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A guide to the newsgroup rec.toys.misc and the hobby of collecting toys.

This FAQ about toys was compiled and written by scottg10@ix.netcom.com (Scott Gordon) with numerous contributions by others.

INTRODUCTION: Hopefully this FAQ will serve as a guide to the topics discussed on rec.toys.misc. This FAQ is divided into general useful knowledge; the financial aspects which are meant to save the collector hard-earned money; and the more specific, relating to common questions asked about specific toy lines.

AVAILABILITY: The rec.toys.misc FAQ will be posted to rec.toys.misc twice a month (on the first and fifteenth of each month) and can also be found on R.aving T.oy M.aniac Page and is linked from The Action Figure Web Page (see Q1.3). See Q1.12 for other means of Availability.

AUTHOR: This FAQ is maintained and compiled by Scott J. Gordon with major contributions by many readers of rec.toys.misc (see Q9.1).

A WORD ON SECTIONS: The FAQ is divided into nine sections, each with its own numbering starting with Q1. When a question is referred to by another question, its section and question number will be used as identification. For example, Q3 in the first section will be indicated by: (see Q1.3).

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This FAQ may be distributed or referenced in whole or in part in any forum as long as the Author and Contributors sections remain with any portion of the FAQ that is referenced outside of the rec.toys.misc forum, and no profit is gained from the use of this FAQ in any forum.

