shajaki wrote:i was just reading a thread (about MMC's overlord) and as i was forming an opinion which would ultimately lead to me buying or skipping it, i thought: wait... do i even need this?
im collecting all beast wars/beast machines, and masterpieces. with that, G1 and their classics counterparts. but it occurs to me that i havent thought how far the G1 collection would go. in general i never thought of it going past the american rebirth, because if i decide to go the headmaster/victory/masterforce route... oh man is that a LOT more toys. not only that, more expensive and harder to find.
im contemplating doing a AEC/animated/prime collection as well, but thats far off.
so how about everyone else? where does your collection start and end?
There was a point where I collected every and anything.
It was a model for life that could not be maintained. Setting cost aside, the dedication of time and space became too much. I also had a very dire warning of what irresponsible collecting/hobbys looked like in the form of my father who wasted a lot of time, money, and opportunity in his pursuits.
I truly enjoy my hobby and my collection, so the question came to bear at one point: how much and why?
I made several decisions, so easy, most hard about what to keep and what to sell. I had to determine what it was I cared about. The answer was creating a modern Classics collection of G1 characters.
But I also had numerous other lines to determine the fate of.
I decided to keep my Armada Trilogy stuff, but to cut it in half, selling the inferior duplicates between the US and Japanese lines.
I decided to keep RiD because it was small, but to keep only show characters.
I decided to keep TF Prime because it filled the Movie/Animated design niche for me.
I decided to keep MP figures, but only official ones. 3rd party MP is out for me.
I decided to keep G1...for now.
Almost everything else went. Movie, Animated, Beast Wars, Alternators, Titanium, G2, Shattered Glass, eHobby...gone or going.
It's been difficult at times, but no joke, my sales paid for the deposit on my home.
That's my F'ed up perspective on it all.
It was really hard being at the center of a group of collectors and friends and being the guy who all of a sudden said "no" or "not for me". Thankfully everyone was really cool about it and hopefully I never rained on anyone else's fun in the process.