View Full Version : Why Do You Collect One of Every Figure?

04-24-2003, 11:05 PM
Yeah, I have that sickness that makes me want to get at least one of everything, no matter how crappy it is.

I've been trying to figure out why that might be and all I can come up with is this: I wasn't a "collector" back in the day. I was just a kid that liked the movies a whole lot and I ended up getting a bunch of figures for Christmas and birthdays. Well, 1983 happened to land at about the same time as my entry into high school and full fledged puberty. Alas, girls took priority over toys and the POTF coin line went unbought.

Fast-forward to the relatively recent future and the Special Editions. For some reason, those HeMan-type Star Wars action figures were good enough to ignite that still glowing ember that had lain mostly dormant for the better part of 20 years. No official proclamation came forth mind you, but it soon became clear that I would do whatever was necessary to secure one of every figure released. Perhaps it was because they all just caught my fancy, or maybe it was just because I didn't wish to repeat the past. But whatever the reason, it's been an enjoyable, albeit expensive, hobby and I hope to continue it as long as I can. :)

04-24-2003, 11:30 PM
Because I have a problem!


04-25-2003, 12:05 AM
Stillakid, it sounds like you and I have almost the same problem. In my earlier years though, I had only so much disposable cash, no credit cards, and no car to get me around to the stores whenever I wanted. Throw in a father who didn't want me spending my money on Star Wars, and well you get the picture.

Now come to the time when the Special Edition came out. Had a job, a place of my own, a car, and some cash, and credit. Now I want to get all that I can, and at least one of every figure. Maybe it has something to do with not having been able to get a nice collection together when I was younger. My dad, the last time I showed him pictures of my room, said it looked like a toy store.

04-25-2003, 01:09 AM
Oh yes, and lest we forget, on the of the action figures card, it says "Collect all these exciting Star Wars Action Figures". I am just doing Hasbro's bidding.

04-25-2003, 05:33 AM
Why Do You Collect One of Every Figure?

This one's easy, I don't, atleast, not any more.

You see, I feel Hasbro has done such a terrible job with the new figures that, ever since SAGA, I have stopped collecting one of every figure. Now I only buy what I want/like.

BTW, that means almost none of the "Deluxe" figures.:rolleyes:

04-25-2003, 08:34 AM
The only modern line that I have one of every figure is Episode I. And of course all the non POTF, Droids, Ewoks Vintage figures

Dark Marble
04-25-2003, 08:54 AM
Well, I never set out to collect one of each figure. But after months of searching high and low to find a couple that I want, when I finally find something new I pick it up even if it is not that great.

My best example is the Death Star escape Han Solo or whatever they called it. A useless figure, but when I finally found it hanging there, I had to have it! Same thing with Shimi Skywalker. Not a very interesting figure, but I have one. If I was able to go in and get what I want with no trouble, I would be more picky, but the giant star wars monkey (or gorilla) on my back has me pick up a lot of what I don't need.

04-25-2003, 10:53 AM
It's no secret that I am insane.

Dr Zoltar
04-25-2003, 11:37 AM
It is a sick, sick addition. Much like I have for coffee and chocolate...

04-25-2003, 11:50 AM
I think I've got this future-dream or something of a "play room" where I can set all this stuff up. Not strictly scenes, but something in that fuzzy area between diorama and display. So, in that vein, I suppose that's one reason I'd like a complete collection. It's kind of like this guy I know who collects the signatures of United States Presidents. While it's cool to see the individual names, there is undeniable value in having them all together in one room. Same for these Star Wars toys for me I think.

As far as complaining goes, I think that the only one I've ever come down on, at least publicly (and probably to myself even) was this new "flying" R2. Forget the Star Wars angle, it's not even a good toy really. I think what really threw me with that one was that it was released about the same time as the new rubberarm Mace, which is an excellent toy. I can only assume that there are different "teams" of designers and such which would explain the vast chasms of quality that become evident on occasion.

04-25-2003, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by bobafrett
Oh yes, and lest we forget, on the of the action figures card, it says "Collect all these exciting Star Wars Action Figures". I am just doing Hasbro's bidding.

