Well, I'm not really sure what to do. I've fulfilled the desires for a lot of the things I want, completing some sub-portions of lines I wanted. A couple of weeks without buying toys was fairly enlightening, the bank account went up instead of down
Weird ass concept that.
I know I'll be applying a theory that a collecting friend locally has used for a number of years: buy it later. The guy only collects Hasbro figures, but waits until he get can them lower than retail. I've done this on occasion but the impulsive, gotta have it now side wins out too frequently. But in observing ebay for several years now I've made an observation of a trend we all know about: 95% of things drop in price with time, the bulk below retail. On occasion you'll be burned and badly at that, but more often than not patience is a virtue. So I'll wait on lots of stuff.Star Wars:
- I'll pick up 3 3/4"
figures as I see what I want. I'm tempted by the coins to be honest, but I know down the road I'll get hosed on some exclusive somewhere that's impossible to get or just outrageously expensive. I'm not sure what all I'll opt in on (comic packs; order 66 stuff, etc.) but I'm more selective and no longer a completeist so I'm not very concerned about it.
- Ships and beasts
are unlikely to enter my collection, unless they come at a clearance price or are something I really want. I started this trend with ROTS and will be moving a number of ships/beasts out of my collection (as well as figures) as time goes by in 2007. They're cool and all, but that need can largely be served in much smaller scale by the titanium ships.
ships - speaking of which, I'll gather these selectively as I have in the past. No real urgency on them and I won't be buying any of the figures.
- Galactic heroes
- selectively, if at all. Mostly bought them for my daughter but she seldom touches them now
- I have the Luke/Yoda statue on order, but will likely cancel. I'll probably get the Fett though. I wanted Vader/Ben and got them but thankfully, after watching ebay, I didn't spring for the first Luke or Han who can both be had for just over $100 these days. I'll also snag any superdeformed OT figures I like, but I'm feeling pretty set with these right now.
- just star wars as best I can manage a loose collection of the big and little guys. If they go PT though, I'll be dropping back significantly. Depending on the character I may opt in, but PT stuff would likely mean the end of my case ordering. I'll pick up the Frankenberry Kubrick too.
- Gentle Giant
- mini busts that fit under the Imperial side of things with some deviation like Old Ben. If edition sizes are particularly large though I won't preorder it because I firmly believe that anything 10K and up can be had on ebay for $20-30. I might have enough clones now, so may skip some of those.
I'll do whatever statues or maquettes I like but those needs are largely filled for me already.
GG has indicated the bustups are undergoing some sort of change, so whether I continue with these or not is up in the air until they reveal the change. I really like them and think they are well done currently.
- Master Replicas
- the newly announced helmets are sorely tempting. I love their stuff, but it's out of my price range once you get into blasters, hilts and vehicles. I have all the FX I want, save Maul.
- Code 3
- I still need the ROTJ sculpted poster and I've developed a fondness for the vehicles too. But they are pricey.
- I'd like to move into carded stuff, but the market is way too 'up' for me right now. I can wait and pass if need be. I'll likely only opt to fill out the mini-rigs and beasts for now. Vehicles (MIB) are tempting too. No urgency here though given my loose collection is complete. I do need an original theater ESB poster though. I have two Star Wars original theater posters now (one is the 2 weeks only re-release) and the two original Jedi posters. My only ESB poster is the re-release that preceded Jedi so I'd like to get an original. Naturally I'd prefer the advance one sheet but would be fine with either regular one sheet (preferring the Gone with the Wind style). That would give me six posters for the basement when it's finished.Other Toy lines:McFarlane
- predominantly hockey but only selectively so. I can't think of too many players I want from the other three major sports unless they do a Kirby Puckett. If I buy five McFarlane figures for myself this year I'd be surprised. An occasional cartoon (HB) figure may slip in too. Simpson's figures that are Homer based are likely.Star Trek
- the mini/titanium ships are tempting, but only if they show locally and I can put my hands on them. Otherwise my collection is as complete as need be. Buffy
- whatever tickles my fancy. I'm no completeist and I like some of the Mac stuff better than the new stuff anyway, so I might back fill but this might mean five figures at most in the next year.
- whatever tickles my fancy. This holds for all the DC lines. I'm just trying to get a single figure of the characters I like, though I confess a weakness for Catwoman figures. For the first time though I can see myself buying more DC than Marvel figures....Marvel Legends/Spiderman Classics
- what I like and that's about it. I like the BAF concept but I'm tired of buying figures I don't want to build a figure I might not really need. I managed to break through with series 13(?) so I'm ok skipping stuff. Hasbro makes me nervous with the line too and that's been proven with some funky-ass paint jobs that do nothing for me. SC has always been selective and will continue to be so. Hot Wheels
- shame on me, I know. But I'll grab Mustangs/Camaros/Firebirds that I happen to like and THs I find (all 3 I find each year).Family Guy
- whatever I like. There's a new Death and I believe another Stewie coming, so I'll opt in on those. I think I'm only missing the original release for Stewie (of all the Stewie figures that is) and the Death skull version, otherwise nothing I want and I can live without that Stewie easily.
Lines that I have in storage that I'm thinking about selling:
-The Simpsons: World of Springfield
Line I am Sorely Tempted By:
You'll regret selling the Simpsons down the road.
I wish I'd never bought any of the LOTR stuff or if I did, it had been the smaller scale stuff, whatever it's called.
You should give in on the DC direct stuff, it rocks.