Birthday musings - AKA a weak rant.

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by BigPhill, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. BigPhill

    BigPhill Well-Known Member

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    I've been thinking things over a lot recently. Possibly prompted by my 37th birthday.

    When I got back into Transformers in a big way it was in 2002 when the tail end of RID was on the UK shelves. I had been made redundant and spent many hours going round the various shops in Edinburgh and other nearby towns looking for RID releases I didn't have.
    By the time Armada rolled round I was back in full-time employment and that was when the real "addiction" hit. Not only was I buying as many figures as I could, but I also started importing them and also buying major Japanese variants (Tidal Wave and Wheeljack for example).
    At that time I was roughly 25 and knew that I couldn't spend the rest of my life collecting Transformers, so after much consideration I decided that I'd stop when I hit 40.

    Each year as I got closer and closer to 40 I thought about it more, then when I hit 33 the idea of pushing it back to 45 entered my mind.

    However with the recent size reductions and simplifying of the figures I now find myself thinking again that 40 should be the deadline.

    I know other people have evaluated things to death, but I can't stop thinking about prices of things and how they seem compared to things. A modern deluxe is more in scale with older scouts and the price is more akin to a larger toy. I know with RID we got smaller toys, but they were complex, but with modern ones, the steps have been reduced, the limbs and bodies hollowed out and such, it just feels like we're getting ripped off.

    We could always hope that the current simplified lines are just us essentially back at the days of Armada, and that as the fans grown up, the toys will evolve and go back to the less kiddified ones that they currently are.

    I suppose the good thing is that even though the figures are more expensive, I'll be buying less and can concentrate on the figures that do interest me.

    So roll on good Generations figures, Fun Pub's repaints and such, and other Takara Tomy Generations styled figures.

    Phill
     
  2. craftsmith

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    I agree with most of that, except the origins of your modern collecting.......

    also happy birthday mate (whether its due soon or already happened, your article was not specific)

    I think we all hit a point where we think "Am I too old for this game, and could the cash go to better use". I often wonder if I could have better holidays and a nicer home, the answer is YES, and maybe I am too old...............but how many men in their 50s play with model train sets, and spend large amounts on farm houses and sheep that are tiny little facsimiles. I like my toys, its just a case of cutting down my collection to a manageable amount and not letting the addiction to plastic encroach on my whole life.....or even become an addiction, all things in moderation.

    its your life mate, your a 37 year old and thats old enough to make your own rules up.......keep the deadline or don't, just don't feel pressured by anyone but YOU.

    EDIT; I ALSO RESPONDED IN U.K THREAD
     
  3. BigPhill

    BigPhill Well-Known Member

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    Saw that reply first, thank you.

    Birthday is today (8th June), but it's mostly a normal day. Although I do have a few Transformers I've left for today to open.
     
  4. craftsmith

    craftsmith Flying Spanner

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    Well have a good one mate, and enjoy your unboxing. I suppose that's the big issue, do you still enjoy transformers, because if you do why stop, youll only replace it with another escape.:) 
     
  5. BigPhill

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    Yea, I still enjoy the toys, and the comics, it's just the cheapening and simplification, but the price going up that's disheartening for me right now.

    The good thing about being an adult collector is that you know you don't have to buy everything. It lets you sensibly pick and choose what you want to collect.

    Unlike a lot of our fellow UK collectors I don't like the Masterpiece toys. For me they were too big and no longer toys, which is ultimately what we all collect.

    Plus I never displayed them as I felt that they were too big to fit in with the rest.
     
  6. OptimushedPrune

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    Happy birthday and like Crafty says if you enjoy it keep doing it.
     
  7. craftsmith

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    I do have a few masterpieces, and am hooked on that line........ its so expensive though, im not big on 3rd party suff (as a lot of people are becoming, driving the cost ever higher on bootlegs/k.os). Scoria has my interst though, as do other dinobots. Im having a resurgence on earlier line appreciation, since modern stuff really is getting worse. I got one step grimlock the other day, purely for curiosity and its cheap feeling and tacky, but fun for what it is and does. its a dino.....bam....its a robot, kid appeal, but no fun to display or pose......2 pts of articulation in robot mode....none in t-rex mode. kreo and construct bots are really fun for what they are, but are becoming simplified with later releases too, focusing kreo on the minifigs rather than big builds.

