Well, now that we've seen much of this year's offerings through NYCC and Toy Fair, I thought it might be a good time to bump this topic back up. What lines are you looking to collect in 2009? Are you cutting back more, or adding in new ones? Personally, my collecting budget is quite a bit smaller this year with work stuff changing and all of that - and plus, I was due to start condensing a bit anyways. Display and/or storage space is at a premium now and its time to be choosier with what I buy. That being said, here's what I'm thinking for '09:
Star Wars - Still in for the basic figures, and the Legacy Collection stuff is top priority for me. What we've seen so far looks great, and it seems like Hasbro's really been doing some solid work lately. With Clone Wars, I've been buying them so far, but will likely be much more selective going forward. I may have to stop altogether there, but we'll see. Just budgetary reasons. I had decided to stick to OT only for vehicles, but some of the new CW ones shown lately make it more tempting. So - vehicles, figure w/vehicle (deluxe), exclusives, etc. will be on a pick and choose basis. I think I'm dropping back to only Original Trilogy offerings with the Galactic Heroes, as those two packs are up to $8 now. I recently got the Snowspeeder set though, and really like it.
Marvel/DC - Comic stuff continues to be my "2nd priority" as it were. I'm finding that its getting more and more difficult to display the larger figures, so I'm more selective there. The Legends stuff is all but dead it seems, and I'll be picking and choosing the DCUC line (mainly Gotham-related and the "big guns" of the DCU). I think I'm in the minority, but I'm likely buying into the upcoming Marvel Universe line. I'll at least grab a few and see how I like them. Still picking up SuperHero Squad packs here and there, since our daughter loves playing with those.
MOTUC - I've got them all (aside from King Grayskull) so far, and hope to continue for awhile with the characters/figures I like/remember. Again, budget will be the big decider here. I really like the ones I have so far, and despite being over priced, it really is a nice line.
Other than that, I think that will be it for me for 2009. If I have the money, I'll pick and choose in other areas (G.I. Joe if there's more 25th stuff, "higher end" Star Wars like mini busts, FX sabers, and perhaps a couple Sideshow 12" figures), but it all depends on what type of collecting money is available at the time.