How To Be A Toy Collector: Part 1 (Why I Collect and What)
We have phases in life that we have to go through. If you don't date enough girls, you wind up having a midlife crisis. LOL.
Why Do I Collect?
- I was into comic books and I wanted to own my own comic shop and my own comic publishing house.
- But the comic boom of the 90's killed that dream. I never saw a comic store owner that was willing to buy my collection. Because it was modern stuff. Even stuff from the 70's isn't that valuable.
- For a short while when I got my PlayStation, I believed that the games were a good investment.
- But the way game stores ran their business, I ended up loosing money for trading my games. Even great ones like Xenogears!
- I had a decent DVD and VHS collection. But when I started taking them to a store called "Book Off" to sell them but I would only get 0.50 cents for tapes and 1.00 for DVD!
I later found Ebay to be a great source to trade up my figures. When I got into Cybertron, I started selling my MOC (mint on card) Mobile Suit Gundam action figures from Bandai. And then when I started collecting G.I. Joe Sigma 6, I started selling my Marvel Legends.
So despite the negativity that Ebay gets from a lot of people. I think it's a good tool if you use it right.
And combined with YouTube you got your very own QVC channel!
I just wanna ask ya'll, why do you collect?
Me? I collect because, when I was 14, I moved to the Dominican Republic, but toys were only affordable to the wealthy, or those who could afford it. I didn't stop liking cartoons, but I believe the transition was so abrupt that it turned me into Michael Jackson. Enjoying toys now because I couldn't enjoy them back then.
That's the answer I would give if I was on a shrink's couch.
But that's not the only reason!
I really got into Gundam Wing action figures, not because of the hype. But because of the design and the engineering.
I still own all the figures that I bought back then and because of them I started doing the buy 3 figures habit. Those figures are amazing! Bandai is a great Japanese company but to borrow a phrase from Iok of That Figures they're kind of schizophrenic. Just look at the Dragonball movie figures.
As an artist it's important to have reference when drawing something. What better reference than an action figure! (OK, that's not a good reason!)
What Do I Collect?
I know that a lot of my readers collect Marvel Universe figures and Halo figures.
What else do You guys collect? I hope it's not ugly. LOL
I'm attracted to design and articulation and engineering. Incredibly enough even though most people don't consider this I'm also attracted to packaging! I just now realize this.
Ok so the Gundam packaging was bland. But If you think about the uniqueness of the Transformers Cybertron packaging, with it's long blister. Or Sigma 6's incredible packaging that let you use the top and bottom of the box for storing your weapons! The look of Marvel Legends with it's all transparent bubble and an awesome comic cover beaming into your eyeballs from behind!
I got into the 25th anniversary G.I. Joe figures just for that. I would not pick up the ones with the inaccurate card are like Serpentor or Zartan. Eventually I sold them by the bin load. And currently I'm not buying Joes. I liked some of the designs of the ROC Joes like Flash and Helix. But I'm not interested in the stuff shown at Toy fair or the current Pursuit Of Cobra line. Anyone interested in anything but the Starscream/Cobra Commander combo?
And finally Marvel Universe. I wasn't impressed with the line when it started. It wasn't until I saw Colossus, Juggernaut and Team X Wolverine. It seemed like the design team took it up a notch! Especially the faces.
For years Hasbro has struggled with the faces of Star Wars figures. And it's gotten to the point where they look like decent human beings (alien beings?) But the Marvel line is just starting to improve on that.
So in conclusion.
Why I collect? To get a little satisfaction out of working long hours at work.
What I collect? Marvel Universe, but as soon as I have almost all of the figures I'm sure I will move onto something else. It's my nature.
3 lines would not have made this post worth it.