how to start collecting tbleague/phicen figurines

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Tuesday, May 18

Phicen is a producer of collectible figurines specializing in 1:6 figurines. They have an expert team of craftsmen including sculptors, painters, and costume designers.

Phicen is known for producing figurines that are hyper realistic. The encapsulation technique used when constructing the model creates a skin-like finish that is only second to the real thing.

You can also find these incredible collectibles under the name TB League. Both names are used by the company following a trademark issue in Japan several years ago.

If you’ve had your eye on some of these incredible figurines, or if you’re a collector who’s never heard of Phicen, there are countless figurines available for purchase. Soon, you can be marveling at your own super realistic-looking figurine of your favorite characters.TBLeague_Purgatori

Realize Your Goals

The first step for any person looking to enter the world of collecting is to determine your goals. Will you be collecting figurines for your own viewing pleasure, or are you looking to cultivate a collection with a high market value?

You may be asking yourself, “Why does it matter?” Your personal goals matter when collecting because they will influence your behaviors. You should have your goals in mind every time you make a purchase or handle one of your collectible items.

If you’re collecting for your own enjoyment, go ahead and go crazy. Order whatever figurines you would enjoy, and when they arrive, you can take them out of their precious packaging and display them your favorite way.

When you’re looking to make big bucks on your collection, you have to be a lot more careful. With every figurine purchase, you need to ponder whether this figurine will increase in value over time, if there is a current market demand for it, and who would want to buy it. When your newly purchased figurine arrives in the mail, it’s best to leave it in its packaging.

Leaving the figurine in the protective packaging will preserve the item for much longer than if it was resting on your bookshelf where it can be exposed to moisture and air. Keeping the item (and its packaging) in tiptop condition will increase the value of the item exponentially over time.

In the event Phicen discontinues production of the figurine you purchased, your buyers are going to want to purchase the item in a condition similar to what they would have received if they were able to purchase it directly from the manufacturer. There’s no better enjoyment than unboxing and displaying your favorite figurine, and you don’t want to rob your potential clientele of that joy.

Pick Your Poison

TB League figurines are based on a number of fictional characters.

If you’re a TV/movie buff, you’ll be happy to know there are collectible figurines available for some of your favorite media characters such as Rambo and Stacy, the star of Stacy in Hell.

Some of your favorite actors and actresses are brought to life by Phicen and their artistically advanced figurines.

Julie Newmar is a talented American actress, and she is known to many in the collecting universe as the 1960s Catwoman in two seasons of Batman – the television series. She reprised her role as Catwoman 50 years later as the voice actor for the character in two animated Batman movies. She was also a singer and starred on Broadway. If you’re a fan of Julie Newmar, you can purchase a Phicen 1:6 figurine of her in her iconic Catwoman costume, complete with a black cat accessory.

Other big names in film and television whose figurines you can purchase include Eartha Kitt, Adam West, and Stan Lee.

Movie buffs will appreciate the collectible figurines from 2001: A Space Odyssey depicting various astronauts. If you love sci-fi, you’ll enjoy collecting Phicen’s Lost in Space figurines as well.

If you’re more partial to video games, you’ll enjoy TB League’s figurines that represent characters from the video game King of Fighters. Available figurine characters include Iori Yagami, Mai Shiranui, and Athena Asamiya.

Fans of the Barbarian Souls PC game produced by Steam will be overjoyed to hear that there is a figurine depicting the main character. The incredibly life-like figurine comes with metal armor and fur clothing fit for a Viking bent on slashing his way through town. You even get three pairs of interchangeable hands and an axe identical to the one you are equipped with in the game.

If you’re into Egyptian mythology, Phicen is about to become your number one collectibles dealer. There are 1:6 figurines for sale that depict Month the Deity of War, Anubis the Guardian of the Underworld, Horus the Guardian of the Pharaoh, Cleopatra, and Nefertiti.

History buffs with an affinity for Ancient Rome should check out TB League’s Spartan Army Commander figurines. These female characters are dressed in traditional helmets with spears, and you can purchase them in silver, gold, or black. You can also find Hercules figurines that depict the son of Zeus’s rippling demigod muscles.

If you’re more into Grecian history, you can find a figurine of one of the greatest military commanders of all time, Alexander the Great. The collectible comes with traditional garb including armor, a helmet, a sword, and a shield. By the age of 30, Alexander the Great had created one of the largest empires in the ancient world. No matter what age you are, you can own a piece of the history that he helped cultivate.

Comic book fans, hang on to your hats because Phicen is going to blow you away with their vast collection of collectible comic book character based figurines. Popular options from their website include Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Skarah the Valkyrie.

Fans of the Queen of Vampires series will be all too thrilled to hear that Phicen has an incredible 1:6 figurine depicting Arkhalla, the Queen of Vampires. This figurine is one of the most popular of TB League’s creations, and it often sells out extremely fast.

There are so many collectible figurines available, it’s impossible to write about them all. You can rest assured that even some of the most niche comic book characters are depicted in 1:6 form thanks to Phicen.

If you’re not a fan of any of the formerly mentioned categories, but you are a fan of the female figure, Phicen has something for you as well.

Besides the fantastically sculpted female comic book characters, there are also generic figurines that depict hyper realistic, beautiful women.

There are four figurines available that depict women in the Honor Guard of China with all branches represented: navy, army, air force, and militia.

Female Agent, Maid Servant, and Lady Magician can be used to create whatever storyline you want in your collection. There are 13 figurines available that depict females with incredibly curvy figures in bathing suits.

To pay homage to the most notable figure of all time, there are three Bettie Page figurines. Bettie Page was an American Model who gained fame as a pin-up girl. She is often referred to as the Queen of Pinups. Her jet black hair, blue eyes, and astonishing figure were splayed across advertisements and calendars for much of the 1950s.

Purchasing Collectibles

The best place to purchase TB League/Phicen figurines is directly from their website. When you purchase directly from the manufacturer, you are ensuring that you are getting the accurate product. Purchasing from third-party suppliers could result in you being shipped a counterfeit figurine. Counterfeits will not have nearly as high of quality as Phicen’s figurines do.

Purchasing from other Phicen collectors is an option as well. To create a network of collecting friends that you can purchase from, you should visit online forums that are frequented by figurine collectors. There, you can get to know other people who share the same interests as you. Not only will you gain friendship, but you’ll also gain avenues to purchase more figurines.

When selling to friends, people often make a good deal. If you try to scam a friend, you were never their friend in the first place. Strangers in the collecting world don’t owe you anything, and you’re right to not trust them. Remain skeptical of people you don’t know well when purchasing figurines from them. If something seems off, trust your gut.

If you intend to make a large purchase from another collector, it’s wise to involve other parties in the transaction to get a fresh pair of eyes. This could be a figurine evaluator who prices these items regularly, or it could simply be another collector. If the figurine is associated with a particular comic book series or character, you could find a fan of that series and get them involved. Someone who is deeply appreciative of the comic will know whether the figurine’s costume, hair, and makeup are accurate.

Taking Care

Collectible items are meant to last a long time. To make sure your Phicen figurines last, take good care of them. Follow any and all care instructions that come with the figurine.

To dust the figures, many collectors use a very small paintbrush to whisk away any collecting dirt or debris. Using a large duster on the small item could cause damage to its structure and/or costume.

Keep figurines away from excess moisture, air, and light. These elements could cause degradation to the figurine.

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