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stillakid
01-30-2008, 10:17 PM
Toys, books, comics, VHS, DVDs, cereal, fast food promos, posters, t-shirts....

The list goes on and on and on. This whole thing started in 1977, before many of you were even born and when the prime audience (some of us) were about 7 or 8 years old. It's been about thirty years of "collecting" which also means thirty years of spending money.

I'm sure that nobody here has been keeping their receipts, but if you had to guess, how much money would you estimate that you've dumped into the Star Wars treasure chest over the years?

2-1B
01-30-2008, 10:23 PM
Wouldn't that be crazy if we had all of our receipts ? :eek:

It would probably be depressing to see how much I ****ed away on collecting over the years...I'd like to have 85% of that money back. :)

TeeEye7
01-31-2008, 12:16 AM
Let's see:
I've spent US dollars, not f'ing money.
I've purchases Star Wars memorabilia, not Star Wars sh**.
So...I guess I've got nothing to contribute to this thread.

Sorry. Couldn't resist. You know what a smart*** I am.

El Chuxter
01-31-2008, 12:33 AM
I bought some SW sh** one time. I posed my Jar Jar figure so it was standing in it.

stillakid
01-31-2008, 12:54 AM
Let's see:
I've spent US dollars, not f'ing money.
I've purchases Star Wars memorabilia, not Star Wars sh**.
So...I guess I've got nothing to contribute to this thread.

Sorry. Couldn't resist. You know what a smart*** I am.


Okay, I'll rephrase. How many monetary units (from your country of residence) have you invested in nostalgic and currently available collectibles and memorabilia?

Tycho
01-31-2008, 02:29 AM
I've probably spent over $60,000.

I know that at one point it was half that, but this is about half the time I'd been collecting.

Slicker
01-31-2008, 03:05 AM
I've probably dropped around $15,000 or so. I would think it's a bit higher but that's a low end estimate for me. I've got one of most everything (except for that carpy Cruisemissle Trooper) since 1995 or whenever it all started back up.

Jargo
01-31-2008, 07:12 AM
Too damn much.

Kidhuman
01-31-2008, 08:33 AM
I have spent way too much money, easily 20g over the years

stillakid
01-31-2008, 08:59 AM
Why was the title changed? There was a f'ing reason that I worded it that way. No bad words were said outright which is within the forum guidelines! :mad:

JON9000
01-31-2008, 09:51 AM
$4 to $5K

I sold alot of my modern stuff and reinvested it in vintage. It felt good to let it go. Now I have 4 vintage cases full of loose vintage, 5 tackle boxes of loose modern, 4 vintage vehicles loose and 2 modern vehicles loose.

I also have sideshow premium Leia and GG slave Leia.

I have maybe 20 loose prequel figures to my name.

Kidhuman
01-31-2008, 12:11 PM
Why was the title changed? There was a f'ing reason that I worded it that way. No bad words were said outright which is within the forum guidelines! :mad:

Because it was an inappropriate title.

jedi master sal
01-31-2008, 12:52 PM
I thought I posted a response in this thread...guess not.

Anyway, I'm in the upper 5 digits. I surpassed 50K a few years ago and spent on average $6K per year from 2005-2007. So this year I will easily go over the $70K mark if I haven't already. Though I am now significantly pulling back how much I spend on SW stuff. Squad building instead of massive army building will help that.

CaptainSolo1138
01-31-2008, 01:12 PM
I'm waaaaaaaay on the low end of the scale (a few thousand, tops) but I feel that, especially in hindsight, it was far too much.

Tycho
01-31-2008, 01:21 PM
Like Sal, when you diorama build, you troop build, and it adds up.

I don't think I'd be into this stuff if I couldn't create diorama worlds with it.

I'm not into "collecting." I like being an armchair-general.

DarthBrandon
01-31-2008, 01:23 PM
Let me see if this is correct:

Around 5 grand a year at 10 years plus, equals in between 55 to 60 grand & that's being kind; it very well could be more. Ouch!:D

stillakid
01-31-2008, 01:27 PM
Because it was an inappropriate title.

Inappropriate? According to who? In what way? :confused:

Kidhuman
01-31-2008, 01:44 PM
According to my decision and thats it. There is no need for vulgarity when it good be said the same why I changed it to.

JON9000
01-31-2008, 04:18 PM
if you are in over $50K, amortized until retirement that would have been quite a nest egg.

2-1B
01-31-2008, 07:39 PM
So far nobody here has reported expenditures beyond the guy from the CNN video.

