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Pewter Figures – What to Collect?

The pewter figures are very beautiful and elegant. Some people may think that they are expensive, and that is true if you compare them to plastic or wooden figures. But they are actually quite affordable. Being made of metal, they look shiny and shiny, especially when new. And the best part is that they look better with age! You see, as pewter ages, it will develop a grayish patina on its surface due to oxidation. This patina is highly desirable and is appreciated by collectors. Therefore, do not clean it.

You can find various types of pewter figures to collect. Fantasy figures are definitely a very popular subject. And that means that you will collect dragons, fairies, witches, elves and all other mythical creatures. Dragons, especially, are a favorite of many and can indeed be a topic in their own right. You can collect European dragons and Chinese dragons. European dragons resemble large bat-winged lizards, generally depicted as fearsome creatures that spit flames from their mouths. Chinese dragons, on the other hand, are like snakes with long, scaly bodies.

You can also find pewter figures of famous characters from fantasy novels. Who can resist the figurines of Frodo the Hobbit, Gandalf or Aragorn? The Lord of the Rings trilogy has been so popular that these figures have become the favorite items of many collectors. They can be a bit pricey due to the license fees involved, but are still highly sought after for their great collectible value.

If fantasy figures aren’t for you, there are pewter animal figures as well. What kinds of animals are there? Let’s see … horses, cows, eagles, pigs, and even alligators and otters!

Many people like to collect things in sets. And with the pewter animals you can collect a set of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac system. This system is made up of a twelve-year cycle in which each year is represented by an animal. They are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (in that order). In case you didn’t know, 2009 is the Year of the Ox.

There are pewters who design and sell these animals in sets. Getting a complete set in one go can burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s probably worth the price. There are also pewters who produce and sell only one animal each year. That’s easier on your finances, but it will take twelve years to complete the set.

Too long? Well, as the saying goes, patience is a virtue. Plus, good things come to those who wait and it’s definitely worth the wait. The value of his collection would have increased significantly by then.

Besides fantasy and animal figures, you can also find figures of deities or gods. These are more common among eastern societies. Two of the most recognizable deities are the Laughing Buddha and the God of Longevity. The Laughing Buddha symbolizes happiness and prosperity, while the God of Longevity, as the name suggests, represents a long and healthy life. Both are great to display in your living room and are also appreciated as gifts.

Are these all? Of course, no.

There are many other pewter figures for all tastes. You can see science fiction figures from Star Trek and Star Wars. There are figurines of cartoon characters, legendary and horror characters, and even figurines of vehicles like cars, planes, ships and spaceships. The choice is endless.

You can start with whatever you want without worrying about the subject. As your interest grows, you will know better what it is for you and from there you can be more specific in what you want for your collection.

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