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Almost complete collection...collector's crisis. (semi rant)Almost complete collection...collector's crisis. (semi rant)

SoliloquySoliloquy3 jaar geledenMisc
So...

I've been a member of this website for years now, and I've been collecting figures for 10 years. My collection is nearing 500 strong, and I'm having a midlife crisis, just with figures.

Yes, there are a few more figure I want that I eventually might get, but I don't know, after years of spending a lot of money for them, I just don't get the same joy I used to from them...

It might be that I've run out of space, it might be that I've become quite a quality snob and most of my trading and prize figures don't do it for me anymore, I honestly don't know why this is happening to me and it's kind of depressing me. I think part of it is that I've grown up, I started realizing how expensive this hobby is, and how I just don't have the money. Another part is how figure prices are skyrocketing...not to mention a lot of new figures just seem so generic to me...or boring, regardless of how creative their pose is. Even if it's got a cool pose, it means the figure is gonna be over $100 which I just can't do anymore.

Has any one else gotten into this kind of slump? Have you gotten out of it? I used to be known as the figure expert at my school...now I barely care about the new figures coming out.

I'm thinking, I just graduated college, if I can land a better paying salary job, maybe I can save some money for figures if I still want them, but with 13 figures on my wish list, when there used to be hundreds, I don't know what's going to happen in the future...I'm still only 21 lol

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I'm afraid there's a word for what's happening to you. "Normal".

You do anything for a long enough period of time, you get bored with it. Especially with hobbies, it's perfectly natural to set them aside for a while. Perhaps after a few years, you'll come back. Perhaps you'll be interested in completely new things, and never quite get back around to figures again. Either way is fine.

I started watching anime back in college (which for me was in the 80s [no, the 1980s, not the 1880s, ya damn whippersnappers]). After college, I took a break from watching for a few years, then came back to it. Then from about 2006 to 2012 or so, I didn't watch anime at all. I'd gotten bored with it. When I came back, not only had lots of things changed, animation quality and types of stories, but the break let me enjoy the feeling of newness again.

So take a break from it all, and don't fret about it. It'll all still be here when (or if) you decide to come back to it.
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If you're 21 you hardly have "midlife crisis".

Just wait until you are reaching 40, and you'll really see what it's like XDDDD
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I have the same dilemma as you but with video games! >_<

I am relatively new at collecting figures (I can blame a friend on a Gaming Site for recommending it! *shakes fist*), so I can't help you out on there, but maybe look at the ones that seem special to you and perhaps only get rid of certain figures you honestly don't wish to see anymore (think "Do I REALLY want that one? I just don't like it now?") and go from there.

If they are both unwanted and very valuable for the community, if you need the money then I would suggest an auction somewhere where collectors will care for it, or if you are not bothered by the money, do a competition that will make the whole process fun!

I am sure you'll find what you want when a few you don't really want are gone and you can plan on the next step from there. :)
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I think I need to slow down too. 8 months and 350.scale figures later is gg for me
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Soliloquy Bang Bang
ponnie (3 jaar geleden) #4004449It shouldn't be so. Life is constantly changing and so are you. People and hobbies come and go, you meet and leave. Cherish the memory, gain experience. There is nothing completely permanent. Fixating on something you no longer enjoy to the fullest just because you already spent many years on it is not really a good idea. And any phase of you life that comes to an end is a piece of priceless experience nonetheless.

Thank you, that was a really thoughtful way of putting it :)
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
Soliloquy (3 jaar geleden) #4002857Well that was rather depressing. We'll see.
It shouldn't be so. Life is constantly changing and so are you. People and hobbies come and go, you meet and leave. Cherish the memory, gain experience. There is nothing completely permanent. Fixating on something you no longer enjoy to the fullest just because you already spent many years on it is not really a good idea. And any phase of you life that comes to an end is a piece of priceless experience nonetheless.
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My ordered list is also getting shorter as I am running out of space for my figures. But I still get the same joy when I buy something new that I really like (although it will be followed by the stress thinking of how to store them).
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Soliloquy Bang Bang
ponnie (3 jaar geleden) #3984794It's an inevitable end of any consumerism-based hobby. Collecting figures just because it's considered cool or special is not a valid enough reason to continue it for life. This hobby is not about 'loots' and 'hauls' So if you can't justify spending money on it anymore - just stop. There are better ways to spend money indeed. Sell the figures that you no longer like, there might be people around who will cherish them more.
If you have such thought - then no, there is a very high chance that this hobby is not your thing. It was fun for sure but if there's no satisfaction already - it's better to close this chapter of your life.


Well that was rather depressing. We'll see.
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
It's an inevitable end of any consumerism-based hobby. Collecting figures just because it's considered cool or special is not a valid enough reason to continue it for life. This hobby is not about 'loots' and 'hauls' So if you can't justify spending money on it anymore - just stop. There are better ways to spend money indeed. Sell the figures that you no longer like, there might be people around who will cherish them more.

If you have such thought - then no, there is a very high chance that this hobby is not your thing. It was fun for sure but if there's no satisfaction already - it's better to close this chapter of your life.
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Soliloquy Bang Bang
I love you all, I've read all of your comments and the suggestions you've all given me are really great and heartfelt.

I think I might really slow down, focus on those last few figures to get (got an offer on one today for a good price haha) and then see how it goes. Maybe I'll get back into it in a bit.

I got places to go and people to see haha
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You know? I think I'm getting to that point... but in my case, it is out of frustration because I think I've just spent too much money on collecting things and, even though I keep my whislist short and clean, I know there's a whole lot of other figures I want and that I know I CAN'T GET simply because I can't spend that much money.

But then again, there are so many things I would like to do with my figures that just dropping the hobby altogether is just too much of a waste. I mean, just by looking at all the cool pictures people in this community post everyday just makes me wish to go out and look for a nice spot where to take pictures. Then there's a lot of amazing DIY stuff like Dioramas or displays... I mean, is like a whole new hobby within a hobby. So you don't have to get a big ass camera to take nice pictures (you can always use Photoshop if needed, right? xP). And DIY stuff is completely up to you and I guess you can still do great things with a small budget. Those things I'm more than willing to try one day, so I'll give a good use to my collection, hopefully :). And well, like many have said before, you're still a kid, so you'll get back to your collection stronger than before after a short break. Good luck!
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Eh, don't see it as a bad thing. I think the reason that people start going strong with collecting is because there's just so much out there in the beginning. And since you've been collecting for 10 years, you've had the time to get most of the figures that interest you.

I think the fact that you've upped your standards for figures is also because you've been collecting for so long and have so many figures. Lack of space would equate to higher standards, I think.

It's not a bad thing to not have hundreds of figures in your wishlist. It just means that you've gotten most of what you wanted already. Now you can just focus on figures of characters who interest you. It's not a bad thing to not have any figures to order for a few months, use your money on something else. Save it for emergencies.
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