Open them, or not?
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Open them, or not?

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I just got a few new MLs and one variant. It's the first variant I've ever gotten, and I plan on keeping that in it's case. But what about normal figures? Do you leave them in the box or not?

Posted by DrSean
on Sunday, April 22, 2007
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plain_sliced -
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I open all the ones I want to play with. extras, I keep MOC. I always buy the same figure at least 4 times. 1 in the computer room, 1 in the restroom, 2 MOC. "why buy 1 when you can have 4 at 5 times the price."
scarlet_magpie -
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I do this with mine.....
Shinobitron -
Friday, August 10, 2007
The only figures I keep in package are the GI Joes and that has nothing to do investment values or anything like that. I just use the m as wall decor'
plain_sliced -
Friday, August 10, 2007
when I think of what you are writing, I think of a candy store full of candy and it says I CANNOT EAT ANY CANDY. my human nature is to do the opposite. an unopened toy is just temmptation.....
Henchmen4Hire -
Friday, August 10, 2007
I open almost everything, but I have to admit, it's pretty cool-looking when you go to someone's house and they have the entire wall full of MOC toys, it looks like a giant 3d poster @_@ It costs a ton though...probably weighs about the same too :P
plain_sliced -
Friday, August 10, 2007
they are toys, not paintings. toys are meant to be played with. (the only exception for keeping a toy in a box is if it's a 'back-up.' most of my favorites have 'back-ups' in case I wear out my played toys or if they happen to break.)

if I wanted to keep something in it's clamshell, I wouldn;t buy it. I'd just go view it at the story every time I wanted to view it- and save my money.
sandlvlan -
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I open all of my figure, except for the ml11 logan I just got. case had two, so I left the other one in the package to give to my baby when he gets older(if anyone wants to have a who is geekier contest, my wife and I gave our son the middle name logan, just because of wolvie. and if we have another son, he gets magnus)
Thor the Mighty -
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I've mostly opened my ML except for Deadpool, Phoenix and Scarlet witch. I also have a few Star Wars figures still in package.
PUNISHMENT5411 -
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I buy 2 of the same figure . One for ligth play ( my friend plays with my figures when he comes to my house ) And one to keep MOC , MIB , or whatever you want say.
rpetras -
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I generally keep stuff MIP until I plan to add it to my display or use it for a custom.

I do have quite a few MIP figs from ML series 1-3, and since I ran out of room for my display I haven't put up too many of the ML series figs since the Apocalypse wave. But those will come out when I redo my office with a TON of additional shelving.

I do keep most of my Star Wars stuff MIP since it looks pretty good like that and doesn't eat up too much space.
Redmist -
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Yeah cool, I'll trade my mom for some sweet figures. I usually buy 2-3 of the same figure but I've commited some mistakes like opening:
Hawkeye
Cable
Black Widow
I'm sure there are others that I can't think of. None of the above were chase figs it's just that I live in NYC and it's really hard to find this $#!* . I say if you know there worth it, keep'em caged in plastic-but we all need tolerant wives/girlfriends/families to put up w/our hobbies. " Let's see a Bats for my shelf, one for customizing three in their cases one for junior..."
riseROBOTrise -
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
...I still need a deadpool figure, arez...
riseROBOTrise -
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I open most of them, unless I have a duplicate...that one will stay packaged. If they're rare or really hard to find, I'll keep them in the package. For most of my Legends, they've come out and even been played with ( in an adult collection, that is ) I have a shelf that snakes around the room that displays them. A couple of times a year I'll get reallly lit up and re-arrange them, my zen moment of the day.
I stopped opening my Star Wars figures a few years ago. Mostly.
But I look at it this way also. I put my carded figures on the wall of my office, on display, but still in perfect condition. They're posed. They keep the dust off. They look cool covering up the beige walls of my poohole duplex.
AREZ -
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
When I first got DEADPOOL off ebay I kept him for almost 6 months in it's package, but then I got into the REALM and the FWOOSH and I saw how people had him in different positions display on pictures that I decided to open him right away. NOw I also got ML3 Thor and Namor off ebay. Now those 2 have been in the packages seal and away in a closet as well as ML4 Punisher, ML1 Captain America, Hush Batman, Hush Nightwing & a regular ML15 Moonknight. I might open Moonknight to customize it, but not yet. I can wait to get my hands on the new TOYBIZ Legendary Heroes. I might buy 2 of each one for display and one to keep seal. I better start saving for those lol!
BYGTOPP -
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
the only ones I have never opened yet out of my stuff is the mean bullseye, scarlett witch, two silver wolvies and a diamond emma . course all my star wars stuff

but all my ml stuff and similar sized is opened and available to play with or pose
DTM -
Monday, April 23, 2007
lucky.....
Bob-A-Ferret -
Monday, April 23, 2007
I personally take all of mine out of box unless I have like 4 of that figure. if I have and extra then it will stay MOC until I sell it or turn it into a custom. But I have seen very large collections that have them MOC tiling the walls of a room or 2.

