For those of us that are 33 and older...

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by kllrwlf, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. kllrwlf

    kllrwlf Well-Known Member

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    Is collecting toys kindof fading for you? In a way it's starting to feel that way for me.

    Sure, I'll get interested in a figure or two... but overall, it's fading.

    So much so, that I'm thinking of selling parts of my collection... mostly parts of the other lines excluding G1, some of my Gi Joes, MOTU...

    Anyone else feeling this way and in your 30's or older...




    I'm mostly asking those in my age group, because I think the mindset is different compared to when I was in my 20's collecting.
     
  2. Rhapsody_Prime

    Rhapsody_Prime ...such Heroic Nonsence.

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    I'm 34 and my flame for all things Transformers has just been recently rekindled. So no, I do not share your fading spark. I feel like there is a huge catalog out there and I only own a fraction of what I want to. Of course my collection could be drastically smaller than yours...

    End of Line
     
  3. 46+2

    46+2 Well-Known Member

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    I'm 28 and i can see it happening in the future. I just cant see myself holding on to any toys once I start balding and using viagra.
     
  4. daelite20

    daelite20 autobots

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    thats the way i felt...thats why i started to let go of g1 collectoin..i just didnt want to deal with KO or repro..sometimes is just hard to find original G1's...so im just trying to collect classics, Henkei's, exclusives and kool stuff that appeal to my taste.
     
  5. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    my collecting flame is bright as ever and as i find good things in all lines there is much for me to seek out to buy for the record Im 37
     
  6. Blackout32

    Blackout32 Subdivisions

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    I'm 34 and for me it was SW that was starting to take its toll on collecting for me. But not untill I started really using these TF boards and getting my first MP Megatron that I got my fever of wanting to collect again. For SW though, I really pulled back on it cause I am just about sick of it with the same things over and over and thats why I think killed my collecting bug. So now in my collection I am doing the MOTUC and TF's and very very little SW. I have found these REALLY bring me ALOT more joy in collecting. I didn't get back collecting again anyway till I was 27yrs. Which my first collection starting WAS TF's so it came back full circle for me.
     
  7. iron maniac

    iron maniac Help Uncle Sixshot, Help!

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    LOL
    I'm 35.
    I have enough collecting interests to keep me occupied and never get bored with any of them at any one given time:

    1. My biggest collection is my vintage Comic Book collection. I've trimmed it down a bit over the years, but at one point I owned every Marvel Silver-Age key except Amazing Fantasy #15.

    2. A pretty decent Tranformers collection. :wink: 

    3. I have a nice 1970's-1980's Robot Anime collection on DVD. Some fairly rare stuff in there.

    4. Chogokin collection, vintage and new.

    5. LEGOS, tons of them. Star Wars, Castle, Space...etc.

    6. My Mustangs. I have 2 of them: A 1993 LX that I have at least 75-90K invested in over the years....and a 2003 Mach 1 that is pretty much stock.

    7. I dabble in Star Wars a little as well.

    whew! I hope I didn't forget anything!

    Yeah, I know I collect too much stuff.
     
  8. barrelks

    barrelks Captain Funtastic

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    31 years old.

    I feel that way at times, grant it I have only been back in the game for about 3 years now, but it is hard to keep interested at times. Especially when there is either nothing much out that I want, or I don't have the money for stuff that I do want. I would say to scale back the buying or take a break for a few months, if you still feel the same way, maybe thin out the collection. It may be a temporary thing, and you could regret selling stuff off. It is tough to stay gung-ho at all times.
     
  9. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    I'm 27 (sorry for jumping in 6 years early) but beginning to put on the breaks. I picked up all the G1 toys I wanted, got some rare stuff.... Not really into anything new.

    Don't know if i'll start selling soon but I can see it happening within the next 2-3 years. Honestly, I won't get rid of everything but I could see myself selling the Headmasters, Sky Lynx... those types of characters. HOWEVER! I will always own Prime, Megatron, Devastator, Dinobots... etc
     
  10. Wolfguard

    Wolfguard Your own personal Jesus.

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    The flame hasn't been burning too brightly for me for the past 6 months. Aside from the WTS Dinobots, I haven't gotten too much at all. MP Grimlock has me interested, as would an MP Thundercracker (or Prowl if they made him,) but I can live without 'em and I've cut back on a ton of spending to save money for school. Growing up sucks ass sometimes...


