Well hello there, fans of Transformers and toys. I'm Obliterator999 - 30 years old of age and female - and I collect toys, lots and lots of 'em; Transformers, G.I.Joes and superheroes (the 6" kind)... Searching the internet for bargains, buying/selling/trading with fellow collectors, keeping track of what I own, researching toy lines, keeping myself up-to-date on releases, customizing, etc. I love it all! It's time-consuming and costly, yes, but when you have a passion it's all fun and there's no limit to what you can do. However, nearly everyday, I have to deal with this ONE person who seems to think that collecting is some sort of illness, that I am deranged or infantile for doing what I do. This is completely untrue, of course, and I find it perplexing that someone would think that. I'm a huge flippin' nerd, everyone knows that about me, but it's in no way a maturity indicator. Most of my friends treat my collecting habits with either interest or indifference, but never with negativity, except this person. I shouldn't let this bothered me but seeing as this person is a very close person to me, it's hard not to. So I became curious, do other collectors face this sort of prejudice? I decided to do this little survey about us, the common collector. Who are we exactly. What is collecting to us. Why we do it. Maybe then I can show that person that collectors are... quirky, maybe, but certainly not abnormal. I'd like as many people as possible to reply to these questions, to have at least some credibility. I'm mostly looking for adult collectors but everyone is welcome. I'll be answering these same questions in my next post if you want an example of answers. ::: ABOUT YOU! ::: ) How old are you? If you are below 18, who pays for your toys? Yourself or your parents? ) Male or female? ) Married? Single? Children? ::: COLLECTING AND YOU! ::: ) When did you start collecting? Or, how long have you been collecting? ) What triggered your interest in Transformers and collecting toys? ) For what reasons do you collect toys? ) What does collecting brings to your life? ::: YOUR COLLECTION, THE SPECIFICS ::: ) What do you collect exactly? List the kind of toys you collect if you have more than just Transformers. Also mention your favored generations if you have any. ) MISB or loose, both even? Explain why you prefer one over the other. ) Your collection count? (approximatively) ) How much do you think you have spent so far on collecting Transformers? ) What was your most expensive purchase? ) Do you give much importance to your collection value or resalability? ) Do you buy toys for your collection on impulse or is everything calculated beforehand? ) Have you ever find yourself in trouble due to spending too much money on toys or something of the like? ::: YOUR COLLECTION AND PEOPLE! ::: ) How is your collecting habits perceived by your family and circle of friends? ) Do you feel comfortable discussing your collection to complete strangers? Or is it something you rather keep private? ) Has your collection ever attracted the attention of tv news, newspapers or magazines? Any story pertaining to curiosity and interest shown for your collection may fit here also. ) If you had one thing to say to someone who thinks you're crazy/immature for buying so many toys, what would you say?