addiction?

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  1. tony77tony77

    tony77tony77 Well-Known Member

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    I love TF since I was 12 years old I'm 32 now and I still love them! I have a lot but compare to some people out there my collection is small. My GF said I was insane when she saw my collection. Some of my friends thinks its gay and some thinks its cool. The other day I was laying in bed and looking at my collection and thinking to my self damn I'm like the guy from that one movie.. The 40 Year Old Virgin.

    Question for you people......

    1. Do you think your addicted?
    2. Can you stop collecting if you wanted to?
    3. For you guys that have a HUGE collections when is to much to much?
    4. what do your family and friends think about it?
     
  2. Tacitron

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    I am definitely addicted to Transformers. I started off grinding them into a powder and snorting them, just a couple of the minibots a day. Then I had to grind more and more of my collection to keep myself going. I lost my job when I got caught huffing (lighting transformers on fire and inhaling the fumes). I told myself I could quite any time. For a few months I even had to switch to Gobots because they're cheaper. I think the low point in my life came when I melted down my Fort Max and injected him intravenously.
     
  3. tony77tony77

    tony77tony77 Well-Known Member

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    har har har....

     
  4. Cavshock

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    Funny.
    My addiction went away when the kids showed up. I only get a couple here and there now. :( 

    Chuck
     
  5. Flyby33

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    i realized i was addicted during the 07 movie i bought all the ones i wanted and said to myself thats it for this line.. haha yeah right one i bought what i wanted i didn't have anymore to buy so i started getting the one i said i wouldn't buy. eg. tru exclusive jetstorm and wingblade had no intrest in them until there was nothing left to buy then the addiction kicked in and lets just say now i own them, same thing happened for the universe and animated line only intended to get a few from each line but ended up buying them all..its so hard to stop, i'll never quit quiting!
     
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    1. Do you think your addicted? yes
    2. Can you stop collecting if you wanted to? maybe but i think i would have to stop going down the toy aisle and i wouldnt be allowed to view transformer related sites
    3. For you guys that have a HUGE collections when is to much to much? when my spending hinders my necessities in life, food/light/shelter...or if my wife tells me to cool it down on the spending
    4. what do your family and friends think about it? my wife is glad im not a drunk, don't do drugs and if this is one of my vices, other than spraypaint art *that i do*, tattoos and piercings...then its totally ok
     
  7. process

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    Definitely addicted. I get antsy when I don't at least have something in the mail, and it's becoming more difficult to get my fix, as I find that there are less and less toys that I actually care for and don't already own.
     
  8. ryan.j

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    having known a few smackheads quite well irl, i'd hesitate to call collecting toys an addiction. a compulsion, maybe?

    either way it's marginally more socially acceptable, and infinitely healthier in the long-run :) 

    edit. forgot to do the questions!

    1. nah.
    2. sure, but my desk would be a more boring place :( 
    3. i don't have hundreds of TFs, but i do have a fair few and i'm starting to run out of places to put them. when i buy stuff i put them on display and they get stuffed in the loft, i've got too much shit.
    4. my other half is cool with it since she's as childish as me (she likes toy animals) but to be honest it's not something i go on about to my friends. not because i'm ashamed or anything (well, not much anyway) just that they're probably not interested in hearing about my little plastic men.
     
  9. brr-icy

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    yes, but i can quit or slow down at any time, which i have done a couple times in the last year, too much is when i ran out of room in my house (or is that time for a bigger house?) and my family, especially my dad and brother like it a lot, my dad is amazed by the engineering of them, especially animated for the way they translated the cartoon to the toys, and masterpiece for the sheer complexity of them
     
  10. unclemarsellus

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    1) Probably but I have decent self-control. I've become pretty good about recognizing the difference between an impulse buy and a genuine want.

    2) Probably not. I can downsize or be selective but even if I'm incapable of getting stuff for whatever reason, I'll always get something. I've thought about this and I can't imagine me stopping completely. Though I have canceled over a $1000 in preorders recently. For no better reason than I didn't really need those things and I'd rather spend it on something else. Of course, I probably have another $1000+ in stuff that's still on order. ;) 

    3) I do not have a huge collection compared to many of the collections I've seen online but to most "normal" people, my collection seems large. I do try to keep it contained though. It bothers when the stuff spills over excessively into other parts of the house. I like it to look organized and contained to one room. I can never have a clutter-fest.

