TF collecting

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  1. shadow panther

    shadow panther Mechanically Insane

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    Ive done alot of thinking and my TF collecting. over the years it has become of a obsession than a joy for the franchise. i feel more of a slave to collecting rather than enjoying the hobby the way i once did.

    i havent gotten any of the classics yet, ill probobly hold off on those for a while. I have everything domestic from BW to Cybertron (need Hightail and Shadow Recon Mini-Cons to wrap up Cybertron)

    I have every Japanese release of BWII and BW Neo, although im contemplating hocking the entire run.

    as far as the Titaniums go, im not heavily impressed with them i only have the 6" War Within Titaniums. im considering dropping the line altogether.

    call me retarted but i want that 20th Prime movie aniversary repaint im a sucker for the mold......i want the damn MP-04 trailer too. Masterpiece Starscream is indeed a true Masterpiece. I love the hell out of him. i dont care what people say about it.

    Alternators is.....or was my bread and butter but with the line ending after Ravage and Rumble and god knows what else after Rodimus will come out of the monstrosity of a concept that the kiss play line is.

    money is getting very tight on my end being a single fulltime parent and a home owner. so i will probobly wrap up my TF collecting after Classics.

    this year was going to be my final Botcon (see above) but having next years con at Hasbro in time for the movie got my psyched for one last hurrah, well see what happens.

    anyone else feel like they have become more of a slave to the hobby rather than enjoying it for what it is??
     
  2. Hound_Dawg

    Hound_Dawg Shinki,Braves,TF's Oh my!

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    I haven't felt like that with transformers, but star wars i did. Spawn I felt that way too. But I had stopped collecting durring G2, not cuz i was bored but where we lived didn't have alot of stock. I have been collecting since armada i have been keeping my collection strong.
     
  3. Backscatter

    Backscatter Autobot Brainmaster TFW2005 Supporter

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    G1 (including the Japnese & Europe) Complete. Exception being a few from Brazil and Argentina.

    G2 Complete

    MW Complete

    All Beast Series - respectable

    RID/CR Complete *From RID on only collected the Japaenese that's different.

    Armada Complete

    Energon Complete

    Universe Complete (Love the Zombie Beasts)

    BT/BT-A Compete, (Includes MP CONVOY. 20th Prime, Magnus) quit at KissPlay's plastic and porn

    ALTs where there were no BTs

    MYCLONE, PVC, Legends, WSTs etc. If not complete, very respectable

    Many Kabaya's from G1 to present

    Robot Masters Complete

    Takara Tomy- Zero so far and that's intentional. (What am I saying??) %-{

    Galaxy Force/Cybertron - 2 Scouts from completion.

    BOTCON TFs - respectable Same with EHOBBY

    Current: Titanium, SWTFs. ATTACTIX, Classics & "The Future"

    Also some cool KO's of Giant Minicons & Micromasters, Mini G1 Combiners, and "funny Convoys". :D 

    To even it out, many Statues and Busts (MATRIX), DVDs, VHS, LASERDISC, Comics, Books and odds&ends items like the Optimus Prime Tooth Brush Holder, Lamp, Ultra Magnus Head Radio etc.

    Luck Draws - Zero (Nobody's perfect)

    Slave? No! A few screws loose? Maybe. :wink:  But I am having fun! I'll never intend to sell off either. This is the collection of a lifetime, my lifetime.


    Still, if your not having fun, it might be time to rethink.
     
  4. Orodruin

    Orodruin @deathformer TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've got a ton of stuff, but I don't feel too enslaved by it anymore. I started with modern TFs early into Energon and went completist on the line and learned my lesson right there. Bought too many crap bots and became a little more selective. Of course there's so much good stuff coming out now that I still buy quite a lot, and I do get the occasional crappy figure (tit Megs) and sometimes a few smaller ones for no good reason (Brakedown GTS, one or two of the 3" titaniums), but overall I'm pretty happy with everything I get.
     
  5. Hook

    Hook Out of Options Veteran

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    I pretty much feel the same way as Orodruin... I used to be a completist but stopped after the massive wave of recolors during the Armada era. Since then I've got from buying everything, to buing everything but recolors, to buying what I really like.

    I'm even starting to dispose of boxes and cards, due to the massive space I'm saving by doing so. It was a liberating experience.
     
  6. Laser_Optimus

    Laser_Optimus Your opinion was noted. Now get lost. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, pretty much what Hook & Orodruin said. I was a completest with Energon and Armada... I learned my lesson by the end of Energon after I looked back and realized that I personally hated half the Autobots from that series and also realized that I had moved my Armada figures to the almost lowest display point on my shelves.

    Of course, with Cybertron, everything was so good that I got just about all of it sans minicons (and only because I just don't like the concept personally). So, I've still bought a lot of things and I've been a completest with Alts since the beginning and intend to be a completionist with Classics for the same reason I was with alts.

