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
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.
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?.
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’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.