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Focusing your collection and cutting down?

solluxcaptorsolluxcaptor10 dias atrásAsk MFC
I've been collecting for quite some time now and over time I've lost interest in series or characters I was once interested in, or realised that a figure I thought looked amazing doesn't look that great anymore. I've been thinking about it for a long time but it really is time for me to do a small clear out, as sad as I feel letting some of my figure friends go.

I just feel like my collection is really disconnected at this point and I've really been thinking about which series and characters I really want to keep in my collection. Plus a few pieces I just really like how they look that I want to keep.

I think it would be for the best to make my collection feel more 'focused' though and only containing pieces I'm really passionate about. Plus I can use the money made from figures I lost interest in to invest in ones I'm really excited about or amazed by.

I've managed to narrow it down a lot to what I'm ok with selling but the concept of selling so much is really daunting to me. Plus a lot of my prize figures no longer have boxes. Has anyone ever done this before? How did you approach selling a chunk of your collection? Did you feel like it benefit your collection in the end?
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2pt
kinda in the same situation. As my wallet get more airy and my room space decreasing with every figure I bought, I know it is time to streamline my collection.

Browsing MFC is not an issue for me since I only collect figures from my favorite anime or chars which I am really passionate about.

Selling can be quite daunting but it get easier once u sold your 1st figure. Having said that, I have only managed to sell locally since I have not researched more on selling to other countries, etc
8 dias atrás
1pt
solluxcaptor (9 dias atrás) #29581026View spoilerHide spoiler

I think that figures without the boxes can still be sold for a decent amount though, I've personally bought figures without boxes in the past, just depends who you are selling to :D
Focusing a collection to your favourite things is definitely the way to go in my eyes, that's what I really want to do! I already have my favourite series/characters in mind to focus on, I have too many likes not to buy ANYTHING else but those will be my main focus and I will be more picky about the other stuff.
I do actually have some magical girl/idol stuff I want to sell! (Love Live, Madoka and Idolm@ster) I can PM you when I'm ready if you are interested but I need to get it all organised first and university is keeping me busy ;;


I bought a pretty expensive 1/6 without a box (90E) and the seller just padded her amazingly well with bubble wrap and air bags and more. She arrived in perfect condition *u* If it's prize figures I wouldn't worry much at all!

That'd be neato for sure. I like to display them as if they're doing a performance -and I like having the magical girls defending my room from monsters while I sleep :3
I find magical girls and idols inspiring; they remind me to do my best each day //xwx//
Take your time though -exams are important and personally I'm broke for Dec and Jan :')
9 dias atrás
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theyasminshow (10 dias atrás) #29517235Yeah so, I would sell stuff here and there to make space for new items but now I've been aggressively downsizing for a good part of the year.
My sold list: list/24784
A lot of gems on there, right? The kicker: I don't really miss any of them. At best I think about them a little, but no strong regrets.
My advice, just as off-beat as all my comments of course:
- While organizing what to sell, it might be good to stray away from MFC for a bit. A community setting made me hold on to things for longer than I should have for superficial reasons: "Everyone else owns this figure" "It's a limited run" "It makes for such good photos/reviews" etc. (also MFC "made me" buy things I shouldn't have, but I digress)
- We collect figures of characters that we like or are important to us, and because of that we feel like we have to keep it because we like them. You can love a character and not need a representation of them. If you think the figure is subpar, sell it. I adore Sailor Jupiter but I have none of her figures - I still love her just as much. Not having her in my space doesn't make her mean any less to me.
- Look at your priorities outside the hobby as well. I had a lot of nendoroids and I'm selling all but a select few because while I love them, I have no time to play with them! There's only but so long I can backburner these guys, they should go to people who can give them more love & attention than I can. Meanwhile, I've got so much non-collecting stuff to catch up on: work, blogging, shows, games, productive activities, etc etc etc...
- Just look at your collection as it is. Certain figures always catch your eye and make you happy when you look at them, others not so much. Right now my detolf is a storage space while I sell things off, but I'm dying to put my fighting girls back in there. Those are my keepers. The ones that command your attention are the ones you should keep. Anything that exists in your space as visual background noise, is just that. Sell it, you won't miss it.
As for selling,
- be patient and polite, but firm.
- Treat your customer like you want to be treated. Pack well, ship fast, service with a :) goes far.
- recycle as much bubble wrap/boxes/packing material as you can! lol
- use Paypal invoices if you're selling a lot of stuff. It's good for keeping your sale records organized.

