I started thinking about this again lately, as I've been rearranging things in our office/collection room. To touch on the original subject, I didn't think I'd go anywhere near this far (or that the line itself would go this far). At the time, I started out picking up loose POTF2 figures that I had missed, then the current ones, never giving a thought that I'd be buying 60+ figures a year 10 years later.
Now, looking at how much
stuff I have, I'm wondering what the future holds for collecting. I still really enjoy collecting the 3 3/4" Star Wars line, and this year has been one of the best years yet as far as nice figures go I think, but it sure has been getting tougher to keep up with financially. I've mentioned it in other threads, but I wouldn't mind a line that was a little more scaled back in releases - closer to 30-40 figures a year (in the basic line) instead of the 60 or more we get these days. Anyways, I'm curious how much longer this will go. I made (and continue to make) the mistake of getting into other lines as well - popping in and out, here and there. The lines I've primarily stuck with overall though have been Marvel/DC stuff, which I hope to continue too. This year I've also picked up Joe and Transformers stuff, again with nostalgia kicking in. I largely missed out on the last MOTU re-start, but kind of regretted it, and I could see myself buying in if they did some sort of anniversary style line there. Again - limited would be best. But, overall, I've always tried to stick to collecting Star Wars primarily - and then one "other" line. That hasn't always worked out though. As I'm thinking towards 2008 now, with DCU Classics and Indiana Jones on the horizon, I'm re-evaluating things once again.
Anyways - long story short - how long do you think you'll continue collecting? Will you go on forever, and if so, where will it all go?
I'd likely stick with the Star Wars line until the end, unless it got really expensive or unrecognizable to me. I'm all for some EU stuff here and there, but to be honest, if the line got to the point where it was devoid of Han, Luke, Vader, Stormies, Chewie, etc. I don't know how much interest I would have. At the same time, I wonder how much better we can get than some of the versions of the main characters/army builders we have already. Of course, I'm sure the same things were said in the POTF2 days. Like Scott mentioned I believe earlier in this thread, I've always been the type of person who has collecting something throughout my life - toys, comics, sports cards, etc., so I could see myself continuing to collect something in the future. My budget doesn't necessarily allow for the higher end stuff, so its mostly been the retail "action figure" lines for me thus far. I have to say, as an example, I kind of like hearing the DCU Classics team come right out and say "5 waves, 5 figures per wave for 2008", knowing that by the end of the year you'll spend $250 and have 25 figures (and 5 BAFs) to show for it. I know its a different beast than Star Wars entirely, but I guess having that lower price (over the course of a year) and less releases to find room for is kind of a relief. Anyways, what does the future hold for your collecting tendencies, if you had to guess?