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Dealing with negative feelings & hesitation with my collectionDealing with negative feelings & hesitation with my collection

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Hello. I have recently been thinking of selling a few figures from my collection and my preorders but am struggling with going about doing that. So this is a semi diary/ ask MFC type of post. Sorry it is going to be a long post and mostly negative but a tiny bit positive at the end.

Link to overall collection photo taken today (warning have an acrylic stand of Miku Racing Thai which is a bikini image)- picture/2138644...

I started collecting in June 2018, my first pre-order was Lively Lilie (ITEM #656360), and I have some concerns with her that I will touch on in a bit. After ordering Lilie, I discovered the reddit page r/AnimeFigures and that put me into contact with the world of more serious collecting. In July or so I ordered the Leo Nendoroid and the Racing Miku 2018 figma, and in August I found the EZ Link nendoroid in a game shop and bought him. After finding the reddit page I learned a little more about ordering online.

The bulk of my collection grew in August to September in which I got almost all of my Legend of Zelda Figures and Pokemon figures. Then again in December. But I feel like I am having a bit of a conundrum. I think there are pieces of my collection that I don't really love/ I think were maybe not the best decisions.

I used to have the Racing Miku 2018 figma on pre-order however canceled it recently b/c after realizing I was disappointed with the Leo Watch Figma and that I maybe don't really like figmas all that much( includes my own personal skill with posing them). As well as not being a huge racing fan or anything, I have instead ordered some acrylic stands from 2018 and 2019 Racing.

As for Lillie she is a Kotobukiya scale figure. I have had a lot of difficulty with my Kino no Tabi 1/10 scale Kino figure (ITEM #675822). Firstly I received her very late from crunchyroll, and she had damage to one of her heads. A part of her bangs was broken. Crunchyroll was very understanding and allowed me an exchange. Another problem the exchanged figure has a paint mark on one of the heads. This is likely a problem for me but I did not want to go through the trouble of returning her again, and if it is possible I wouldn't mind contacting Kotobukiya directly and asking for a replacement head. I have done so with GSC before but I can not figure out how to contact them. Furthermore there was a lot of color/ paint that didn't seem to line up very well. I got her for a reduced price during a black friday sale so I am okay with it I guess and I understand she is a smaller scale so it is possible to have more flaws. I think I may sell her as well, though I think the scale does convey the character.

But all the quality control issues with Kino have made me very hesitant of another Koto product. This takes me back to Lillie, from seeing others photos of her on her item page, I cant help but feel she is missing something (her colors seem really washed out I guess) and I am just worried about the quality. I am considering canceling my order as I believe this is possible from the US Pokemon Center. But I am struggling b/c she is the first figure I really liked and the reason I started in the first place.

Secondary, this was closer to start of collecting, I ordered Rin Chan Now (ITEM #604575) and Simon (ITEM #729700) from Good Smile Company. I feel nervous for Rin Chan as when additional photos of her where released I felt that her paint work was very basic if not kind of poor. But I also feel like maybe it will look much better irl, as Freeing made the Akutagawa figure. And I think he turned out lovely. Mine has a small mark on his coat but its almost impossible to see as its black, and I did not notice it as it is hidden behind his coughing hand, as well as a paint scrape at the arm joint but its not visible. He is definitely a figure I like a lot though and am happy with. As for Simon, I guess he is not a figure I find myself caring about and I think I will sell him as soon as I get him and Rin may honestly go along with him.

As for figures I am considering selling. I have the harvest moon vocaloid nendoroid set, which are all lovely, and I love Rella art but I think I may choose to sell both Rin and Len. I don't have really any connection to the holiday or season culturally.

Cheerful Miku (ITEM #80601) was another preowned from another collector and I think I felt just disappointed in her once I had her. She is cute overall but her face is just a little bit off for me. She was pretty expensive around $90 dollars and I know its my fault as she was an impulse buy. But I am considering selling her as well.

