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Gonk 1979
08-20-2004, 07:18 PM
....I found all of the CW Series #3 at Target one day, in addition to some other figs I didn't have. When I got to the checkout line I think I had 11 figures in total, and nothing else. This couple a few people back of me were kinda whispering and chuckling, but I took no mind of it, thinking it was an inside joke, but then I heard the woman go "do you think he's going to go home and play with all of them?" and then they laughed. I usually don't let stuff like that get to me, but I have to say it was embarrassing. So much in fact that I actually stopped collecting for a while, and when I finally got back to it I now have a habit of hiding my figs under other stuff I'm buying or if I find a big score of 5 or more figures I buy some and hide the rest and get them the next day. I know it's stupid, and I was of the thought that "hey, my wife thinks its cool and so do I, so who cares", but man it really got to me. Has this ever happened to you guys?

Knightfall
08-20-2004, 07:27 PM
With Star Wars, no. I might get stares, but no one ever mocks me for it. I'd like to think it's because I look intimidating, but probably not. Now my Power Rangers collecting is a different story, because people have it fixed in their head that PR is for five-year-olds and they like to ask in an irritating singsong voice "Are those for you?" I just let it roll off, because I really don't care what other people think of me. If they're making fun of you for your hobby, it's just a show of their own immaturity. It sucks that we have to put up with ignorant buttmunches like that, but that's life.

Gonk 1979
08-20-2004, 07:34 PM
I think part of my problem is that I'm only 24. A lot of us collectors are in our thirties and forties or older, so maybe some cashiers and customers figure its for our kids or whatnot. Not me - when I go to the counter with Star Wars toys they know who its for.

Knightfall
08-20-2004, 07:42 PM
24, eh?

I'm 17.;)

Gonk 1979
08-20-2004, 07:49 PM
24, eh?

I'm 17.;)


Ha! No wonder you collect Power Rangers, it was the hot thing when you were growing up. 17? Good lawd, how did you get into Star Wars collecting? When you were a kid was when SW was DOA.

Kidhuman
08-20-2004, 07:59 PM
Never gotten laughed at, but have gotten quite a few stares from kids when I snatch up what I want and what they want too. I had a stack of 14 figures one day and a kid went to look at them to get what he needed and I told him they were mine. He looked like his puppy died when I said that.

Knightfall
08-20-2004, 08:01 PM
How did I get into Star Wars? To be perfectly honest: Muppet Babies. Really! I guess it was already in reruns when I saw it, but the frequent use of Trilogy footage got me interested in seeing the movies that the cool black-armored guy came from. I've been a fan ever since. The first toys I ever got were the Justtoys Bendems, and when POTF2 came out, it was truly one of the defining moments in my childhood.:D

Slicker
08-20-2004, 08:14 PM
I don't recall ever being embarassed while purchasing toys. If that thought ever crossed my mind all that I have to do is remember that it's both a hobby and passion and it doesn't cost nearly as much as some other hobbies. Take stamp collecting, would you really spend $1,000,000 on a piece of paper with some glue on the back, or baseball cards. I don't want a piece of cardboard with the picture of some dead guy on it, especially if it's gonna cost me $20,000 now that's something to be laughed at about. From time to time everybody let's other people get to them but what gets me through is that I put it in my mind that I'll probably never see that person again so if I look stupid in their eyes for a second it won't matter.

Turbowars
08-20-2004, 08:21 PM
Sorry, but I would have to think a 17 year old collecting Power Rangers was strange also. I see my cousins PR crap and that's what they are, Crap.

The only time I was laughed at was EP2 midnight madness. A mother, father and a few kids walked out and said something like, "Oh that's what SW geeks look like". A few choice words were about to come out, but I really can give a flying Fock what other people think about me or what I do. Just as Mr. PR shouldn't care what I think about his collection. ;)

ShinGodConvoy
08-20-2004, 09:50 PM
I went through a period through high school and years after where I felt a little embarrased about collecting. But as I got older and wiser and finally got that mature self esteem thing going, I just stopped caring all together. The reality is everyone has some type of fetish or vise. For some people its cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, sex, sports, whatever.

Ji'dai
08-20-2004, 10:04 PM
No, I've never been laughed at that I'm aware. I have been told I don't "look" like a Star Wars collector when I purchase enough figures to really attract attention - those rare times my cart is loaded - say with the figures from a new movie. The cashier and customer in front of me confided in a knowing way that oh, they could recognize those toy collectors right away :D I took their word for it.

Kids are usually really vocal when they see my purchases - gotta love them - I had one exclaim, "WOW!" over and over when I rolled my cart laden with AOTC figures into checkout a few years ago. He even came over from another lane and increduously inspected my cart for himself while his parents were trying to rein him back. I don't mind though - I like showing off what I get.

I dunno, maybe since my typical purchases are only a few figures at a time I don't attract that much attention. The stares I get are probably more from my handsome mug than what's in my cart ;)

Reefer Shark
08-20-2004, 10:19 PM
Buying figures is like buying porn... the older you get, the less you give a crap what other people think. :smoker:

I don't know if I've been laughed at, but sometimes at TRU when they ask for a gift receipt I'll say "nah... these are for me". More often than not they'll give a smart-alec smirk and say "I knew that".... :rolleyes:

Hey Gonk: Next time someone laughs at you, just remember that everyone has something worse than this to be embarrassed about. Including the person that's doing the laughing.

Rocketboy
08-20-2004, 10:29 PM
Buying figures is like buying porn... the older you get, the less you give a crap what other people think. :smoker:So true.