    However, with 6" Tits and with the upcoming movie line... I intend to be more selective. With tits it's because I got burned with GI Joe Megatron. He looked so cool in the box that I couldn't resist, but he turned out to be a pile of poo painted to look nice. With the movie line... it's because I'm not really thrilled with where they've gone design wise, but I'm willing to give the toys a try.

    The only thing I'm really nutty about still are limited edition exclusives... be them convention or Takara/E-Hobby stuff... I still spend oodles on 'em.

    All in all though... I'd say that I've never felt burdened by the hobby. I'd say if you are feeling that way you should probably step back for a bit and reevaluate things. Get yourself some perspective going.
     
  7. Sy-Rein

    Sy-Rein Rogue Stunticon

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    I only buy what I like and what interests me, so I dont feel like a slave to TFs. I dont bother with most of the mainline stuff which saves me alot of money as well.
     
  8. Megatronwp38

    Megatronwp38 Megatron? Is that you!?!?

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    Most of the time I don't feel burdened. They only time I do is when I am going through a tight money time, like now, Thankfully I sold some of my pointless triples from G1 to BBTS to pay for the Classics and my MP SS. The thing that burdens me is my obsessive self about not being able to open something unless I have two. I am a real big MIB'er and if the box can not be respectably opened without causing damage, I won't, or I will buy a double. On a different note, the new classics Prime and Megs fit into the able to open and put back in, however the two I got from BBTS had such horrendous paint applications that I snagged two more at TRU. ah well.


    I too am VERY selective, The Titanium line interests me very little. They do not seem like that they are all that great. The only ones that interest me are the G1 figures that look like they are improvements over the originals, like UM, Scourge and Rodimus Prime. Those are probably the only ones I will get.

    As for Classics, I intend to only get the actual Voyager and Deluxes that are new and are, To me, the real classics like Mirage, Grimlock, Ramjet etc. The minicons don't interest me, nor does the devastator repaint of Constructicon Maximus. I already have to sets of them, the US and Japanese Giftset.

    So, I guess if you are feeling like it is burden, stop for a while. Take a break and reflect on why you started and what keep you going.
     
  9. cowscows527

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    Deep down I'm a collector, if I have one of something then I need to have them all. I noticed however that it was way too daunting and too expensive to do so. Not to mention how many repaints there are.

    To keep everything managable I started collecting smaller "groups" that interested me as a whole. I did not like all of Cybertron so I started to only collect the minicons and scouts as they appealed to me the most (the smaller the better). Of course there are a few other scattered ones, but not a complete list. For beast wars I focused on the Fuzors/mutants and the entire 10th Anniversary Line because there are only a dozen or so. You get the idea.

    I also plan to get all of the classics, but only one of each mold. I don't like paying for a new paint scheme on something I already have. The task is easier and I tend to only have figures that I really like.
     
  10. PrimeConvoy

    PrimeConvoy ShickaBAM!

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    I once was a slave to collecting in general, even if I bought one character of a line I would fine myself wanting to get the rest, evening though i wasn't that interested in them in the first, but I wanted to complete the set so I always end up getting them. Space became a big issue and it came to a point where I wanted to focus and complete my TF collection, so I sold off about 95 % of my collection and stuck with TF's. With Transformers I'm trying to finish the lines i'm collecting with repaint and variant, I like having them in my set. 3 or 4 times a week I take some time to set up and change my display and transformer them and I really enjoy it. I dont feel I have became a slave, but over the year i have became more appereicate of the figures and take far better care of them when i first go back into collecting.
     
  11. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    Yeah this is how I felt about Marvel Legends. I was just buying them for the BAF and the variants, then eventually I just stop altogether one day. I said fuck it, and now I have the problem of selling the bastards off.
     
  12. naladahc

    naladahc Plastic Crack Addict

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    I define myself as a bi-polar self-loathing transformer collector and have experienced a lot of what you've all just talked about.

    I go through a period of buying everything and anything that I come across because the completist in my says "oh, you don't have this yet" or "there hasn't been anything new on shelves in weeks" and I buy massive amounts of crap I have no real care for because of what I deem is "plastic crack addiction".

    And then this eventually seques into a period where I look around and want all of this crap out of my life (it takes up the entire 3rd floor of my house). This is where the self-loathing and guilt comes in because of the amount of cash I've forked over for utterly useless pieces of plastic.

    I've gone from about 40 or so figures in 2002 to over 1738 right after this past Botcon. The entire attic of my house is now my collection.

    That's indicative of the scope of my addiction.

    I can happily say that I've really gotten better over the past 4 months during my last "self-loathing" phase and have made an effort to truly reign in what, and most importantly why, I'll purchase something.

