Loading

December 2019: Hitting the wall, time to retire.December 2019: Hitting the wall, time to retire.Ask MFC

TyjosAzariTyjosAzariHace 8 meses
Well I have hit the biggest wall of all with collecting and it's time to start focusing on retiring from the collecting hobby.

As this year comes to a close and I find myself looking at the collection I have run out of space and run out of the mental motivation for adding new things to the collection and after dealing with several reasons for retiring from collecting over the course of this past month I think I'm ready to finish with hunting for toys and finish with adding new stuff to the collection because there is no room for a lot of anything else beyond what's coming in.


Added more figures to the collection this week and it's getting to where that feeling of wanting more doesn't really exist and I'm ready for things to finish up.

There may be one or two things I'd still like to get for the collection and can get them but after spending a little bit at Target this week to add 4 more figures to the collection and one of those helped to finish up with collecting Transformers I don't see a need to keep buying a lot of figures anymore.


https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/12/07/2344132.jpeg
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/12/07/2344350.jpeg

The Transformers collection expanded the most this year and I'm still waiting to add 3 more figures to this collection early next year and then that's it for collecting Transformers till the next toyline starts but I still don't have space for a lot of new figures unless I pack more items away.

https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/december5th2019shelf2.jpg

I'm also starting to run out of floor space here so I will have to start packing away a few things to declutter the floor.

https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/december5th2019defiantturtles1.jpg

Feels like once I got that Giant Gi Joe Shuttle Complex that was what set things off with wanting to Retire from collecting since the Defiant Shuttle Launch Complex is my Holy Grail of Collecting and it makes me want to do less with the hobby when I look at it after getting it crewed with Gi Joes.


The Desk is filling up with figures too after adding 3 Star Wars figures to the collection this week that's another toyline I am working on finishing up with and there are a few figures left to get for that series.

https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/december5th2019desk2.jpg


This was coming for a long time once the shelves started filling up quickly with new figures and the last few months have been adding about 20-30 figures to the collection every month so I hit the wall pretty hard and now it's time to relax and enjoy things and NOT add in a lot of figures from this point.

Added more Transformers to the collection as of late and looking at what was added over the past 2 months I don't need to collect these for a while.

https://tyjos84.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/december5th2019transformers1.jpg


What about you folks?

Any of you nearing the point where you want to retire from collecting?

I don't feel that desire to get a lot of figures now and if this continues by February could be finished with things since I don't have any preorders to deal with after that month.


It's been a long year for collecting and I keep hitting the wall with collecting so time to start moving on once the last figures are absorbed into this collection.


Have you hit the wall with collecting?



After getting in ITEM #619109 I'm now down to waiting for ITEM #672616 to get in so the corner bookshelf where most of my Prize Figures are displayed is almost full.

https://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/12/07/2344651.jpeghttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/12/07/2344654.jpeg


Got space on the lower 2 shelves for one or two more figures then that's pretty much it for having space to add in new figures in that part of the room.

-Just took care of ordering the main thing I've been fixated on getting for the past few months so ITEM #770603 is coming in and will be added to the collection before the end of the week.

That will fill in one of the last major gaps in this collection and will make things a lot easier now since the GP-02 will fit in nicely between GP-01 and GP-03.
1,496 hits • 1 favorito23 comentarios

Comentarios23

I've definitely hit that point myself. I think from 2020 onward the only figure series I'll be keeping an eye on are Koto's Pokémon scales, Hobby Max's Radio EVA line, and if Union Creative puts out more Calne Ca figures. I'll probably try to nab a couple of my grails (many of which have gotten expensive) but it's not what I'll put the most effort on. I'll be paying off the few pre-orders I have, though.

Space constraints and wanting to put my money on traveling and my music collection instead (and cutting down my credit card debt lol) are what's making me call it quits. Now that I have family in the US, as well as many friends all over the world I want to visit, I want to have the money to be able to go visit them whenever I want and not worry about my finances so much. As for my music collection, I honestly get more enjoyment out of that than I do figures, but it can also be an expensive hobby and I just can't sustain both at once. Some records are as expensive as scale figures, and don't get me started on box sets... but in the end, I enjoy the record way more than the figure.