No, never been laughed at for buying toys though. I don't really care what strangers think about me (in any way).

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-20-2004, 11:10 PM
My friend and I kind of got laughed at for talking about buying Star Wars toys (he got LEGOs, I got figures), but not bad, since the kid was kind of an *ss (we were in 7th grade). That was the only time in school, everyone else knows and is cool with it.

Yesterday while getting the Anakin cup set at Target, the checkout lady said, "Oh, that's kinda cool. I guess I can't laugh at you too much since I have a full-size R2-D2. It won't shut up." She also said that it was about chest-high? I didn't really get it, maybe she was talking about the little one from 2002. So she was on the verge of laughing or something, I didn't get it.

If anyone laughs at you, just say, "Oh yeah? Look, I just got a cool new one a few days ago, it's in my pocket . . ." and flip 'em off! :D

Kidhuman
08-21-2004, 12:46 AM
Your getting mean un your old age JabbaJohnL.

Kyle Katarn
08-21-2004, 01:01 AM
I was at Target and bought about 250 bucks in Star Wars figures, so the woman siad to me: is this for a kid?, and I said I 15 years old kid, and she answered: Oh, a super kid! (very stupid, but it made me laugh).

And...I'm 15.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
08-21-2004, 01:25 AM
I think i've gotten a few chuckles from on lookers, but 98% of the time it's those kids who are in their early teens and don't really know who they are themselves and they're walking all crazy with their pants at their ankles with their keisters hanging out and trying to "mack it with the ladies" and whatnot. If a parent snickers at me it's because i snagged the figures their kid wanted. Snicker all you want, i got the figures and you got a crying child on your hands!!! OOOOOOOOOOO snap!!! :crazed: The best looks i got was when i picked up about 2 cases worth of simpsons toys (for MOC and mailaways) and an WoS enviroment. I cleaned out the entire peg section. :D

Also, most t he cashiers pretty much know me and my type by now. Most of them don't care as they're getting paid either way. although, i do always try to find a non-hottie cashier so i don't blush, giggle and feel too sheepish. ;)

LusiferSam
08-21-2004, 02:01 AM
I don't think I've ever been laughed at. One of the plus sides of living in a semi-rural area is there are fewer people. 60% of the time I'd hit the stores I'd be the only one in the action figures isle. And most of the time I could just walk right up to a register without waiting in line.

But I have gotten some odd looks. In '02 when the Saga first came out I hit Wal-Mart first thing. I grabbed a basket rather then a cart because I didn't know what I was going to find. Big mistake. $300+ worth of SW toys don't fit in a basket. But rather than getting a cart I staked and balanced things to make it to the registers. Lots of folk watched me do this and stared.

Another time in '00 when I pickup the skiff from Target, the cashier pegged me as a collector. The only bought on that run was the skiff, but this guy had me. He started asking me Ep 2 questions, to which I know the answers to but wouldn't give. Fortunately I never had this guy check me out again.

Mandalorian Candidat
08-21-2004, 02:26 AM
I've never been laughed at (to my awareness) by another customer, but once at a TRU in LA County a bunch of us collectors (and some scalpers thrown in) ran in at opening time during that whole $10 AT-AT/Mynock Hunt clearance a few years back. The employees were lined up behing the CS desk and laughed at us all. When we got to the SW section there was nothing but tons of old Mon Mothmas and Lobots. I suspect they weren't going to put out any good stuff out until a later time that day to screw with us.

At least I'm not 30+ and have to earn my living as a TRU peon.

LTBasker
08-21-2004, 04:29 AM
Being 17 I never really got laughed at so far, though I have gotten alot of stares. Mostly years ago during POTF2, I'd be walking with stacks of figures to find my parents to ask'em instead of waiting for them to get there. :p

Though I generally do feel kind of embarassed when I'm walking around with a stack of figures, but then a figure I could be doing worse things. Could be buying drugs with the money or being completely obnoxious at the store like the kids who go up and down the aisles with bikes, bouncy balls or another kid battling them.

My actual socializing experiances have been odd, but not bad really. I corrected a guy during the SOTE line era that said Boushh Leia is NOT Leia to his wife/girlfriend, telling him that it was indeed Leia from when she infiltrates Jabba's Palace. Then on the first midnight madness at TRU some radnom collector asked if I needed Gasgano or not and handed one to me.

The last one was at Wal-Mart in April 2002 the night the Saga figures came out, the cashier that was checking out my haul asked how much I would think the total would be. I told her around $200 (I added it up and decided what I was going to buy that night weeks before), and sure enough it was about $202 total. She didn't say much after that. :p

Guess that's just the finer point of collecting young. :D

stillakid
08-21-2004, 10:43 AM
Distract their attention from the Star Wars stuff by throwing some lingerie in your cart. :smoker:

TheDarthVader
08-21-2004, 02:48 PM
I don't think I have gotten laughed at. Some people look, but I don't care. I enjoy collecting and am proud of my hobby. :)

B.
TDV

DARKNESSETRNL
08-21-2004, 03:19 PM
No never been laughed at. Sometimes stared at that's about it. I enjoy finding all sort of new stuff for my collection. And like everyone else here agrees, who cares what strangers think of you. When I go to the register they look at me and only ask "oh do you collect starwars" and I answer with a big "Hell Yeah".

DarthJimli
08-21-2004, 03:55 PM
I've never been laughed at that I know of. Then again I wouldn't care if they laughed out loud. I don't have any self esteem issues. People who would laugh at grown men/women who collect toys probably have a few laughable habits of their own.

