I bought toys as a kid in the 80's (as most kids did in the prime of 1984), but didn't think of it as collecting. I had the standards: Transformers, MOTU, G.I. Joe, a few M.A.S.K. and St...
I bought toys as a kid in the 80's (as most kids did in the prime of 1984), but didn't think of it as collecting. I had the standards: Transformers, MOTU, G.I. Joe, a few M.A.S.K. and Star Wars. I bought what I liked.
The beginning of high school was the end of my figures; all sold at a garage sale. Some of them were sold for a quarter each by my father when I took a bathroom break (G1 Transformers people).
When McFarlane and Spawn figures came into play, they changed the game for figure quality and realism. Then Batman: The Animated Series figures hit a home run with its stylized look. Then I noticed my overuse of sports idioms and put the idioms on the bench and started collecting.
Decades later and 2,000+ figures in my collection, I realize that I have a problem. No, not with collecting, but where I'm going to store all these figures. Family life has pushed displaying out of the common areas. I still buy what I like. I'm not a completest. I don't buy doubles. I open.
I ran across DASH in 2010 when I was trying to get a handle on what I had in my collection and have been contributing to the database ever since.
The Simpsons figures, at a count of 160 figures (Playmates and NECA), look to be the largest count in my collection. But the bulk of my collection is 6" figures (my wife prefers my 7" [NECA and DC Direct]). She does not support my collecting. But accepts it as part of me. But it doesn't define me (or, at least, that's what I tell myself when I'm waiting outside a store before it opens).