LED Lighting Explained: Elevate your Hot Toys Collection

So you got your hands on the figures, you got the display units, and you marked off an area in the house to display your Hot Toys or figure collection but something is missing. You ask yourself: what else is there that you can do to highlight your collection? The next natural step for upgrading your collection is the addition of LED lighting. This additional step can really make your display the centerpiece of your home if properly executed with the correct understanding of LED lights and how they function and look based on watts or color temperature. Without...

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How To Spot Fake Hot Toys

One of the most appealing aspects of being a sixth scale figure collector is the thrill of the hunt and finding that particular figure or piece "in the wild" that you have been lusting over for weeks, months or even years in some cases. The satisfaction of completing one section or aspect of your collection (like a complete line-up or team of characters) could almost be described as a high. Especially if you find that special new pick-up at a lower than average market price. When is the price too good to be true, though? While low priced listings...

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How To Price & Sell Hot Toys Figures

With new Hot Toys figures being released all the time and space a limited factor for many sixth scale collectors you may be faced with the challenge at some point of having to sell some part of your collection to make way for new figures. Like many collectible toy lines, after an item has been released and sold through by a manufacturer there is almost never (few exceptions outside of updated versions of the same figure) a second production run. This is a great thing for Hot Toys collectors because it helps protect the value of your collection. If...

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How To Clean Your Hot Toys and 1:6 Scale Figures

Even if you display your Hot Toys collection behind glass in a showcase the build-up of dust and other particles overtime is inevitable. Even collectors who go the extra mile with weather stripping on their IKEA DETOLF cabinets (a popular display choice - see the How to Display your Hot Toys collection article for more info) still have to go through the ritual of cleaning their collection once or twice a year. But what's really the best way to go about cleaning your Hot Toys figures to avoid the risk of damage with the least time exhausted on your...

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Tips for Hot Toys Collectors on a Budget

Embarking on a quest to collect anything can be an expensive task and collecting Hot Toys or other one sixth scale figures is no exception. With new figures being announced at such a rapid pace in recent months the wait time between release dates continues to slim down. With an average Hot Toys figure bearing a price tag somewhere in the $250-400 USD range it's tough for most collectors to budget paying for more than a single figure at a time. If you read our article on Getting Started Collecting Hot Toys you might remember the point we made about...

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How To Organize & Store 1:6 Scale Figure Accessories

As you begin to acquire a collection of Hot Toys & other 1:6 scale figures it's common that the accessories and extras begin to pile up. Included with most sixth scale figures is a variety of different hands (for unique pose options), alternate clothing/costume elements or a number of other different accessories that you can use to create a display that fits your taste. As much as having the option of choice is nice, the question becomes; where do you store all these 1:6 scale accessories when not in use? When left in the original packaging it's not only...

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How To Sell Your Hot Toys or 1:6 Scale Figure Collection

To sell, or not to sell, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The spending of an outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of figures And by opposing sell them. If William Shakespeare was alive today and a collector of sixth scale figures, perhaps he would write something along those lines. With the amount of 1:6 scale figures coming out each year, and more people getting into the hobby, there is more choice than ever. Companies such as Hot Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, Asmus Toys, Toys Era and Quantum Mechanix (among countless others) are pumping out figures...

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Action Figure & Collectibles Scale: 1:6 Scale, 1:12 Scale: What Does It All Really Mean?

As the action figure and toy collecting community continues to grow and expand, so does the number of different scales in which action figures and collectibles are available. But as a new toy collector you might be asking yourself: what is scale as it pertains to the world of toys? Why do companies produce figures in any given scale? And what’s the best scale for you? Scale is traditionally written or shown as a ratio, in areas from model cars, to architectural drawings. In the world of action figures and collectibles, scale can be a very important factor to consider...

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How To Display Your Hot Toys Collection

There's nothing quite like the excitement of acquiring a brand new figure from Hot Toys or another 1:6 scale manufacturer you fancy and enjoying the process of opening it up for the first time and unboxing the figure, accessories and all the extras packed in. There's just something special about being the first one to crack into the packaging and that 'fresh' plastic smell filling your nostrils. It takes you back to a simpler time as a kid; opening up that latest toy your mom let you pick out after your dentist appointment. However, unlike the toys of your...

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