Recently, I’ve bought myself the Traveler’s Shield Backpack and some other things from ThinkGeek because I’m a big fan of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’d like to take some pictures soon of what I have so far in my small collection for fun. GameInformer did a poll on what everyone’s favorite gaming merchandise is, which kind of inspired me to talk about the topic.
In this article, I’ll give you some of my own tips and advice on how to best start a collection if you are interested in having one of your own and how to grow it without throwing your wallet away. Let’s get started!
- Start out with what you know and love!
This may seem like common sense, but I still think it needs to be pointed out. I’ve read many comments where people said that they were disappointed with a game and felt that they wasted their money on buying its special edition right away. It’s always safest to only go for something that you know that you’ll enjoy and want to keep for a long time.
I think the first collector’s edition I got was for Shin Megami Tensei IV because there was a discount for those who had already bought Fire Emblem Awakening, due to the future release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. Shin Megami Tensei IV served as my introduction to the series and luckily I enjoyed it; I played it a lot, doing multiple playthroughs for alternate endings. Now, I love the Persona franchise, having played Persona 4 and 5 so far.
That may sound contradictory to what I just said in the first paragraph, but I did look it up beforehand to see what it would be like before I decided to jump into a entirely new experience. I took a chance despite the odd premise of fighting off monsters with your own demons, but both the gameplay and story turned out to be challenging, deep, and thought-provoking. It’s always good to try out new things, but you may want to hold off on buying anything extra with them until you are really familiar or better yet attached to the games.
- Weigh the decision, and make sure it is within your budget.
Is it worth it? How much do the extras cost compared to the game? If it is not part of a bundle, how does it compare to similar products? I have to ask myself these things because I am an often spontaneous person, so I stop and go through the options.
Using a similar example, one of the best deals I managed to get was the collector’s edition of Fire Emblem Fates because of how I actually saved money buying both Conquest and Birthright with Revelation for about $80 instead of $100. It included a few keychains (Gamestop), a draw-string pouch, and an art book. In my opinion, the merchandise or downloadable content shouldn’t cost more than the game itself; depending on the items, $20 extra on top of the standard price for the game ($40-$60) is fair most of the time.
While these specials are usually for a limited time, you can still find them online if you missed or skipped them before when they were originally released. It may be worth it to wait if you need the money for other expenses in the meantime, though the price will probably be higher.
- Waiting may be the best idea.
Speaking of waiting, older games or collectibles may eventually become discounted, especially during or around certain seasons and holidays. For example, Capcom likes to mark down prices sometimes on their titles, giving gamers opportunities to play games from Monster Hunter, Ace Attorney, and other franchises.
The Traveler’s Shield Backpack I mentioned earlier was priced at $59.99, but I was able to purchase it for $9.99 during their “Geek Week.” I just got it yesterday in the mail, so I haven’t used it yet, but I definitely recommend it.
- Does it have a use or will it be on display?
Ideally, once I have my own house, I plan on dedicating a room for displaying my collectibles either as a entertainment or office space. For now, I have a few shelves packed with Amiibo, Nintendo’s interactive figurines, while everything else is safely stored in my bedroom.
The best collectibles are the ones that can serve a purpose. Also from ThinkGeek (I’m not advertising for them, I promise!), I bought the Sheikah Eye Watch because I loved how it looked and I can check the time without having to pull out my phone.
- Check out multiple places!
You may find better prices at different websites and stores on the same items and some will even price match to get the upper hand over their competitors. The customer is always right, …right? Here is a list of some gaming-related places or businesses that sell games that I’ve come to know over the years: Gamestop, Play N’ Trade, Galactic Toys & Games, First 4 Figures (Haven’t bought from them yet, but they make amazing stuff!), Best Buy, and so on.
And… that’s all I got for now since I’m still learning a lot myself. Art is a passion of mine, so being able to see artwork from start to finish is truly amazing, so personally I enjoy collecting books the most. I hope you had fun reading and maybe even got something from this article.
I’ve been sick for a little while, but I’ll try to post often from here on out. Have a great day and see you again soon! 😉