Mad Slanted Powers
01-31-2008, 08:12 PM
I enter everything Star Wars into its own category on Quicken. Just about to go over $20,000.

Tycho
02-01-2008, 12:09 AM
So far nobody here has reported expenditures beyond the guy from the CNN video.

I don't need to have all that stuff.

First, I wouldn't be buying any of it, but...

I saw the 1995 debut of it at a Star Trek convention I attended. I bought them because there were only 9 (though I only had cash for 4 of them at the time of my initial purchase). I had a chance to recreate dioramas with them that looked somewhat real (if Harrison Ford had taken massive amounts of steroids prior to filming) and thought it would be fun. I had more money than I ever did as a kid. Well, a collection of 9 figures for dioramas (yeah I was buying multiples of those 9) turned into over 700 some current possibilities. With multiples - it got crazy.

I do not need to buy Ertl models, ACME Character Keys, M&M rubber characters, and so forth.

Some stuff, like Galactic Heroes have been too tempting, and 12" create quite an augment to any display of characters.

So you don't have to have a taste to collect a wide array of products. Just army building Hasbro figures can make it all add up to ridiculously high amounts.

Then you have to mind the space you have to display it all in. I don't see the value in saying "I have the actual Death Star model they used in ROTJ - but it's behind 14 square feet of other Star Wars stuff in my storage."

Deoxyribonucleic
02-01-2008, 03:18 AM
So far nobody here has reported expenditures beyond the guy from the CNN video.

I think that guy's picture is in the dictionary under the word combo "Exaggerate much?" :rolleyes:

jjreason
02-01-2008, 05:35 AM
I've been back in since 1995, so I'll only count since that time (it was my folks buying the vintage stuff back in the day, so really it wouldn't factor in to my spending anyhow).

My best guess is $20,000, but I'd probably have to add in another $20,000 for comic books over the same period. :sad:

My New Year's resolution was to see how much I was spending on stuff - so I've been keeping track of my purchases since Jan 1st. It was an ugly month, factoring in my new PS3 and a couple of games.

jedi master sal
02-01-2008, 09:29 AM
So far nobody here has reported expenditures beyond the guy from the CNN video.

And so far no one beleives his expenditures either...

Slicker
02-02-2008, 12:20 AM
And so far no one beleives his expenditures either...Gee I wonder why. I could be that his "$200,000" collection looks not bigger than my $15,000 one.


Maybe his wife should get rid of him for being a liar. He probably spent the missing $150,000 worth of "toys" on hookers.

jedi master sal
02-02-2008, 10:12 AM
...Maybe his wife should get rid of him for being a liar. He probably spent the missing $150,000 worth of "toys" on hookers.

I didn't see any of those in his collection.

I wonder if they're MOC, loose, or cherry....lol.

2-1B
02-02-2008, 12:08 PM
I'm sure the cherry's gone but you can have the box it came in.

stillakid
02-02-2008, 12:44 PM
I'm sure the cherry's gone but you can have the box it came in.

I don't understand. :sur: Could you spell that out for me? :confused:

Bel-Cam Jos
02-02-2008, 06:15 PM
Let's do a little math here [entire Forum gets up to leave]... no, NO! It'd be fun! [entire Forum leaves even faster] Wait! She's rich... powerful, more wealth spent on toys than you can imagine. [entire Forum says that it can imagine quite a bit]

I own 822 Star Wars figures, and if I assume that each cost about $12 (considering vintage figures for as much as $95 each and retail prices of $5-7), that'd be $9864.

I own 687 other Star Wars items (like posters, non-3 3/4" action figure toys, carry cases, clothing, music, video, pins & buttons, games, etc.), and if I assume that each cost about $18, that'd be $12,366.

I own 92 Star Wars trading card items (a total of 2409 individual cards, not counting stickers) and if I assume each cost $20, that'd be $1840.

I own 624 Star Wars comics and books (mostly paperbacks rather than hardbacks, but some are trade paperbacks), and if I assume each cost $11, that'd be $6864.

Now, all these assumptions are just guesses on my part (and probably are conservative and low). But here's the breakdown:

9864 + 12366 + 1840 + 6864 = $30,934.

Wow. :eek:

[edit] BTW, I can determine, to the cent, how much I've spent on SW figures since about 1992 or so, as that's written in my Rolodex SW file, and I have my non-trade paperback comic books to the cent as well. But I choose to use my time for other things. :p And if I wanted to go through my c/c receipts, I could find my SW books, too.