Hey, my fellow Plastic Addicts. Nearly a year ago, I posted a guide about how to get started with collecting for newbies. I know I promised other guides but with everything going on, I held back from doing it for over a year. Well, here is the next part. Here you will find out how to collect using a Team Building method, as in only collecting certain figures for certain teams. Be sure to have read the first guide before starting this one.
1. You won’t complete some team.
Starting off let’s get the bad news out of the way. You will not be able to complete the entire roster of various teams. Using the big two teams, the X-men and Avengers, you will never get every member of these teams. That is because of the constant changing roster and new characters being added it would be impossible for Hasbro to make every character. That is not even mentioning all the characters that have fallen into obscurity, like Changeling for the X-men and Dr. Druid for the Avengers. So, when going into this with the object of team building, just expect certain figures never to be made.
2. Pick a team
The next part is fairly easy yet the most complex. Pick your favourite team. That is the team you love. Not what other people love, what you love. It can be X-men, X-force, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Defenders, New Warriors. Any team you love. What make it complex? Well, what if you pick a team that has no members made? Well, just like when you are starting you move onto your next team.
3. Get the main members of certain eras
Okay so you picked the team you want to build. What next? Well, easy. Get the major members of the team. But how do you decide who are the major members of the team? That when you are going to have to either research all the members OR, as I recommend, just pick the era of the team you loved. For the X-men, the Jim Lee or the roster used in the 90’s cartoon are generally used for building the X-men, with Cyclops, Wolverines, Jean Grey, Prof X etc. For the Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are generally considered the essential with of course the like of Hawkeye, Hank Pym etc. However, it’s entirely up to use who you considered the most important member of the team.
4. Start building the lesser-known members
Once you get what you consider the main members of the team, start building the rest of the team. Check out wiki and fan sites for the members you want. But don’t go overboard. There is no real need to get every member of the team. If you don’t like a certain character, why would you buy a figure of it? Just get what you want or need.
5. Decided if you are going to be a one team collector or multiple teams.
Once you “finish” the team you want, you’re going to have to decide if you are going to build only one team or build multiple teams. If you are a one team collector, then there is nothing more you must do. Just keep buying new members to build your collection. If you want to build more teams, then go back to number one again and repeat until you are satisfied.
And with that, you now have a general idea of how to collect with team building as the focus of your collections. Let me know what you think of this and whether it helps you or not. Just a reminder that there is no one way to collect. It’s entirely up to you if you want to follow these or not.