Battle Droid posted a link to an interview with Sideshow people in the thread I started about the name of Sideshow's 12" line (Thanks BD!). Reading this interview has me wondering if Sideshow really has their finger on the pulse of Star Wars collectors. I don't want to step on any copyright toes so I will just ask anyone interested to follow the link as it is posted in the above mentioned thread.
It seems to me that the Sideshow guys feel that adult collectors are largely kids that grew out of the action figures and moved on to statues. And that those same adult collectors only care about how much a given piece of their collection is worth.
Now, I am not naive, I do realize that there are people who followed that path. But it seems to me, that is the small minority of collectors. So I would like to get an idea of what your reasons are for collecting, what you collect, and what you like about the type of objects you collect.
And I'll start.
I collect partially for nostalgia, partially for a strange wonder that I feel at miniaturized things that have detail...the more detail the better I like it, partially for the fun of "hunting" (as I refer to it) for new and hard to find items, and partially for the escape it provides me from the everyday grind.
I do not collect to build my net worth. I do not collect to compete. And I do not collect to allow the items I collect to sit on a shelf and gather dust.
When I collect, I like being able to find what I am after eventually. I don't mind having to look for a while, but I want to be sure to get what I am looking for.
I like miniaturization, but I prefer detail. The smaller, the better, but not at the sacrifice of detail. I would rather have a 12" figure with a perfect likeness of the actual character and that characters accessories than a 4" with an unrecognizable face and a poorly crafted weapon. But, if I can have a 4" figure with perfect likeness of character and accessories, I want that one instead. I want articulation because I may want Anakin in a neutral pose to show off the detail of the costume one day, and the next have him in a battle stance of some type that may require a great deal of articulation (such as the super poseable Spider-Man and Hobgoblin that used to hang in my office with Spider-Man swinging on a a web made from the clear coated twist ties that have been holding the Star Wars vehicles in their boxes lately because it gave me a dual benefit of being strong enough to hold the Spidey figure in place AND still looked as much like webbing as anything Toybiz put in the packages to actually represent the webbing) and dodging the attack of the Hobgoblin on his Glider. (On another side note, those are my two favorite figures to dispaly as they have an unbelievable amount of poseability. One of my favorite poses was Hobgoblin standing triumphantly with one hand around Spidey's throat, and Spidey hanging limply from Hobgoblin's hand...It was cool. But I am rambling)
What I would like to know, is how you all feel about collecting. Why do you do it and what do you look for in the items you collect?