Boy, where to begin. I guess the first thing I need to do is blame BrentS for everything!
If it wasn't for him bringing that Animated Clone Wars Yoda into work I would have never paid attention to collecting figures. Then he just had to bring in the Dagobah Yoda and Luke from the OTC line. I was hooked after that.
I had my small collection of Vintage figures and vehicles that I had socked away to show my kids once they were older. I was fine with that. Life was good. My wife was happy.
Then BrentS showed me a bunch of loose figures that he had and a checklist of all the carded/boxed stuff he had. When I took it upon myself to look these lines up on ebay, that was the end of it. Within about 6 months, I had almost the complete EP1 and Saga figures (sans errors/variants), most of the Clone Wars figures and vehicles, was starting in on the OTC line and was licking my chops at the release of ROTS. Midnight Madness is something I won't soon forget. A few grand and a couple fights with the wife and here I am today, the proud owner of about a dozen or so 1.5 cubic foot boxes filled with carded figures, vehicles, beasts, BattlePacks, Evolutions and everything else 3 3/4 inch in size. All waiting for my kids to grow up so I, I mean, they can play with them.
Oh, and did I mention that he was the one that got me hooked on Force FX lightsabers? He just had to go and buy one for his son's birthday. That was it... I'm now the proud owner of the Vader, Anakin, Luke and Maul double bladed sabers.
Lastly, he's also my pusher. I give him a list of what I want/need and he makes all the early morning toy runs and comes in with bags of figures on a regular basis. I know that I could refrain from telling him what I want, but he would buy them and bring them in anyway. What are friends for?
I just hope he doesn't start collecting Sideshow, Gentle Giant, Attackus or anything else I could get hooked on...
Thanks buddy, I'm glad I met you!