Welcome to the web site!
Inside, you will find our largest-ever inventory, currently consisting of 10,248 toys and other memorabilia from some of your favorite television programs, comic strips, and cartoons of all time. What a Character! specializes in figural items (things that look great sitting on a shelf) from the 1940s through the 1980s. We get older items in stock whenever possible; we have some newer items in stock from time to time; and we definitely have things other than figural items in stock at all times. Feel free to browse through our merchandise--you just may find something that you can't live without!!
What a Character! has been in business since 1997, and does an extensive amount of mail order business, and we will ship our merchandise anywhere in the world. We're happy to do business with new customers and, of course, we welcome the continued interest of our many previous customers and collector friends.
NEW ITEMS IN STOCK
We get an average of 40-50 new items in stock each week. There's almost always something new (or should we say, something old?) in our inventory. So you might want to bookmark this page, and check back with us from time to time. Items that have been acquired recently (generally within the past 30 days or so) are marked with the following insignia:
This marking will appear BEFORE the listings of new items, immediately below the double red lines that separate our entries.
WE MAY BUY ITEMS FROM YOU
We're always looking for new items for our business, too. If you have comic, character, or cartoon-related items that you wish to sell, feel free to contact us to discuss the possibility of having us buy them from you. Regardless of whether you're looking to get rid of a single item or an entire collection of goodies, we might be interested in acquiring your things. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with information about any item(s) that you are considering selling.
Please note: In order to purchase items from you, we need to: (1) be able to see clear, representative pictures of the item(s) so that we know exactly what we might be buying, (2) have accurate information about the specific condition of the item(s) you want to sell, and (3) know how much you want for the item(s) in question. If you do not provide all three of these to us, we cannot make an acquisition; and time constraints prevent us from replying such inquiries unless all three are provided. If you do not have the ability to get scanned pictures to us for step #1, we have made arrangements with a few people to send us the item(s) "on spec" before we make a final commitment to purchase. That allows us to inspect the item(s) and make an informed purchasing decision.
We get many emails from people asking us what their own items are worth. While we are happy to answer questions like these, you should note that doing an appraisal takes time . . . both to reply to the inquiry itself and sometimes to research the item(s) in question. Accordingly, there is a $20 fee for each item that you wish to have appraised.
If you wish to have us appraise an item for you, please contact us at email@example.com to initiate the process and to receive payment instructions. Please note that we are knowledgeable about many different types of items, but we are NOT professional appraisers. To obtain the most reliable assessments of what your items are worth, we recommend that you (1) seek multiple appraisals from different appraisers/consultants and that you (2) consult professional appraisers to assess the value of any item thought to be of considerable value.
OUR COLLECTOR'S MAILING LIST
If you are a collector of something specific and would like to be added to our "collectors and what they collect" mailing list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In that email, please provide the following information and we'll be happy to add your name and collecting information:
Your full name
Your full mailing address (where you would ordinarily want to have us ship your items)
Your telephone number (in case we have any questions about your information, inquiry, or order)--This information will NOT be shared with ANY other sources; it is for our internal usage ONLY.
Your email address (This is our usual mode of contact.)
What you collect
Any specific item(s) that you REALLY want to find for your collection, and your price ceiling on this/these item(s) (We're always happy to search for specific items of interest to collectors on our list. Whenever possible, we'll offer you your "gotta have it" items at prices below your ceiling price.)
HEY, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!
Not long ago, representatives from the book publishers, Dorling Kindersley Limited and The Price Guide Company Limited, contacted us and asked our permission to use some of our items in their new collectibles price guide book. We granted their request and, lo and behold, they decided to feature several of our collectibles in the book. The price guide, entitled Collectibles Price Guide 2006, was written by Judith Miller (with Mark Hill). Check it out . . . and check out some of our contributions to the book! If you happen to have the previous edition of the book, many of our items were shown in that version, too.
WHILE YOU'RE LOOKING AT THAT, CHECK OUT THIS TOO!!
Recently, we were contacted about contributing to the new 2010 edition of Schroeder's Collectible Toys Antique to Modern Price Guide. The publishers decided to use a number of photographs from our extensive inventory in their book, and they did a great job with the photography in the final publication. Check out our contributions to the book when you have a chance.
New for March 2015!!!
As of March 15, 2015, What a Character! has officially joined Twitter. You can find us there at @What_A_Charact. Check out our brand new Twitter page and "follow us" there for updates on our monthly specials, fun new items added to our inventory, information about upcoming collectibles/toy shows and auctions, and more. If you are aware of any upcoming events that our collector-customers might want to know about, please feel free to share this information with us and we, in turn, will share it with our Twitter followers.
Also new for March 2015!!
We've added a new page to our website, which you can find at the end of our "G" merchandise listings. The new page is for GROOVY items--oddball pieces from the 1960s and 1970s that don't fit our usual character-related themes, but which we have picked up along the way (oftentimes in box lot purchases). Most of them are silly, fun, and oh-so-typical of the funky, groovy times of the 1960s and 1970s. If you have some time, check out the new page. You just might find something that'll make you smile and bring you for a walk down Memory Lane!
Please remember to include the ZIP code where your package will be sent along with your initial inquiry about items that interest you, so that we can quote you an appropriate shipping charge!! Doing so enables us to provide you with the most accurate shipping cost information we can, as quickly as possible!
This page was last updated on 03/31/15.
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