I guess I don't want my Vocaloids shelf to really become everything in my collection and I want to keep my figure collection relatively small.

I also am struggling a little bit with how much I have spent. The key here is that I did have this money from a previous part time job and I have a stable job which allows me some wiggle room and I am able to afford my necessities. But as a fairly serious person I think I went overboard and am trying to consider my purchases much more carefully in the future!

For at least a bit of positivity in the end I will write a little about my few favorite figures.

Miku V4X (ITEM #548722) was an impulse pre-owned amaiami purchase. However I found that I absolutely adore her. I think she is so pretty, and extremely well made. I don't think she has any flaws. Her eyes are lovely and her expression is very nice, and she is overall just pleasant to look at. I just stared at her for a couple of days when I first got her in the fall.

As I mentioned before, I like Akutagawa (ITEM #675990) a lot. He and Atsushi are two characters I related to in an especially difficult time in my life, when I was around the same age as them. I think Freeing did a very good job with him and he is totally worth it, and I think reasonably affordable!

I also recently picked up my grail, Leo Watch by Alter. However my favorite Leo is the nendoroid(ITEM #544018). He is just everything I think a nendo should be. He is small, cute, and really representative of the character! If I had to keep only one item, it would be this Leo.

And finally a shout out to my figma Link from A Link Between Worlds (ITEM #386687). I think he is such a high quality and well made figma, and I love him a lot. His face-plates and accessories are great!

As for the future. I feel fairly alright with my other current preorders. I am happy with the Cheerful Miku (ITEM #757554) I plan to put her on my desk at work so that she can cheer me on! I am also excited for Magical Mirai Nendo (ITEM #706640) as I am a fan of the concerts and the pearly and plaid 2017 design with the lovely pink gradient hair. I am also pretty excited about the Winter Princess Miku Nendoroid which has been announced. I plan to order her when she goes up on GSC website during Wonfest.

Thank you for sticking around if you have, sorry it was a downer! Also any advice or stories about how you dealt with feelings about this would be appreciated.
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Moeromoero Chinese Dress Hunter
I don't think you should worry about decisions you made in the past.
Everyone have impulse buys or later regrets on missing pre-orders.
All these things happen. But what's more important is
from these experiences,
you could learn more about your personal taste, consumption behaviour and better understanding of the market for figures.
The bad feelings are just from the lessons you have learnt so Don't look back, move forward.

If you don't like a specific item, then just sell it.
Whether they are worthy in the second hand market or not,
you had a good memory with it. it's all that matters.
Selling them means that you have more space to buy something else.
Don't feel bad to give up something.

Stay positive:)
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
LemonMIntCat (2 maand(en) geleden) #49576200Thanks! I can say I do definitely agree with not ordering figures right away. That was my mistake with Simon. I watched gurren lagann really close in time to when his nendoroid pre-order went up. So I got him without a doubt.
I have instead learn to be more patient I think. I saw the nendoroid for Rimuru (tensei slime and though I think its super cute, I don't know that I really need it, or if I will enjoy looking at or posing or taking pictures of. Rimuru is a great MC but not one I think needs a shelf dedicated in my collection. I instead got the nendoroid style acrylic stand, that way I can still have his cuteness but for about $6 instead of 40.
I guess thats my problem. I like main characters too quickly. Down on their luck, struggling but still being a hero (Leo, Atsushi, even Lilie). But waiting a while for the hype to go down is probably some good advice for me to follow!


We all get caught in the hype moment. Like i loved al azif from demonbane cause shes cute and tsundere but now completly forgot about the serie! And regret buying her tho she was cheap luckily.