One of my friends lost his wife to a horrendous accident a few years back. He became rich as can be as he recived triple coverage from the insurance companies. Because the accident happened while she was at work. He also sewed the crap out of the company and the indvidual who was at fault. He never has to work again nor do his 4 boys. But he feels like there is no way to replace her so he has to buy them all toys to fill the void. So he buys each one of the boys a toyline of their choice. And he buys them all in sets of 3 one for him and 2 for the boys(on in MOC and one loose to play with) Every bedroom in the entire house is full of toys as is the 3 car garage. Its nuts! But unless you are rich like him I think toys should be played with take them out have fun.
CplHicks -
Monday, April 23, 2007
All my star wars stuff stays in the package but everything else gets opened up.
khalel86 -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
If you have plans of selling your figures sooner or later, better keep it MOC..., but if you'll just keep it, it's cooler to open it so that you would enjoy it! but spare the variants... specially the rare ones, I guess...
DTM -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I open most of my figures. I just keep the Hot Wheel cars in their package. If I keep a figure MOC I end up opening it later on in my lifetime
Henchmen4Hire -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
If you're just going to keep everything then go ahead and destroy the packages!

I almost didn't open the Armored Wonder Woman, because she looked so cool in the box, but I did anyway because she looks much better alongside all my other stuff.
DrSean -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Well I opened the variant Iron Man Icon at christmas, and my dad said I shouldn't have.

but I don't think I'll sell them, I'll want my kids to have all my figures.
hawkeye -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I have nothing still in the box. I had a few things but found a reason to open everything. Unopened action figures are no fun
Gee_jays_Customs -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
well as for me, I have a collection of MOC and loose figures...so yep, but definitely, if it's rare, like the ML 1 Stealth Iron Man, he's staying MOC....I would want hin being damaged if he falls off the shelves or something...

~Gj
Mr-X -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Me? Ya, I mostly do. If its really valuable and you don't care for it as much I can see leaving it in a package but if you think its really cool then whats the point? Its a toy, they weren't meant to stay in the plastic forever and they arent gonna last forever even if you do. You might as well enjoy them while you got'em.
DrSean -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Thanks dude.

Do you open stuff
Mr-X -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Bubble: The plastic covering that encloses an action figure on its card.

Card: The back part of the package that resembles a big card, usually a piece of cardboard

Loose: Implies the toy is no longer in its original package.

MIB: Stands for Mint In Box. Refers to a toy that is still in mint condition in its original box. In most instances this means the item has never been opened, but it is not always used that way.

MOC: Stands for Mint On Card. This refers to action figures that are attached to a card, usually enclosed with a plastic bubble.

NIP: Stands for New In Package. It means the item is still brand new in its original package as if you bought it off the store shelf.

Punched: On cards and packages that have a little punch out so the item can hung on peg hooks in the store, punched means the punch-out has been removed from the package or punched through.

Unpunched: On cards and packages that have a little punch out so the item can hung on peg hooks in the store, unpunched means the punch-out is still in tact and the item was never hung up.

Window Items: that come in boxes sometimes have a clear plastic covering so you can see the item inside. This clear covering is called the window.

Thats from the FR Help area.
DrSean -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
What does MOC actually stand for. I know it means the figure is in the case, but what is it?
LWes -
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I think it's CRAZY to keep all your toys in their packages, never opening them. I just don't get it. How fun can the figures be if they just stay MOC?
I do think it would be cool to have as one of my friends said he'd want; the classic TMNT figures (just the 4 Turtles) MOC on the wall, it would be very nostalgic as they were they kind of toys we had in the stores here when we grew up. That would be cool, or to keep some rare or old figures that way, but to have your whole collection like that just seems strange to me.
But hey, everybody should enjoy their toys however they choose to.
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