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Collectables: Boxed or Not?

A problem that every geek has had to face in their life is if they wish to keep their collectables boxed, or to do the unspeakable – unboxing it. This article will look at the merits of both sides, as well as my own personal opinions on both routes. Whether you’re a boxed collectible kind of person, or the sort to ravage the wrapping, this article will look at both sides in a positive light, whilst discussion reasons for both.

Admittedly, I didn’t think this could become a full article, but over time I’ve learned a lot from my fellow geek. As this website wracked up more views, I found myself chatting to more and more geeks, many of whom share my sentiments – and many of whom I do not. With this said, there’s something that always seems to divide people: Collectables. Not only do different kinds of collectables attract different people; but different people have vastly different habits.

The Boxed Collector

Found on Amazon – A boxed Pop Vinyl with a protector… for the box.

Starting with the collector who loves to retain values, the Boxed Collector is someone who will buy something and display it proudly on shelves, or in cabinets. They’ll keep the collectible in question in its original packaging, in hopes to preserve the value of the item, or better yet – in hopes that it becomes a more valuable item later down the line. This is what we typically associate with the Boxed Collector: Monetary reward.

However not everyone who keeps their figures and trinkets boxed want a return on investment, but rather they want a clean, uniform way to present all of their collectables. They like the fact that when it’s boxed, it retains that new-from-store look and that it can always be looked at without the risk of being damaged. Indeed, some people who keep their collectables boxed go so far as to looking after the box the item arrived in.

The Unboxer

Funkos out of their boxes

An Unboxer is exactly as it sounds; they are the opposite to the Boxed Collector. An Unboxer doesn’t necessarily care about something retaining its value, however they typically like to get a number of figures in a confined space. Whilst a Boxed Collector will be able to put perhaps 4 boxes in a small square, an Unboxer may have 10 or more figures in the same space (obviously depending on size).

The Unboxer typically enjoys being able to see the figure, free from all the packaging. They make for display pieces; sometimes they will keep their unboxed figures and collectables in a crazily presentable way, but more-often-than-not, they’ll just keep them on a shelf, or on a desk where they’re always reachable. The Unboxer likes things to be visual – They buy their products mostly so they can express themselves, as opposed to ensuring everything is protected. Things happen, right?.

Personal belief

One of my oldest figures, Qubeley

I’ll admit upfront that I’m an Unboxer. I love to get home, remove all packaging from my trinkets and then put them all on display. Indeed, I’m slowly amassing quite the collection of Pop! Vinyls with my fiance. They’re not all we have: We have plushies, we have metal figures, a dragon ball and much more. We love our little collectables and they all mean something to us in their own little ways.

However, I’ve seen people have truly incredible displays with their boxed figures. I’ve seen people just leave figures around the place and get damaged and these are the times I think about Boxed Collectors, how their system keeps their figures pristine. However, for me, a figure should be held and should be enjoyed by itself – Thankfully, none of the collectables I have are all that expensive – Arguably the most expensive collectable pieces we have are our Harry Potter replica wands (I have Snape’s wand and Jake has Bellatrix’s.)

I mean, how else would you display the bust?

I’ve seen people on both sides mock one another, but really there is a practical reason to both. Whilst I enjoy seeing my figures, if they get knocked or scraped, they lose that special appearance a good figure has. Whatever your thoughts on it, just be sure to keep collecting and have a collection that will make you the envy of everyone; no matter what you collect and no matter the reason for your collections.

As ever – Join in the discussion! What do you do? Do you keep them boxed, or do you shred that packaging apart quick? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter.


6 responses

  1. I unbox everything. Keeping it in its packaging seems cruel, unless you only bought the item for the purposes of selling it at a later date. Some people buy two copies (one to open and one to keep in the box.) I neither have the storage space or money to do that.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 21, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    • I’m with ya – But I’ve seen so many people display even the boxes in great ways! The fact you can get a protector for a box is, to me, insane! But, if you’re certain it’s going to retain its value well, then it makes sense.

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      January 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

  2. I genuinely don’t see the point of owning something if I don’t take it out of the box. Admittedly, most of my things do get knocked down and get a few dints and dings (and breaks) because I have a cat who likes to take out her hostility on my collection when I leave her alone too long (poor Hitsugaya had his bankai broken right off his back – thank goodness for super glue). Needless to say, I’m not looking to resell.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 21, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    • Haha this is exactly it – There are plenty of people who collect just to sell and more power to them, if they have an eye for it! But as a geek, I find my collection of collectables is ever expanding…

      … They’re taking over!!!

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      January 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm

  3. Kariyanine

    I generally unbox too. I’m not in the game for investment purposes, I get them because I want to have them and show them off.

    Liked by 1 person

    January 21, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    • There’s a big appeal in being surrounded by figures of all that makes you… Well, you!


      January 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm

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