Collection Stash Documentation

The following guide will help you with any questions you may have when submitting and adding collectibles to Collection Stash.

A collectible here at Collection Stash can be anything that you, as a member, might collect. These can range from mass-produced action figures or toys to limited statues or rare customs. These can be made in quantities or built individually by you. We want you to be able to catalog your passions and share everything you collect. Admittedly we do not yet support all types of collectibles; we are striving for that!

Most collectibles in Collection Stash describe the physical product that is sold, but they do not have to! This is the case when you made the collectible yourself. Each product is made up of parts and when these parts are combined together they make a collectible that you can add to your stash. Some products might have one part while other products might have hundreds.

Your Stash

Adding Collectibles to your Stash

There are many places throughout Collection Stash where you can add a collectible to your stash. The icon indicates that you can add that collectible to your stash.

Here are some examples of where you will find the add to stash icon.

The collectible detail page.

The collectible search page (tile view).

The collectible search page (list view).

When you click the icon you will be prompted to fill out some information about the collectible you want to stash. All of the fields are optional.

Once you are done filling out the information you would like to add to your collectible, click the "Add" button to save the collectible to your Stash. If there are no errors the collectible will be added to your stash and you will recieve a success message.

Submitting a New Collectible

When submitting a new collectible, various types of collectibles are presented. It is important to pick the right type based on what you are trying to add.

Types

The following three types should accurately describe every type of collectible you could own (hopefully!). When adding a new collectible please try to find the type that best describes the item you are adding.

Mass-Produced
This your standard collectible that is made and sold in mass quantity. This type handles both official (licensed) and unofficial (customs) collectibles. The main key for this type is that it must be something sold in mass quantity; whether that is off the shelf, online, or from an artist.
Original
An original collectible is one that is owned by you but was made by someone else. Whether you commissioned the item personally or purchased it from someone, only one must exist.
Custom
A custom collectible is one that you built or bashed yourself. This can be anything that you made from scratch or you pieced together using various custom or mass-produced parts.

Platform

In addition to having a specific type, each collectible belongs to a platform. The platform describes the collectible category. Currently we have a predefined list of platforms for you to choose from:

  • Action Figure
  • Action Figure Environment
  • Action Figure Accessory
  • Diorama
  • Bust
  • Maquette
  • Ornament
  • Statue
  • Statue Accessory
  • Print
  • Replica
  • Prop Replica
  • Vinyl Figure
  • Designer Toy
  • Coin

Status

Each collectible has a corresponding status. The status may differ depending on the type of collectible and how far it is in the approval process (if applicable).

Regardless of type, all collectibles begin in the Draft status. When you are on the collectible edit page, after selecting a platform you will see the Draft status indicated at the top. The status bar is visible on all collectibles that are in Draft and Submitted status.

A collectible can be in one of the following statuses:

Draft
This is a collectible you are working on adding to Collection Stash. It cannot be viewed by the public and, if it is a mass-produced collectible, it has not been submitted for approval.
Submitted
This is a collectible you have finished creating and are ready to submit for approval. When the collectible is in a Submitted status, it cannot be edited. If a change is needed before it is approved you can set it back to a Draft status and make your changes. Collectibles in Submitted status can be viewed by members.
Active
This is a collectible that was either approved by an admin (applies to mass-produced collectibles only) or was activated by the user (applies to customs and originals). It can be viewed by members and non-members.

Manufacturers

Mass-produced and original collectibles can have a manufacturer or producer specified. This is the company or business that made or produced the collectible. In most cases this is the place you where you purchased the item, or the name that is on the box! Each manufacturer is linked to platforms and brands.

Please note, a manufacturer is not required. Some collectibles may not be manufactured or produced by a company but instead are designed and produced by an individual person. If that is the case, you will want to indicate the artist instead.

You can add and edit manufacturers directly from the collectible form.

Manufacturer Information

The following pieces of information are directly linked to a manufacturer.

Brands
Categories
Platforms

Adding New Manufacturers

Coming soon!

Editing Existing Manufacturers

Coming soon!

Artists

Another major piece of information a collectible might have is an artist. Every type of collectible can have an artist (or artists) and it is important to document and give credit to those who worked to make the product.

It is especially important to indicate an artist when there is no manufacturer and this collectible might have been made by one person. A great example of this are mass-produced custom collectibles and prints.

The artist section can be found near the top of the collectible form. The first one you add will be the primary artist.

This is a typeahead input field. Please use the full name or most common handle for that artist. If the artist exsists already it will show up in a drop-down box for you to select.

Here is an example of what it should look like when an artist has been added.

Manufacturers that are also considered Artists

In some cases, a manufacturer might be an artist on a collectible. In the future we plan to directly link that manufacturer to the collectible but until that is supported please add the manufacturer as an artist.

Here is an example of Gentle Giant being the sculptor for a statue that was made by Diamond Select Toys.

Photos

Coming soon!

Parts

Parts are all of the pieces that make up a collectible. Like all collectors we like to know how our collectible is made and everything it contains. It is important for keeping documentation on a collectible but it is also important for customizing!

A part should be added for each individual piece of the collectible. If there are multiple of the same part, then only one should be added but the count should be adjusted.

Parts can also be shared amongst collectibles. This allows for the ability to indicate which part might be used across multiple different collectibles. This also allows customers to build bashes and collectibles from other parts that were made.

Adding New Parts to a Collectible

New parts are displayed and added near the bottom of the collectible form.

When selected you will be presented with a modal dialog where you can fill out information about the part including: category, name, description, manufacturer, artist, scale and count.

Below is a more in-depth description of the fields that can be populated for each part.

