Your collection.....opened or sealed?

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  1. ClassicIron Jedi Knight

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    May 31, 2005
    Since i began collecting back in 2001 i have been opening all of my figures and displaying them on my bookcases that i have set up for my Star Wars collectibles. Which i planned to do. Since i now have about 320-360 figures that span POTF2 - EP3 i am now beginning back with POTF2 Red and Green carded lines and am re-collecting them and keeping them sealed in their packages, which i also planned to do. How does everyone else collect, sealed or open?
  2. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    May 23, 2002
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    I have a combo of both. Although, the more times I move, the more items come out of their boxes/packages for easier shipping/less boxes.

    Generally, I'm a deboxer unless it's a really rare figure. I always figure that toys should be free, not left imprisoned in their plastic chambers :p
  3. Darth_Santos Force Ghost

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    Dec 9, 2004
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    I leave all of mine in the box except the Unleashed.
  4. Darth-Vassago Force Ghost

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    Jun 28, 2004
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    I open all of mine, but buy doubles of some to keep closed.

    The only ones I haven't opened are Lava Vader and Target Exclusive Clone.

    ~Vassago
  5. MidnightRain Jedi Master

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    Jul 16, 2003
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    I open all of my figures. I don't have the storage space to keep them boxed. Plus, stuff like the Unleashed figures just look better out of the box. (Although with the new packaging, I was seriously tempted to leave them in there, or buy two -- one to open and one to keep sealed.)
  6. ClassicIron Jedi Knight

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    May 31, 2005
    Yeah your right, figures were meant to be free, though now that im re-collecting everything i love having them both in the package and displayed out of the package as well.
  7. rebelwookiee Jedi Master

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    May 18, 2004
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    this question pops up a lot, and you'll find that the decision is different for everyone. i have many figures on the cards just because i like to display them that way. but i also open a lot of them. i've been opening all my ROTS figures. so for me it just depends on the individual item.
  8. Darth-Blix Jedi Master

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    May 26, 2005
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    I usually keep them sealed in their packages because I feel that they are better kept in their packages.
    Like I have many inmature friends who always like to screw around with my toys and stuff and I find that all my old starwars action figures that were broken by most of my friends (By accident) were out of the package.
    My friends have an understanding with me if I keep them in their packages they won't screw around with them and brake them (by accident)
    which is good.
  9. ClassicIron Jedi Knight

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    May 31, 2005
    Some figures simply look cooler in the packaging, some look better on display. I recenlty sent in a $500 order for POTF2 and EP1 figures in the packaging that i already have on display, so that way i have them both sealed and open. I can't wait to get them. I also bought 2 new 5 shelf bookcases to go along with my other 2 5 shelf bookcase and my 2, 3 shelf bookcases. I have alot of stuff. I may post some pictures of it once i get my carded figs and shelves set up!
  10. IncomT65 Jedi Master

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    Jul 28, 1999
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    Well, one's a find, two's a pair, three's a collection, right? So I started my collection at the end of '83. Of course back then I called them toys ;) And I opened them all. My latest acquisitions, like CW action figures, Unleashed figs etc. are still packaged, but not for long. Man, those figures are packed in such big cards... The vintage ones are somewhat controlable unopened, but the new stuff takes up too much space.
  11. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    May 25, 2002
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    Quite a few carded, mostly due to lack of space. Normally if I want to keep a basic figure carded I will buy an extra to open. I opened the Kotobukiya and Unleashed figs though. (Although I did buy an extra Boba to keep carded, and I have two original Slave Leia Unleashed that I got in a sale and have kept carded).
  12. IncomT65 Jedi Master

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    Jul 28, 1999
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    Slave Leia's...... alway two there are.... I have one, but she's definitely coming out of her box! Such a fine piece of art should not be kept contained!
  13. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    Normally I wouldn't have bought them but Entertainer had them on their website for UK 5.00 each. Too good to pass up!
  14. IncomT65 Jedi Master

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    Jul 28, 1999
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    Whoa.... I bought mine from Brianstoys. I'll never shop there again. Had to pay extra customs or whatever when the package arrived [face_plain]! So eventually I paid $30 or so for her.
  15. Keyser_So_So Jedi Padawan

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    Well, I was about 9 when Star Wars Episode I came out, so I collected the figures then- but of course, being a child, took them out of the packets (why else would I buy them?).

