Saturday, November 29, 2014

When as a collector, you need some self control.

I try to buy items I really want when I see them, because I know that these days stores just don't stock as they used to 20 years ago, 10 years ago or hell, even 5 years ago. Some Target stores around me will go 4-6 weeks without a re-stock. It would have been unheard of years ago, now it's just common place. I've waited on things before, and I've been burned. When an item never shows up again at retail I have to fall back onto the secondary market where greed has planted deep deep roots. I don't want to pay $120 for a Transformers toy aimed at pre-school kids that was retailing at $8 just six months ago. These are of course the times I sit back and wondered if I should even be collecting any longer.

Imaginext DC Super Friends Bane Battle Sled

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This is one of those Imaginext surprises I love. The item kinda came out of nowhere, showing up in a link of a shop, and then in stores shortly afterwards. It is also one of those toys I was super excited for and just had to have the first time I saw it, even though I really had more important items I needed to be buying. My impatience won out, I bought it. It's a fun little vehicle, however it's in no way a comic based vehicle Bane would be riding. As for Bane himself, this one is a new sculpt, and original sculpt actually. The first issue Bane used the basic blank Imaginext figure buck, and like some of the other DC villains getting new and updated figures, Bane got a fresh and much improved toy.

Playmate's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo

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Here is another one of the toys I wrote about wanting and having a hard time passing up with each trip to the store. Well, on a trip to Toys R Us I finally grabbed the newest TMNT Leonardo, and by luck with a BOGO 40%off, I grabbed the Classics Collection re-issue Leonardo too.

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I immediately got the camera out to take photos hen I got hm, I'd wanted this toy for months. I was thinking that I should maybe grab the Raphael figure, and I really like the various costumed Leonardos, Metal Head, Kraang, Mutagen Man and a few others. And then I was at about 8 figures I wanted to buy. No. No, no-no-no. This is why I didn't buy the Leo in the first place, I didn't want to get stuck collecting another series of toys that I may just end up selling (at a loss of course) some day later. I finshed taking pics of the toys still in package and set them aside.

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I really like these,but I don't trust myself as a collector. I've made a lot of bad choices based on my own issues with the "gotta have them all" bug, and just an overall addictive streak that runs through my life. I recall very vividly how much I loved the first few years of the original 80's series, and I wanted more of these as well. Nostalgia can be a real bitch.

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So what happened after some thought on these guys? They are really cool toys, I'd love to have them, but if that means they open the flood gates to more money spent, more collectors issues, and time and funds taken from others things, I'll pass. I never opened them up and ended up returning them to the store. It will be easier on me to avoid collecting them if they are out of my house. Sure they will see catch my eye with every visit to a store's toy section, but I'll just have to deal with it. They're just toys.



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