Anime is a form of animation that originated from Japan and has become popular with Western audiences as well. The love for anime often leads fans to collect anime figurines or nendoroids (chibi versions). These kinds of figures are modeled after anime characters, which are commonly characterized by their big eyes and emotional facial expressions.
Collecting anime figurines has become a hobby for a lot of people. These are collected from all over the world since there may be some which are available in one part but not on another. Some are even in limited or special edition which makes collectors crave for them even more.
Some people say collecting anime figurines is a fun hobby. Others say it is just a waste of money. Though non-anime fans and non-collectors often wonder how it is fun, here are some of the reasons why some people love to collect these.
For the love of anime
Many people who collect anime figurines are interested in the anime or manga and not really on the action figure itself. They love to collect figurines of characters from a specific anime merely because they love these characters. They find joy to see their favorite characters just within their reach.
Just for the sake of collecting
Collectors collect simply because they love owning something interesting and unusual. Considering the fact that anime has become very popular, a lot of special editions become available in some parts of the world. One of the many goals as a collector is to possess something rare and valuable, which then leads them to collecting these figurines.
Anime figurines are used as room decorations as well since they are interesting to look at. They look really beautiful most especially if placed on cases that are specially designed to hold collectibles. Since anime has a variety of genre, so does its figurines. Some are more suited to be displayed on a child’s bedroom. These may be figurines from child-friendly anime shows. Men can choose mecha-themed or sports-related figurines to be displayed on their room. There are also figurines from romantic and other girly kinds of anime to be used as decorations by the ladies.
These things may be cool to collect but they are basically just toys. People collect action figures to play with. Some would buy them to give to children who will. Since anime has become popular with a wide variety of audiences, people who own anime figurines play with them to imitate what they saw on the show. Playing with anime figurines also provide outlet for imagination.
For potential profit
Though these figurines may just seem to be just for decoration or just something to play with, these may be something of monetary value in the future. Some companies discontinue producing a certain anime figurine. As time passes, the value for discontinued figurines may rise since these can never be bought elsewhere in the world anymore. Other collectors would be willing to pay another collector just to own the discontinued figurine. In some other cases, these figurines can be used for trade.
Because of peers
Another reason for collecting anime figurines is because everyone else is doing it. Anime fans are mostly active in anime clubs, groups, events and conventions. Most of those who are active in such gatherings do collect anime figurines. A person may be influenced to also do the same because the hobby has interests him, or it could be that a person would start collecting just so they have something in common with the rest of his peers.
There may be a lot more other reasons as to why collectors and anime fans love collecting anime figurines. These reasons may not be easily understood by people who neither like anime nor collecting. But whatever the reason may be, they find love and beauty in what they are doing.
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