So long as my hobby doesn't embarass my wife or daughters, I could really care less what some stranger at WM or Target thinks.

mrpauldeeds
08-21-2004, 04:51 PM
HAH i get stares all the time. im 18 so the know its for me. ive never been laughed at though. sometimes i have people ask me am i collecter and stuff and they are interested. the only person to ever laugth at my collection was my girlfriend , but now she helps me out with the collecting. :D

and i agree with darth jimli, if they laught at us who cares... im sure they do have some weird hobbies of their own.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-21-2004, 05:08 PM
Your getting mean un your old age JabbaJohnL.
I do my best. ;)

Emperor Howdy
08-21-2004, 10:05 PM
although, i do always try to find a non-hottie cashier so i don't blush, giggle and feel too sheepish. ;)

lol :D lol :D ...oh my God, that's funny! I do the saaaaame thing!

Deoxyribonucleic
08-21-2004, 11:12 PM
I've never been laughed at, that I'm aware of. But I don't really pay attention to other people in stores...I like to get in, get what I came for and get the heck out! However, I was laughed at by some ugly guy for buying, of all things, sensitive skin shaving gel. I'm a girl for crying out loud, I need it so my legs will be soft and smooth...is that laughable? :confused: I mean come ON! Of all the things to laugh at! :rolleyes:

Mr Fett
08-22-2004, 12:58 AM
I never been laughed at but i goten some nasty stares. Last december I went to TRU in Azuza CA. and picked up 6 SA clones and a guy behindme gave me the meanest stare and started to talk crap. i didn't care i had just scored big:D

Turbowars
08-22-2004, 01:01 AM
Hell if I saw you walk away with 6 SA Clones I wouldn't just give you a dirty look, I'd roll you.:evil: ;)

Turbowars
08-22-2004, 11:16 AM
I was just thinking that this thread could go a different direction. Have you laughed at other collectors?

Well I must say I don't laugh out loud, but inside I do when I see the 40+ year old men run to the Hot Wheels at opening. Every time I go to a store in the morning I see this. They talk outside to each other like they are friends and then when the doors open, they act as if they can careless that they just shook each other hands outside.:stupid:

Ji'dai
08-22-2004, 11:59 AM
Have you laughed at other collectors?
Not out loud at what other collectors buy, but yeah, I've made fun of what the hobby can do to people.

During the Beanie Baby craze some of my co-workers would cut out at 9-10 o'clock in the morning to rush to McDs and get the new teenie beanies if they got word on the grapeline that they were in stock. They'd come back laden with happy meals and throw the food away or save it for their dogs. I can't help but make fun of that.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-22-2004, 12:06 PM
I haven't really laughed at anyone, but I sometimes look at Hot Wheels collectors. Those people seem crazy!

Droid
08-22-2004, 03:03 PM
I get really tired of people checking me out saying, "Are these for you?" What difference does it make? Just check me out and let's both move on with our lives!

I have been known to tell employees my sister sent me out looking for a birthday present for my nephew and act all confused in order to get employees to look in the back. They won't help a collector, but tell a story about some kid and sometimes they'll be helpful.

Come on guys, these stories of snatching toys away from children get to me. If I show up in the aisle the same time as a child or any other customer I wouldn't take more than one of each figure until the other customer in the aisle had at least one of that figure!

plasticfetish
08-23-2004, 06:45 AM
However, I was laughed at by some ugly guy for buying, of all things, sensitive skin shaving gel.WTF? Why would that be funny?

Hell if I saw you walk away with 6 SA Clones I wouldn't just give you a dirty look, I'd roll you.Now that's pretty funny.

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I honestly don't remember having ever been laughed at in a store -- I mean, who knows though? I don't really pay attention to what the other people in line at Target are doing. If they did laugh, I'd probably just flip them off or something. I suppose I don't intimidate all that easily. It really is true what Reefer Shark said about not giving a rat's arse once you get older.

When kids stare, I usually say, "Some day after you've graduated from college and gotten a job, you can go out and buy all the toys you want."

So stay in school kids!


I was just thinking that this thread could go a different direction. Have you laughed at other collectors?Yes... yes I have.

Though, even when it comes to those manic Hotwheels collectors, I'm usually pretty understanding. It's all the same sickness, they just need a different kind of "medicine." :) Mostly I suppose I find it funniest when I see some other adult collector trying to be sly or sneaky -- pretending that they're not really there to dig through the pegs for something, and then the minute you walk away, they're loading up their arms.

Kidhuman
08-23-2004, 06:50 AM
I cant help but laugh at HW collectors, shouting through out the store, "Get the Monster Trucks". Come on dude. No need for yelling in Wal-Mart. Calmly walk to the aisle and knock over the old ladies in the way. :beard:

dindae
08-23-2004, 09:15 AM
When I find new figures in the store I'm usually so giddy I could care less. Now when I used to get three sets (one for a freind and two for me) I did get some looks but not laughs. As far as laughing at others, well when you have been know to walk out a store carrying a couple armloads of My Little Ponies then you can't afford to laugh at anyone else. It definately makes you feel like more of a man when you get Star Wars thats for sure. :D

IMFETTUP
08-23-2004, 09:50 AM
I can't ever remember being laughed at, but I know for sure that I've gotten a few looks. Especially when the AOTC merchandise was finally stocked out at 12:30am at Wal-Mart and I went to the cash register with 20 figures. Now that I look back at it, it might have seemed a little silly. The organization I work for allows me to display some of my collection and most people find it interesting and worth talking about. People who know me realize that I collect Star Wars. Most collectors I've run into, except for HW collectors, have been decent. As a matter of fact, most of them are professionals-one being a doctor. Now I remember a time at the height of the HW wars when they would enter Target, cut through the cash registers, hit the back isle, and then open up into a sprint! It is hard not laughing at this behavior. I, too, get excited with the thrill of the hunt, but I also excercise self control.