I've also grown fonder of plushies over the years (thanks, Pokémon Fit) and will probably be getting some more of those. I find that in some ways they're easier to display too.
Hace 8 meses
I don't know if I should call myself lucky or unlucky that such an end is still years if not decades for me.
Fate and SAO are going strong and Date a Live is pretty healthy as well. These are 3 out of my Big Four when it comes to anime series, so I am nowhere near being done.
I also need to grow my figma army, since figma keeps adding licences I am interested in (Shield Hero, Goblin Slayer etc..) not to mention the enourmous amount of Fate stuff.
Hace 8 meses
I dont think im completely retiring, but I've definitely slowed down significantly.

Right now, I'm just waiting for Light to be released so I can add him to my december order, and then unless the WBC figma drops next year, the Natsume nendoroid is the last of my preorders.

The only way I can be convinced to buy a figure is if it's from Ansatsu Kyoushitsu or Hitorijime My Hero, which will probably never happen.

Next year I'll be focusing on stationery (because I've gotten into bullet journaling) and manga. But figure-wise, I'm definitely bowing out of the hobby for good once Natsume arrives - unless sth that I've REALLY been wanting gets released.

With the rising prices and falling quality, not to mention the lack of effort put into researching nendos and making sure they have all the accessories they need, I think it's about time for me to say goodbye to this hobby.
Hace 8 meses
Chiya Impulsive Buyer
2020 is my last year of collecting. Going to pick up the last few anime figures I have on preorder and call it quits. Also going to quit collecting Transformers, Kamen Rider, and a couple other stuff as well.

I ended up spending too much in 2019 and had a lot of impulse purchases, and decided to cancel a lot of things a while back to make it less of a burden on my wallet.

The lack of space and the need to save up my money are the main reasons I’m quitting. I had fun for the past couple years collecting, but it’s about time for me to quit and move on.
Hace 8 meses
To be honest ive thought about quitting collecting several times over the years mostly because I dont have enough room to display all the stuff I buy right now so I dont really get that excitement that I first did when I started collecting, received a brand new figure, and put it up for display as soon as I received it (back when I still had display space). These days everything that I order gets boxed up and goes to a climate controlled storage facility that I rent for around $110 a month so I only really see the stuff when im opening it up for inspection upon delivery to check for things like paint defects, damage, scars, etc.

Figures these days have been coming in with alot more defects than when I first started collecting too, in the past if you ordered a figure you could be confident that 99% of the time it would arrive in perfect condition with no paint defects or damage but nowadays dealing with paint defects, scuffs, damaged figures, etc has become a way of life as it has become way too common (especially with Good Smile Company products) and then having to deal with their customer service that gives customers copy + paste responses like "we hardly notice the issue" or "our figures are partially painted by hand and the figures in our inventory all look the same" even after you send them a million pictures and circle all the defects to make them easier to see. It really has got me thinking every time I receive a defective or damaged figure "Did I really just spend $200-$300 on a figure to get this kind of quality?, imagine how many PS4 Pro's ive purchased over the years worth of figures".

Some of the times that I thought about quitting collecting were:

1) When we had a plumbing leak in my house and the room where I had all my figure boxes, posters, tapestries, and anime books stored flooded with water and stained + damaged several items (this was the event that made me get the warehouse space). I lost several items to water damage that I never got to display (autographed posters, tapestries, books) and several figure boxes got water damaged as well. I havent been able to replace the items that were damaged when this happened because they are no longer sold and the autographed stuff was irreplaceable.

2) My family members bumping up against my Detolf cabinets and breaking several of my figures in the process.

3) Family members lack of respect for my property causing several of my collectibles to become damaged due to improper handling (IE: books, video games, etc).

4) Items that I ordered from Japan coming with defects, damage, scars, etc and the shop where I purchased it refused to help and the manufacturer refused to help as well.

