Ok, I have a lot of stuff, yes. I have amassed over 450+ Transformers, and now a growing collection of Figuarts. Here is the thing, I have been doing this on and off now since I was 23. Now ten years later I kind of think about how my life has gone on with it…
A little bit about me, when I was in high school, I had small jobs, and with that, my own income. I blew a ton on comics, then discovered the anime habit. Lord knows I went overboard, this was the late 90’s mind you. Otakon was held in a small hotel in Hunt Valley MD, not the Baltimore Convention Center. Fansubs on VHS were how you got your “dose”…so finding everyone was just hording all kinds of stuff. Well at the time I had more of my fare share, and then reality kicked in. School, jobs, and finally moving out. That is where it first hit me. Too much stuff. Not only that, stuff I didn’t ever care for. Pencil boards? Wall scrolls? I had more scrolls than walls to be frank, and some were of stuff that were flat out stupid (not even going to go into details, but thank god no Sailor Moon).
At the first apartment, I learned to consolidate, and that is when I got back into Transformers. Armada just came out at the time. Here is the big thing, at that time I worked a hotel job, over night shifts. When you work like that, you need a hobby to keep you “centered.” This was also when the fan scenes really kicked in on the internet, and that is when I started big time. It is also when I came across the “super fans.” These were the people with the more than disposable income, or worse, held the hobby over their real life. Not all are like that mind you, some of the current reviewers get sponsorship from distributors and all, but there are those who take it too far.
I will never be one of these, and for those just getting into all this, don’t be. I learned how and where to shop around, from flea markets, to other collectors thinning out their collections. I could never be that MISB fanatic, nor the top dollar spender. Unless you are the owner of a software company, one shouldn’t. Never make the decision of “rent or stuff.” Also know when to take a break. I did. I will say all the fan sites, from Tokunation, Twf2005, Henshinjustice, or even Tfans all have by sell threads, take full advantage of them.
Life happens, and you do need to live it. From work, family and of course a social life. The 40 year old Virgin did not make life easier for us. Trust me I dated, but still had my stuff. Rugged good looks and charisma got me only so far, but I lucked out and met a woman who thought it was kinda cool. Well she didn’t run at least lol.
I have had 4 rentals and my house, and each time moving that collection has been a pain, and each time I sell stuff off from older times. I have refined and refined my spectrum of collecting, and have joked with myself just what would it be like if I hadn’t.
I have a feeling though in a few months it will be break time again on acquiring things when my daughter is born, but as you can see with the picture, there will always be something to review.
I guess the whole purpose of this post is a reminder to all in this hobby, that this is a hobby. Not a lifestyle. Not a reason. One day stuff will go bye bye. Just keep a perspective on all.
Maybe I am writing it as a reminder to myself as well after all…
PS, not to end on a downer, here is a bad-ass picture of Kamen Rider Ixa, for a future review.