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     Home »  Doctor Who Collectables »  To Open or Not to Open
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     Friday, January 09 2009 @ 03:01 PM EST
    Finally got my Sixth Doctor figure.
    I have to say these classic action figures are irresistible.
    However, the question is do I leave them pristine in their packaging or do I open them?
    What do you do?

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     Friday, January 09 2009 @ 03:24 PM EST

    Which ever brings you the most enjoyment. I for the most part, open and display them. Unless you feel you are going to sell them at some point, then keeping them in the package adds to the value. But if you are not, well, it comes down to what YOU value. I've been collecting these types of figures going back to when the Star Wars figures were released. I would 98% of them are released from their imprisonment in their packaging. Freed from their blister pack and their wire constraints untied in order to get the full enjoyment of the figure.

    Life is short, for some shorter than they count or realize. We can't take these things with with us (if we actually go anyway - but that is another discussion) when we go. So we might as well as enjoy what brings us pleasure now while we are still around to take advantage of it.

    That's what life is all about!

    Otherwise, just stick me in a big zip-lock bag or shrink wrap me to a large piece of cardboard.

    Seriously, you may enjoy them in their packaging. They are nicely packaged and can see most of the details.

    Perhaps do both? Either get two, one to open and one to keep in its packaging or get one and enjoy it in its packaging until you feel you basked in all the enjoyment you will get from it being in that state before you open it up. If that never happens, so be it. But as long as you are enjoying it.


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     Friday, January 09 2009 @ 03:30 PM EST

    Having just posted all that, I have to admit that I haven't opened my Sixth Doctor figure yet. But I do plan on doing so. I've been enjoying it in its package for now. I think I just need to clean up and clear out some of my clutter around here before I do open it. Right now, I have no place to put when I open it. It was also the recent one obtained, the few others I have are opened and on display. So I just need a little time to organize and clean here before I free it from it's imprisonment.


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     Saturday, January 10 2009 @ 04:00 AM EST
    basically... are they an investment.

    my TCB is boxed and will always remain so. I intend geting it signed one day. a BOX IS Easyer to sign than a figure.

    All of my buffy figures are boxed and signed and look superb. I will sell them in 20 years.

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     Saturday, January 10 2009 @ 04:22 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Tin-Dog-Podcast]All of my buffy figures are boxed and signed and look superb. I will sell them in 20 years.

    I have just finished watching both Angel and Buffy from beginning to end for the first time since they were first on. Eight months of sheer pleasure. What a genius JW is. Now for the Eighth season comic books!
    Still undecided as whether to open. I think I might have to due to space issues!

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     Monday, January 12 2009 @ 05:02 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Tin-Dog-Podcast] basically... are they an investment.


    If you are speaking financially, it's only an investment if you plan on selling it. Otherwise it is an investment in your enjoyment in life.

    This is not to say that you can't enjoy it by leaving it in its package.

    Recently I started thinking of another factor for me in regards to this subject. I tend to sometimes keep certain things in their package if the mere fact that they were sold as a collectable is something I find unique, unusual, or hard to believe. For example, in the case of Doctor Who, in all my years of seeing collectables (some decades this has been more scarce than other decades), it is fairly common to see the 4th Doctor merchandise prior to the series coming back to television in 2005. But not since he left the role in the mid 80's do you see 6th Doctor collectables. So given a 4th Doctor and a 6th Doctor figure, I would probably free the 4th Doctor from it's packaging prison first because seeing it in its package doesn't really effect me so much as it is fairly common to see since Tom Baker took the part in terms of DW collectables. But seeing the 6th Doctor in it's package is neat! Simply because it is unusual and uncommon. (As noted in a previous message, I still plan on freeing the 6th Doctor from its packaging prison soon... not to mention the Robot's shoulders are incased within it as well).

    Anyway, it is just a personal decision that one has to make. Do which ever brings the most enjoyment to you at this time. As for the future.. well sometimes things we think will be worth something in the future turns out not to be the case. If a lot of people (fans) are collecting them and keeping them in their package, then they may not be as rare in the future as we may suspect today. Not to mention we just may not be around in the future anyway. One just never knows for sure.

