ok the dramatic title aside, recently some issues have arisen that will make it much more difficult to collect all the things I have in the past – not to say that I will have to stop completely, but financially it will just be more difficult and I really have to think hard about my purchases. Which is pretty much just like every other average joe, I suppose.
In a sense it’s good, because now I really need to look at my collecting habits…what things do I collect just because I like it? Do I really need that figure just to be a completist? Yeah my current situation is a bit of a bummer but at the same time it gives me some perspective and I understand how lucky I have been to be able to collect pretty much anything I’ve wanted in the past. I have so many cool collectibles that I would not have otherwise been able to obtain. And honestly, much of the stuff coming out this year and the next I believe I will be able to buy or trade for at a future time when I am able to afford it. There’s only a handful of things that have come out in the past 5 years that you can’t easily obtain on ebay or other online retailers.
It’s just a good reminder of how blessed or lucky or whatever we all are to have the freedom to have such a frivilous hobby like collecting action figures and have a place like AFI where we can share that enjoyment with others. So those of us who have the means, time, space and support to collect this stuff – just take a moment to reflect on how lucky we all are to be able to be big kids again and play with our toys.