    4) Most family and friends don't care. They find it to be curious but everybody has their eccentricities. Some people collect shoes, purses, porcelain statues, cameras.... It's all the same thing. Most people understand that. There's always the random person that stays quiet when they see it and you know they're thinking that I have maturity issues of some kind but a lot of the other stereotypes don't stick. I'm proud of my geekiness and, while I don't hide it, I don't exude it in "real life." I have some toys on my desk at work, everybody knows I'm a Star Wars and movie dork, but acquaintances are always surprised when they see the collection. But I've found most to be accepting and even admit that it's cool. Geeks are in vogue. If you're comfortable with yourself, it all doesn't matter though. "Cool" people wish they had the courage to be geeks anyway. ;) 
     
  11. ghowildseven

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    1) Prob
    2) Prob not
    3) I don't have a huge collection, but I'd say when I run out of space for them :p 
    4) they think it's a healthy hobby
     
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    1) Yes.
    2) No.
    3) I just recently got my 400th Transformer, so I'd say I have a big collection. Too much is never too much for me. :D 
    4) I don't have any friends that are into Transformers, but my roommate at least listens to Transformers related things I randomly feel the need to talk about. :lol  And my mom likes it because it gives her gift ideas for holidays and my birthday. She either lets me pick them out or she'll give me a gift cardto a place that sells them.

    To further portray that I am addicted to collecting, I bought the $20 Warriors from Three Worlds set JUST for the Ransack GTS because I already had the other two. :) 
     
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    My fiance has no problem with my collection and she has bought me some toys sometimes.
     
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    1. No. I like TFs, but not addicted to them.
    2. Not easily, but if I absolutely had to, yes, I would. I hope I never will, though.
    3. When it starts affecting your quality of life for the worse.
    4. My family supports me 100%, my friends actually think it's kinda cool.
     
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    1.Not as much as before I like Kiss and Bionicle more
    2.Yes
    3.I only have about 40
    4.They don't care
     
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    I wouldn't say that I'm addicted, But I find it hard to go a week (where I have the extra spending cash) to go without at least ordering one.

    I could stop if I had to. But there is really no reason too.

    My colection is around 150+ now. and I am having to rotate what I have out, so I am thinking I am starting to get too many. Buy then again. you can never have too many.

    Everyone that knows me know i like transformers so I am not sure what else they think besides that.
     
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    1. Yes, I totally think I'm addicted.
    2. It would be hard to do, but I probably could do it.
    3. I don't have a huge collection (77) so, I can't answer that.
    4. My family's fine with it, My friends share the same addiction. It more the other people around me who think it's stupid. I've known some people from Elementary and they seem surprised that I'm still a nerd :D 
     
  18. QmTablit

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    My girlfriend agrees that my toy collecting is simply a hobby, and that everyone needs one. She likes her manga and Asian drama shows, I like my toys. It's a simple compromise.

    As for your friends though, sorry, but for the ones that think it's gay- at least you don't waste your money away at bars or casinos or something. Your collection is certainly an investment, and should you choose to give up the trade, you can get yourself a pretty hefty return on that. So screw 'em, they suck.

    Anyway, on to your questions.
    While my initial answer is obviously a "no," there have been instances where I've compromised making rent in order to buy some toys. So maybe.
    I find making the rounds and toy hunting to be more like a habit, as I make routines for the week: this area one day, that area the next, Toys R Us on Wednesday, etc.

    That said, I don't believe there is such a thing as "breaking" habits. You simply create a new habit to overlap the old one. So if I wanted to, yes, I could stop collecting. I've stopped collecting other lines before, and it's not the hardest thing to do. I just tend to replace toy line for toy line though.
    This doesn't really apply to me.
    My parents never cared for the fact that I was older than 8 and still buying toys. Like I said, my girlfriend and I have an understanding when it comes to it. A lot of my friends actually don't know I collect toys. Not that I've kept it from them, it's just one of those things that's never really come up. I don't know. Talking with people, I tend to try to find a common point of conversation. Talking about toys all the time would just alienate other people.

    But as far as I know, of the friends that do know, none really have a problem with it. Not like anyone should have a problem with how I choose to spend my own money anyway.
     
  19. blunghole

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    Addicted? Probably. We all have our addiction, it's part of the human condition. I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs, so in the long run I think TFs are pretty safe. I keep it under control, only spending what I can afford. It's not like I'm taking out loans or putting stuff on a credit card.

    Could I stop collecting? Probably. I've gone years without buying TFs simply because there was nothing on the market I want. Those are the times that I sit back and really enjoy what I have instead of focusing on what I want.

    When is too much? I have a decent sized collection (http://http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-collection-showcase/263695-blungholes-collection-pic-heavy-untidy-slightly-dusty.html)For me, if I started being a completist is when I would call it quits and admit that I have a problem. I don't need EVERY repaint. I have a few, but I tend to stay away from a toy that's exactly like another save for color. I do make exceptions fo Seekers, Prowl/Bluestreak/Smokescreem, etc.

    Family and friends thoughts? I don't care what they think, to be honest. I've gotten a fair amount of grief from some family members, but it's usually the members that I don't want to emulate. A lot of my friends dig the nostalgia trip that my collection room has to offer. I hear a lot of "I had this one!" and "I always wanted this one!"
     
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    I get that a bit too. A friend of mine would always look at my Uni. Sideswipe and talk about how he had the G1.

    So I found a G1 and gave it to him.
     

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