Story Behind the Action Figure Collection

Penny felt guilty about eating too much free at Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. One day, Penny intentionally bought both of them a special gift: Transporter Mego Star Trek 1975 vintage edition in a condition still sealed in the box.

What a pleasant surprise, especially for Sheldon who is a lover of the Star Trek series. His room is full of action figures from Star Trek, such as Captain James Kirk, Admiral Leonard McCoy, and his favorite character of all time, Mr. Spock. The same is true of Leonard. In addition to the action figures from the popular franchise, the two also filled apartment rooms with a variety of other action figures namely Marvel comic characters, DC, and other superhero characters.

Although they have reached adulthood and have the status of genius scientists on the campus where they work, on the other hand Leonard and Sheldon are collectors of true action figures. They are figures that other people embed with the label “nerd” or “geek”. Unfortunately, Penny does not understand this. With ease invites to “open and play” the latest prize. Suddenly Leonard and Sheldon shouted hysterically, “Don’t!”

Exaggerated? Not really. The scene in the comedy series The Big Bang Theory above may indeed be fiction. However, the hobby of collecting action figures in sealed conditions is not a joke. Some of us are the thrusters.

The collectors are willing to spend a lot of money and energy to hunt down and complete the collection of action figures. They don’t care what people say. Childish? Maybe. However, nothing can replace the happiness of an action figure collector when holding his latest collection, also the moment when he saw how handsome human imitation when displayed on a shelf full of collections.

Why only on display? Isn’t that a toy? This fundamental question is also said by Penny. Leonard then responded by quoting the basic formulas of the action figure collectors. “Once you open the seal, the action figure has lost its value.”

The Action Figure Fury site gives a more complete answer to what makes a high-value action figure. Basically action figures are miniatures of popular figures. However, as with other items on the market, these goods will be of low value if mass produced. Then the more rare an action figure is made and the more difficult it is to find, the more expensive the price.

Action figures that are durable for display are those that are still in the original packaging. When outside, the value is still lower, but the value is lower than what is still complete. Action figures that have not been sealed in the original box, moreover the condition is already a lot of blisters, the color is faded so it will affect its value.

The quality of an action figure is also determined by its age. The older and rarer the higher the price. Longevity also signifies good quality and is produced with the best materials. Prototype G. I. Joe “Toy Soldier” made in 1963 for example, in 2003 was sold on eBay for $ 200,000. This toy is still one of the most expensive action figures in the world. Prototype G. I. Joe “Toy Soldier” has 21 additional parts that can be played in a variety of poses and positions, a feature that is rare for toys in the 1960s.
In addition to the prototype G. I. Joe, a number of other action figures with exorbitant prices among Transformers Jetfire Super Valkyrie Fighter for $ 2,500, He-Man with Battle Cat Set for $ 7,000, Mego Elastic Batman for $ 15,000. For most people, this price might not make sense. So, this phenomenon raises the question, what makes a person want to spend a lot of money just for a toy?

Psychological Collection

Psychologist Dr. Rebecca Spelman says as humans we have a desire to collect things from childhood. A warm blanket or funny toy gives us a kind of emotional attachment to something lifeless. As we get older, the collection process develops to other objects such as beach shells, objects with a preferred color, as well as action figures from characters that are often watched on television. Basically, ownership of these objects gives a sense of comfort for the owner.

“The price of the item is irrelevant. Of course there are some people who collect goods because they know the price will surge over time and seeing each time adding to the collection means there is an additional investment. They do it like professional workers, “Dr. Rebecca quoted The Telegraph.

“But actually being a true collector is not because of financial matters, but is driven on an emotional basis. By collecting items of one type, there is a link to the happiness they once had when they were children. Some time when we were given a gift by our parents, “he said.

Collections also relate to what people will inherit. As a collection of other objects, hard-line action figure collectors collect their favorite statues not for the sake of matter, but because they become an extension of the collector’s identity. This unique identity matter is what people want to pass down when they die. This concept is different from the general definition of inheritance relating to financial matters.

“They get great pleasure from efforts to spend their energy in search of rare goods that they want to collect. When the item is successfully obtained, there are separate sensations that other people do not feel. This happiness sensor is so bright in the brain and makes them addicted, “added Rebecca.

One’s passion for superhero action figures is also related to childhood trauma. Superhero figures in their eyes are more than just a favorite character that is routinely watched every evening on TV. Action figures are representations of the “strong people” they need when they are bullied by school friends or even their parents.

Feelings of happiness in collecting superhero action figures seasoned with a sense of security. Moreover, a superhero admirer often makes the identity of the superhero inherent in him. A number of studies have shown that this process of attachment can be an enhancer of the confidence involved. Instead of only wearing the same costume, they were able to translate the noble behavior of the superhero to be imitated in the real world.

The problem is, action figure collectors are often considered childish by others who are not interested. The presumption of childhood because action figures collectors can not be separated from the toys commonly held by children. On the one hand, this view often begins with a misunderstanding between an adult who “acts like a child” and someone who is “childish”.

For action figure collectors, they believe in one universal formula: Do whatever makes you happy. As long as it doesn’t harm others, what’s the harm? Moreover, this happiness can be an investment and source of money.

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