Many of us were introduced to action figures from an early age. At first, we might just have been able to play with our friends’ toys, but eventually there came a point when we liked a character enough to annoy our parents. The interesting fact that I’ve noticed these days is that a lot of what’s made for TV is based on a lot of characters that are then meant to be collected by kids. It’s marketing from day one and therefore some storylines don’t make sense.
Back when America’s comic book heroes were really strong on the airwaves, Dragon Ball Z. It quickly gained a loyal following because it was different and also had a story that didn’t end with every episode. It was a very long and well thought out concept that many have stuck with for years. In fact, one of my buddies from college was running home to watch the new episode and it always made me laugh. In Japan, this anime has been around for much longer and it was already extremely popular there, especially among Anime geeks. Many figurines and other products have been created around the brand and have sold quite well. Many of the old Dragon Ball Z figures as well as Godzilla figures sell for very high prices these days.
The only thing I would be careful about is buying the Chinese copies which are sold as originals. It’s a waste of money as they are worthless but can get expensive online. This has always been a problem in the collectibles industry, but now it’s very prevalent when it comes to action figures.
The research you do now will save you a lot in the long run.
Your kids will probably want their own copies, so be prepared to buy a second one. I’ve done this for years with comics, one for collecting and one for reading. It can get tricky if you’re looking at an item that’s worth a few thousand dollars, but it can be a time when you buy it and put it away.
If you can, try to find other collectors in your area. Others with the same interest can possibly give you good advice or even facilitate beneficial exchanges. I was extremely lucky as I got some really good deals on my Dragon Ball Z figures before they became in high demand. Some of the items I purchased in multiples and now have three or four of each in my collection. Hopefully it pays off even more in the long run and has already paid for quite a bit of vacation. It’s definitely a good idea to buy some of these figurines and enjoy them even if they don’t make you rich.