    As soon as the work I'm doing repairing my house is complete I'll be focusing on getting rid of a lot of my collection that has no real meaning to me.

    I am not the kind of collector who thinks of this toy collecting as any kind of so-called investment and I suppose that's why the guilt creeps in when I drop major dollars on a 20 year old child's toy. That money can always go to more important things in my life or my family's life.

    I will say though that some people I was at Botcon with helped to at least make me realize that as long as I'm not in debt and pay the bills that there's no point feeling guilty about it. And since I do not have any debt there's no real reason to feel guilty about buying things I find enjoyment in.

    Surprisingly, fandom as a whole has helped to "slap me in the face" to certain extremes that I know I could easily fall into.

    It is important to remember that TFs are just kid's toys. That's it. And I always have to keep that in mind in terms of my collecting, discussions about the hobby, and so forth.
     
  13. Transbot90210

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    I'm a collector. Its what I do. It started with Hockey cards and followed this evolution. Hockey to comic cards, comic cards to comics, comics to star wars, star wars to star wars , simpson, movie maniacs , transformers and dvds. Now it has shrunk down to Tf and DVDs.

    TF's are my little piece of plastic crack. My collect isn't as big as most. I have all show characters from BW on. about 12 Alts a MP PRIME and about 30-40G1 ..mostly reissues.


    Am I addicted....yes. Do I care? No. Life is too short and full of too much shit not to seek out things that make you smile. The way I see it if the movie does well and the trilogy is made I only got 5 years of collecting left :p 

    All in all Im one hell of an addicted collector but addictions are only a problem if they interfer in life or kill you slowly.

    TF the other crack

    Thanx
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  14. Shaun_C

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    I know you're kidding but WHY do some people in the fandom put TF collecting in the same level as crack?:confused: 

    Not true, sometimes addictions can affect one's life in more subtle ways that aren't always obvious to the naked eye.

    If you feel no joy in collecting right now, then just stop. One shouldn't collect just because you feel compelled to. You should collect because you enjoy it.

    I used to be the SAME way about weight lifting, I'd calorie count and micro-manage how much carbs, protein and fat I took in. It really took out the fun of weight lifting. But once I stopped doing that, I enjoyed it more. And because I enjoyed it more the gains came a lot quicker
     
  15. Transbot90210

    Transbot90210 Banned

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    Easy answer to this one....Its a joke. Lighten up!




    Well I wasnt speaking for everyone I was speaking for me. And If its effecting me I don't know how. I got a job, a social life, a woman whenever i need a fix, great friends, I hit the gym regularly, Never been taken down in a fight, I'm the life of any party I go to be it a small house party or a club full of hundreds of people, and I have my first full length feature in production. Im a very well rounded indivdual.

    Too many people associate collecting toys or any other "geeky" thing with being a geek. We are humans Shaun..and like onions we got layers. I know a lot off people here who are either "cool", "tough" and "social" I know I'm not the only non "geek" that loves these pieces of plastic joy.

    Thanx
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  16. Renidragon

    Renidragon Toys on my table!

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    I don't feel like a slave at all.

    I've been itching to go out looking for Classics... but money's tight for me now, and as much as I want to go... I haven't. I don't feel a NEED to go out and buy, just a desire. I do it because I like to, and since I haven't lately, I kinda miss the joy of bringing home and opening a new Transformer... but, well, there are some other things right now that are more important.

    The best part about this though, is that in wanting new ones, I go back to old TFs I haven't dug out for awhile and "rediscover" them. It's great. :)  Or, I work on my photocomic, which is also fun.
     
  17. Destroyificator Prime

    Destroyificator Prime What an ass!

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    We're all TF addicts peeps! Otherwise why would we be posting here?

    But if it is losing it's passion, then maybe it's good to move on.
     
  18. Golden Age

    Golden Age BATTLE BEAST

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    you should sell the stuff you dont like, and keep the cream of the crop.
     
  19. Shaun_C

    Shaun_C The REAL One True fan Veteran TFW2005 Supporter

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    Fair enough, wasn't trying to step on your toes Transbot. I figured it was a joke, just that I don't personally get it. But then again I might make jokes that you wouldn't get/like :) 
     
  20. Transbot90210

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    I didnt feel like you stepped on any toes. I was just sheding light to my situation and how your comments related to it.

    And now I will kill the tf=crack jokes by explaining it.

    CRACK...it's the bottom of the barrel in terms of drugs. You get hooked on crack and you never beat it. Sure someone always knows someone who beat crack but the odds of quitting the crack is the lowest of any drug. If you do even do every other drug under the sun except crack...you will lift your nose to a crack head. Crack is that bad.

    Transformers...childs toy.

    So comparing TF's to crack is the type of humor that is funny because its such an exaggeration. Same type of joke as comparing a fat chick to a whale?

    Hope it helps.

    Thanx
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