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Glossary of Terms

Though we have chosen here at PuzzleZoo.com to avoid using most toy collecting terms to describe our items, we thought it might be fun to include them on the site. Below is a collection of some of the most common terms used in toy grading and collecting. Only a few of them can be applied to items we sell, as we only sell toys in brand new condition, but they may be useful for the beginning collector, who may purchase toys in a variety of conditions.

 

General Terms

Accessory - Used in two ways.

1. A small part which comes packaged with a figure for use with the figure (i.e. a hat, a weapon, or a treasure map.) Most action figures come with one or more accessories.

2. A toy which is not a vehicle or playset that is packaged seperately and is intended for use with an action figure.
Action Figure - A figurine distinguished by its posability or articulation. A fixed and non-posable figure cannot be considered an action figure. Action figures can be any size and, at roughly 8" and above, can properly be referred to interchangeably as dolls. At PuzzleZoo.com, we often refer to a larger scale (8" and over) action figure as a "Large Doll."
Articulation - Refers to the posablility of a toy. Action figures are often articulated at the shoulders, hips and neck and sometimes also the elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and waist. The more of these "points of articulation" a toy has, the more posable it is.
Creature - An action figure of a beast or mount which is non-humanoid and/or intended to be ridden. Although we consider creatures to be a type of action figure, we distinguish them in order to help you in your searching.
Playset - A toy environment or place in which or with which action figures can interact. Some playsets come packaged with one or more action figures.
Toy Line - The title of an entire group of toys (in which you may have any number of toy series). For example, in the case of "Star Wars: Power of the Force Freeze Frame Darth Vader" the toy's line is named "Star Wars: Power of the Force".
Toy Series - A subset of toys within a toy line, usually those that were released around the same period of time. A toy series can be referred to by a number (Series 2) or by a name. For example, in the case of "Star Wars: Power of the Force Freeze Frame Darth Vader" the toy's series is named "Freeze Frame." Also sometimes called a wave.
Vehicle - Any mode of non-creature transportation in or on which action figures can be placed.
Wave - See Series.

Packaging Terms

Blister - Another term for bubble.
Box - The box of any material which is the outer packaging for a toy.
Bubble - The transparent plastic "shell" which seals a toy to a cardback.
Card/Cardback - The illustrated cardboard backing on which a toy is sealed, usually by a bubble.
Case - The factory shipping carton in which toys are sent from the manufacturer.
Cello - The see-through plastic or cellophane "window" that displays a toy in a window box.
Inserts - All contents of a package which are not part of the toy itself. This includes, but is not limited to, all cardboard or paper packing, trays, plastic sprues, instructions, catalogs, sticker sheets, etc.
Package - The container, whether a box or card, in which a toy comes.
Window Box - A box which has a cello or plastic window through which a significant portion of the toy can be seen.

Condition Terms

Boxed - General term referring to a toy being in its original box.
Carded - General term referring to a toy being on its original card.
Case Fresh - A toy which has come directly out of the factory case. Although it is possible for toys to come out of cases damaged (due to accidents in shipping or warehousing), this term is typically used to describe toys which are in C9+ or better packaging (see Grading), to emphasize pristine, unhandled condition.
Collector Grade - The optimal condition desired by collectors, which obviously varies. At PuzzleZoo.com, we define collector grade as C9 or above (see Grading).
Complete - Includes all original components, parts and/or accessories. Usually only used to describe a loose or opened toy, as an unopened package is almost certain to include all its original parts. PuzzleZoo.com does not sell any loose toys.
Loose - Refers to a toy which does not include its original packaging materials. PuzzleZoo.com does not sell any loose toys.
MOC - Acronym for Mint On Card.
Mint On Card - Still sealed in its card-type packaging.
MIB - Acronym for Mint In Box.
Mint In Box - In new condition, in its original box and complete with all original inserts and parts/accessories. Unless specified, the box may or may not be sealed. PuzzleZoo.com does not sell any toys in open boxes.
MISB - Acronym for Mint In Sealed Box.
Mint In Sealed Box - In new condition with all original inserts and parts/accessories in its original factory-sealed box. If the factory tape or seal has been broken, the toy is no longer MISB, even if the contents have not been touched. All boxed items sold by PuzzleZoo.com are MISB.
NMIB - Acronym for either Near Mint In Box or Non-Mint In Box.
Near Mint In Box - Used to describe an item which has been opened and is in brand-new condition, but is none-the-less complete with all accessories and inserts in the original package.
NRFB - Acronym for Never Removed From Box. Same as MIB.
Punched - Punched refers to the condition of a carded figure. A punched figure has had the cardboard "chad" or tab "punched" or penetrated to allow it to be hung on a rack peg. Some collectors distinguish between whether or not the punch tab has actually been detached, but being "punched" only requires that the tab be pushed out, not necessarily completely removed. Most modern figures, however, have "J" hooks and are not punchable.
Unpunched - Unpunched refers to the condition of a carded figure. An unpunched figure has not had the cardboard "chad" or tab "punched" or penetrated to allow it to be hung on a rack peg. Some collectors distinguish between whether or not the punch tab has actually been detached, but being "unpunched" requires that the tab not be pushed out, regardless of whether or not it is still partially attached. Most modern figures, however, have "J" hooks and are not punchable.
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