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8:24 pm
January 31, 2013


The_Donster

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Post edited 8:24 pm – January 31, 2013 by The_Donster


danversmablowhard said:

I will be out because of my middle class income. I do not think that I can afford figs for $2+0/6" or $10+/4" or more for perpetuity. I would love to get the new DC Direct boxed sets but you need to be very well off to stay up with them.
I collect figures MOC. I usually want another to open but that has gone by the boards.
I also collect Disney cars. I maybe out of that given all the seamingly common cars that cannot find at retail. Chase Cars used to be fairly eady to find.
No longer and it is MATTEL and the retailers incompetance.

 You know this post that Danvers made kind of got me thinking about my collecting. I was talking to a couple of the local collectors yesterday about the high cost I'm thinking my days are numbered as a collector. When I'm paying more for a action figure than I am a bluray movie or 360 game it definitely brings the reality of collecting today. It doesn't help that we're a single income home either, but we didn't want a daycare raising our son. Still, I think even if I was working I'd be questioning my collecting. With the end of a few of my lines I went from 4-6 to maybe 2 lines, DCUIE and the Gears of War line. After this year, depending on what NECA does with the Gears line I'll probably be out.

10:51 pm
January 31, 2013


Doober

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I know what you mean, I am down to only Star Wars 3 3/4" and Marvel Legends.  I could stop with Star Wars and probably will even with the new 6".  Hasbro has made it really easy for me to decide.  Unless they release a few of the remaining 3 3/4" characters I want.  But Marvel Legends still has a hold on me.   I just can't give them up.  I still have about 20 characters I would like to see made, and at the rate they are going that could take many years. 

 

Collecting is not the same as it was.  I am so glad I was able to experience it in it's heyday.  Who knows, maybe some day things will turn around and oil prices will be incredibly inexpensive and so will our figures.  Hmmm…

 

I have an incredible collection, over 5,000 figures, collected since 1994.  I just hope someday I will be able to display them and enjoy them the way I want to before I die.  So frustrating, so agravating.

1:56 am
February 1, 2013


danversmablowhard

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Doober said:

 

I have an incredible collection, over 5,000 figures, 

 

I wish I knew how many I have…

You've been warned.

3:27 am
February 1, 2013


Doober

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It's not too late to start counting.  Get to it.  

3:37 am
February 1, 2013


namtab39

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Doober said:

It's not too late to start counting.  Get to it.  

And it appears that you were able to count yours with one eye closed.  Laughing

3:00 pm
February 1, 2013


Doober

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I'm glad I did it.  But like I said, I wish I was in a position to display them.  Just not yet. 

8:29 pm
February 2, 2013


jedijoe56

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The toy collecting renaissance is over, just like baseball cards, playing outside and NBA basketball (Remember the Bird, Magic and [vomit in my mouth] Jordan days? Just not the same)

10:26 pm
February 2, 2013


danversmablowhard

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Pretty soon all toys will be virtual. I'll have to learn to make
my own.

You've been warned.

11:29 pm
February 2, 2013


puckace

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That's funny Joe!  I felt the same way about the Pistons when they were good before Jordan and the Bulls took over. 

Definitely agreed about the NBA today.  I rarely watch a game until the Finals and only a few at that.  NBA = Nearly Boring Always

A picture is worth a thousand words.  But being there is worth a thousand pictures!   puckace

7:22 am
February 3, 2013


The_Donster

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Saw the new Mattel NDCU Wave yesterday and passed. Sorry, but $18 a pop is not something I'm biting at, no matter how much I like that Hawkman and Flash.

8:20 pm
February 3, 2013


beachboy

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The mid to late 2000's were definitely the glory days for modern toys.  Toy Biz ML, new Star Wars figures that were never made before and a healthy dose of EU, increasing articulation, better sculpting, a 6" figure with a BAF AND a comic for $10 or less… man, those were the days!

11:47 pm
February 3, 2013


Sliding Lock Man in PA

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The_Donster said:

Saw the new Mattel NDCU Wave yesterday and passed. Sorry, but $18 a pop is not something I'm biting at, no matter how much I like that Hawkman and Flash.

And $18 is a real find.  Several places around here are in the $19-$21 range, and the LCS is closer to $24.  Yeah, I love the New 52 Hawkman figure too, but not at those prices.

"Everyone's always in favor of saving Hitler's brain.  But when you put it in the body of a great white shark, oooh! Suddenly you've gone too far!" — Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

7:18 pm
February 13, 2013


Umpire

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This economy is bottoming out.  The jobs are harder and harder to find, and having discretionary income is a thing of the past.  No matter what the leadership says, things are tanking.  Last Christmas season was crippled (not only by SuperStorm Sandy) but  the fact that 20 percent of America is on food stamps and jobs are just not plentiful.

Technology also kicked toys butt last gift giving season, with kids screaming for iPads instead of superhero toys.  Truth be told, that is the most telling problem with toy sales.  Collectors for the most part were toy kids, and they grew up to want a physical representation of their past.  Modern sculpting and advanced manufacturing gave us wildly posable playthings that we could only dream of back in the seventies and eighties.  But as we mature and move on, there are fewer and fewer geeky kids to take up our empty slots.  To my mind it's a shame.  Imaginative play is being replaced by scripted gameplay.  There is less and less consumer input, and our future population of collectors are sitting on a sofa being led by a blinking screen from point A to point B. 

