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Tycho
02-26-2008, 05:38 AM
We've been discussing waning interest in SW figure purchasing and polling for the last, bottom-of-the-barrel unproduced SW figures we yet want to add to our collections.

But what do you do when you feel like you've had enough?


Some people will try to recapture the whole experience with another toy line. It might be Star Wars, such as the upcoming Diamond Select 18" talking figures. But will it ever really be the same as it was in the Midnite Madness days? Of course not. But they will try to tempt us with Mighty Mugs and nesting dolls, and all kinds of stuff that has never been offered. Who really cares?

Some people will switch to another toy line - GI Joe is resurging, to mention the most notable. But there are new Indy toys on the way, Transformers continues to roll on, and the Hot Wheels guys have never quit. Are they on to something?

Have any of you thought about changing gears? What about following your favorite rock band to concerts in other cities, or saving for a flight and hotel for the 2009 Superbowl?

If you aren't spending what many of you do spend on toys, you'd be surprised at how quickly you can amass the cash for these kinds of things. Do you not do some of them now because you say "you need money for when Hasbro releases 'such and such?' " Or did you start to collect premium stuff like Gentle Giant or Sideshow?

Have you ever taken a trip to Mardis Gras? Booked travel on a cruise ship? Taking airplane or helicopter flying lessons? Hired a fitness trainer? Decided to go back to school (even community college) and learn another language? Travel?

Did toy collecting ever hold you back because you spent hundreds or thousands at "Toys R Us events?"

Why or why not would you go looking for the next toy line to "get into collecting" now? What else would you like to do that you've never (or seldom) gotten to do before?

Kidhuman
02-26-2008, 07:01 AM
Drugs and hookers.

jedi master sal
02-26-2008, 08:27 AM
Drugs and hookers.

That's your answer for everything....



For me, I'll buy a little bit of toys from other lines.
The eventual plan for SW is to move that money over to constructing large dioramas.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to having more money available for "real world" type stuff, like new furniture, new house, car, etc.

I estimate that I'll be "virtually" done with collecting by end of 2010. Here won't be much left I'll be looking for. I'll allow the next 5 years to build whatever dioramas I want to have, then after that, I'll pretty much be done with SW, with exception to watching the movies/shows. At that point I'll be 46. It will certainly be time to move on to other things.

SW will always remain a part of me, just not take center stage.

El Chuxter
02-27-2008, 04:27 PM
Diapers. Diapers. You'd be surprised how many of those I go through. God, I can't wait for the financial freedom that comes with potty training. (Of course, at that point, she'll be old enough to ask for stuff.)

Rocketboy
02-27-2008, 08:45 PM
Diapers. Diapers. You'd be surprised how many of those I go through. God, I can't wait for the financial freedom that comes with potty training. (Of course, at that point, she'll be old enough to ask for stuff.)[Sarcastic Cappy Voice]Yeah, I feel real sorry for you buddy.[/Sarcastic Cappy Voice]

CaptainSolo1138
02-27-2008, 10:27 PM
[Sarcastic Cappy Voice]Yeah, I feel real sorry for you buddy.[/Sarcastic Cappy Voice]I'm glad you said it, because I didn't want to.:p

Since I've stopped buying figures, I now have the luxury of smoking two packs a day. I use the term "smoking" loosely, as I tend to light them and then put them out immediately. Why? Because I can afford to. I'm hoping to be up to three packs a day by football season. I plan on using the summer drinking season as conditioning.

mtriv73
02-28-2008, 04:34 PM
Diapers. Diapers. You'd be surprised how many of those I go through. God, I can't wait for the financial freedom that comes with potty training. (Of course, at that point, she'll be old enough to ask for stuff.)

Have you tried the TRU store brand? We love them for our little guy and if you catch them on sale they're half the price of the name brands. Cases were 2 for $30 last week so we bought 2 cases of size 2 and 2 cases of size 3.

Tycho
02-28-2008, 04:52 PM
The responses in this thread makes me realize how different my life is from many others here, what with no wife and kids of my own.

2-1B
02-28-2008, 06:45 PM
Have you tried the TRU store brand? We love them for our little guy and if you catch them on sale they're half the price of the name brands. Cases were 2 for $30 last week so we bought 2 cases of size 2 and 2 cases of size 3.

At first I thought you were replying to Caps, not Chux, so I thought you meant TRU cigarettes. :thumbsup:

CaptainSolo1138
02-28-2008, 07:44 PM
At first I thought you were replying to Caps, not Chux, so I thought you meant TRU cigarettes. :thumbsup:Each pack features Geoffrey Giraffe's face photoshopped over the head of the Camel.