    Its a movie year though and that usually kills my interst for a while, even though this year I bought deluxe Ironhide and Sentinel prime from DOTM. Hasbro and TT are just trying new things to create more interest for younger fans, hopefully it fails and next year we get more stuff that's recognisable to us old uns.
     
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    I'm 39 this year and I'm starting to think about specialising what I collect rather than stop, most of my reasons are because of lack of space though.
     
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    You all make me feel old, 41 this year, but focusing your collection is something I have done as I used to just buy pretty much anything but keeping to MP scale has made things much easier, sucks during the quiet months though.
     
  10. Rork

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    I'm 33 and thus, a noob. But since G1 was always my main experience of Transformers, I've stuck to G1 (I only watched BW, BM, Animated and Prime on top of that...and all in the last 6 months).

    So I'm sticking to masterpieces for the "ultimate" representation of the characters I grew up with (my actual TF collection back then was fairly small) if anything and sticking to the characters that I like.

    Although I've got to admit that I do like the look of the Animated toy range >.<. I shall remain strong!
     
  11. craftsmith

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    Only 31 here, I'm even noobier. But along as it makes me happy ill keep collecting, as long as the wife doesn't become problem :lol 
    No she's a tolerant woman, I love her.
     
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    It's all good if you have a decent sized garden, where no one can see you at night, and a shovel.......
     
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    Feeling awkward at 25 since I didn't grow up with the whole G1 line. I grew up with beast wars and eventually RiD and the Unicron trilogy. I've been playing catch up as of late since I didn't start collecting until last year. I've been just picking and choosing what looks good together and what doesn't. I like keeping a well put together display and that's been my main deciding factor whether to get a figure or not. It has gotten pricey though trying to back track to get certain figures. And I'm not even going to get started on older MPs.
     
  14. tikgnat

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    Well, I'm 35, and got back into colelcting TF's at what? age 20? 21? If I harboured any reservations about getting back into toys I wouldn't have restarted again.

    The way I see it if I still enjoy it (and there are lots of factors that come into play here, quality of the toys, cost of the toys, the community, space, where you are in life) then I will continue to buy them.

    Having said that I've naturally purchased much slower this year anyway, and it began with the DOTM line, which was further reinforced by TFP and BH. For AoE I have... 4 toys so far? Evasion Op, Slug and a couple of One steps? And only plans to buy one Step Lockdown?
     
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    A patio's better...so I'm told....

    Back on topic (sort of), I only collect S1 MP figures now (after having had a mishmash of G1, Alts/BT, classics, and MP). It keeps the collection small and sweet, and I have space left for a few extra manchild toys like the Lego Ecto1 and UCS x-wing without going overboard.
     
  16. Sweeny

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    Ha same age mate - I feel ancient!

    BigPhil? Just replied to you in the Uk thread as hadn't realised you had started this thread. Many many wise words being said in this thread. Focussing your collection is especially good :D 

    Although patios and gardens are nice too.....
     
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    Happy Birthday mate! Must have been hard getting figures that far North of the Wall ;)  I'm also 37 and have decided to concentrate on figures I have a strong feeling or appreciation to get. Quality over quantity also keeps the wife happy :lol  I'd say keep going for as long as collecting makes you happy.
     
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    I'm 35, only collect official MPs of on-screen G1 characters, and have never been happier as a TF fan. I'll keep collecting this line until they stop making G1 characters, until I'm broke, dead, or until I have no interest anymore (but I cannot see this happening anytime soon as I'm as in love with these things as I was 30 years ago, maybe more so). I'm not going to put a time limit on it. Whatever makes you happy and brings you enjoyment. As long as it's not hurting anyone then who cares?
     
  19. Cyclonus79

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    Happy birthday old man! Lol. Kidding. Idk why your giving yourself a age limit when you'd stop collecting? If it makes you happy , why get rid of it? Right? I feel kinda weird cause I'm 35 myself an yet these thoughts have never entered my mind. I only worry about the space they take up ( so does my girly ). Other then that though , I really don't see myself stopping when it comes to this hobby. Do what makes you happy. Life's to dam short.
     
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    Do what makes you happy. The World is a miserable enough place without you denying yourself your pleasures. like TJ Omega once said "There is no age limit on fun"
     

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