Thank you so much for all of the really helpful tips, I really appreciate it! I'm glad that it was a worthwhile experience for you, definitely inspires me to just go ahead and do it myself too.

Imuya (10 dias atrás) #29517135I've just decided to sort of focus on Kancolle now. Even then I'm picky and mostly sticking to GKs instead of PVCs (And even further still if they're not an Abyssal or been a feature in my main fleet, I'm not bothering). I have some in my collection I could happily sell (Evangelion mostly) but don't have the box anymore so seems seldom worth it.
I agree with you for sure, collecting for a certain series or character is most satisfying to me! Compared to owning lots of items for different series/characters.
I think that figures without the boxes can still be sold for a decent amount though, I've personally bought figures without boxes in the past, just depends who you are selling to :D

Reiichiru (10 dias atrás) #29518381Personally I exclusively collect idols and magical girls. They're my favourite genre of anime. It of that I usually choose scales and usually only nice quality ones.
I reeeeeaally wanted the phat! Jibril but she was expensive and not in my category.. And wouldn't fit in my display case.
That's the other thing - it needs to add to the collection, not clutter it. I'm sure you'll find your own way organising them ^^
(that said, if you do have any idols or magical girls you're removing let me know; I'm just across the water n the shipping would be very convenient for me :p)
Best of luck!

Focusing a collection to your favourite things is definitely the way to go in my eyes, that's what I really want to do! I already have my favourite series/characters in mind to focus on, I have too many likes not to buy ANYTHING else but those will be my main focus and I will be more picky about the other stuff.
I do actually have some magical girl/idol stuff I want to sell! (Love Live, Madoka and Idolm@ster) I can PM you when I'm ready if you are interested but I need to get it all organised first and university is keeping me busy ;;
9 dias atrás
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sliusarek (10 dias atrás) #29524136I absolutely agree with you. There needs to be focus in collecting.
Some time ago I was thinking that I need a figure of each character that I like, even if the figure doesn't look right to me or if it's not fun to pose/have in my collection, but now I overcame it. I try to collect the stuff that means the most to me and if it doesn't have a normal figure or a statue, I just buy a blu-ray or manga with this character/s on the front art and I am happy.
I am collecting in a bit of a "turbo mode" up until the end of January. I cut my list of wished figures to the ones I can buy, I calculated everything and I will move on according to it.
Once I bought Street Fighter SH FIguarts figures: Cammy and Chun-Li. Took me about 120$ to get them. My main reasons for this purchase were that I wanted to see the new SH Figuarts fighting body and that I enjoyed playing these characters in Street Fighter. Well, now that I look at them, they are the only two figures that I feel no real attachment to whatsoever. I regret buying them, even though they're great pieces. And there was also a prize figure of Sebastian from Black Butler. While I like the character a lot, the figure was so poorly made I couldn't look at it anymore even knowing that it's my favorite character.
So, figure out what your interests in collecting are: do you get the most fun with Nendoroids and articulated figures? Do you prefer the slick details of Kotobukiya and statues? Or perhaps you're into model kits? Understand what you like about collecting the most and brush up your list of wished figures according to those feelings.
Oh, and my recommendation is to say "no" to prize figures. It's best to have a collection of 5-10 figs that look great and will most certainly be with you for a very long time rather than 30-50 prizes. I allow myself to buy some Evangelion prize figs from Sega just because some of my favorite characters do not have a proper piece made by other companies, but it's a decision that is exclusive to Evangelion. And, I have to say, Sega did a decent job with their line.
After January my collecting will be pretty slow: one or maximum two figures per month.

