|02-19-2009, 04:57 PM||#11|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario
For myself I, at almost 27, I dont think I ever really grew up, or grew out of loving toys. We are told once we hit our early teens that its time to stop playing and time to start growing up.. for me I was always able to do both. I still have all of my toys from my childhood stored away, why you ask? Because they were such a big part of my life growing up that to give them away is like giving a part of myself away. I always knew that I would try and collect more of the toys I didnt have while I was growing up when I was older b/c then I would have money to do so. Last year while searching on ebay I ran into the 25th line and wondered how it had eluded my sights for as long as it did. At first I collected them for nostalgic purposes, then as I amassed more I felt the urge to catch up and get them all.. it went from owning each figure in its package to hunting down loose ones as well.
I think many of us collect b/c, like Ripcord said previous to me, GI Joe connects us with our childhoods and care-free days. It was a time in our lives where our imaginations got the better of us, but in a good way and now for the collectors that haves kids, I not being one of them, I think we want to pass along our passion and love for one of the greatest action figure collections of all times to our kids and watch their faces light up when they open cool Joe Vehicles like the HAVOC, W.H.A.L.E., Nightraven or Skystriker.
For many people they lost their childhood long ago and the imagination/passion that went along with a day in the sandbox, but for the lucky few of us who have kept it alive I think we collect for the memories, the fun and the love.
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|02-19-2009, 05:00 PM||#12|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Back in Texas for good!! Thank God.
The Hunt and Sentimental reasons .
|02-19-2009, 05:01 PM||#13|
Keeper of the Work Wives
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Osceola, IN
For whatever reason, I was not able to get a lot of the Joes I wanted as a kid (Rattler, Water Moccasin, tons o' characters, etc), but now I am in a position where I can grab them, so I am seizing the opportunity.
Great thread! Good luck with the paper!
|02-19-2009, 05:04 PM||#14|
Cobra Sith Lord
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Many reasons for me, not sure which is the most important, though. They're cool to display; it is a form of escapism for me; nostalgic and sentimental value; interesting to compare the old figures to the new ones and to see how they have evolved.
|02-20-2009, 02:32 AM||#15|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hiding out in the Jersey Swamps
I would have to agree with BigDaddyBlue. There is a innate human condition to the hunter/gatherer mentality, but why did we choose this particular medium to collect? For me it is the nostalgia behind the line. In my younger days, GI Joe was my favorite thing. I watched the cartoon constantly. Collected the toys and played with my friends. I had a friend who lived across the street from me that owned the FLAGG. I owned the GI Joe Headquarters, while another friend owned the Terror Drome. We would spend hours creating battle scenes in the basement of my friend who owned the FLAGG (anyone who had or knew some one that did knew every one went to their place). I still collect, but the days of playing are over. I have been customizing GI Joe figures and vehicles for some time. The hobby of customizing can be classified as an art form in itself. The best part of the 3 3/4" Gi Joe line ws that you could have a lot of pieces and still not take up alot of space. Consequently, I am a collector first and a customizer second. I own over a thousand different toys ranging from Aliens to Zorro. I would only buy figures that appealled to me. I also collect 1:18th scale motorcycles, which is what returned me to collecting GI Joes. By them self, the motorcycles looked bland, but with a Joe on them they looked better. The unfortunate side to collecting can be summed up in a line from Fight Club, "Pretty soon, the things you own, start owning you."
|02-20-2009, 02:41 AM||#16|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Cleburne Tx
To annoy m girlfriend. I can't say for sentimental reasons. My love for Joe came late in life. I only had one Joe as a kid and never saw the cartoon. You can thank my drill sgt for giving me a love for gi joe. he loved snake eyes.
|02-20-2009, 03:02 AM||#17|
All around great guy.
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ALPENA, MI
1. Reminds me of my happy childhood when I had no responsibilities except to play GI JOE and go to school.
2. I like the fantasy realm of Real American heroes who actually give a damn about freedom and moral right.
3. I like toys...I am a geek.
4. I have a job that will kill you inside out if you don't have a release....since I don't drink or sleep around, I collect joes. Much easier on the marriage and can share it with the kids.
5. I am obsessive/compulsive and like hoarding things...neatly...lol
"Honor has no price."
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|02-20-2009, 03:18 AM||#18|
Join Date: May 2008
for me its sentimental and because toys are cool, but i also noticed something else about collecting as you get into it. its like an addiction, seriously the thrill to find that new figure and to own exactly what it is you want. sometimes i go to bed at night and all i can think about is getting all the figures i want. i dream about it,lol, sometimes i go a bit overboard and ill take a step back and ask myself why its so important to me to have these little pieces of plastic and i cant give you a real answer. im just very in depth with joe collecting and i want what i want. also as i get more involved in collecting, i want those hard to get figures, the expensive figures, i have become a more serious collector over that past few yrs. it is in deed a very addicting and expensive hobby but i enjoy it to the upmost.
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|02-20-2009, 03:23 AM||#19|
So much drama 'n the LBCs
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
This is my own little "theory", and has no basis in science or anything beyond the silliness (there, Eddie) in my own head, but:
I think that our society in "developed" countries has led us to live complacent lives in the corporate, everything-available-at-our-fingertips, urban world of today. It's our nature, at least males, to hunt shit. Seriously.
I dunno about you, but other than some munchies in college, I can't say I've actually done much "hunting" to find food. And surely, never to survive. It's a sport for some people—I think hunting is silly (here you go again, Eddie)—but some people love it. I have many relatives back in NC who are avid hunters. At least they eat the meat. But that's not even the "hunting" we have programmed in our genes. There's no "hunt-or-die" fear requiring us to hunt, it's just for sport.
Hunting for berries, meat, whatever... We don't need to do it anymore in most corners of the world, so I think that's why there are a lot of male collectors... They have some weird innate urge to collect and store things, sort of like a retarded plastic-hungry squirrel. Er, roughly 2 meters tall.
It's not normal, that's for sure, but we (Tankers and other nerds) do it. Maybe that makes us more manly, because we still feed that urge to hunt? That's what I lie and tell my girlfriend anyways.
Bah, she tells me I play with dolls.
|02-20-2009, 03:26 AM||#20|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Port Richey, Florida
I echo alot of what everyone else said. Once I hit freshman year of High School I stopped opening alot of my toys, but I still collected them. I still read some comics and watched certain shows/cartoons and I wanted representations of the characters. At this point I was collecting Toy Biz Marvel and Star Wars POTF2 hardcore.
I stopped collecting GI Joe around that same time, but I did pick up a Duke with Silver Mirage Motorcycle from the 97 line.
Once I got on the internet things changed, I started looking up all the old toys I used to have and stuff about the old cartoons I used to watch. (My Mom pretty much threw out/sold at yard sales/gave away my old stuff. Only a small bucket of He-Man figures and a select few Joes survived.) Then around 2001 ish (I think)I saw a picture of and then immediately bought the Starscream cartoon color book takara reissue and it brought back great memories. So I got back into Transformers.
As for GI Joe, that started when I bought the DDP premier issue. I saw the figures in the store, but I wasn't crazy about them so I pretty much just stuck with the comic.
That is until I saw the first pictures of the 25th line. Those I knew I had to get.
Toy collecting is a fun hobby and I think for me is regaining some of my best memories.
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