Category
The part is required to be in a specific category. Please find the category that best fits the part you are trying to add. If you cannot find an appropriate category you can use the generic "Part" category.
Name
A short title for the part. This is required.
Description
More detailed information about the part. This is required.
Manufacturer
This indicates what manufacturer made the part. This is optional.
Artist
This indicates what artist made the part. This is optional.
Scale
This indicates the scale of the part relative to the scale of the collectible. This is optional.

When a part is added to a collectible, another attribute is included in the relationship between the collectible and the part.

Count
The total number of this part the collectible has.

Here is an example of a part that was successfully added to a new collectible.

Adding Existing Parts to a Collectible

You can also add parts from other collectibles to the current collectible being added. This is especially helpful when trying to see if a part might be shared across multiple collectibles.

To add an existing part to a collectible use the following option under Action:

When selected you will be presented with a modal dialog where you can search for parts either by collectible or by part.

If you know the collectible that the part you want to add is attached to, then click "Find By Collectible". You will be presented with a screen that will allow you to search for a collectible. When you find the part you wish to add, click it.

Once you select the part you want, you will be allowed to add the count. Click "Add" to add it to your collectible.

The same process can be applied when searching for a part directly.

Adding Photos

After you add the part to the collectible, you can upload photos for that part by clicking the "Edit Part Photos" link as shown below.

Editing

Coming soon!

Removing Dupilicate Parts

There might be cases when the same part is duplicated by another part on a different collectible. If you find that this is the case you can replace the duplicated part with the base one. To accomplish this, find the collectible that has the duplicate part and click the Edit icon.

Selecting the "Dupilicate" link will bring up the replacement modal.

The modal will display the part you are replacing. You will be able to select the new part by either searching directly for a part or via a collectible.

For this example, we will find the part that duplicates are selected one by searching for a collectible first.

Click on the part that duplicates the selected part.

Click the "Replace" button to submit the replacement. If you are able to live edit this replacement, it will automatically change, otherwise a edit will be submitted for approval.

Removing Parts

Coming soon!

When should I add a new part vs adding an existing part?

When adding parts, consideration should be given to if it should be added as a new part or linked from an existing part. If you know that the part you are adding is shared with another collectible, please search for that collectible first to see if it has already been added. Otherwise, add it as a new part but make sure to update any collectibles that might also have this part.

Adding Parts to Custom Collectibles

Customs are a unique collectible type because they are built or pieced together by you. Because of this, we need to also indicate that with any new parts that are being added to a custom. It is strongly encouraged to add existing parts to a custom when applicable.

If you are bashing together a custom from other parts, some of which might be mass-produced then you need to add that part as a mass-produced collectible first. After that has been done, the part can be linked to your custom. Here is a great example of how that is done.

If the part you are adding was made by you, is a 1 for 1 commission from an artist, or is generic (not sure where it came from) then you can add it new, directly to the custom collectible.

You will be prompted to choose between three options when adding a new part to a collectible. Any new part added to a custom will not be allowed to be shared/linked to other collectibles. It is very important you only add new parts to customs that fall within these three options.

When adding existing parts to a custom you can also indicate a status. These statuses can help you keep organized with what parts you already own, what parts you have ordered, and what parts you might need. Currently, this field is only applicable when you are adding an existing part to a collectible. You can add the following statues any part added to a collectible.

  • Owned
  • Preordered
  • Wanted

Status is indicated in the upper-right of the part card.

The status field can be selected when you add an existing part to a custom collectible using the Add Existing Part menu option.

Adding Parts to Original Collectibles

All parts added directly to an original collectible will be automatically labeled as "original" parts. They cannot be shared/linked to other collectibles at this time.

Submitting/Activating a Collectible

Depending on the type of collectible being added, when you are finished you may be submitting the collectible for approval or instantly activating it.

If the type of collectible is mass-produced it will be submitted for approval and await approval by an admin. If the collectible details are found to be accurate and it the collectible is not a duplicate within Collection Stash it will be approved and moved to the Active status.

If the type of collectible is a custom or original you can activate it immediately without approval.

To submit a mass-produced collectible for approval click the "Submit for approval" button near the top of the page.

When you click the button, the collectible will go through the validation process. If any errors are found they will be indicated at the top of the page below the status section. We also do smart checking for duplicates. If potential duplicates are found they will be indicated.

This is an example of a duplication check when trying to submit a collectible called "Stormtroooper" for Sideshow Collectibles.

Deleting a Collectible

Coming soon!

Sale Listings and Transactions

Every collectible here at Collection Stash can contain sale and auction listings. These listings can be used for reference to see what collectibles might be currently for sale and what a collectible might have recently sold for. You can find these listings on the Collectible Information page near the bottom.

Here is an example of a collectible with some completed transactions.

Adding a Listing

As of now, Collection Stash only supports eBay listings. While logged in, you can add an eBay listing to a collectible by entering the item number from an eBay listing into the "Item Number" input field.

Once you have entered a valid eBay Item Number you will click the "Add Listing" button to submit the new listing. This will validate the Item Number, load the listing information, and display it appropriately. If the Item Number you entered is valid, the listing information will automatically display below.

This is an example of a listing that was added that is active. This means the collectible is still available for purchase.

Next to each active listing or completed transaction is an "!" icon. You can click this icon to flag that there is a problem with this listing, either it is not valid or an incorrect listing for this collectible. When you click this icon, it will notify an administrator to look into this listing. Only an administrator and unflag a listing.

Currently all listings have to be entered in manually. However, you can earn up to 50 nuts per valid listing you add to a collectible.

Price Guide

The Price Guide feature of a collectible breakdowns the average price a collectible is selling for given all of the completeled transactions. If there are no completed transactions then all of the values will be zero.

The following average prices are available.

  • Average of all transactions.
  • Average of all eBay transactions.
  • Average of all external transactions (when a user removes a collectible and indicates they sold it).

Prices are updated once a day.