I agree with you for sure about a theme being a good thing and not rushing to buy just everything because you like a character or it looks good ;;
Personally I do actually like some prize figures such as ITEM #546388 which I personally like better than any of the Sagiri scales, and I have a lot of nice ones for Evangelion, Oreimo and some other series that I wish to keep. But it's definitely something to be wary of because I HAVE bought prizes and regretted it in the past when the design/detail just wasn't there to make it look nice in person.
Mostly I want to focus my collection around certain series/characters I love most of all and I think that will satisfy me more :D

hugtower (10 dias atrás) #29525439I don't have any advice except selling sucks, but focusing on the thing you really love is the way to go! Since I've focused singularly on Madoka (with some exceptions of course), I appreciate all of it a lot more! I don't feel overwhelmed like I used to, either.
Oh, actually, if you don't mind taking a loss, you can always gift some! I'm actually giving a banpresto set of the holy quintet to a friend bc selling is sooo tedious

I can definitely see where you're coming from, collecting for a series you really love most of all is so satisfying! And for sure the gifting is a good idea, especially with some stuff I have that might not sell individually.


SerpentyleTorc (10 dias atrás) #29526987In your situation, i would pack up the figures youre considering selling and pretenting you already sold them, or letting a friend hold on to them for a bit.
see which ones stay in your mind, which ones you might start to miss or regret.
its much easier to change your mind when you still have them than having to rebuy them.
i do agree that narrowing down your collection to the ones youre passionate about is a good thing. itll keep collecting enjoyable for you rather than becoming a burden.
ps:do you have a list of the ones youre thinking of selling?

I've actually boxed up a lot of them for a while already that I'm not a big fan of and to be honest I don't miss them much, so I suppose that seals it that I should sell them ;;
I agree with you, it'll just be more satisfying to look at my collection I think when it is 100% things I am passionate about, instead of some series I lost interest in or figures I don't find that pleasing to look at.
I don't have a list yet! I need to organise a lot more before I make a complete list ;;
9 dias atrás
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Heldrik (10 dias atrás) #29543621Ever since I really started collecting figures five years ago, I try to follow the "one figure per character (unless it's a different form/transformation)" rule and only go after characters I really like from anime I really like. Also, since I used to collect jointed figures like Myth Cloths and am now a scale-only person, it kinda naturally narrows it down. Of course, there's also the price factor to consider. Finally, I generally try to follow that little chart, although sometimes I just let my heart speak instead of my wallet.
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As for selling figures, I never did it with figures that were in good condition, apart from my old Myth Cloths (that were mostly given to a friend's kid although I sold a few at a not really high price).
I had a former friend that was kinda like this: he bought loads of figures for the sole reason of "they're beautiful, so I must have them". The thing is that he even bought figs of characters he didn't like, so... What's even funnier is that he even whined about glass displays being too expensive. Not a big surprise when you throw money down the drain and buy figures twice (if not thrice) as expensive as a good ol' Detolf.

Actually I think I have the opposite idea of what I want to do for my collection, I'd rather focus on having 'complete sets' or lots of figures for my favourite series/characters than try to have lots of figures of different characters. I do admire people who can pick just one of a character to own though, some characters have too many amazing figures!
I can relate a little to your friend's feeling about buying figures just because they are nice to look at though, sometimes it is all too tempting ;; But I'm trying to be more considerate and thoughtful about it now :D

weeb (10 dias atrás) #29543442i dont buy prize figures or trading figures as sure some are decent quality but generally theyre pretty shitty (thats why theyre cheap right?) but id rather save my money/display space for better figures that are actually worth the money
rn i focus solely on nendoroids but sometimes ill get a scale if i really love the character. tbh i couldnt imagine myself sticking to just one franchise tho but thats why i love nendoroids bc i can get characters from diff shows and they all look good together^^
(btw i agree with the ppl down below tho if you find it hard to let go of a figure but know its for the best, box it up somehow and put it aside, 9/10 times it makes it easier for me to sell it lol)