Glad i could be of help :) enjoy the collecting! And buy what you really love! :) its up to you what criteria that requires
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Chloe-tsundere (2 maand(en) geleden) #49574298Well what i do to avoid impulse buys is i see figure X up for preorder but dont press right away. I wait a month or at least a long time and if i forgot about the fig it means i wasnt that impressed after all.
I also set boundaries as for what i will buy and what not, aside from a limit for budget i also only pick either from my fav artist or a character i know and really love (do mind dont buy when youre actually just watching a serie, the serie at that moment might feel awesome but later on you might just forget about it.. for example in my case scums wish i bought acrylics but now sell em)
So yeah dont buy a fig of serie X when watching serie X you might not like it later on.
Set some boundaries for charas either a limit in love (so dont buy more than X pieces of character X or just your top 10 only etc many possibilities)
Set a financial boundary that way you wont buy everything you just like..
As for selling it happens sometimes love fades over time can happen to the best of us, its kinda normal. I usually put em in my maybe sales when doubting and then just store em for a bit to see if i miss em. If i miss em after for example a month then i put em back and wont sell. And if i dont miss em that much, sell.
As for quality, always a risk especially with koto. For that reason i dont po their items and buy afterwards or dont buy at all. If youre too worried i would just not preorder and wait for user pics and just decide after that and buy on amiami preowned, jungle-scs,surugaya manda etc :) for aftersales hunt. Some might even drop in price, some may go up so thats the risk you take.
Good luck and im sure you will be fine
We have all been here and sell for that reason ;)


Thanks! I can say I do definitely agree with not ordering figures right away. That was my mistake with Simon. I watched gurren lagann really close in time to when his nendoroid pre-order went up. So I got him without a doubt.

I have instead learn to be more patient I think. I saw the nendoroid for Rimuru (tensei slime and though I think its super cute, I don't know that I really need it, or if I will enjoy looking at or posing or taking pictures of. Rimuru is a great MC but not one I think needs a shelf dedicated in my collection. I instead got the nendoroid style acrylic stand, that way I can still have his cuteness but for about $6 instead of 40.

I guess thats my problem. I like main characters too quickly. Down on their luck, struggling but still being a hero (Leo, Atsushi, even Lilie). But waiting a while for the hype to go down is probably some good advice for me to follow!
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Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Well what i do to avoid impulse buys is i see figure X up for preorder but dont press right away. I wait a month or at least a long time and if i forgot about the fig it means i wasnt that impressed after all.
I also set boundaries as for what i will buy and what not, aside from a limit for budget i also only pick either from my fav artist or a character i know and really love (do mind dont buy when youre actually just watching a serie, the serie at that moment might feel awesome but later on you might just forget about it.. for example in my case scums wish i bought acrylics but now sell em)

So yeah dont buy a fig of serie X when watching serie X you might not like it later on.

Set some boundaries for charas either a limit in love (so dont buy more than X pieces of character X or just your top 10 only etc many possibilities)

Set a financial boundary that way you wont buy everything you just like..

As for selling it happens sometimes love fades over time can happen to the best of us, its kinda normal. I usually put em in my maybe sales when doubting and then just store em for a bit to see if i miss em. If i miss em after for example a month then i put em back and wont sell. And if i dont miss em that much, sell.

As for quality, always a risk especially with koto. For that reason i dont po their items and buy afterwards or dont buy at all. If youre too worried i would just not preorder and wait for user pics and just decide after that and buy on amiami preowned, jungle-scs,surugaya manda etc :) for aftersales hunt. Some might even drop in price, some may go up so thats the risk you take.

