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How anal are you when opening figures / keeping boxes?How anal are you when opening figures / keeping boxes?Ask MFC

MartinTremoladaMartinTremoladaIl y a 1 an
Hi guys, this is probably a weird question but I couldn't think of a better place to ask, lol. I definitely have some degree of OCD (who doesn't really) but ever since I started collecting figures (and toys in general) I've made an effort to keep the original packaging as "unopened looking" as possible, if you know what I mean. For example, when I open Lego boxes I try to cut the seals as neatly as possible (there was a period where I removed them but it sometimes got messy and peeled the boxes) and I keep all interior bags, extra pieces and booklets after I build the sets. In the case of boxes that are sealed with hot glue I use a hot air gun to open them without damaging the cardboard.

In the case of anime figures what I do is I cut the sticker seals (like in LEGOs there was a period of time where I tried to remove them but it was too much work and sometimes it wasn't easy) and then open carefully the inner bags and keep all the plastic protectors and layers that come inside (I even keep the scotch that sometimes come in nendoroids or figuarts to hold the baseplates in place!). After I'm done removing the figure and extra pieces and putting all the original wrapping and plastic holders inside the package again, I close the box and wrap it in cellophane paper to store it in a box and keep it from getting dusty.

Am I alone here? Is anybody else as crazy as me, or crazier? :P
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I used to take more care with boxes, but there came a time when I had to start discarding many of them. I just keep the really expensive ones now, and try to keep them pristine. I keep a lot of the inner plastic wrap and stuff for those. If I can safely peel a seal, I'll do it (not just figures), but all too often I have to cut them too.

Some of my nendoroid boxes have sadly seen better days. Most look fine, but I open them a lot so I expect a bit of wear. There are a few old ones that are kind of falling apart though, because the front window is coming off due to weak glue and probably some abuse. oh well... : (
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Glad I'm not the only crazy one. I don't wrap my boxes after though unless it had one already when I got it. I mostly store my boxes in larger cardboard boxes like the big amiami ones. Nicer ones with large artwork on the side I like to display on a separate shelf.

Recently I've even started to use cotton gloves to open/handle my figures to avoid any possible hand oils being transfered.
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i have nowhere to store boxes, so i discard them. have to be really careful when moving and it takes lotta bublewrap, but whatever.
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Because a lot of my first Nendoroids came with smashed boxes (thanks UPS...), I kind of decided not to worry too much about the condition of the cardboard, as long as I was planning to keep the figure (and long as the figure itself was in good condition). I still like to keep the boxes though because when I move in the future, I'd like a safe way to pack them--and what better container than the one that was made for them!

Another reason not to worry about the condition of the box is that it enables you to pick up some rare figures for a good price. Often times websites that sell used figures will give a major discount if the box is slightly damaged (especially Japanese websites, since they're standards for condition are generally WAY higher than western stores). I've ordered "good condition" used figures at 2/3 the price from AmiAmi and they arrived in box looking as though it had never been touched before. Even the edges of the box were pristine with no signs of wear.

I totally understand the OCD thing though. I guess every collector has their own level of OCD--myself included! I have ITEM #166946 and the hole for his left leg has a slight lip on it that prevents the leg from going in all the way, so one leg sticks out about a millimeter farther than the other. It drives me insane! lol
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I only keep boxes in case I have intention to sell in the future . Other than that boxes Not more waste of space .
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htswIl y a 1 an#63010132I live in AZ, so climate is about the same when it comes to heat. What company do you use? I was thinking about CubeSmart over here, because they seemed neat and tidy enough and had climate control which would be a huge plus for me to store my unpacked figures as well especially if I have to deal with 115-120 degrees weather...
I've had good luck with a number of different ones (both here in TX, and in IA), eg. Life Storage, CubeSmart, Extra Space Storage, etc.
It comes down to the specific facility - some are great, some so-so, some "oh h*ell no".
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tbh i dont really care much about pristine boxes, several of mine and tears but i always keep them.I also keep all the wrapping and everything. i'm having some trouble now with storage though as they dont fit in my closet anymore and i live in us: az, the middle of the desert and its like 110 here right now so the garage is out of the question... i dont really get how people can throw there boxes away, like what do they do when the move?
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whobdaplayaIl y a 1 an#63009119Yes, here in Dallas. Brother does the same in IA.
Mostly just figure boxes, plus some undisplayed / not-yet-unpacked figures.


I live in AZ, so climate is about the same when it comes to heat. What company do you use? I was thinking about CubeSmart over here, because they seemed neat and tidy enough and had climate control which would be a huge plus for me to store my unpacked figures as well especially if I have to deal with 115-120 degrees weather...
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htswIl y a 1 an#63006676OMG please tell me that's in the US... I've been looking around my area for a decent self storage for figures/boxes and need recommendations. Also, do you just store the figure boxes there in the pic or do you also have boxed figures there if you do rotations as new figures come in?
Yes, here in Dallas. Brother does the same in IA.
Mostly just figure boxes, plus some undisplayed / not-yet-unpacked figures.
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whobdaplayaIl y a 1 an#62914374Am pretty picky about opening and storing figure boxes...
(boxes for entire collection in climate-controlled storage)
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/whobdaplaya1548116116.jpeg


OMG please tell me that's in the US... I've been looking around my area for a decent self storage for figures/boxes and need recommendations. Also, do you just store the figure boxes there in the pic or do you also have boxed figures there if you do rotations as new figures come in?
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Your source for old and rare figurines!

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