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
08-23-2004, 12:32 PM
I've been given the 3rd degree a couple of times (Are these figures for you?) but never been laughed at or mocked at, thankfully. Usually, if a cashier says anything, it's how a relative of theirs is a collector too.

On the other hand, after I'm rung out for buying Preparation H, laxatives, pantyhose, lubricants and adult diapers, I do feel I get some stares from both shoppers and employees. If only people mind their own business. . . :rolleyes:

stillakid
08-23-2004, 12:41 PM
On the other hand, after I'm rung out for buying Preparation H, laxatives, pantyhose, lubricants and adult diapers, I do feel I get some stares from both shoppers and employees. If only people mind their own business. . . :rolleyes:

I've always wondered if cashiers look at really ugly people who are buying condoms with a "uh, yeah, right :rolleyes: . As if." look.

mm74md
08-23-2004, 01:57 PM
Just my family.

My wife makes fun of me. She always says "You are a huge nerd" in the Triumph voice.

My niece always says "No Uncle Matt, we didn't see you playing with your toys again!"

sumdumchum
08-23-2004, 03:10 PM
Well, just like everyone else I've not been laughed at to my recollection but I do get looks and stares and also try to avoid making eye contact with 'the hotties' in the store as well as the cashiers. I am 29 and for the most part I don't really care what people think. I enjoy it and if you think it's dumb, funny or anything else you can laugh to your heart's content. I know I'll be happy. Now as far as laughing at anyone else... I feel that they (whomever 'they' are) enjoy their collection (whatever it might be) as much as I enjoy mine so I say to you Pokemon, Postal stamp, Lightbulb, pet rock, lint collector ROCK ON!! and may you find all those hard to find items to fill the holes in your collection. Enough said.

El Chuxter
08-23-2004, 03:12 PM
Not laughed at, but a lot of cashiers always seem to think that since I collect a few action figure lines, I must be a Hot Wheels expert. :D

Sometimes the Hot Wheels guys are scary. I often stop by a Wal-Mart near work if I get into town too early to go in to work, and if I get there before they open (meaning I'm really early for work), they're hanging out, then storm in (just like someone said).

When POTJ and the Y-Wing first hit Target and there were rumors they were putting them out one Sunday morning, I got there about ten minutes prior to them opening, and there were a bunch of guys with mullets in line already. I heard comments like "Yeah, read on the 'net they're coming out today," "Those things are gonna be hot. I'm gonna make a mint at the swap meet," and "Vern, sorry to hear about your dogs dying when the porch collapsed 'cause of the weight of your wife's bouffant."

So when the doors opened, and they went in the normal way, I hooked around the front of the cash registers and hauled booty. I heard the scalpers shouting, "Hey! He's gonna get 'em before we do!" but didn't care. If they wanted them for themselves, I'd say live and let live, but I hates me some scalpers.

Anywho, I got to the aisle and found all the first couple of waves of POTJ (no Y-Wings), and the scalpers all hit the next aisle for Hot Wheels. They were talking amongst themselves like I was an idiot, but my Tusken could shoot the tires out of their retarded little cars.

I mean, come on. What good are Hot Wheels except to a five-year old who wants to race 'em?

Knightfall
08-23-2004, 08:09 PM
I haven't had much experience with HW people, but I did meet a Transformers collector at Target once who made me wonder if they were all as insidious as he was. I'm just minding my own business, flipping through the Star Wars pegs, when all of the sudden this guy starts talking to me like I'm an old buddy. For my part, I just stood and nodded while he rambled away about how Scorponok is his favorite G1 figure and how Unicron disappointed him and how he had a Fort Max once but had to sell it. It wouldn't have been so bad if the guy didn't smell like raw sewage.:dead: Definitely not fun.

Mad Slanted Powers
08-23-2004, 10:15 PM
I can't really recall any laughter. Once in a while a cashier will ask if I'm a collector or a Star Wars fan. I've seen a kid in line admiring something I was purchasing. A few times I've seen other collectors in the aisle.

The only person that gives me any trouble is my mom saying I need to stop spending so much. She's partly right, as I finally (at age 33) moved out of the parents house last year and have house payments to make. However, I enjoy it. If I was really desperate for money I could sell some of my collection. With lots of other hobbies, once you spend the money, it's gone. With all the rehashes and remakes, I could get rid of a lot of figures and still not lose any characters.

I've not really had any experience with the Hot Wheels collectors. I think I recall seeing someone buying a bunch at Wal-Mart when I worked there. I think they would be a cool thing to collect, though I wouldn't be a maniac racing through the store to get them. I don't even do that for Star Wars figures. Actually, when I was a kid, I had more Matchbox cars than Hot Wheels.

Regarding what others have said about avoiding the hot cashiers, I don't worry about that. Who knows? The hot cashier might like Star Wars! Sometimes when I'm standing in line, I maybe feel a weird being a 34 year old guy buying Star Wars figures, but there are a lot worse things to be.

B'Omarr Monkey
08-25-2004, 12:43 AM
A man laughe at me once.

Once.

He's not laughing anymore.

I've never been laughed at. I usually go in and point stuff out "Give me a comb, a roll of paper towels, a bottle of Jim Beam, the Djas Puhr, a Hershey bar, oh, and condoms." That usually does the trick, until they call for a price check on aisle seven "I need a price for the Star Wars Adi Gallia." Then it's mortifying.

