Plastic Boxes and 6 Other Tips for Protecting Collectible Toys

How one collects toys seems to differ from person to person. Some people argue a toy is meant to be played with, and so will go to great lengths to arrange elaborate poses and set designs for toys that change regularly. Others prefer to simply collect, admiring the packaging that adorned the toys the day they were put on the shelf. This form of nostalgia is a wonderful trip down memory lane, but a fleeting one without proper storage like plastic boxes or cabinets.


The most highly sought after toys are “mint in sealed box,” or “mint on sealed card.” These toys are kept in their original packaging, and are more valuable because they typically contain all parts of the set. If you can afford to, try to buy one toy to pose and another to store.

Create a System

A system for storing and tagging your items helps you remember what you have, in case you ever want to sell them. You should also pay attention to optimal conditions for each item, which may differ depending on the toy in question.

Remove Batteries

Many toys with electronic functions come with batteries included. This is the case with high end toys like Hot Toys, and more mainstream brands. In these situations, it’s difficult to maintain MISB or MOSC because the battery could rupture. Open these packages and remove the batteries or the acid may eat through the battery compartment and damage the toy. Remember, it is not a question of “if,” but “when.”

Use Storage Boxes

Clear plastic boxes allow you to store your toys in self contained spaces where they are less likely to accumulate dust, and you can show them off. Storage cases are excellent for collectors who enjoy posing toys. You can also mount a background on acid free paper and work that into your presentation. Wood mounts offer a more refined look, for higher-end toys.

Control Lighting

Certain types of lighting can cause damage to figures over time. Natural light may fade the colors on the characters, and fluorescent lighting can cause dolls to turn green. The best solution is to avoid direct lighting all together, opting for ambient light in your space.

Regulate Temperature

Extreme temperatures of either scale can damage toys easily if left too long. Moisture build up can cause mold to form on toys, while extreme cold can cause packaging to dry up and crack. High heat degrades the plastics and can warp the toys over time.

Store in Cabinets

Closed cabinets are the best option for long term storage. Your toys are unlikely to accumulate lots of dust, and they are safe from curious children and pets. Definitely avoid storing toys in places where they are susceptible to extreme weather, like a garage where the insulation is poor compared to the rest of the home.
The preceding guest post was written on behalf of Pioneer Plastics, makers of candy packaging and toy storage boxes.