The rise of fans, fandoms and other fan-related phenomena has created a wide and commercialized subculture around pop culture. If enough people read or consume certain media, then merchandise will pop up around it, allowing fans to buy them as collectibles or experience them. Here are some strategic merchandise that will allow you to enhance the fan experience.
Models and Toys
There is a huge market now saturated with models and toys of various characters from various books, movies, comics etc. You can find realistic action figures and cutesy dolls online, while there are also collector sets of toys that you can buy at a wooden thomas trains. These are good merchandise to invest in because they are usually produced in limited numbers and if interest over the movie/book/comic is retained over the years, a set of small action figures that you purchased this year for a small amount of money can become very valuable to a collector someday.
Items from the Story-verse
Thanks to technology, we now get to experience many things in stories that would previously have been unimaginable. Certain drinks and food mentioned in books and movies are available in shops; props seen in movies are reproduced for popular consumption; costumes are rolled out every few seasons for the delight of young fans. If a car movie becomes very famous then you can probably expect models of the characters as well the slot car tracks to appear in miniature in shops, along with a letter from the creator of the story. These will enhance your experience with hobbies Adelaide of the story because most of the items will be ephemeral and not available after a certain period of time.
This is an age-old fan favourite – the autograph. If you can get the cast of a movie to sign your autograph book or a poster of their movie then you have done it. Autographs are extremely sought after especially if they are rare and collectors pay large sums of money for the rarer ones. If you manage to get a group signing, then it becomes even more valuable, because it is not easy to find a collection of celebrity signatures. The good thing about getting an autograph is that you get to meet said actor or actress in person (maybe even for a quick photograph) and their autograph might be worth quite a lot of money in the future too.
So if you want to enhance the fan experience by buying merchandise, do not go for the mass produced ones that every store will carry, like the novelty mugs with a celebrity autograph and inspirational quote. Instead, buy something that you can experience or something that will last.