I occassionally bring my kids with me, and my daughter is always careful to point out to the cashier and anyone else that the SW toys are for her dad. :dis:

stillakid
08-25-2004, 01:05 AM
A man laughe at me once.

Once.

He's not laughing anymore.

I've never been laughed at. I usually go in and point stuff out "Give me a comb, a roll of paper towels, a bottle of Jim Beam, the Djas Puhr, a Hershey bar, oh, and condoms." That usually does the trick, until they call for a price check on aisle seven "I need a price for the Star Wars Adi Gallia." Then it's mortifying.

I occassionally bring my kids with me, and my daughter is always careful to point out to the cashier and anyone else that the SW toys are for her dad. :dis:


You forgot the bottle of Old Harper.

darthzirock
08-25-2004, 02:16 AM
Laughed at? No. Questioned by cashiers? Also no. Had other types of collectors (Hot Wheels, GI Joe, Pokemon, Power Rangers, ad nauseum) make cracks? Nope.

I guess I've actually been pretty lucky in that I usually encounter pretty decent folks on my collection runs. Yeah, the Hot Wheels guys can be kinda odd, but not nearly as much so as the NASCAR guys. Now, those folks need help (and personal hygienne lessons ... and toothpaste, lots and lots of toothpaste!).

I also collect Batman stuff, and since Mattel got the license and added a few Batmobiles to the Hot Wheels 2004 line, I decided to get those. Well, a few HW collectors were nice enough to point out the variations, of which I'd had no clue. I even ended up getting a few extras just because I wasn't paying all that much attention to 94-cent (sometimes as cheap as 69-cents at Wal-Mart) metal cars. So, when a guy in the HW aisle at Target one night mentioned he needed the Batmobile #01 gray interior variation, I knew I had an extra one at home. He saw me holding a Star Wars figure and said, "I'll pay for that figure in exchange for the Batmobile!" Um, a $4.99 figure for a 94-cent HW car? Sold, American!

I've also had pretty good encounters with other SW collectors. I'm an opener, so when I ran into a guy at TRU that was complaining about the Ephant Mon he'd picked up a few months back that had a creased card, I asked him if he wanted to sell it. He said OK. Well, he'd bought it at that very same TRU, we met the next day and he sold it to me at his cost, and even brought along the receipt, in case I decided to return it. I just smiled and used my pocketknife to carefully separate the blister from the card right in front of him. Over the last few months, I've run into him at other stores in my area, and we compare notes on who has what. (He's also a LOTR collector, so I used to keep an eye out for that stuff for him, too.)

As a teenager, collecting the vintage Kenner lines upon initial release, I used to get asked by relatives and parents of classmates, "Aren't you too old for this sort of stuff now?" (My parents had shamed me into giving away my GI Joe collection the summer before Star Wars opened. Today, that collection would easily be worth over $20K!) Being a typical smart@ss teen from the late-1970s, my standard reply was, "It's either this or heroin, so back off, man!" :crazed:

JEDIpartner
08-25-2004, 12:08 PM
Nope... no laughing detected here. I think that people realise that there are adults who collect these things and there are plenty of people who collect Disney and whatever. *shrug*

ronhudy
08-25-2004, 06:32 PM
I don't think I've ever gotten laughed at. More often than not, if I bumped into a fellow collector, we've usually had pretty good conversations and have tried to accomodate each other's needs. I did use to see one guy around, who I knew worked at a comic/collectible shop, and he'd hang out, waiting to snag whatever new stuff was out, only to take it to his store and mark it up 25%, which I always thought was bull$hit.

I'm 31 now, and my kids are 8 and 9. My 9 year old son is really into Star Wars now. I don't really collect all that much anymore. I have bought some OTC figs, for the nostalgic value, but mostly, they all go to my son. He's pretty much inherited my collection at this point. We've hung a lot of carded figures in his room. He's made some little scenes on his shelves and we're working on some dioramas together using some of the multiple figures I had. I still keep a Las Vegas thread going under the "Just Found" forum, to help other collectors out. I still check out the toy sections and buy things that I think are cool, or figures I think my son will like, but my days of "one of every carded figure" are done...and a lot of you guys have said you're kind of in the same boat(thanks to some misguided folks at Hasbro).

And yeah...those Hot Wheels guys are WAY MORE FANATICAL in my opinion, than SW collectors. I don't see how they even know what they're looking for...there's like a billion different cars on the pegs!!!

InsaneJediGirl
08-25-2004, 08:00 PM
Laughed at in the store?Only by my family.Stared at,all the time!I think it might be because I'm so sexy :D Damn these looks. ;)

I got laughed at in middle school for wearing a a really cool Yoda T-Shirt and then reading Sci-Fi books.Hey,at least I could read above grade level there.They're all probably working at Burger King now :)

B'Omarr Monkey
08-26-2004, 12:50 PM
I just remembered an incident from when I lived in NYC. This was around 1990, or so. I was in a bookstore and overheard these two twenty-something year old guys in the aisle next to mine. One of them was pointing out the Star Trek novels and saying something to the effect of "Look at this stuff. The people who read this are a real bunch of losers." There was a pause, then I heard him saying "Check this out though, This stuff is awesome." what he was referring to were the Dungeons and Dragons novels.