    Now, with Revenge of the Sith, I mastered how to open the packets without messing them up on the 3rd one I got.
    Unfortuneatly this means that Obi Wan and Mace Windu are a bit torn along the top of the dome of the plastic, but the rest are all perfectly opened- they look like new, unopened figures on display!

    I think they look nice in their packaging, and also the ROTS figures are nigh on impossible to stand up independantly, so the packaging is a helpful and attractive way to have them standing.
  16. Jedi-Anakin-Solo Force Ghost

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    Dec 26, 2001
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    I've opened my whole collection with the exception of my VotC Boba Fett. :D
  17. IncomT65 Jedi Master

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    Yeah, a lot of the new figures (especially the Saga ones) have real trouble standing up. So, without stands, I can see why one'd like to keep them sealed. The vintage ones could stand on practically any surface, except water ;). Ah, but I digress... and I'm getting old!
  18. ClassicIron Jedi Knight

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    May 31, 2005
    Hmmmm Ive had no trouble standing any figure at all with exeption for the Super Battle Droids.
  19. cooltazz Jedi Knight

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    May 27, 2005
    i have a nice collection of star wars both open and seald.
    i still have all my star wars stuff from my child hood.
    i have tons of figues.
    and ships.
    1x-wing fighter
    tie figther
    death star
    at-at
    the falcon
    slave 1
    plus i have all what they call cinma sceens.
    i have the 3 ghosts
    yoda obi wan. arkin,
    and i have some sceens from the bar
    from the moive new hope
  20. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Apr 3, 2002
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    As a youngster I opened everything so I could make my own SW stories and battles.
    Years ago most of what I owned was stolen out of a storage area.
    For years afterwards I would by an item every so often and go ahead and open it.
    Over the past few months I have aquired many items and I have kept most of it packaged, and prbably will continue that trend from now on.
  21. goincommando Force Ghost

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    Apr 9, 2005
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    I for one don't get the appeal of keeping figures in the box. I don't buy toys for profit, I buy them to unleash (excuse the pun) my inner child, not try to make an extra buck.

    I was really into the Hasbro AOTC figures when it came out and I displayed all the figures against the other characters they fought in the movies and the like, now with ROTs I've limited myself to Unleashed figures and the electronic lightsabers, all of with are either on a shelf or television.
  22. evildeadjedi Jedi Master

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    May 28, 2005
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    The majority of the collection of toys(spiderman, movie maniacs, Spawn, X-men/Marvel Legends, LOTR, Reservior Dogs, etc) are unopened but I have alot of stuff opended like Jaws boat scene(complete with Quinn in jaws mouth :grin:) pretty much all my movie maniacs cause they are awesome and a few other movie related toys. Bob and Doug Mckenzie had to come out of the packaging for awhile(take off you hoser!) I also took out all the my spawn interconnects series(cause I had to build the awesome mech!) My star wars figs though have not been opened except for a few unleashed ones and I bought 2 of each of them. Some figs certainly look better out of the package especially the Unleashed ones.
  23. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

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    Mar 27, 2004
    star 5
    Mostly sealed, except for the vintage stuff.
  24. anakinvader101 Jedi Knight

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    May 14, 2005
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    mostly sealed but if i have 2 i open 1
  25. Bruno_Fett Jedi Master

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    Mar 31, 2002
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    EVERYTHING OPENED, from george sacul and the toyfair vader to rippin' the baggie on the blue snaggletooth!
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