To be honest I do actually like a lot of prizes, a lot of prize figures in modern times are almost standing up to scales I think. Like ITEM #546388 is my favourite Sagiri figure even though she has a bunch of scales...
Boxing the figure up and putting it aside is a good idea though! I've actually done that with a lot of them already and I don't really have the desire to bring them back out, so I think that's a good enough sign that I'm ready to let them go ;;

sliusarek (10 dias atrás) #29539530Nice words about collecting being a burden. I was watching one YouTuber who is reviewing figures and quite often he'd say "I am glad this figure is not that good, because I wouldn't want to get into another line". Almost like he has to buy these figures, if they're good or well made.
This is where I would like to ask him: "Why do you collect, if you're glad there's a bad figure/line?"

I'm glad that things aren't this bad for me ahaha but I think figure collecting does sometimes feel a bit like that when pre-order months are really heavy, I'll be so thankful when not too much I want is released in one month...
9 dias atrás
1pt
RockGodItachi (9 dias atrás) #29561738OK this is scary! As literally word for word you've said how I currently feel and what I am currently doing! :O Yes it hit me this year that I'm not happy at all with my collection, it's an eclectic mess, it has no focus and I've gone off (to some degree) prize figures, so yes I am in the midst of clearing out, re-arranging and selling a bunch of my figures. I didn't find it daunting the only thing i can say to you is that don't expect to get a lot for them, if you're desperate to (like me) start over with a clearer head then you may just have to accept what ever money you can get for them but if you're not to bothered then you could play the long game and hope to get a good amount for them. Some people actually list a bundle on E-Bay and these usually do sell quite well. Me I'm having difficulty selling mine, even though I have done the research and accounted for prices on sites and the pre-owned factor etc they just aren't shifting so I too may have to take the hit to get rid of them. I will honestly say though every figure I've sold (so far) I've felt no remorse whatsoever! I do not miss them and have not thought about the ones that are gone which shows me that I really didn't need them and that now they've gone to someone who will appreciate them more than I did. The only reason I'm in the same state as you is because I impulse bought a hell of a lot when i first started and I have now come to realize that was one massive mistake! I wish you luck with clearing your collection, it will be tough, you will find it a grind but eventually you'll feel better for it. Me I'm focusing on shows and characters I truly love and looking to get higher quality figures to replace what I sell. Let us know how you get on with this. :)

I definitely dealt with the impulse buying ahaha, especially when I found Japanese figure sites and I was AMAZED by the prices being so cheap (I used to buy at cons where everything is overpriced) I just wanted to buy everything I liked. I've learnt that's not really the way to go though since it's lead to a lot of owning things I'm not really THAT into.

Thanks for the advice! Hopefully all will go well for me :D I think I'll try and post here about it when I'm all done and see how my collection is looking afterwards. Hopefully more organised.


ipwnboyz (10 dias atrás) #29547195Ever since I started collecting back in 2013, I've sold about 80+ figures, that's almost twice the amount I currently own. At first, I grabbed anything that looked pretty, then I focused on color scheme (red, black and white) or figures that complement displays well. As time past, I finally realized that male samurai bishies where my most important figures and ended up purging most of my female ones.
I agree with whoever said it's best to stay away from MFC for a while and take the time to really think for yourself, sort your feelings towards what you want to keep in your collection without being influenced by anyone.
As of how did purging benefit my collection, I think it benefit myself the most. When I look at each figure individually, I can now appreciate every single one of them regardless of which display they are part of. I feel satisfied with the figures I have instead of always longing for those I don't. In that regard, it did help in reducing my spending habit, so I guess wallet benefits from that as well hehe. :3

I definitely like the idea of having themes! To be honest I don't think my collection will ever be THAT focused but I do want to focus on some specific characters and series, and keep other pieces I really like around too. Thanks for the tips!

