BELOW IS A BRIEF GUIDE TO THE MANY TERMS USED IN THE NOBLE PASTIME THAT IS "FIGURE COLLECTING" !!!
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|A/O: All Original. The figure comes complete with everything it came with originally. Book value: Price of a particular figure. Collectible: Any action figure that you can collect. The most valuable collectible action figures are in high demand and low supply. Exclusives: Exclusive figures are often found at retailers that can order in large quantities. These retailers ask for figures that will only be available at their stores. HTF: Hard to find. Limited edition: Figures that are not produced in large quantities. Often figures that are not expected to sell well will find themselves with the moniker “Limited Edition.” Mail-in premiums: Mail-in premiums were originally only offered through the mail. Often you needed to clip and send in “proofs of purchase” for the figures. MIB: Mint in box. Factory condition in original box. MIP: Mint in package. Similar to MIB except all accessories are in their packages. Mint & complete: The figure has all the accessories and is in excellent shape. MNB: Mint, no box. NM: Near mint. NRFB: Never removed from box. Prototype: Prototype action figures are designs that never made it to production. These were often factory-only figures to help designers and marketers develop the product. Possibly the most famous prototype is the Boba Fett with the firing rocketpack. Semi-exclusive: Semi-exclusives are similar to exclusives, but are often offered to more than one store. However, the stores that receive semi-exclusives are often not in the same geographic area. Shortpacks: Shortpacked action figures arrive in a limited quantity compared to other figures in the line. Sometimes this is done due to higher production costs, expected limited demand, or to specifically make one figure more valuable. Variation: Variation action figures have been changed. Often a mistake in production is noted and the figure is pulled, fixed, and then reissued. Variations can become valuable since they are usually limited in supply.
|There are two main scales used to judge the condition of collector-level action figures. The first is the “C” scale, the second is the AFA.
UNDERSTAND THE "C" SCALE C10: The C10 rating represents perfection and is incredibly rare. C9: C9-rated figures have minimal defects and are excellent collector-quality toys. C8.5: C8.5-rated action figures are in very good condition. However, collectors may shy away from them. C8: Action figures with a C8 rating, the lowest collector-grade rating, have visible flaws, but do not look worn. C6/7: C6 and C7-rated action figures have rips and apparent flaws. Collect them for nostalgic value only. C5 and lower: Action figures with a rating of C5 or lower are of very poor quality. They often have large parts missing and well-worn features.
The “C” scale rates condition on a scale of one to 10, with a C10 rating indicating high quality and a C1 rating indicating poor quality.
USE ACTION FIGURE AUTHORITY (AFA) RATINGS AFA 100: AFA 100 ratings indicate near perfection. AFA 95: Very rare quality AFA 95 toys have glossy cards and no discoloration. AFA 90: Only 1% of action figures have an AFA 90 rating. These high-quality toys contain only factory-made flaws. AFA 85: Display-quality AFA 85 action figures have slight fraying or apparent discoloration. AFA 80: AFA 80 is the lowest top-level collector quality. AFA 75: Good-quality AFA 75 action figures do not stand out as excellent figures. AFA 70: AFA 70 ratings indicate average collector-quality items. Discriminating collectors do not usually find them acceptable.
Action Figure Authority (AFA) bases quality on a percentage scale.
Lower AFA qualities are not considered collector-quality and you should only buy them for sentimental value.
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