Some toys are only produced for a limited run, and due to scarcity have a higher value the less of that item there is. Most of these would be treated as display pieces only, if playing with those toys would damage the condition and lower the monetary value of the toy as a collectible item. Alternatively, collectible toys might come in sets that are only completed when all parts of the set are put together. Fast food restaurants commonly have promotional runs of such collectible toy sets.
Some toy companies, such as Beanie Babies or Boyds Bears, continually produce variations of their toys. Without the scarcity or standard of a complete set, these toys are still considered collectibles. As satisfying as it is to complete a collection, the real enjoyment is more often in the process of collecting. This can be in the purchase of a rare Beanie Baby found by accident in a thrift store, or even actively trading cards with friends
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