    :( 
     
  11. SMOG

    SMOG Vocab-champion ArgueTitan

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    I think it's less about age, and more about what's going on in your life.

    I'm 35... no, 34. You know it's bad when you start to lose track of your age. :lol 

    My girlfriend and I have been together almost 15 years. No kids and no plans that way. I stopped collecting in childhood, and then gradually started up again... building Gundams at 25 gave way to Zoids, which gave way to general nostalgic toy robot appreciation, and finally fulltime Transformer collecting.

    Am I getting tired of it? Hard to say... I got tired of Gundams because more and more I started to resent not having the time to assemble them... they were mostly all the same, and at the same time Transformers were just getting more and more sophisticated for the price range... and no assembly required! I could pull them out of the package and handle them roughly and it was fun!!

    I've found that very few things give me such a primal, childlike satisfaction as a new robot toy... I don't really play with them, but on some materialistic level, just having them, posing them, and transforming them back and forth supplies enough enjoyment for me. Lately I've even started getting more high-end robots... Masterpieces, Soul of Chogokin, etc... I love 'em.

    BUT... collecting takes up time and space regardless. I fancy myself a kitbasher, so there are always projects kicking around. I've got a room full of robots, and I'm always juggling shelf space. Sometimes I walk in, and I'm just overwhelmed with this sinking feeling of "Why the hell do I have all this stuff?? I'll never be 9 years old again... what am I building an army of toys for??"

    I don't think it's my enthusiasm waning, so much as the burden of my hobbies is starting to weigh on me as I get older and start to hold my life up to other arbitrary measures of success. I know that if I simplify my life to an almost zen-like state, I'll have more time to devote to the things that have always defined me... culture, films, reading, and my artwork (I paint and draw). So when thinking about how to simplify my life, it's hard not to see a room I've come to refer to as Robot Narnia as some kind of literal and symbolic block... and that saddens me.

    On the other hand... when I get a sweet new TF or fancy robot toy, there is a little light that goes on in my eyes, a little spring in my step, a little greedy child-heart that beats stronger in my chest... and it's wonderful. For better or worse, I really do enjoy these things... so it seems like a pointless act of self-denial to tell myself that I should get rid of it all...

    I guess that's more personal insight than an actual clear answer... maybe this will feel familiar to some of you guys too... who knows? :) 

    zmog
     
  12. blunghole

    blunghole The Tapeworm of Unicron!

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    I'm 35, and I don't feel it fading at all. I've found that I have to take my joy where I can find it...some turn to alcohol, some turn to affairs, but I'll stick with my plastic crack addiction and live a little bit longer than most.

    Except if I start licking my bootleg Chinese KOs with all the lead in the paint.
     
  13. harrismonkey

    harrismonkey Well-Known Member

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    I wish it would fade. I'm out of space, and have no interest in pulling my favorites down to make room for more. None the less things keep popping up that I want.

    It started with MP Prime and the BT's.

    Unfortunately that then spread into TF TM/ROTF and Alternity. (plus the occasional what ever here and there)

    I try very hard not to let myself get into new lines, but Alternity was pretty much a continuation of BT, and the movie toys carried over that same realism as well (at least the better ones)

    I'm hoping I'll be bored with the toys by the time TF3 comes out.
     
  14. harrismonkey

    harrismonkey Well-Known Member

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    Actually, the worst thing about it, and the reason I don't seem to have the same self control here I manage to have in most other parts of my life is this-

    with almost anything else you might want to buy (music, books, cloths, etc) it will be available for an extended time and there's no hurry to get it. So if I'm not sure I often don't get it.

    With these damn things the window to grab them is so brief, so there's the thrill of the hunt and the fear that even if I'm not sure i really want it, even if I might want it I'm compelled to grab it right away.
     
  15. Maximo Prime

    Maximo Prime Bassist of Ill Repute

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    just about 33 (holy shnikes)... And yeah i feel ya. I am much more into kitbashing now than actual collecting. I get much more excited finding a figure i'll bash than just a figure to collect. But the collecting side of me is still enjoying itself - just picked up Bludgeon and I am really enjoying him. But I was also at TRU today and NOTHING piqued my curiosity. Well, i did have maybe half the stuff. But the other half didn't interest me at all. I'm happy with that, it lets me know that when i like a fig, or buy a fig, i am doing it because i really like it, not because i have some compulsion to buy all things TF.