    So whatever you decide, do it for your enjoyment today.


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     Monday, January 12 2009 @ 06:35 PM EST
    Talk about a small world. I myself recieved the 4th Doctor figure as a Christmas gift and I find myself facing the dame thinking. Part of me wants to open it up but the other parts knows it will be worth more in package. I know I have a K-9 somewhere about the same scale and they woudl look good together if I can find it. So until I find K-9 I might leave him in it.



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     Monday, January 12 2009 @ 11:48 PM EST
    Well guys the build-a-figure thing is a good reason to open 'em. The K1 robot is nearly assembled right in front of me. He's missing a leg (I need the D84 Robot to complete it).
    The figures are pretty cool to look at outside the packaging. --Billy

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     Tuesday, January 13 2009 @ 05:00 PM EST
    I always open my figures, unless I bought a spare (to open later).

    What really bugs me is that I had the chance to buy the Davison Doc figure at the Cambridge Convention a month or so ago, and have Davison sign it, and I cheaped out!

    Now I'm kicking myself. I bought the figure after Christmas, and now it's not likely I'll ever have Davison sign it.

    What's worse, I paid the same amount for the figure anyway. All I would have had to do was pay a bit more for Davison to sign it.

    I'm stupid.

    There. I said it.

    I'm stupid.


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     Tuesday, January 13 2009 @ 05:53 PM EST
    I always open mine, don't see any point of buying them just to leave in a box for all eternity, I brought them for my self rather than a future investment when i may sell them for double the price on ebay in about 10 years

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     Wednesday, January 14 2009 @ 02:41 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Billyaxe] Well guys the build-a-figure thing is a good reason to open 'em. The K1 robot is nearly assembled right in front of me. He's missing a leg (I need the D84 Robot to complete it).
    The figures are pretty cool to look at outside the packaging. --Billy

    I agree. I saw a photo of the completed Robot courtesy of Tim Drury via Twitter and I must say, it is quite impressive.

    Sadly, I only have half the pieces of it now, being the head, shoulders, torso, and one arm. I need its two legs, other arm, and one Giant Robot bum to finish it off!

    There is a great deal to be said about freeing your figures from their imprisoned incasement of their packaging. Especially these which are so highly detailed. The craftsmanship is very impressive. One could not always say the same about previous Doctor Who figure lines of the past.


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     Saturday, January 17 2009 @ 05:44 PM EST
    I'm almost at a decision - I think I'm going to have to open them (mainly cos there's no room for them and the packaging.
    Added to the fact that I have already opened the remote control Dalek, k-9 and sound-effect TARDIS - well, I couldn't be expected to keep them in the box now, could I?

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     Sunday, January 18 2009 @ 04:09 PM EST
    Yahh! Ive just completed my K1 Robot. Pretty cool. --Billy

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     Sunday, January 18 2009 @ 05:41 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Billyaxe] Yahh! Ive just completed my K1 Robot. Pretty cool. --Billy

    That's great. Impressive, isn't it? I still need parts for mine. Well, there's Gallifrey next month, perhaps I will have a chance to complete it then.


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     Thursday, January 22 2009 @ 04:12 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    I agree. I saw a photo of the completed Robot courtesy of Tim Drury via Twitter and I must say, it is quite impressive.

    Louis - this is from the thread on the classic figures...

    On the subject of the "to open or not" debate - at least for the Doctor Who stuff, with a couple of exceptions everything of mine is open. The packaging is good (excellent even) and I think there is a strong argument that it can add to the appeal and the look.

    In terms of collectability, I really don't think any of the the Character range will ever be that valuable. The SDCC variants & exclusives, Sarah Jane & K9 (in Doctor Who packaging, not SJ's) & the individually carded grey Auton are (off the top of my head) the only ones I can think of that I've not opened. & none of those are worth that much. These figures are for big kids like me who love Doctor Who, they're not a lot of use to anyone who thinks they'll make a fortune on them (even in years to come, momc or not).

    Back in Character's early days (when they only had about 20 different figures), I was actually going for a loose and a carded version of everything. I've long since binned that notion; I've not got the space.

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