I have taken breaks before from collecting, what helped me take my mind off of collecting was playing video games and getting immersed in the video game story but that was when I was younger and I eventually came back when I got curious about the stuff that had been released while I was gone.
Hace 8 meses
Reality hits me when I add 12 scale figure and 8 model kit in a span of a year. They are so big and my room isnt.
Hace 8 meses
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
TyjosAzariHace 8 meses#71476145I am working on getting things to where I occasionally order something small for the collection since I still enjoy collecting Prize Figures, I used to sell off figures to afford some of the more expensive figures and for a very long time this collection paid for itself when I collected Star Wars and Transformers heavy those figures were always in demand on the aftermarket so selling those off helped to pick up some great pieces like ITEM #6180 was bought when I sold some Transformers Masterpiece figures to grab her off AmiAmi's preowned area.
And ITEM #44543 was another expensive figure bought after selling a few figures to get that grail.
Just time to stop looking at or adding new figures in and this collection as it is doesn't need more added to it just a few more figures off the Wishlist and that's it.


Exactly at some point in life you reach that point where youre just satisfied with what you have. You will see the occasional wow fig and by selling you can make space for that.
The prices also increased a lot so that makes it easier for me to resist most. But for example maple from nekopara became a top 10 fav of mine and she has a very cheap fig coming next month so i did decide to get her. Got holo too as i regretted bot getting her the first time.. and the 2 witcher ones as they lack a reasonably priced good looking fig. but thats about it really.. yeah erina bunny ver which is like summer next year as i bought in EU shop :p and misa which i also regret not getting but glad i passed as her recolor looks great!
So yeah i do still order, but in such a long time inbetween, i will surely have sold some items :)

Prizes i rarely buy as i just cant look past the quality, tho i must say their quality did increase a lot over time and some are def worth the money :D

Yeah star wars is really popular, im glad im not into the franchise that much that i want stuff from it ( i do plan on watching the new movie soon tho :) )

What also helps is wait until i finished the anime so my hype is less and after finishing it i wait a month or so before ordering anything usually i forgot about the serie, so i dont impulse buy anything :) and only the memorable serie items wilo stay, which tend to be gyaru or tsunderes xD or holo haha
Hace 8 meses
Chloe-tsundereHace 8 meses#71474992Tbh im at that point but.. i still occasionally order. As i know those will increase in value and i reaaaallly like the character (so top 10 charas only, both game and anime)
Thats how i manage just fine. I sell in the meantime :) and with that money and space i can afford those occasional buys and it wont look cluttered.
The way you display, is too much for me personally, too crowded so thats where i do draw the line. I always told myself, max 150 figures (well at first it was 250 actually but i then realised that simply is too much after all) to still enjoy every piece and it would not be like oh where do i find the space for X or Y ...
Atm it all looks neatly displayed :) i get some small merch but mainly i focus on doing things in life, experiences more than collecting. Like traveling, getting my drivers license (as im a slow learner thanks to autism > big money needed here in the netherlands)
I do still browse for stuff but it usually stays in cart forever :p


I am working on getting things to where I occasionally order something small for the collection since I still enjoy collecting Prize Figures, I used to sell off figures to afford some of the more expensive figures and for a very long time this collection paid for itself when I collected Star Wars and Transformers heavy those figures were always in demand on the aftermarket so selling those off helped to pick up some great pieces like ITEM #6180 was bought when I sold some Transformers Masterpiece figures to grab her off AmiAmi's preowned area.

And ITEM #44543 was another expensive figure bought after selling a few figures to get that grail.

Just time to stop looking at or adding new figures in and this collection as it is doesn't need more added to it just a few more figures off the Wishlist and that's it.
Hace 8 meses
Chloe-tsundere The louise otaku
Tbh im at that point but.. i still occasionally order. As i know those will increase in value and i reaaaallly like the character (so top 10 charas only, both game and anime)
Thats how i manage just fine. I sell in the meantime :) and with that money and space i can afford those occasional buys and it wont look cluttered.

The way you display, is too much for me personally, too crowded so thats where i do draw the line. I always told myself, max 150 figures (well at first it was 250 actually but i then realised that simply is too much after all) to still enjoy every piece and it would not be like oh where do i find the space for X or Y ...