Jedi_Kal-El
02-28-2008, 07:49 PM
Each pack features Geoffrey Giraffe's face photoshopped over the head of the Camel.

I don't smoke, but I may have to try some of those.

CaptainSolo1138
02-28-2008, 07:59 PM
They have sprinkles on them and they taste like cotton candy!

Jedi_Kal-El
02-28-2008, 08:00 PM
Sweet! I'm there then. I just hope I don't get addicted to them.

Rocketboy
02-28-2008, 09:14 PM
Just don't look too closely at Geoffrey's nose - you might see something naughty!

Jedi_Kal-El
02-28-2008, 09:25 PM
I thought they outlawed Geoffrey porn?

Rocketboy
02-28-2008, 09:27 PM
They did, and now only the outlaws have Geoffrey porn.

Jedi_Kal-El
02-28-2008, 09:30 PM
Hmm. Black market then, eh? Bet you could make some cash off it.

Tycho
02-28-2008, 11:38 PM
Well, there you go. With less money being spent on toys, I could buy more porn.

But possibly unimaginatively, I'm looking forward to having no worries about attending a lot of MLB games this coming season.

figrin bran
02-29-2008, 12:47 AM
We've been discussing waning interest in SW figure purchasing and polling for the last, bottom-of-the-barrel unproduced SW figures we yet want to add to our collections.

But what do you do when you feel like you've had enough?


Some people will try to recapture the whole experience with another toy line. It might be Star Wars, such as the upcoming Diamond Select 18" talking figures. But will it ever really be the same as it was in the Midnite Madness days? Of course not. But they will try to tempt us with Mighty Mugs and nesting dolls, and all kinds of stuff that has never been offered. Who really cares?

Some people will switch to another toy line - GI Joe is resurging, to mention the most notable. But there are new Indy toys on the way, Transformers continues to roll on, and the Hot Wheels guys have never quit. Are they on to something?

Have any of you thought about changing gears? What about following your favorite rock band to concerts in other cities, or saving for a flight and hotel for the 2009 Superbowl?


I'm going to venture to say that those of us that do collect toy lines besides Star Wars have been doing so for years and so we're not Johnny come latelys to Transformers or GI Joe or Marvel Legends or whatever else.

Most likely, many of us have obligations, be they family or work or school or whatever else that don't allow us to just go anywhere we please at any time.

Tycho
02-29-2008, 01:05 AM
Most likely, many of us have obligations, be they family or work or school or whatever else that don't allow us to just go anywhere we please at any time.

That's true. I now am trying to live like I'll never be able to go anywhere ever again - and that might very well be the case. I have my own difficult situation that I'm making the most of.

But everyone that I know of, myself included, have to make choices about spending money or saving it for when you can get away to do something special. Toys are an option, but pretty much only Star Wars "does it" for me. There are obviously a limited amount of Transformers I'll spring for (April's Leader Class Megatron repaint is a pretty sure thing). I also buy the occasional Star Trek figures that get released maybe 2 times a year (depends from which series - DS9 for me, all the way).

But yeah, what I don't allocate to toys like I did for Star Wars, can amount to a lot of funds for other fun things to do.

This thread is not really about putting down other toy line collecting, but about what your other dreams and interests are - the things you might want to do with the time and money. What else is there to you as a person? What else would you do?

figrin bran
02-29-2008, 01:20 AM
That's true. I now am trying to live like I'll never be able to go anywhere ever again - and that might very well be the case. I have my own difficult situation that I'm making the most of.


I'm sure that most of us, if we were in your circumstances, would definitely be doing the same.

Anyhow, had I never started collecting toys, I probably would have a guitar collection, in addition to the 2 that I currently own. I'd probably have a vintage Telecaster and vintage Les Paul. I don't really "need" either one since the Strat that I own suits me fine but that's where I could see some of my money going to, if I didn't collect toys.

Tycho
02-29-2008, 01:50 AM
That's really cool, Figrin! That's the kind of thing I wanted to know about people here.

I always dreamt of being a rock star, but I never got a guitar and learned to play for all I admire Queensryche, Metallica, and other heavy-on-the-guitar bands.

But that's a really cool idea. Queensryche's lead guitar player Michael Wilton has a huge customized guitar collection - many of them emblazened with Queensryche's "tri-Ryche" power symbol, though he has his favorites he tours with. Most hang on his walls, I gather. But he loves to talk about them and share photos with the rock magazines like Blender or others.

Perhaps some day I'll get something and take some lessons and we could play together? That would be sweet to hang out on the grass outside of Comic Con with our guitars and play the theme to Terminator, huh?