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In the box or out?

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by SweetHart, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Active Member

    Hey kids... new Monkey in the house.
    Geez, this board just rocks!

    I've been collecting figures for a couple of years now (Star Wars, LotR, McFarlane) and normally refuse to open them. I figure that at some point in my life I may need to cash in on this little investment :)

    Of course, my self-control isn't what it used to be. Lately, I've opened quite a few LotR figures (the 12" Cave Troll is awesome!) as well as the Good Ash/Bad Ash from McFarlane. When I started collecting the Muppets line, I swore to myself that I would keep them MIP... then I bought the Muppet Labs playset. I couldn't... COULDN'T leave this beautiful playset in my closet. So, last night I broke down. Beaker is currently sitting on my desk at work, strapped to Bunsen's experiment table :)

    I'll probably end up buying another Labs playset, just to keep for my MIP collection.

    Now, if I could just find an extra Bunsen Honeydew...
  2. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    EB Games in Washington Square still had some figures. They're remodeling a bit so I think their stock may have been hidden. Actually Sam Goody also had Piggy and Kermit and someone else, but I don't remember if it was Dr. Teeth or Bunsen.
    Things From Another World was supposed to be getting some too, but not for a month or so after general release according to the employees.
  3. BAZ

    BAZ Well-Known Member

    I seprate the plastic from the cardboard along the bottom and sides,leaving the top as a "hinge". Allows me to take them out to admire/play/pose/show off. Then put them back in with a small binder clip at the bottom to hold them in. The main purpose of this is to keep them clean. I live in a very dusty area.
  4. ronskimomo

    ronskimomo Active Member

    It is so hard to destroy the wonderful boxes, but they are so fun to play with. It was especially hard to open the Muppet Labs playset, but it was well worth it. I have been torturing Beaker ever since.
  5. SweetHart

    SweetHart Member

    Wouldn't you want to keep them in the box just in casethey are worth anyting? Although it is tempting to take them out and position them..put bunsen and beaker in the lap.. and when the animal playset comes out, put him, dr. teeth and floyd n there....i wonder if they are going to make a clifford or janice figurine, what do you think?
  6. Louis Kazagger

    Louis Kazagger Well-Known Member

    Compared to twenty years ago, a much much greater percentage of people are going to keep their toys mint in box, so I don't really see long term gains being there (any more than say inflation). Lots of people are going to have these figures sealed in the packages down the road, so I say why torture yourself and not open these if investment sake is your only reason for not enjoying a product that was meant to be played with? Now, for me, I like to think I view the toy, packaging included, as a form of art, and I enjoy seeing it sealed in its package, like a little pristine statuette. I'm afraid that if I open it I might lose parts, which seems to have worked out okay for the Venus de Milo, but..... ;)
  7. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    I'm not looking for gains, I just want to admire them in their packaged form :)
  8. DarthGonzo

    DarthGonzo Well-Known Member

    True, but the figure itself looks SOOOOOO much better out of the packaging than in. Dr Teeth, in particular, looks fantastic with his hat on and playing the keyboard.

    I basically open everything I buy. I wasnt gonna open the Tuxedo Kermit (I dont buy exclusives unless the figure was actually seen in this varient form) but I just couldnt take it anymore. The only figures I havent opened are the Toyfare Simpson exclusives of Boxing Homer and Radioactive Homer, as well as about a half dozen Star Wars figures. I came across a Star Wars figure of a Death Star droid about a year ago at a Toys R Us for $1.99! I checked a price guide and this figure was listed as $25 or so! I figured I'd just be better off keeping it in the packaging. I also keep the tags on a few of my limited edition Godzilla toys, but I dont think anyone is familiar with them.
  9. Pschtyckque

    Pschtyckque Well-Known Member

    Hey, Slim.

    As a graphic designer myself, I can truly appreciate the quality of the packaging design. While I do open all of my figures (they are toys. ;) ), I do have one Kermit still carded. Gotta keep one on that great card!!

    Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see what you have in store for Wave 4+

  10. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    Cards rule!!
  11. towels

    towels Well-Known Member

    Mints are pretty tasty too!
  12. Slim

    Slim Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the love!!! You guys are awesome! Now, just so nobody get's confused...I did not design the series 1 blisters. That was Greg, the graphics manager. I did series 2 and all of the exclusive boxes. So, you'll be seeing most of my stuff real soon. Bye the way, I just finished the first Mega Muppet box and sent it in for approval... I think it turned out pretty good. Ok...thanks again for the props...Peace.
  13. Pschtyckque

    Pschtyckque Well-Known Member

    Hey Slim.

    As you did not design the series 1 figures, pass my loving adoration along to Greg. ;)

    Seriously, did Greg come up with the entire look of the card, or was that a group decision? Either way, the design looks great.
  14. Slim

    Slim Well-Known Member

    I'll pass the good words right along to him.

    To answer you're question...when given the Muppets product...a style guide was given to the graphics department. This basically gave the blueprints on how the packaging should look. Greg used his creativety to make the card look similar enough to the guide to be approved, and different enough to make himself happy. It took a few different tries to get it right, but it ultimately worked out in the end. And yeah...it was basically him putting it together, but Ken, myself and others threw out idea's from time to time. Know what I'm sayin?
  15. Pschtyckque

    Pschtyckque Well-Known Member

    I hear ya! He did a great job. I love the common Palisades motif along the side. Really unifies the various products together.

    Good work.
  16. gringo

    gringo Well-Known Member

    I am mainly an opener. I have some items that are still in the package, but all Muppets are opened and on my coffee table. Everytime I go to TRU I am tempted to pick up some more figure to keep in package. But I have no space.
  17. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Well-Known Member

    Well to me packaging is as much a part of the item as the toy itself, it has personality that can only enhance teh beauty/identity of the toy.

    This is why I consider the packaging to make items in my collection more "valuable", even though I have no interest in actually selling them... if that makes any sense

    Cherry "I want slim from Palisaides to design my coffin" Pizza
  18. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Well-Known Member

    OK, get rid of that extra i. Today is so not my typing day

    Cherry "i rooly kan spel" Pizza
  19. grail

    grail Well-Known Member

    we're all bad spellers (well, not all, but a lot of us)...look at Byron! you don't have to go back and correct them, we can usually get the idea. if you really feel the urge to though, there's an "edit" button on your post...try using that

    heck look at how many of MY posts are edited...
  20. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Well-Known Member

    Don't worry, I don't make a habit out of correcting myself... I just had the urge to make fun of myself with that gaffe, since it's pretty low to mis-spell the name of the company that makes the very toys about which we are talking.

    Cherry "wishing Bernadette Peters would sing a self-esteem building song to me" Pizza

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