    Harris, speaking as someone who was once in your shoes to a degree - the need to grab these figures is artificial. I promise - find a fig you don't have, and make yourself walk away, and come back for it in a week. see how you feel. if it drives you nuts, or you can't even make it home, you might want to talk to somebody. Completion-collecting could have easily bankrupted me, and it took my wife making a random comment that turned me around. She asked, "Isn't the first thousand TFs you have enough?"

    I didn't feel any different for having crossed the 1000 figure line. didn't feel any better. didn't feel like i had completed anything. My figures were crammed onto shelves. And since my last move, 90% of my collection has been packed away in a cage. what's the point of collecting figures just to have them? you should enjoy them. I see people say "man i hate the fact that i have to buy such-n-such a figure"... can't figure it out for the life of me.

    Buy what you enjoy, enjoy what you've bought, and don't buy everything.

    or if you're not feeling like changing, just ignore what i've said...
     
  16. Maximo Prime

    Maximo Prime Bassist of Ill Repute

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  17. Rod

    Rod No Silly Robot User Name

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    I'm 30, and I'm starting to fade, fast.

    I'm like Maximo Prime... I see most TFs and I think of customizing and thats what gets me excited.

    I love Masterpieces, and the new leader prime Because the engineering makes them fun, I love alts becasue of the G-1esque nostalgia, and custom possibilities. The aftermarket kits make collecting fun, but then again they make a $20 toy a $100 collectible, which is a more of a personal conflict.

    While this is def not everyone, there is a healthy percentage of adult fans that are out of control. And they sap all the fun out of collecting. We've all read threads where those people waive the "Im an Ahole" flag proudly, and every time I read that I pull away from buying TFs a little. The dirty side of adult collectors is enough to make my stomach turn.

    There is a going to be a time when I'm out all together, and its coming sooner than later I just can't see myself doing this much longer. I just dont see much that excites me, and I dont see myself toy hunting ever again... shopping yes, but the days driving around to 8 walmarts looking for stuff are behind me. Thats just a personal thing and not a whack at anyone who does.

    All this being said, getting out is going to get even harder seeing as I'm moving to Tokyo in 10 Months!
     
  18. llfalcon

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    I'm 31 and no, my interest is not fading, but I say that I'll be more selective in what I buy. I'm mostly interested in Classics, but have found myself picking up a couple Masterpieces, Robot Heroes, Animated and a few Movie. Some cases, because they are cool, and some because they were cheap. All my figures are loose, so I doubt I'll try selling them off at this time. I do think further down the road, I'll probably try to sell Animated and/or Movie toys. I definitely want to keep my Classics. Also, space is a factor. I may have to store some of them to make room for new figures.
     
  19. harrismonkey

    harrismonkey Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the thought.

    I'm probably making it sound worse than it is. I can't have more than 80-100 figures or so to show for the last 5 years of collecting (maybe fewer, I really don't know). Of those I've got 20 out on display in my study at the moment and the rest boxed up from the move a few months ago.

    It's just that if I kinda want a cd, I often don't get it because I know if I really want it later I'll be able to find it later.

    When I bought the ice cream twins, I kinda wanted them and got them because i didn't know how hard they'd be to find again (if there'd been 5 or 6 on the shelf rather than 1 I might have walked away). I only ever did see premium bumblebee once in a store (and fortunately grabbed him), I never saw classics ultramagnus- never wanted him quite enough to justify paying extra to get him online, and now I do wish I had, because I'd still love to get city commander armor- but I'm not about to spend 60-100 to get him + plus what ever city commander goes for these days.

    You get the idea.

    It's not that I grab everything I see, it's just that added pressure of knowing it may be much harder/more expensive to get later that just doesn't exist with other things I purchase.

    But that said, you're absolutely right. Out of those ?100?, there's probably about 15 that I really, really, really love and would make a big priority to replace if they were stolen.
     
  20. Dragonclaw

    Dragonclaw Comic Ink - Dublin, CA

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    my interests rotate :)  Right now I'm not all that into TF's...but I've been much more into the classic 70's Super Robot stuff and Ultraman.
     

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