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More Tips on the Care and Feedings of Action Figures

If you're not displaying certain figures in your collection, then you're probably storing them someplace

By Dan Cziraky     May 28, 2001

If you're not displaying certain figures in your collection, then you're probably storing them someplace. If they're out of the blister-cards or boxes, I suggest placing them in some kind of food storage bag, preferably the self-sealing kind. This is a great way to keep the accessories from being separated from the figure, too. Shoeboxes make great storage units for small-scale figures, like Star Wars, Super Powers, 3-3/4-inch G.I. Joe, Kenner's Aliens or Predator figures, most of the Batman figures from Kenner's movie and animated series lines, etc. You can write on the tops and sides of the boxes, listing the inventory of what they contain (if the boxes are dark-colored, use self-sticking labels).

For larger figures, such as Spawn, Legends of the Dark Knight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Masters of the Universe, etc., try holding on to the boxes for any mail-order packages you receive. Comic book storage system boxes are also pretty good for these sizes of figures. Again, use a larger food storage bag, keeping the accessories with the figures. For large-scale figures, anything from 8-inch Marvel Famous Covers and Star Trek to 12-inch G.I. Joe, The Ultimate Soldier, Star Trek, Action Man, Star Wars 'Action Collection,' etc., I recommend keeping them in their original boxes. Sure, throw out those annoying twist-ties, but keep the boxes as intact as possible. Then, just slide them back in their boxes, accessories and all. You might get some sturdy moving boxes and stack your figures inside them, so you don't have stacks of them toppling over when Aunt Edna accidentally bumps into them with her walker. 'Help! I've fallen, and 'Navy Seal Trainee G.I. Joe is firmly embedded where the sun don't shine!'
Heat is a major enemy of all toys. If you live where it gets to be 85+ degrees inside the house in the Summer, don't be putting your figures in the aluminum storage shed out in the yard, where it gets to be about 120+ degrees. Might as well just pop 'em in the microwave for five minutes on high and get it over with now! The same goes for your un-air conditioned attics or basements. Basically, if it's gonna hit 90+ degrees anywhere, you don't want to store your figures in that spot. The same goes for displaying figures. Does the sun come in the window and hit your figures? If it does, not only do you risk warping or melting them, but the sun's ultra-violet rays will also bleach out any red paints or dyes. If you put your figures in a lighted display case, make sure the bulb is far enough away from the figures so they aren't continually heating up. Otherwise, your 'Harvest Moon Vampirella' could eventually end up looking more like the Legends of the Dark Knight 'Penguin.'


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