back into the game. So without further ado, here are our top tips and practices for collectors who are just starting.
Where To Buy These X-Men Collectibles?
The most obvious place to go for collectibles might seem to be Marvel’s official online shop. What is surprising and sad, though, is that the range of action figures and collectibles offered is somewhat limited. You may find some basic stuff related to the movies or comics that are in vogue at any given time, but more serious buyers will find the supply slightly lacking.
So generally speaking, online retailers will be better for picking the collectibles you want the most, and among them, Amazon’s store has the most comprehensive and most trustworthy range of offerings. So from here on out, we are going to focus on products available on Amazon.
General Guidelines For Picking The Right Merchandise
You will get the best results if you have in mind the exact character you would like to get a collectible of, but it is worth keeping some key search terms in mind if you just want to browse. “X-Men Collectible”, “X-Men action figure”, or “X-Men Funko” will set you on the right track.
While Amazon’s sellers tend to be trustworthy, you still want to look out for scams and tricksters. Always check the seller’s page and take a look at their reviews, and read the description of the product in detail. Beware of items that look surprisingly cheap compared to similar ones – if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Also, do not go for off-brand items, and try to stick to lines of products that have esteem among fans. Hasbro’s X-Men/X-Force Collection line is the go-to brand of X-Men collectibles, and you will find all the cult classics among their products.
If you find something you would love to have, but it’s currently out of stock, don’t despair: just set a reminder by clicking the ‘Add to list’ button, and you will get a notification once the collectible is purchasable again.
Collectibles, just like the comic books itself, have a limited production window, meaning that after a while, the company moves on from each product and starts making new ones. For this reason there is always only a limited number of collectibles you could get for the retail price. Older models will increase in value, which means they tend to be more expensive.
Herein lies the thrill of collecting these items: once you have invested enough money into them for long enough, your collection will increase in value and turn into something more than just a rack of toys you own. It will be your pantheon of X-Men memorabilia, impossible to be precisely replicated and impressive on its right.
Many companies provide different mystery box subscription services, and while most of these are not exclusively X-Men related, you can find some on Amazon that are.
This option is better suited for fans who do not have anything too specific on their minds and would be okay with receiving a set of collectibles that they know nothing about in advance. That being said, some people find receiving mystery boxes as an excellent, more fun way of collecting figurines and memorabilia.
The Best X-Men Collectibles You Could Get Right Now
So now, let’s take a look at some of the best collectibles that are available on Amazon right now. We will focus on Hasbro’s X-Men/X-Force Collection in this list as they provide the bedrock set of action figures essential to every X-Men collection.
No decent X-Men fan could be without at least a particular attachment to the franchise’s most famous character, Wolverine. This stylish, Uncanny X-force era version of the character sports a stunning black attire, giving it a more stern look than his original outfit.
You can never go wrong with Wolverine and the X-Men.
As one of the founding members of the X-Men, you can’t go wrong with Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast. Despite looking like a blue-colored ferocious beast, Dr. Hank possesses an outstanding intellect. He is also a member of the current X-Force ongoing comic series.
Nightcrawler is another staple of the X-Men universe. The legendary troublemaker’s action figure comes with three replaceable head parts that make this collector’s item genuinely unique.
This figurine is in every bit as extra as the character is: with legs replaced with an actual explosion, head high up looking into the sky, this New Mutants character is perfectly immortalized by this item.
5. Marvel Comics 80th Anniversary Legends Series 6-Inch-Scale Vintage Comic-Inspired Colossus Vs. Juggernaut Collectible Action Figure 2-Pack
This anniversary edition double-pack contains two of the most famous giants of the X-Men universe: the impressive Colossus and the bloodthirsty Juggernaut. The two characters have recently faced off in Deadpool 2, which makes this purchase especially timely.
Last but not least, if you are at all considering trying out some mystery boxes, it might be smart to start with this X-Men Funko collection that features a blind selection of the most beloved characters.
There are many to choose from the Hasbro Marvel Legend series. Check out our article on How To Start an Action Figure Collection for more tips.