I thought this was about one of the funniest things I'd ever encountered.

kool-aid killer
09-05-2004, 02:56 PM
About a year ago i was in a checkout line at Walmart and i had two Transformers in hand and there was the guy in front of me who kept looking back and smirking at me. I guess he thought what i was buying was inappropriate for someone of my age. At first i acted like i didnt notice, but then i grew weary of him so i looked right at him and gave him a nasty look, the kind that told him he was close to being layed out on the floor in front of dozens of strangers so he stopped. The advantage of having (in the words of my father) "a face of few friends." I noticed his items were some lame DVDs and i thought to myself, "And this loser thinks my ..it is funny?"

Turbowars
09-05-2004, 04:03 PM
Why people think weird thoughts or give bad looks to people that are buying maybe strange items are a bit strange to me. For all they know the Toys could be for a birthday party. This kind of reminds me when I felt strange to be buying Tampons for my wife. You might think people are looking at you, but they really don't care.

Do any of you think that maybe all this is in your head at the register because you yourself don't thing you should be buying toys for yourself?:ermm: ;)

Gonk 1979
09-05-2004, 06:15 PM
Why people think weird thoughts or give bad looks to people that are buying maybe strange items are a bit strange to me. For all they know the Toys could be for a birthday party. This kind of reminds me when I felt strange to be buying Tampons for my wife. You might think people are looking at you, but they really don't care.

Do any of you think that maybe all this is in your head at the register because you yourself don't thing you should be buying toys for yourself?:ermm: ;)


ummm, no, seeing as I heard the couple in my case make fun of me verbally. It wasn't like I was misinterpreting their stares or whatnot - they made fun of me audibly and loud enough to where I could hear. While I think some instances may be exagerrated, most aren't. It's just like me and the hotwheels people - I could myself unintentionally staring at this guy with about 30 of these in his cart one day and got caught. Needless to say I felt bad because I hate it when people do the same to me. Some people just don't understand others or why people differ in their hobbies, and these are especially older people. If I were out with my dad, who is 50, he would probably stare or chuckle at someone like us with a bunch of figs - it's not that he's a bad guy, it's just that he doesn't understand.

plasticfetish
09-05-2004, 08:02 PM
Do any of you think that maybe all this is in your head at the register because you yourself don't thing you should be buying toys for yourself?:ermm: ;)Speaking from personal experience Turbowars? ;)

I think you've got a good point. Probably most of the time it's true -- but I think it's just part of the whole "collectors guilt" thing in general. I've got friends that collect records, old watches, sneakers and all sorts of stuff. They all end up looking down at what they've got in their hands saying, "Am I a dork for buying this stuff?"

Turbowars
09-05-2004, 08:41 PM
Speaking from personal experience Turbowars? ;)

I think you've got a good point. Probably most of the time it's true -- but I think it's just part of the whole "collectors guilt" thing in general. I've got friends that collect records, old watches, sneakers and all sorts of stuff. They all end up looking down at what they've got in their hands saying, "Am I a dork for buying this stuff?"LOL, well I only feel I shouldn't be buying something when I should be paying a bill.lol As I have gotten older, I honestly can care less what someone thinks of be. Boy, when I look back and think about how embarrassed I was to buy condoms for the 1st time, it makes me laugh. What I great time in life!! You young guys, don't wish your life away!!:)

kool-aid killer
09-06-2004, 01:12 PM
Do any of you think that maybe all this is in your head at the register because you yourself don't thing you should be buying toys for yourself?:ermm: ;)

Nope, ive got no shame in buying toys. If anybody feels that way, i think its more because the majority of society would say it isnt good for someone whos 21 or so to be "playing" with toys. They seem to have the impression that once you get home youre going to jump in the sandbox and create large adventures with all your other toys. I doubt this is the case with any of us, but they (as in people who dont collect) dont seem to appreciate the finer aspects of the hobby, such as solid paint jobs, accuracy, and the overall look of an impressive figure.

B'Omarr Monkey
09-06-2004, 03:23 PM
Nope, ive got no shame in buying toys. If anybody feels that way, i think its more because the majority of society would say it isnt good for someone whos 21 or so to be "playing" with toys. They seem to have the impression that once you get home youre going to jump in the sandbox and create large adventures with all your other toys. I doubt this is the case with any of us, but they (as in people who dont collect) dont seem to appreciate the finer aspects of the hobby, such as solid paint jobs, accuracy, and the overall look of an impressive figure.


I don't know. I have to say I'm occassionally tempted to set up all of my SW toys on the floor and have a huge battle with them. :D

As for the Hot Wheels guys, they are certainly aggressive, or at least driven, I remember when I lived in L.A., those guys at the TRU on La Cienega would tear down the aisles like they were giving away kidney transplants, then systematically rip through those seemingly hundreds of pegs of cars, and the big dump bins set on the floor.

You know what I liked about those guys? They weren't collecting SW.

Jedibill
09-06-2004, 03:56 PM
I don't think ive been laughed at but i remember one time when i got funny looks because i went to target one mornig to see what they had and to my surprise they had put out new hotwheel cases I also collect First editions (on the side hehe) but anyway they had so many new ones I had around 50 or more 2004's were out. anyway I had so many could not carry them so I had to run to front of store to grab a basket and was worried that another collector would come in and grab my stuff I most have looked like a idiot running up there LOL...
and when I got to register the lady behind me said some kids gonna be happy and i said not really there for me she gave me funny look I really thought it was funny seeing im 38 years old and I love my hobby.

plasticfetish
09-06-2004, 04:26 PM
when I got to register the lady behind me said some kids gonna be happyYou should have just said, "Yes... yes I will." :)

OC47150
09-08-2004, 05:00 PM
I've gotten laughed at a couple of times but it was by friends who are fellow collectors. A girl I was dating several years ago sneaked up on me, chuckling, saying she thought she'd find me in the action figure aisle.

