This question runs into a paradox. I had a CYMA AK for a while, real wood and metal.
It was fine, reliable and easy to throw around.
I have a Real Sword Type 56-1, triple the price in Canada but to me, well worth it.
So the question is, cheap out on a gun that you won't keep for awhile, or commit to airsoft and get the highest quality AK IMO right off the bat and it will stay in your collection as you grow in the sport.
That's the dilemma as I see it.
Views are my own.