I will admit, the majority of the collectibles articles I write for this column primarily focus on the rare, expensive, and if a toy factory sealed. While items in the best of the best condition always bring the most amount of money, there is still a market for opened, loose, and even incomplete toys or just the accessories themselves. This is because not every collector can afford to spend $200, $500, or $5,000 on a factory sealed Star Wars figure or G.I. Joe. But they can afford a near mint $60.00 Boba Fett that’s in pristine condition just out of the package. The tip here for collectors and pickers alike are that loose toys are everywhere in the wild. Yard sales, flea markets, and auctions are the perfect spot to find a box full of G.I. Joe, Star Wars, or He-Man. Even if they are covered in dirt, mouse excrement you name it! People go crazy for this stuff, don’t sleep, and leave money behind just because something is dirty.
So, you’ve gone out and bought a massive random selection of toys. Now what? Now the fun begins. Turn on that computer and start researching. It might be overwhelming at first but every figure, blaster, or sword you identify is more money in your pocket. There are people who make their entire lively hood off of Star Wars and Transformers accessories. If you don’t believe me, just go to a real toy show and see the people who sell parts. It is a whole economy in itself. If you have the time and energy, it is a great way to have some fun and make some dinero. Loose toys, they need lovin’ too.