karinations
09-12-2004, 03:53 AM
....I found all of the CW Series #3 at Target one day, in addition to some other figs I didn't have. When I got to the checkout line I think I had 11 figures in total, and nothing else. This couple a few people back of me were kinda whispering and chuckling, but I took no mind of it, thinking it was an inside joke, but then I heard the woman go "do you think he's going to go home and play with all of them?" and then they laughed. I usually don't let stuff like that get to me, but I have to say it was embarrassing. So much in fact that I actually stopped collecting for a while, and when I finally got back to it I now have a habit of hiding my figs under other stuff I'm buying or if I find a big score of 5 or more figures I buy some and hide the rest and get them the next day. I know it's stupid, and I was of the thought that "hey, my wife thinks its cool and so do I, so who cares", but man it really got to me. Has this ever happened to you guys?

Reading this makes me mad.
If i ever thought someone was making fun of me when i was buying figures i would totally lose it.
I'm bad with my anger management.
Next time ask if they had a problem, usually that ends it.
If the guy wants to be a hero and challlenges you or something kick him in the nuts right away don't give him a chance to do anything.
Then kick him in the head while he's down.
I'm pretty sure his girlfriend is just going to stand there screaming "please! No! Why!!"
Then run and try to make sure no one gets your plates.
While your at it you might as well just house the figures, if they catch you you're in trouble anyway.


-V-

http://www.karinations.com

Mad Slanted Powers
09-12-2004, 04:01 AM
Reading this makes me mad.
If i ever thought someone was making fun of me when i was buying figures i would totally lose it.
I'm bad with my anger management.
Next time ask if they had a problem, usually that ends it.
If the guy wants to be a hero and challlenges you or something kick him in the nuts right away don't give him a chance to do anything.
Then kick him in the head while he's down.
I'm pretty sure his girlfriend is just going to stand there screaming "please! No! Why!!"
Then run and try to make sure no one gets your plates.
While your at it you might as well just house the figures, if they catch you you're in trouble anyway.


-V-

http://www.karinations.com

Anger, fear, aggression. The Dark Side are they...

karinations
09-12-2004, 06:57 AM
Anger, fear, aggression. The Dark Side are they...


:D


-V-

http://www.karinations.com

sumdumchum
09-13-2004, 10:03 AM
CHR!ST MAN... Anger management? I'm sure they have drugs for your kind of temper. I'd be embarrassed, but I think you have truly gone to the dark side. A simple frown would do I think or just ignore it would be my suggestion.

TIE Pilot
09-13-2004, 09:34 PM
I can't believe I still remember this, but back in like 1980-81 I was browsing the pegs at Zayre when I came across a Bespin Luke. I happily picked it up and proceeded to the check out. On my way out of the asle, there was a couple whispering and chuckling.. I'd say they were in their early 20's or so. Anyhow, I didn't catch everything the guy said (who seemed to be the one doing most of the talking) but I did specifically hear "Isn't he a little old..?". Followed by more giggling.

Well, I must have turned 4 or 5 shades of red. And I have to admit, to this day when I buy figures.. every once in a while I'll look over my shoulder to see if there's anyone gawking at me. I try not to let it bother me, but as we all know, when you're embarrassed at a young age.. it has a tendency to stay with you a long time.

El Chuxter
06-09-2010, 01:17 PM
Just once.

But it was because I forgot my pants that day.

JEDIpartner
06-15-2010, 03:21 PM
I already responded a LONG time ago, but I felt the need to post this one:

I was at a Target and I was in line behind some woman with two kids. The cashier was waiting for her to hand over the rest of the money, but the woman couldn't get to anything in her purse 'cos of her stupid way-too-long to be practical nails. She proceeded to dump the contents of her purse on the conveyor belt and rummage through everything piece by piece. She came across a cheque and started discussing with her son about how she thought he gave this cheque to his (baby)daddy a couple weeks ago. Then she started cleaning out little scraps of paper and stuff rather than actually trying to find the change she wanted to give the cashier in the first place.

The cashier was starting to look perturbed and you know she can't say anything, which just added to her frustration and to ours. The line was now about 8 people long and I could hear people behind me really starting to have a problem with this. I turned around and sighed. The woman stopped what she was doing and gave me "that look". Then she says, "What's wrong? Am I keeping you from going home and playing with ya toyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?"

I looked at her and said, "No, you're not. But what you ARE doing is preventing the rest of us from making our purchases because you don't have the common sense to know this isn't the time or place to be cleaning out your purse."

She gave me, the "oh, no... you did NOT just say that" look. I shot her the "oh, yes I did" look. Someone behind me said, "I'm glad someone finally said something about it!"

Another person said, "Better an adult buying a toy for himself than an adult who is so self-involved and ignorant that they can't just pay the cashier and clean out the purse at home!"

So... that's my addition to the thread. :)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-15-2010, 03:33 PM
In the last few years, I've gotten the "do you collect?" question a few times from cashiers, but I've always just taken it as them making conversation. Occasionally there will be a SW fan working the register and we'll chat for a little bit, but that's fairly rare.

Some of my friends occasionally will joke about it, like when I had to go to McDonald's to get all the recent toys a few months back. But it's lighthearted and in fun so it doesn't bother me or anything. Most of my friends like SW to some degree or another (one said he's gotten more interested in it after me talking about it so frequently :p ) so it's not been an issue, really.

dindae
06-15-2010, 06:04 PM
Great story JP.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-15-2010, 06:41 PM
Nope. Because when I buy a figure, I make sure I add in a medicinal product (cough drops, toothpaste, denture cream, soap bars, wart removal, deodorant, nose hair trimmer, etc.). Then they look at me funny for the combination.

