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    Your Future Collection

    With the stellar release of the ROTJ wave (Gams, Acks, Lukes, Ewoks) closing out 2010, I've been thinking of two questions, when will I stop collecting and what am I going to do with my collection if I ever lose interest in it?

    I'd like to hear other members thoughts also, but if you'll indulge me, here are mine....

    Whenever the better releases of figures come out, I typically give my kids the older versions of the former figures (sort of selfish I guess, but they don't care...we still buy them new figures too, so it's all good). My 4 year old is very much SW crazy right now and his 9 year old sister still likes them too, but that won't last long for her. I see them still wanting figures for at least another 3-5 years.

    I keep a few of my favorites in my office under 2 protective display cases (the rest in storage). I teach theatre design at a small university, so my peers and students think my extensive toy collection makes sense. I get alot of inspiration from the SW universe (and most anything 80s). With my job, any source helps!

    One case is exclusively ROTJ, centered around the new Jabba/throne (add the old tongue from the last Jabba for extra awesomeness, it fits in the far left corner of his mouth nicely). I need a bigger case now as more skiff thugs get released and I'd like to see this new Luke done again with vest, cloak, and ungloved right hand. (I need to get the newer version of skiff Lando too, the POTF one looks antiquated now)

    The other case is a series of what I call "showdowns," Bespin Luke vs removable helmet Vader, Jango vs Obi Wan, QGJ vs Tattoine Maul, Biker Scout vs Wicket, Storm Solo vs Storm, etc.... I'd like to get a few more figures for this collection along with a larger case too. Some of my figures in storage could go in the bigger case for this theme.

    I will never stop collecting OT figures as long as the quality remains high, but don't have much more interest in the PT figures beyond the major characters (pretty much all done in their definitive versions: QGJ, Obi, Anakin, etc.). I may be done with the PT once (if ever) they release the solo version of evolutions Maul. I missed collecting the ANH Solo (my favorite character) and once I get a super great Solo I'll consider myself happy. My hopes are high for the pending Bespin Solo.

    If my kids want them, I guess I leave the collection to them. Or, most likely I can see grandkids wanting to have my stuff. I imagine SW will live on with future generations assuming society still values imagination in 20 - 30 years.... Eventually, my collection will probably only be special to me, but no matter, escapism, fantasy, and childhood dreams are important ingredients to keeping other human virtues tasty, namely imagination, creativity, and storytelling. The power of myth and metaphor are, fundamentally, what makes our species superior to all others. We can do more than survive and exist, we can make survival and existance better.

    Your thoughts?
    For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.

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    I don't know that I'll ever stop collecting completely, unless I take a real hit financially. As the hobby gets more expensive and as my space dwindles, it will cause me to cut back, though. I'll probably move towards making dioramas and displays more when that happens, so I'll still be in the hobby in some way.

    If I would ever completely lose interest, which is hard to imagine at this point, I'm not 100% sure what I would do. At this point, I have daughters and I'm not sure when they grow up they would be terribly interested in it. Perhaps if the grandkids would be interested I'd just give it to them. If not, then I'd probably try to sell it and see what I could get for it.

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    Hey!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I have always collected just for me, as an escape and just as enjoyment. This collection has always been an important little piece in my life and I have done it for a long time.

    I also give old or outdated stuf to my kids. Both of them scored the POTF2 and Endor AT-AT's recently and they freaked out! I keep one of each loose figure in my collection since the Vintage line and I am very picky about vehicles trying to avoid repaints if I can and update to the bigger better ones if I need to. I collect from all six movies.

    All that said I am getting older and space is getting tighter and I am looking for ways to shrink down years of collecting. I am a collector that loves what I am doing and gets a lot of pleasure out of it. But I could see being very happy hanging it up. Over the years it has been a wild ride and a constant source of happy. Artistically, for me, it has been a source of inspiration. Starting in 2011 I think I will try just to collect the main line movie figures and avoid everything else in the line unless it is so amazing I can't resist.

    **I'm looking at you vehicles**.

    Honestly, when all is said and done, I hope my kids won't ever have to deal with all of that stuff unless they really want to. What a nightmare to have to go through!!
    "Not again, Obi Wan is going to kill me."

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    I have no intentions to stop collecting. Unlike a lot of fans here, I love and collect from all six films and the Clone Wars (I also collect EU, even if I don't love every story from it). So my enthusiasm for the source material is as high as ever, and the figures keep improving, so I certainly don't want to stop.

    As has been said, space is indeed an issue. I have an entire room devoted to nothing but Hasbro SW stuff, and already it's quite full. I'm just going to have to keep rearranging or adding shelves or something, but I won't stop until it's done (well, then I'll go back and get things I missed or army builders on the secondary market). I don't plan on having kids for quite a while so I don't know how they'll factor into anything.
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  5. #5
    My future collection had better include a Kneesa figure. That's all I'm saying.
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  6. #6
    I'm within 100 of having 1138 total SW figures, so the inside joke compels me to reach that plateau and then stop.

    Where will these collectibles go? To the museum that all of us considered opening some time in the past (where people will pay actual money to look at toys behind glass).

    There will be an app to download figures directly to your phone in the future, where you play with them as holograms instead of petroleum-based physical toys after the world's oil runs out.
    'It is always nice to see you, says the Besalisk at the counter... And instead I pour blue milk...' From "Dex's Diner" by Su-San Vega

  7. #7
    Once I reach the point where I'm only buying one or two figures a year, I plan to start working on diorama building as a hobby along with my traditional art that I work on now.

    As for when I finaly decide to get rid of it, I'll either die and leave it to my kid to sell, keep, or give away as she sees fit, or if I tire of it before I die, I'll just sell it for what I can get.

    I really only see me actively collecting a few more years. I only want a few more difinitive versions of some of the main characters from episodes 4-6 and after that it'll be very rare that I buy anything I think.

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