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What Affect an Action Figure's Lifespan?

Whether you’ve just started collecting action figures or you’ve been at it for years, one thing remains the same—you want your figures to last. Unfortunately, action figures don’t last forever. In this blog post, we’ll explore how long an action figure lasts and four factors that can affect an action figure’s lifespan. By understanding these factors, you can take steps to ensure that your collection lasts for years to come. 

How Long Do Action Figures Last?

We all had that one cherished action figure as a kid. The one we played with until the paint started to chip and the limbs came loose. And even then, we couldn’t bear to part with it. So we held onto it for dear life until we grew up and had to come to terms with the fact that our childhood toys could never last forever. But just how long do action figures last?

With proper care, your action figure can last for many years. But if you don’t take care of it, your action figure will start to show signs of wear and tear relatively quickly.

The average action figure is made from plastic. Plastic is a durable material that can last for years, but it is also susceptible to damage from sunlight and heat. Action figures that are kept in direct sunlight or a hot room will start to warp and discolor over time. If you want your action figure to last, it’s best to keep it in a cool, dark place.

While plastic is durable, it’s not indestructible. Action figures can be broken if they’re dropped or stepped on. And if they’re left in the sun or heat for too long, they can start to warp and discolor. If you want your action figure to last, it’s best to handle it with care and keep it in a cool, dark place.

4 Factors that Affect an Action Figure Lifespan?

Environmental damage

One of the most common causes of damage to action figures is exposure to the elements. Sunlight, heat, and humidity can all cause paint to fade and plastics to warp. If you live in an area with high humidity, it’s especially important to take steps to protect your collection.

The best way to do this is by storing your figures in a cool, dry place. If possible, keep them out of direct sunlight as well. 

How you treat it

Another factor that can affect an action figure’s lifespan is how you treat it. Are you careful with your figures or are you rough? Do you often pose them or do they sit on a shelf? Do you play with them or do they stay in their box?

All of these things can contribute to wear and tear on a figure. While it’s impossible to keep your figure in perfect condition, try to handle it with care. Avoid dropping it or subjecting it to too much stress. 

Its build quality

Unfortunately, some action figures are simply not built to last. This is usually due solely to the materials used or how the figure was constructed. If a figure is made of cheap plastic and has fragile joints, likely, it won’t last as long as a figure made of higher-quality materials.

When choosing which figures to add to your collection, try to opt for those that are well-made and built to last. 

Open or keep them in the box?

This is a debated topic among collectors. Some believe that keeping your figures in their box will help them last longer because they’re protected from environmental damage and possible breakage. Others believe that taking them out of the box is the best way to enjoy them while they still look good.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference. If you’re worried about damaging your figure, keeping it in the box might be the best option for you; if you want to be able to play with and enjoy your figure, taking it out might be better for you. 


Action figures are a fun way to collect and display your favorite characters from movies, TV shows, video games, and more. But because they’re made of materials like plastic and paint, they don’t last forever. In this blog post, we explored four factors that can affect an action figure’s lifespan: environmental damage, how you treat it, its build quality, and whether or not you keep them in its original packaging. By understanding these factors, you can take steps to ensure that your collection lasts for years to come.

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