The "they made me do it!" defense. Very nice! :p

04-25-2003, 12:55 PM
I would like to get one of every figure but I can't find half of them. I only have about 40 saga figures because that is all I have seen. I know there are alot more but I will get them. I will not be getting the repacks unless I missed them first time around.

04-25-2003, 02:21 PM
I'm in the same shoes as Stillakid & Bobfrett. Childhood toys were forgotten in the face of puberty (partying, girls & music seemed much more important in those days).

Cut to '95 POTF2 = I went nuts, gobbled up everything up to POTJ. Then I had to move..... realized how much stuff I had just sitting there and decided it was time to STOP THE MADNESS. Ended up selling off most of my collection and now I only buy certain SW figs (but am still MAD because I buy all LOTR & Marvel Legends :crazed: ).

04-25-2003, 03:20 PM
Family--lower middle class...no figures on b-day/christmas. I was born in 80. I loved star wars...was only 5 when POTF came out. Missed all the old figures...had to start new in 1995...when I was 15 and could afford to collect...had to have the complete set because I never had one figure when I was younger...did not know they would make 200 or so figures after red card kenobi, luke, vader, solo, etc etc. I don't care that I never had one old figure and I'm happy that I get to collect now.

04-25-2003, 03:50 PM
Just to have the honor of saying "collection complete", but with so many resculpts and crappy figs, this is getting ridiculous. Still, i buy them. 1 of each.

04-25-2003, 04:46 PM
I see I'm not the only one with the problem! Woohoo!

04-25-2003, 07:37 PM
Besides the vintage figures, I never originally intended to collect one of each, just certain ones I especially liked. But when E1 was released, I realized that these will be the vintage prequel figures so I might as well get them all, and as long as I'm getting these, I might as well get the new classic trilogy figures too, but not the deluxes or multipacks, but on second thought, yeah, I better get those too.

04-25-2003, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by PoggleTheGreater
But when E1 was released, I realized that these will be the vintage prequel figures so I might as well get them all,

I never thought of the E1 figs that way. Hmmmm, now they have a whole new meaning to me. Cool


04-25-2003, 11:08 PM
I blame it all on video games!!!

04-25-2003, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by aharry
I blame it all on video games!!!

Like Pacman and Galaxia?

04-25-2003, 11:36 PM
Actually it was Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. They corrupted my young teenage mind and now I'm a 33 year old toy junky. I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to, like being strung out on heroin.

04-26-2003, 07:07 PM
hey man...don't come in here bashing heroin..I just won't put up with that kind of trash talk.


04-26-2003, 07:20 PM

crumbled up heroin bits. Err, I mean star wars figures.

I think I'll put them on my salad!

04-26-2003, 07:30 PM
My favorite heroin is Princess Leia.


Ooops, I mean, my favorite heroine is Princess Leia.

Hey, why are heroin and heroine spelled differently, yet they sound the same?!?!

04-26-2003, 10:14 PM
Addicts can't spell.

04-27-2003, 01:08 AM
I'm an addict, are you saying I can't spell? Oh, you mean, that kind of addict. I love my little Star Wars people, though they might cost money to spend on them initially, they are rather low maintenance and don't require three square meals a day. You can gaze at them gor hours without having them tell you not to look at them like that. You don't have to pay for a second ticket to a movie, and they never talk back. Yes, I love my little Star Wars people.

04-28-2003, 12:45 PM
Reason 1: I only buy the toys I want. It just happens I want most everything they make or made.
Reason 2: My parents never bought me certain toys as a child.
Reason 3: I'm just a kid at heard.
Reason 4: I need something to blow my money on.

04-28-2003, 09:11 PM
Well I started with two (X-Wing Luke and Vader POTF) And that's all I was going to buy. That didn't last long. 2 became 10, 10 to 20, 20 to 50, 50 to 100, and so on. Now I find myself going into a store to buy supplies or whatever, and always run to the toy section. When and if I find new stuff I buy it all and forget to buy what I came there for. Im a addict, if they had a AA class for collectors I would have to enroll. But I love doing it.