Yes! There are action figures collectors in Trinidad. Very little tho but there are. This type of collecting as mentioned before is very very niche and not part of culture as in foreign countries. It is because of this that collecting has remained in the darkness as a subculture with no real avenue to grow.
Comics, anime and gaming would be considered the typical hobby/ pastime for the average teen and young adult with the exception of partying. Alot of toy stores here cater for children and stock based on what currently is popular/ showing on Television.
On another note the( FEW) figures that are being sold are either the unpopular characters or 2-3 times as expensive when compared to prices on Ebay and Amazon ( US exchange rate to TT is average $6.5US – $1TT). So who has the money to spend to even buy toys to begin with when basic living expenses keep rising?
We buy online of course. Plan a budget, look for the best prices, try different courier services and buy the figures we want online. The worries comes when items arrive and duties, vat, tax etc has to be applied. It is here where everyone buying online runs into problems if they don’t know what they’re doing.
Toys specifically and duty and vat charges together with lb charge and freight/fuel charge. So are you really saving anything at all from buying online? The answer is yes. I have only started back collecting small a little over one year and have learnt enough to be comfortable buying the figures I want at the prices I can afford.
There are some negative labels that needs to be addressed regarding figure collecting that I will look at in my next post.One of them is the idea that it is an expensive hobby which is not so . ( Don’t be afraid)
So stay tuned.