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The first figures I remember collecting were the MEGO World's Greatest Heroes DC and Marvel figures in the 70s as a kid. I also had some Johnny West figures and that bendy Evel Kneival, but ...

The first figures I remember collecting were the MEGO World's Greatest Heroes DC and Marvel figures in the 70s as a kid. I also had some Johnny West figures and that bendy Evel Kneival, but the superheroes were always special to me. I kind of put those Megos away as I got older and it wasn't until I was in my late twenties that I stumbled upon some action figures that intrigued me.I loved the SImpsons and in 1998, found they had their own figures which also came with the sets (environments) in which to place each character. I was hooked and had to collect each one!

I kept them all in the package for a long time. Then, as that line began to wind down, Marvel Legends came out with something I had never seen before: six inch figures with fantastic articulation and very detailed and realistic (compared to what had gone before) sculpts and paint applications. I loved these version of superheroes I had always read in comics and started collecting them as well!Even though I love my Marvel characters, the DC universe will always be my first love and I wished there were a DC version of the hyper-articulated Marvel Legends. I instead bought the very unposeable, but beautifully scuplted DC Direct figures when I could find them on sale. By then, I was hooked on all kinds of pop culture figures.

It seemed like I hit this stage of arrested adolescence at the same time the toy industry figured out there was an adult collector market to cater to and suddenly I was buying figures of alll my favorite movies, TV shows, cartoons, etc. Then Mattel came out with the long-awaited articulated versions of the DC Super Heroes (and later, DC Universe CLassics) and I had to re-buy all those characters I already got in DC Direct form.About 23 years later and now even I can see I have a problem. The basement office where I was keeping all my displays of figures (I created dioramas to properly display them all in) was now getting ridiculous with the amount of plastic people populating it. I had to move all the movie/TV/non-superhero figures up to the home theater room and they are now taking up space next to my other out of control addiction, DVD collecting. I have tried to cut back and the recent price increases of the six inch lines and others have made it pretty easy to pass on the new Legends and DC subscription figures, but I also got into some ultra-ultra-expensive lines like Play Arts Kai, Revoltech and Hot Toys, so I have not saved that much from passing on the 6" scale (I also ended up caving and getting some anyway, when I found them all on clearance and reduced prices at or below my $10 maximum for them now...)My resolution for 2014 was to quit cold turkey, and for the years since then I have (mostly) done that, but I still fall victim to the madness now and then.

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Oct. 2012
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