After dropping my daughter off at preschool this morning, I swung by Wal-Mart to see what might be out. There wasn’t anything new (well…not new new) but I did pick up the 3-3/4" Captain Pike figure from Playmates new Star Trek movie line.
Driving home I got to thinking about collecting habits and buying preferences and thought I’d pose this question to my teeming throngs of readers out there in AFI-land: When a new line or wave is released, do you prefer to pick them all up in on shot or little by little?
Taking out the economic factor (I rarely can pick up an entire wave at one time), I think I generally prefer a figure here and there over getting the whole cluster at once.
Take the new Star Trek for example. I’ve been looking forward to this line since it was announced last year. But when I first came across the figures at TRU a week or so back, even though I was completely excited to see them out, I only picked up Kirk, Spock and Original Spock. A week later I picked up Uhura. Then today I picked up Pike. I certainly plan on picking up the entire line, but I find that I am content to pace myself. The next wave isn’t due until later in the summer, and with the movie arriving soon (already got my tickets, too!!) the toys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I can afford to wait.
Conversely, it seems sometimes (on those rare occasions) when I do pick up a wave in one fell swoop it makes the wait for the next releases seem all that much longer.
So, how about you? All things being equal do you prefer getting a new wave (or line) all at once or little by little over time?