Atm it all looks neatly displayed :) i get some small merch but mainly i focus on doing things in life, experiences more than collecting. Like traveling, getting my drivers license (as im a slow learner thanks to autism > big money needed here in the netherlands)
I do still browse for stuff but it usually stays in cart forever :p
Hace 8 meses
tundrasHace 8 meses#71473415This is exactly what I do. I'm only passionate about a couple series, but Vocaloid (well, Miku) has a notoriously huge selection of merch to choose from. Here's an example of how I narrow down my choices with the recent surge of Sakura Miku figures coming out:
View spoilerHide spoilerITEM #756833 - Love everything...except the eyes. I don't like it when eyes cut off at the bottom. Same applies to variant ITEM #803963. ITEM #810377 has closed eyes, but that's one of the most important aspects of a figure to me. Pass to all.
View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2018/11/21/2101010.jpeg
Notice that the iris isn't fully round. Reminds me of boxy/square anime eyes, which I highly dislike.

ITEM #798190 - Stiff pose, bulky KEI-style hair. Hard pass.
ITEM #806822 - Don't like wide open mouths without teeth. Also not into the eye shape or bulbous hair. Pass.
ITEM #812076 - No teeth in mouth and hair doesn't really flow well. Also, I don't like busts. Hard pass.
ITEM #886807 - Don't like iXima's Miku V4X style of hair where it makes very sharp, sudden turns. Also don't like how the sleeves flow. Pass.
ITEM #887317 - I liked ITEM #718269, so why not? I consider my pickiness as a way to offset variants, which end up in different places from the original anyway like my studio at school or on my desk instead of on shelves. Buy it.
ITEM #913474 - Not into the proportions, hair, or mecha-style spin on it. Hard pass.
ITEM #917690 - The pupil directly rests on a line, giving it a slight cut off effect. Don't like how the sakura support stand is more organic than the base itself. The hair has this sort of feeling of being weighed down (I understand it's a jumping pose). Not into that, so I'll pass.
View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/12/03/2342252.jpeg
I don't really like the eyelash style either.

ITEM #917692 - I thought about this one for a while, but I think I'll get it. Why? Nice eyes, nice mouth, nice pose. I usually don't like voluminous hair, but the way it flows here is actually appealing. Buy it.
Critical analysis such as the above is how I try my best to eliminate the hassle of selling. If I buy what I truly desire in the first place, then there won't be anything to sell in the future. It's not perfect, but it's definitely effective.

However, SPINNERS_GROVE makes a great point about the diversity of Tyjos' collection and how that can be quite overwhelming to constantly manage over the course of 20 years. I think it's the right decision to leave the hobby, especially if it's very unnecessarily stressful on the collector. Whether Tyjos will ever come back is completely dependent on his feelings about collecting months/years down the line.
@OP: Wishing you all the best in achieving wellness in your life.


Right now my current objective with the hobby is to do less with it, I'm a happier collector when I'm not doing a lot with it and after this month's accounting has been done I look forward to the months where it won't be keeping track of Amazon and Ebay purchases and when it gets to the point that a lot of energy is devoted to having to manage all aspects of the hobby it's simply time to move on from it and since there is a lack of new series that I like and I am actually forgetting new series that I watch because nothing really stands out to me and feels like I don't watch a lot of anime now I doubt there will be a revival of Scifi/Mecha Anime anytime soon since most of the new series are forgettable to me and I'd rather stay focused on collecting what I enjoy than continue to collect something that isn't that fun to collect [rampant price increases, delays on figures, and the usual assortment of reasons for not wanting to collect Anime] hell I just punched myself in the face Mentally telling myself NO NO NO NO NO NO! When I wanted to get a big figure that cost over $100 and it was on Sale I just don't have the space for a huge figure now and it's getting to where I have to be more forceful with telling myself NOT to do anymore shopping after doing so much over the past few months.

It's time to relax.
Hace 8 meses
Second hand waifus deserve a second chance at laifu!

Acerca de este blog

 
My Blogs are more of personal logs/diaries related to collecting and management of collecting.

More by TyjosAzari+

Ítems relacionados

Etiquetas0

Clubs relacionados