...

Not really. :rolleyes: But I have had socks with a figure, or shampoo, or floss or something like that once.

Snowtrooper
06-15-2010, 09:47 PM
Great story JP. I always seem to get stuck behind somebody trying to make an oddball transaction or trying to pay for something with pennies. Many times I wanted to say something, but never had the guts like you did.

royalquard
06-15-2010, 10:53 PM
I've gotten laughed at a couple of times but it was by friends who are fellow collectors. A girl I was dating several years ago sneaked up on me, chuckling, saying she thought she'd find me in the action figure aisle.

Whenever I've gone "shopping" with someone who knows me or im dating , they know I'm in the toy section lol before we separate most of them say "You'll be in toys?"

I've gotten laughed at many times for collecting toys but the best thing to do is laugh it off. I'm not embarrassed about it simply because action figures are just cool.

I love collecting and I'm open about it with everyone I'm with. I once went on vacation with a friend and his family and they laughed at me because when I went to the local Walmart I found a ton of figures I was looking for. They kept making jokes the whole vacation about how I like to play with toys....well long story short me and that friend don't talk anymore (he wonders why) but unfortunatly some people can act immaturely at times....

It's up to you to be the bigger person:thumbsup:

JEDIpartner
06-16-2010, 08:56 AM
Great story JP. I always seem to get stuck behind somebody trying to make an oddball transaction or trying to pay for something with pennies. Many times I wanted to say something, but never had the guts like you did.

Well, I used to work in retail and there were times I just wanted to smack the goof on the other side of the counter upside the head. Since I am all too familiar with the inner feelings of the cashier, I have pretty much become the voice of the cashier when junk like that happens.

I could see the cashier smirking when I started in on the woman. She even said "thank you" after the idiot and her kids walked away.

:love:

ChukhaTrok76
06-16-2010, 11:46 AM
LOL. All my friends say the same thing: "We know, you'll be in the toy section." They're all pretty understanding about my collecting, and everyone I've ever dated thinks it's really "cute" that i'm in touch with my inner child. In touch? My inner child is my best friend. We hang out every day! I do occasionally get some weird looks or comments from strangers, but I'm usually so caught up in what I'm doing I ignore them.

Ando
06-16-2010, 03:30 PM
I've never ever gotten laughed at or snickered at or even gotten any looks (dirty, nasty, or negative).

The closest I came to that experience was 2 summers ago when the AT-TE's came out, I already had one that I got at MM, and they went on sale at Fred Meyer in late August and I bought another one and the lady (50's or 60's?) at the register asked me about it being for a kid and I said that it was for me and it was my second one. She asked me why I needed a 2nd one and I asked her if she has any stuff that she doesn't need, too. That shut her up.

Ultimately, my collection is going to go to my nephews (and future nieces and any children my wife and I have), so I just tell people it's for me and my nephews to play with.

Nice work, JediPartner. Those people that can't just move it along at the register bug the ever loving stuff out of me.

Lord Malakite
06-16-2010, 08:28 PM
My inner child is my best friend. We hang out every day!
My inner child calls me names, beats me up and steals my lunch money. :(

JEDIpartner
06-17-2010, 11:02 AM
My inner child calls me names, beats me up and steals my lunch money. :(

:laugh:

:shocked:

I just soiled myself.

DarkArtist
06-24-2010, 12:11 PM
i've gotten laughed at plenty of times for buying toys and such but I shrug it off and laugh back at them..

I feel that there is no reason why a grown-up can't buy some action figures or toys or whatever...

I have had some of the cashiers ask me if i was buying for my son or something to which I reply no these are for me. One of the local Walmarts cashiers is always flirting with me whenever I'm on her line.. she always greets me with a very cute smile and says ahh the Toy Guy is back again. we both laugh.

vadersvette
08-12-2010, 11:29 PM
I'm 23 and out of college now. It sometimes feels awkward for me. I remember going to Walmart with my dad when the OTC came out. I was looking at my purchase in the car, and some high school kids saw them when they drove by and burst out laughing. And a similar situation back walking to the register at Target when POTJ came out. It doesn't bother me. Although I try not to go through a cute cashier's line :D:D:D.

But there are the good times, too. Once I had a cashier tell me how much she loves Star Wars :razz: And today I bought a Cloud Car, Boba Fett, and Leia. The cashier hardly wanted to put them in the bag, he started reading the back of the cards lol.

So you never really know what someone is going to say/think. And if they think you are a geek, who really cares? Odds are they don't know you and will probably never see you again.

bkusna
09-01-2010, 01:16 AM
I'm 23 and out of college now. It sometimes feels awkward for me. I remember going to Walmart with my dad when the OTC came out. I was looking at my purchase in the car, and some high school kids saw them when they drove by and burst out laughing. And a similar situation back walking to the register at Target when POTJ came out. It doesn't bother me. Although I try not to go through a cute cashier's line :D:D:D.

But there are the good times, too. Once I had a cashier tell me how much she loves Star Wars :razz: And today I bought a Cloud Car, Boba Fett, and Leia. The cashier hardly wanted to put them in the bag, he started reading the back of the cards lol.

So you never really know what someone is going to say/think. And if they think you are a geek, who really cares? Odds are they don't know you and will probably never see you again.

I always bring a buffer.....my 5 year old son....but when the cashier says here you go kiddo and hands him the star wars figures, he says "those are my daddy's....he has ALOT of star wars toys..."lol