mukyuu (10 dias atrás) #29546669For a while I have been focusing on other aspects of collecting such as investing in furniture I can put my figures on, photography and re-arranging them around. Also avoiding browsing MFC aimlessly helps because I always find something I want being sold if I stay around enough. It sucks you might have to sell some things but just think of the great new things that will come in the future!
Thanks, you're right! It's kind of a shame but I'm trying to look forward to the future and how much more satisfied I will be when my collection is more focused :D (And of course using the money to buy more figures I'm more impressed with...)
9 dias atrás
2pt
OK this is scary! As literally word for word you've said how I currently feel and what I am currently doing! :O Yes it hit me this year that I'm not happy at all with my collection, it's an eclectic mess, it has no focus and I've gone off (to some degree) prize figures, so yes I am in the midst of clearing out, re-arranging and selling a bunch of my figures. I didn't find it daunting the only thing i can say to you is that don't expect to get a lot for them, if you're desperate to (like me) start over with a clearer head then you may just have to accept what ever money you can get for them but if you're not to bothered then you could play the long game and hope to get a good amount for them. Some people actually list a bundle on E-Bay and these usually do sell quite well. Me I'm having difficulty selling mine, even though I have done the research and accounted for prices on sites and the pre-owned factor etc they just aren't shifting so I too may have to take the hit to get rid of them. I will honestly say though every figure I've sold (so far) I've felt no remorse whatsoever! I do not miss them and have not thought about the ones that are gone which shows me that I really didn't need them and that now they've gone to someone who will appreciate them more than I did. The only reason I'm in the same state as you is because I impulse bought a hell of a lot when i first started and I have now come to realize that was one massive mistake! I wish you luck with clearing your collection, it will be tough, you will find it a grind but eventually you'll feel better for it. Me I'm focusing on shows and characters I truly love and looking to get higher quality figures to replace what I sell. Let us know how you get on with this. :)
9 dias atrás
4pt
Ever since I started collecting back in 2013, I've sold about 80+ figures, that's almost twice the amount I currently own. At first, I grabbed anything that looked pretty, then I focused on color scheme (red, black and white) or figures that complement displays well. As time past, I finally realized that male samurai bishies where my most important figures and ended up purging most of my female ones.

I agree with whoever said it's best to stay away from MFC for a while and take the time to really think for yourself, sort your feelings towards what you want to keep in your collection without being influenced by anyone.

As of how did purging benefit my collection, I think it benefit myself the most. When I look at each figure individually, I can now appreciate every single one of them regardless of which display they are part of. I feel satisfied with the figures I have instead of always longing for those I don't. In that regard, it did help in reducing my spending habit, so I guess wallet benefits from that as well hehe. :3
10 dias atrás
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For a while I have been focusing on other aspects of collecting such as investing in furniture I can put my figures on, photography and re-arranging them around. Also avoiding browsing MFC aimlessly helps because I always find something I want being sold if I stay around enough. It sucks you might have to sell some things but just think of the great new things that will come in the future!
10 dias atrás
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Ever since I really started collecting figures five years ago, I try to follow the "one figure per character (unless it's a different form/transformation)" rule and only go after characters I really like from anime I really like. Also, since I used to collect jointed figures like Myth Cloths and am now a scale-only person, it kinda naturally narrows it down. Of course, there's also the price factor to consider. Finally, I generally try to follow that little chart, although sometimes I just let my heart speak instead of my wallet.
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As for selling figures, I never did it with figures that were in good condition, apart from my old Myth Cloths (that were mostly given to a friend's kid although I sold a few at a not really high price).

sliusarek (10 dias atrás) #29539530Nice words about collecting being a burden. I was watching one YouTuber who is reviewing figures and quite often he'd say "I am glad this figure is not that good, because I wouldn't want to get into another line". Almost like he has to buy these figures, if they're good or well made.
This is where I would like to ask him: "Why do you collect, if you're glad there's a bad figure/line?"

I had a former friend that was kinda like this: he bought loads of figures for the sole reason of "they're beautiful, so I must have them". The thing is that he even bought figs of characters he didn't like, so... What's even funnier is that he even whined about glass displays being too expensive. Not a big surprise when you throw money down the drain and buy figures twice (if not thrice) as expensive as a good ol' Detolf.
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