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Breaking the addiction - Cutting back on toys discussion


I'm starting this thread as a kind of 'AA' meeting for toys, where toy addicts like myself come here and try and quit. emoticon

Maybe the first thing would be to avoid coming to sites and forums like this one though. emoticon

But anyway, I doubt that I could ever quit toys completely, but after staying over for a night at a friend's house (he doesn't buy toys, just nice art and sculptures), and then going home to my clutter filled house and endless stacks of boxes and $150+ figures lying around like they were nothing made me try to put things in perspective. Why do I buy toys? Why don't I treat these things better?

I should be fulfilled, being married, three kids, challenging job managing people and helping customers... but somehow, I'm not. Now though I've only started collecting toys for 7 years, I've always been a 'hoarder/collector,' whether it's comics, DVDs, videogames, etc.

Anyway, I can still afford the hobby, but I think about the money I'd have if I didn't spend it on these things and I do feel very guilty.

These days, I finally feel like I'm beginning to turn the corner. I've resisted some offerings by ThreeA. I've abstained from some Hot Toys figures, though I nearly succumbed. I've been able to cut down on my Bandai figures (partly thanks to rude customer service from AmiAmi) and this month, rather than the $500+ dollars, I'm actually spending only $50 this month. The lowest it's ever been for as long as I can remember. I am still buying graphic novels and blurays though, but the toys have been a huge month after month.

Feel free to chime in...

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Re: Breaking the addiction - Cutting back on toys discussion


hmm let's see....

still ongoing

3A emoticon very picky of course but a lot emoticon
figma


HT- waiting MGS
RAH-waiting cheap BRS emoticon

once in a while purchases - playart
about to become ongoing with MGS1 later emoticon

already quit pvc but looks like i'll make a short pitstop on koto WW emoticon

and ever since i start 12 inch figs.. i already do a full stop on videogame/graphnovel/dvd etc

yes.. quitting is impossible.. cutting back is more make sense

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I made the tough decision last year to stop buying comics and switch to 1/6th only as far as toys go. My LCS was right up the street from a Toys R Us, which was about a 10 minute walk from my house, and every Wednesday I would spend anywhere from $50 to $100 on Toys/Comics/GNs and after a while I just stopped getting any joy from it, and it became more of a chore than anything else.

It helped that I was mostly a Marvel guy in all respects, and between the Comics totally jumping the shark by killing off Sentry (I liked the character, so what) and bringing back Cap (total bullshit) in Seige and Hasbro killing Marvel Legends (more bullshit) and switching to 4 inch figures (no interest in that scale whatsoever), they killed my interest right along with it.

I recently cut some fat in my 1/6th collection too, and i'll probably cut more. Rather than buying more deltofs I might just limit my collection to comfortably fit in the 4 I have now. It's easy to do with Medicom and Sideshow all but dead, aside from SS re-releasing the same Troopers over and over again and Medicom just re-releasing figures (Fetts, Fullmetal Alchemist), killing awesome lines (Dragon Ball, Street Fighter, Comic Marvel) and wasting everyone's time with this overpriced Ultimate Unison bullshit.

HT's not innocent either. It's hard to feel totally confident in any purchase when there might be a better version of the figure right around the corner. It seems like they purposefully half ass their first go at certain characters so they can release as many versions as possible. Everybody remembers the TDK Batman and Joker disasters, there's a Classic Predator around the corner that'll probably render the old P1 obsolete, and how many Indys do you think they'll release before they get it right? I'm no flipper or speculator, but it'd be nice to know for sure that something you're spending $200 on won't actually be worth LESS in 6 months.

Thank you for making the thread, Kaido. I've been really conflicted about my "toy addiction" lately and it was really cathartic to spill my guts here. At the end of the day I guess you have to just buy what makes you happy and pass on what doesn't. Sometimes it is hard to make that decision though...
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Cheers Akumajou Drac & UNDICI...

We can keep 'growing' together. It will be very interesting to come back month after month or maybe later to see where we're at. Many of us here I'm sure just buy the odd figure here and there. But, there were times last year (and even earlier this year) that I just felt out of control... like the sad fat lady who drowns her sorrows in a bucket of ice cream. Tough day at work? Bored? Isolated from friends? I don't know what it was, but I'd just come home and LOOK for something to add to cart from AmiAmi or eBay, or Amazon, etc. I still catch myself doing it, but the past month or so, I've found myself being able to resist the Checkout button.
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I've been cutting back [sign in to see URL] the past 1 year, I have not collected quite a number of items which I pre-ordered from my local retailer.

Usually, it's just cos I didnt have enough cash at the point of items arrival. Then when I have it, I just [sign in to see URL], shan't spend the money.

That said, I am more selective of what I buy these days and try to be less of a completest (I'm not a pokemon hunter, can't collect them all =( )

Space is another big [sign in to see URL] small room is stack with boxes and it looks more like clutter rather than enjoyment.

Also, I've been spending more time buying games n gamming on my PS3 & PC (One major addiction gone, another one comes to feel the void)

[sign in to see URL] is just no end to spending money though

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You know, the exclusives really woke me up as well. After continuously paying over $100 for exclusive Figma & Bandai figures, I really started to question myself why I keep paying this kind of money for stuff like this. The only other person who would pay that much for the same thing is someone similar to me. The rest of the world rolltheir eyes and shake their heads...
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Unintentionaly, i think i've found myself cutting back on my collection to. Since moveing out for the second time, i don't buy almost half as much as i used to.

To be honest, i've sold off alot more of my collection in the last few months than i have in the last 5 or 6 years since i've started collecting. I actuhly have my second versions of my Resident Evil Leon, Wesker and Jill on ebay as i decided i don't need every version of most of my figures.

I'm still a sucker for any Marvel/DC Hot Toys and Final Fantasy Play Arts, but other than that, i find it alot more easier these days to resist buying figures than i did a year or two ago. Like UNDICI said, you can never quit entierly, but you can cut back.
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I would really love to do a garage [sign in to see URL] the thing is, I have no garage lolz. N putting things up on ebay n forums is a bloody [sign in to see URL] photos, determining shipping prices.



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HLJ is having a Figuarts sale. I was very close to buying a New Den-O figure, but somehow, I didn't hit Checkout. Holding back... one figure at a time, friends!
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Still haven't ordered any new toys... some of the stuff I ordered a while ago are still rolling in and is satisfying the cravings. I recently got my PlayArts Kai Halo Reach figures (I like them a lot) and I've also been blowing off the dust and opening up some of my Figma figures that have been piling up ignored.

How are the rest of you holding out?
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