-1: What 'toys' are acceptable posting matter on rtm?
The following is the official newsgroup charter of rtm:...
-2: Are there any other toy newsgroups?
The following newsgroups are either partially or solely devoted to ...
-3: Are there any other FAQs or WWW sites that have information about toys?
-4: Is there an IRC channel for the discussion of toys?
From Aaron Newton (amnewt01@starbase.spd.louisville.edu), #toys ...
-5: What stores sell toys?
(stores that specialize in toys are distinguished by an *)...
-6: What are the common abbreviations used on rec.toys.misc?
AFNTR - Action Figure News & Toy Review ...
-7: What books or magazines have information about toys?
Here is a list of magazines from The Action Figure Web Page (see ...
-8: Where can I find guides to new and old action figure lines?
Guides to just about every super-hero and science fiction action ...
-9: How can I find out the packing ratios of various action figure lines?
Many people post packing ratios when they come across an ...
-10: I'm trying to contact a company about their toys, where do I find their address and phone number?
Below is a combination of listing from The Action Figure Web ...
-11: Where can I send additions, corrections or updates for the FAQ to?
Please e-mail any suggestions you have for the FAQ to ...
-12: How can I obtain the FAQ?
There are a number of ways to obtain the FAQ:...
-13: Is there anything else I should read in order to become better acquainted with rtm?
If you haven't already done so, you should also read the Welcome ...
-14: What is the best way to remove the price stickers put on the toy packages by the retail store without damaging the package?
From Eric G. Myers (emyers@utmdacc.mda.uth.tmc.edu):...
-15: Is there a way to restore or replace worn out decal sheets?
One commonly suggested method of replacing decal sheets is to ...
-16: How can I find out about the proposal and discussion that is currently taking place about forming an action figure group?
The proposed RFD is available on the R.aving T.oy M.aninace page ...
-1: I just bought this action figure, how much is it worth?
In more cases than not, its worth what you paid for it. There are ...
-2: What makes an action figure "rare"?
Very rarely is an action figure rare. If a dealer has five or ten ...
-3: Should I pay over retail for an action figure that is "rare" because I fear I may never have another chance to get it?
I understand the anxiousness of wanting a new figure and the ...
-4: If I am too impatient too wait until I find a "rare" figure at retail price, but I do not want to pay above retail price, what can I do?
You can trade one rare figure for another. If you run across a ...
-5: Why does a question about worth or rarity evoke such an unkindly response from rtm regulars?
I want to emphasize that anyone is welcome on this group to discuss ...
-6: Is anyone interested in creating a rec.toys.marketplace
There has been quite a bit of discussion in past and present on ...
-7: Are sales/auctions/trades allowed here?
Yes, until a marketplace is created (see Q2.6), they will be ...
-8: How is an auction or sale usually conducted on the net?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ: ...
-9: How should I package and ship toys I'm selling or trading?
From Eric G. Myers (emyers@utmdacc.mda.uth.tmc.edu):...
-10: Should I insure packages?
From Eric G. Myers (emyers@utmdacc.mda.uth.tmc.edu):...
-11: Is there a preferred method of creating subject lines to indicate for sale posts?
It would be appreciated by all readers of this newsgroup if for ...
-12: How should I respond to sales/auctions/trades?
Respond by e-mail only, do not post responses. Doing so is highly ...
-13: Should I inform this newsgroup if I see an item for sale here cheaper somewhere else, will I get flamed?
You may get flamed, but as long as you provide the information ...
-14: What does the C-1 to C-10 scale mean?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ:...
-15: What does MIB mean?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ:...
-16: What does MIMB mean?
MIMB = mint in mint box. A toy is MIMB if the toy inside is mint ...
-17: What does MOC mean?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ:...
-18: What does MOMC mean?
MOMC = mint on mint card. This means the figure is in an original, ...
-19: If something is MIB or MOC, does that mean that the packaging, as well as the contents, are in mint condition?
No. If an item is being advertised as MIB or MOC, and you are ...
-20: What does it mean when a card is punched?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ:...
-21: What is the best way to store carded figures?
From the rec.arts.sf.starwars.collecting FAQ:...
-22: Should I let the user's of rtm know if I've been ripped off by someone dealing on this newsgroup?
If all available means have been taken to ensure that the person ...
-23: I buy toys that I like, but I'd like to think that 20 years from now they'll be worth more than I paid. How do I know if I'm buying toys that'll do that, aside from not letting kids chew on them? Isn't it worth anything to buy obscure figures that get cancelled right away?
From TZ (TWZ101@psuvm.psu.edu):...
-1: Why so many Batmans and Robins and so few villains or other characters in the various Batman lines?
Kenner feels that the other characters will not sell as well as ...
-2: Why can't I find the villains that have been made?
Continuing with their philosophy that villains don't sell, the ...
-1: Whats an "interim" Fantastic Four figure?
When Toy Biz realized that it was a mistake to release ...
-2: How many different Invisible Woman figures have there been and which one is the hardest to find in Fantastic Four ?
From Randy Matthews (randym@aloha.com):...
-3: Was the Adam Warlock figure pictured on the back of the third series Iron Man and Fantastic Four assortments ever released?
No, Adam Warlock wasn't released despite the fact that he ...
-1: I just saw a bunch of Thomas Riker action figures at the toy store, what's the big deal about them?
You most likely saw the Deep Space Nine Thomas Riker figure (Asst. ...
-2: Did they make the Red Data/Data in "Redemption" figure, I've never seen one?
The Data in Redemption had a production run of 5,000 and was ...
-3: Is the Movie Edition U.S.S. Excelsior the same as the Generations U.S.S. Enterprise-B?
Yes, except for the decals, both ships are the same. Many people ...
-4: What are the various Star Trek variations I see being sold or mentioned on rtm?
1) TNG Lt. Cmd. Geordi LaForge (1992) - Originally came ...
-5: What's a Tapestry Picard and why are there so many posts about it?
Captain Picard as seen in the episode Tapestry, a part of ...
-1: What new Star Wars figures are coming out?
For the best info on whats to come, check out Adam Pawlus' Star ...
-2: How do I get the various Star Wars mail-in figures?
The Han Solo in Stormtrooper Outfit is free with an official order ...
-1: Which Action Masters have not been released?
The Batman four-pack, the Superman single figures, the ...
-2: Was the 3" Dinosaur Neil figure ever released, and, if not, will it be?
It was never released, and now that The Tick line has been ...
-3: Why is everyone so excited about U.S. Agent figures?
-4: What are the different versions of Iceman?
To date there have been three versions of Iceman in the Toy Biz X-...
-1: Who should I thank for contributing to the FAQ?
A whole lotta people, that's who:...









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