Now I know this is a controversial subject seeing as this is a predominantly Adult Toy Collecting site but I think its a topic worth discussing.
I'm in my 30s and started buying toys again about 10 years ago when NECA started to make great figures and have been mainly buying them and Hot Toys meaning I usually either buy in comic stores or online. I buy these figures to be displayed in my entertainment room like a lot of people on here and look at them as being pieces of pop culture art rather than toys as these are aimed at Adult Collectors (Especially as I mainly collect horror). But I've took my niece to the toy store a few times recently and noticed more adults without kids buying figures than adults with kids and its a known fact that toys aren't that popular with kids anymore. There are also a lot of Youtube channels (I wont name names) but the way they treat there kids sometimes like when they come in the room while there filming like there getting in the way instead of involving them in the toys or when they take them to the store on toy hunt videos so they can buy bags filled with toys while they maybe get one for the kid I find it all a bit cringy. I mean I know this generation is a lot more pop culture orientated but just stop for a second and think back to the 70s/80s and your in the toy store with your dad and he buys you a Star Wars figure and then he buys nearly the whole collection and you cant play with it and is more enthusiastic about it than you are, would you really have found buying toys as fun?
I'm not sure scalpers go to comic book shops, is far cheaper to buy onlineIn short, as many as 75% of those adults w/o kids you see buying figures etc are "collectible scalpers" who snap up as much as they can for the sole purpose of trying to resell them on places like fleabay. What's really screwy is that they see someone else listing the same item and think that's how much they're worth.
HOW STUPID CAN YOU GET?
Just because you see someone LISTING something such as a batman figure for $200 does NOT mean that's what they're actually selling for...
Don't be so sure, I've been watching a number of scalpers on fleabay - despite nobody bidding or even offering, they still keep relisting at the same outrageous price time after time.I'm not sure scalpers go to comic book shops, is far cheaper to buy online
And unsuccessful scalpers will soon learn/run out of money
But yeah, adults now collect expensive toys
Kids these days like toys when they're young but soon progress to online/ games/ social media
I don't doubt that but that's not what I'd call a successful scalper. I could list a piece for crazy prices but I wouldn't make any moneyDon't be so sure, I've been watching a number of scalpers on fleabay - despite nobody bidding or even offering, they still keep relisting at the same outrageous price time after time.
They'[ve been trying to sell for close to a year now, and still going..
I think that is the trick. Imagine you bought sth for 100 and now offering it for 250. If there aren't many of these figures on the market, someday someone will think "this must be worth a lot" and offering you 225 for it. Accepted. It goes into peoples brains if they only see certain figures for high prices month after month and then they think they made a steal bc they got it for 225...They'[ve been trying to sell for close to a year now, and still going..
but why isnt he allowedMy 8 year old son has some of my video game figures from halo and Gears of War and some play arts X men, some diecast model planes and a 1/6 military figure I didn't have room for. He displays them proudly. Don't know if he really ever gets into them, but for now he's interested.
He plays with Lego and his big hot wheels and die cast car collection sometimes. Mostly when he isnt allowed to go on the Nintendo or one of my gaming devices and isn't playing outside. Given the choice it's Dragon Ball Z on the phone or Fortnite 9.5 out of 10 times.
so they read books. still lots of donated toys. at least they dont have smartphones.IMO, toys can inspire kids to become interested in collecting and create a shared hobby. However, it's important to remember that many kids in foster care may not have the same opportunities to enjoy toys and collectibles as other kids do.