Good luck and im sure you will be fine
We have all been here and sell for that reason ;)
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Moeromoero (2 maand(en) geleden) #49354458I don't think you should worry about decisions you made in the past.
Everyone have impulse buys or later regrets on missing pre-orders.
All these things happen. But what's more important is
from these experiences,
you could learn more about your personal taste, consumption behaviour and better understanding of the market for figures.
The bad feelings are just from the lessons you have learnt so Don't look back, move forward.
If you don't like a specific item, then just sell it.
Whether they are worthy in the second hand market or not,
you had a good memory with it. it's all that matters.
Selling them means that you have more space to buy something else.
Don't feel bad to give up something.
Stay positive:)


Thanks so much! I think with everyone's advice I can become a bit better collector and I realize I don't have to hold onto things I don't really want anymore and I can hopefully make better collecting choices in the future.
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Poiyudachi (2 maand(en) geleden) #49371785Curious as to where you bought that white bookshelf from your first picture. I've been searching for something like that

I purchased it at Target and it was pretty easy to put together by myself, but probably not the best quality. www.target.com/...
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Curious as to where you bought that white bookshelf from your first picture. I've been searching for something like that
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Aah, QC issues can be the biggest turn off in this hobby! It makes me feel like quitting the hobby right then and there. But I do have to warn you that there are some others that will make you feel the same too.

1) Seeing the figure you just spent a decent amount to obtain get a huge discount shortly after your purchase
2) Seeing the figure you just got very recently, get a re-release that is actually better than what you got (never thought I'd see it happen, but it did with the Bring Arts 2B). Makes you feel like a guinea pig.
3) Seeing the figure you just obtained from the pre-owned market for a reasonably hefty price, get a re-release at the MSRP
4) Seeing the figure you just obtained from the pre-owned market, get listed for way cheaper on another site
5) Getting hit by a big customs amount

Sadly, I've experienced almost all of the above lol.
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Jenthehen (3 maand(en) geleden) #49290120Nearly every figure collector goes through this at first. It's impossible to know from the start how exactly you want your collection to be and which figures you truly love. It's overwhelming b/c there is SO MUCH out there and so many collectors who have been around have HUGE beautiful collections so you start wanting to buy everything (and there are a lot of "good deals" out there with inexpensive preowned figures!)
I keep a list of my previously owned figures and it's literally the same number (226 right now) as my current collection LIST #10432
Luckily, with figure collecting, it's fairly easy to sell figures (someone out there will want them!) so you don't have to feel TOO guilty about spending money on something you changed your mind on later. Even if you get less $$, you DID get to own it and enjoy it for awhile.
About the paint imperfections on your figure - if it's just some kind of paint transfer, use a slightly damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove it!


Thank you. I guess I am definitely not alone in all this. I have to say I do like looking at lots of folks collections as well, it's really fun to see how different people approach the same hobby. Also I think its cool that you keep a list of what you previously had so you can remember them still.

I have sold a couple figures before but those were characters I didnt have much attachment to. I guess its hard because I like Rin and Len and Miku. But at the same time, there are so many of them and there will be more of them still. And I do/did enjoy having them like you said!

Thanks for the advice!
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moonstarfc (3 maand(en) geleden) #49290139I get where you're coming from with the negative thoughts. I have been having a lot of them lately myself, and being a serious perfectionist, any flaw on a figure makes me feel really bad.
Imo, you may consider keeping your Lillie pre-order. I have quite a few Kotobukiya figures - I have some where I was somewhat disappointed in the quality (ITEM #371356 came with numerous extra paint marks and a dent in the side). However, I have found their Pokemon Figure Series figures to be very good in quality, and I have the entire set so far.
And if you have a hard time dealing with bad QC, like I do, avoid Phat Company. I've had numerous figures from them that were either poorly painted or had parts that were almost impossible to fit together, like they were molded incorrectly (ITEM #396849 comes to mind as one that was absolutely terrible to get together). I've had much better experiences with Kotobukiya in comparison.


Thanks for the advice about Lilie. I was just a little freaked out, but since you said you found the quality on the rest of the set to be good I will probably stick with it. I really still wanted her because she was the first figure I ever really saw, and at I time were I was able to decide to make a big purchase. I also just really like her as a character, the two times I played Sun, I was usually happy to see Lilie! View spoilerHide spoilerI also hope that her brother Gladion gets some figures or merch too, his relationship with Type Null was really nice honestly.
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