    I'd love to go back to the days in my backyard joined only by my 12 inch GI Joe Adventure Team Sky Adventurer, with his bright orange flightsuit and armed only with a shoulder holstered .38.  Man, the hours I played in the flowerbeds as Joe would take sticks, rocks and leaves and make shelters, trying not to be captured by an imaginary foe chasing us across the landscape… The stories I played out were my own, I thought them up and the toy helped to bring the situation to life for me. 

I'm being priced out of the market myself, and I still get some samples from companies from time to time.  I'm not buying hardly anything.  Captain Action I love, Star Wars I didn't buy anything in 2012. Same with Batman, I only picked a couple of those up last year.  This year I'm looking forward to the 1966 Batman stuff, some of the retro Alien things and Lost in Space from Diamond Select. 

Minimates have been a guilty pleasure of mine of late.  Twenty bucks for a full set? Works right into my budget and I can display them anywhere.

I know, I'm rambling… Umpire out.

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7:56 pm
February 13, 2013


beachboy

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Well said.  Amen.

 

After seeing the 2013 offerings at Toy Fair, I fear articulation will either be a thing of the past or a high premium.

12:03 am
February 14, 2013


Cable

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Amen, brothers, amen. Saw the recent offering of IM3 on the shelves today. Not impressed. $5 for a happy meal toy, $10 for a happy meal toy that comes apart. $13 for a 3 pack of Super Hero Squad repaints/reissues that WERE $10 for the same 3 pack. How in God's name do you rationialize charging more for the same product in this economy?

Perfect title for this thread, because it looks like I'm pretty much out too. Some Legends (pick and choose), same with Universe. Gone are the days of buying a whole line for Build A Figure: I just can't rationalize the expense, and I really don't want more of the same figures just to build the figure.

Star Wars is a joke. I didn't believe Hasbro could actually kill the golden goose, but somehow they managed it. $20 for a 6 inch figure? $10 for less articulation? I'm done.

  

8:17 pm
March 25, 2013


monkey_of_doom

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At least I'm not in the minority it seems. Once Hasbro killed off the legends, my A.D.D kicked in and I found other stuff to collect. Now instead of surfing the web looking for what new figures are coming out, I'm reading the comics they sprang from. And sharing them with my family. Another guilty pleasure of mine has been board and card games. Once again, with disposable income being less and needing more bang for my buck, I've gotten into those again. And again, sucking the family into them as well. 

 

My figures look cool on their shelves in my man cave, but I just find it hard to justify the expense when they only bring me a small modicum of joy compared to my other vices, which also bring others in the house just as much joy. Anyways, ramble ramble.

9:34 pm
March 25, 2013


The_Donster

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Yeah, this is pretty much my sentiment MoD. Like I said before, when I'm looking for the best price on my entertainment I find it hard to justify the cost of action figures. I'm not completely out, but I'm damn close. I'd much rather put my collecting funds towards things for my little guy or a new movie or game since I can't afford the Hot Toys/Sideshow stuff anymore.

4:31 pm
March 26, 2013


beachboy

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At the rate 2013 is going, we may all be out.  This has to be the slowest year ever, and I don't really see the second half picking up much either.  Who knows what the future holds…

1:14 am
March 27, 2013


Sliding Lock Man in PA

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Post edited 1:15 am – March 27, 2013 by Sliding Lock Man in PA


It's the end of the first quarter, and the only action figure-type toy I've bought is the new Target Green Lantern figure. I've pre-ordered some of Ashley Wood's stuff but that won't show up until the end of the year. More and more my family is getting into what Monkey of Doom mentioned up above — board games. There are some amazing ones out there. And if you feel the need to collect something, "Last Night On Earth" by Flying Frog Games (a zombie survival board game) is a great black hole for time AND money! At 40 bucks for the game and $40-50 per major expansion (two so far and one more coming in September) and half that for the little expansions, it can definitely run into some money. But it's great to play, different every time, and a ton of fun if you're into that sort of thing.

"Everyone's always in favor of saving Hitler's brain.  But when you put it in the body of a great white shark, oooh! Suddenly you've gone too far!" — Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth

3:04 pm
April 1, 2013


monkey_of_doom

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Post edited 4:15 pm – April 1, 2013 by monkey_of_doom


Hate to hijack a thread, but since the PM system still seems to be broken….

 

Hey Sliding Lock, I've been looking at last night on earth, but I've recently sunk a lot of money into some other games, Legendary:Marvel Deck Building Game, Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game, and Sentinels of the Multiverse.

 

Have you ever played Betrayal at the House on the Hill? It's a room exploring game that starts with everyone exploring a creepy old house together which builds the house as you discover rooms. Always ends up different since the rooms are tiles you place as you discover. At some point during the game based on Omen cards, the game will take a turn and one of the players becomes the Traitor. At this point it turns into a team vs 1 game. The game has about 50 different story scenarios. I have the original Avalon Hill version, but they just put out a second edition recently, it's about $35 at CoolStuff.

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