|12-07-2009, 10:48 PM||#11|
Join Date: Sep 2008
These responses are awesome guys!!!!! I guess another question (along with the others, is do you every feel like the hobby/habit "traps" you? Are you caught in a spending loop or are you buying to just turn around and sell-further ingraining the capitalist way of life into your life? I'm not saying you don't take care of your responsibilities first, but...
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|12-07-2009, 10:50 PM||#12|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: I'm a MASS-HOLE!
I feel like some day in the future I'm going to have enough time to sit down and play with all my toys like I did when I was a kid, and I want to have them all ready for when that day comes.
|12-07-2009, 10:54 PM||#13|
Join Date: Dec 2008
I wouldn't say trap, but it can become your sole purpose in life sometimes! When a new wave hits my town, and i really want them, i find myself driving 40 or 50 miles round trip checking all the WM's and Targets...
The hunt is fun!
I have walked away for awhile, when life gets too busy (having twins!) or the military got in the way ( spent 19 months straight away from home)
|12-07-2009, 11:08 PM||#14|
Join Date: Jan 2009
I've never sold, dealt, scalped, or even traded, so there is no benefit or profit. I know there is for some, and a lot of people do this strictly for funneling it back into their own collection. I imahine it can almost be a part time job dedicated to their toys.
Collecting can be a trap, particularly for Joes and similar collectibles. There is a huge amount of stuff but it is finite, so "completion" can become an obsession, or there is always a new goal. 1982, Tiger Force, Troop builders, whatever the flavor.
Even if you're just collecting modern era stuff, which is pretty manageable, tons of us do collect every single new item, which does add up! It's completion in the making.
What I'm saying is, a lot of people collect snow globes, but it is impossible to collect all of them ever. People pick what they really like, or what they spot on vacation, etc. Collecting Joes with that restraint...can be challenging.
|12-07-2009, 11:16 PM||#15|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North Jersey
I havent felt "trapped" really ever. This has always been fun, a way to keep the link to my childhood, a way to splurge a bit on myself...if I dont like it, I dont buy it..if I want it and my bills are paid and all the important things in my life are in order...then I take a trip to the toy aisle.
I have everything from when I was kid, havent ever sold anything and only traded if I have doubles.
I have certainly taken breaks from buying at the rate I was..I mean the current economy is dictating how I function within the hobby right now...but I was also smart enough to know when to say when, so I didnt have to sell what I have. When things pick up..my collection will grow by leaps and bounds...right now Im hovering exactly around what I can afford, and again between the economy and holiday season...so a figure here and there a few times a month...Im cool with that.
|12-07-2009, 11:28 PM||#16|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Albany NY
For me its mostly nostalgia!
I went through a completist phase in the late 1980s but soon realized that was foolish... (no offense to all the completists out there).
For me GI JOE was the first cartoon I saw that seemed realistic at the time. Other than Super Friends, it was the first show I watched that didn't have talking animals...
I was born in 1976, My dad was a medic in Viet Nam and he didn't want me to have GI JOE toys at first... everyone in my first grade class got the 1983 Joe HQ playset except for me. But My Grandmother bought me a Skystriker, and I was thrilled!!!
By 1985 my dad relented and was ok with me having and playing with GI JOE toys.
We didn't have alot of money growing up, so Transformers just cost too much. We had a few Transformers and Go-bots, but GI JOE was our number one. My parents sacrificed alot for my brother and I to go to private school. My grandmother filled the gap when it came to getting toys, God Bless her! In the 1980s you could get a GI JOE figure for 2.99$ (3.20$ with tax), where the average Transformer was more like 9.99$.
My younger brother and I saved all our money from holiday cards, and built our collection. We decided to pool our resources and asked for GI JOE toys for almost every birthday and Christmas.
By 1986 my brother and I decided we would get every single carded figure that came out from that year on. We got every figure from 1986-1991. By 1991 the figures started to suck hard, so we concetrated on getting 80s stuff at garage sales, flea markets and second hand stores
Now I only buy the stuff that I like, and reminds me of my childhood. Mostly I prefer 1980s stuff, but recently I've been upgrading to the 25th stuff.
When Hasbro Kenner came out with better sculpting on the Star Wars lines I yearned for them to do it with GI JOE. So Now I collect 25th stuff beacause of the better quality of the sculpting, and upgraded accessories.
Pluss it sucks replacing "O" rings on a collection of 400+ vintage figures...
PLease! I need your help to find; LOOSE:
1. Comic Pack October Guard Figures.
2. 1987 Cobra Maggot
3. Cobra Adder
4. Cobra Imp
5. Cobra Bunker parts or complete
6. Cobra Rifle Range parts or complete
7. Loose Pit Commandos, complete or not
8. Loose 25th greenshirts, complete or not
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|12-08-2009, 01:14 AM||#17|
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