Sunday, May 28, 2017

An Unintended But Very Welcome Hiatus. And Buying Transformers Titans Returns.

So it's been a few months since my last posting here. I didn't do this on purpose, no thought about going on hiatus. Well, that's not entirely true, I talk about ending collecting and walking away from internet fandom all the time. But in this case...it just happened. I got busy with other things, I didn't feel a need to really say anything here, and I feel like there was far fewer people stopping by to read the posts anyway.

Folks always say you need to blog for yourself, and yeah that sounds great and all, but everybody wants others to come find you. I don't get paid to blog. I don't make any money from ad revenue. Nobody is sending me free toys to review. I do this to get another viewpoint on toys out there. Maybe one that isn't biased towards a certain item because it's been gifted them. Or maybe a viewpoint not completely biased towards any one brand of producer. Or maybe you're poor like me and like to know that you're not the only one who can't afford $6000 Diaclone Car Robot toys. But maybe what I say or share isn't doing it. A few weeks after posting a mini photo review of the TakaraTomy Legends Leo Prime it carried an absolutely craptacular views rating:
Not gonna lie, that was a real downer. I got the review up just days after release. I felt I was pretty optimistic on the toy, and the pics weren't too bad. But it didn't take. Even after posting pics and links around the net I pulled in only the normal group of folks I would expect, my net friends. I have had minor mentions of preschool aged toys like Octonuats put this viewing rating to absolute shame. Any motivation to continue my blogging was dying. I still posted a few more things and then it just didn't go on. And that's where it is now. Or was before this posting.
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Air Raiders, GanguStars Books, GanguStars Projects, Japanese Robots, robots, RATS, Starriors, Transformers, Titans Return, トランスフォーマー, タカラ, トミー
During the blog hiatus I was still very much active in and around the Transformers and Imaginext fandom, and buying stuff. Missing and passing on much more however. I would even take pics of my hauls in case I needed material for blogs. I just never did much more than maybe post a pic or two to social media outlets. I've really been more active in Transformers collecting than I have in years. It's all thanks to Transformers Titans Return and TF Legends. I have been trying my best to keep up with new releases, but cash is not my friend right now. Neither is brick and motor. I am having the worst time locating all of Titans wave 4, and now wave 5 is starting to trickle in. It may very well be time I move on from retail store and go ahead and order online. Ultimately it will cost me more, but be a much smaller hassle.
Aside from buying toys and avoiding my blog I have been working on new GanguStars project ideas. I bounced around a few themes, and solicited some feedback from friends. I think I have a general idea of what I would like to do next. What I have already started on is a multi-toy line toy guide, and a new trade site.
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I hope to have the first "Pocket Guide" out by Fall. I still need a few toys to fill it out, so that requires extra cash that I don't have just yet. That could delay the project. Money seems to delay all my projects. That and just an overall procrastination I seem to maintain for everything. The second thing 'm working right now is "GanguStars Swap", a site where I will offer my toys for trade. And at times for sale or auction. More on that later.

I'll try to get the next post up before another couple months go by, maybe even shoot one off later in the week. Or maybe I won't. :)


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