I've collected a lot of figure lines over the past decade or so, the most notable being:
- DC Direct
: Hardcore DC fan with well in excess of 300 figures at last count, starting with Swamp Thing. Only Bat-family, Bat-Villian and Bat-related figures, plus a very select few other favourites are currently still on display. It was actually hard to box a lot of this stuff away, but I'm no longer actively collecting them, so away they went. If I had the spare room there's a lot that I'd probably still have out though...even if it tempted me to start buying again.
- McFarlane Movie Maniacs
: Starting with series 1, this was the line that started it all for me. I wasn't a completist, but damn close to it, as I loved most of what McFarlane did in this line for a long time. Pumpkinhead, T-1000, helmet wearing Hicks, military cap Sarah Connor, Robocop, Snake Plisskin, and the Alien Queen and various Alien figures are the only ones still on display.
- Neca's Hellraiser line
: Collected first three series, never did get the Channard box set though, even though I always meant to. Only Pinhead is on display currently, standing in front of my Hellraiser dvd tin, due to a lack of room. Might have to pull out the original Chatterer, Female, and Butterball cenobites again, along with Frank, sometime, if I can find a spot for them. The rest I don't really miss having displayed, despite being nice figures.
- McFarlane's Tortured Souls
: Loved series 1, wasn't as big a fan of series 2, but purchased them (quite cheap) anyway, just because of how huge a Clive Barker fan I was, and kinda regretted it for the most part. Had the series 1 figs displayed for a long time, but lack of room got them confined to the boxes eventually. They'll return to shelves at some point though I'd imagine.
- Lord of the Rings
: Got caught up in the hype I guess, one of the few lines I regret spending so much money on, and probably the line that swallowed shelf space for the shortest amount of time since I started collecting. Only have the Cave Troll on display now.
- Hasbro's Star Wars Unleashed
: Loved this line, didn't collect everything but loved the pieces that I did decide to get. I don't have all the pieces I purchased on display any more, just my favourites, but that's still quite a list - Padme, X-Wing Luke, AOTC Yoda, Dooku, Vader (with switchable heads), Jedi Luke, Slave Leia, Boba Fett, Jango, Darth Maul, Stormtrooper, Han, Chewie, Bossk, AOTC Obi Wan, AOTC Anakin, Mace, Aayla Secura, Aurra Sing and General Grievous.
- Movie and Horror figures by Neca, Sota, Mezco and McFarlane
: Various figures that took my interest over the years, but the only ones I still have out on display are Mcfarlane's Coffin Terminator and Human version Terminatrix from T3, John Locke from Lost, and the Headless Horseman Sleepy Hollow boxed set, along with Mezco's Japanese DVD exclusive Hellboy, Neca's V, Freddy vs Jason, Michael Myers vs Sam Loomis, and their original Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Various Comic character figs
: Including a few Marvel Select figs, McFarlane's Sin City and Danger Girl figs, and the odd other fig here and there. The three Danger Girls, Origin Wolverine, Bradstreet Punisher and Ultimate Spidey are the only ones still on display.
- Sideshow's Universal Monsters 8 inch figs
: I collected all of the first two series in their silver screen editions - Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy, The Wolfman in series 1, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein and Phantom of the Opera in series 2, along with series 3's silver screen edition Invisible Man, and all of series 5, Dracula, Masque of the Red Death, and Igor. Always meant to get s3's Metaluna Mutant, and maybe s4's Son of Frankenstein, but never got around to it. S3's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and s4's Werewolf of London and Mole Man never really grabbed me though. These are all still on display, and it's still one of my favourite collections.
- McFarlane's Conan figures
: Loved these, despite McFarlane's paint change controversy. Wish they were more popular and more series had been made, but alas I guess it just wasn't to be. Most are still on display, except for the Haunter of the Pits and 'pole up his ass' leaping Conan. Boxed set kicked ass too, and is still a favourite.
- Art Asylum's Star Trek figures
: Had all of the first two series Original Trek figures, all of the characters from Enterprise, and the First Contact TNG figures, plus a couple of Tribbles DS9 figs, but my interest waned as the likenesses became more and more patchy on newer figs. Only have the 7 original Trek crew on display now, along with Khan, the Enterprise Andorian Shran, and Klingon Kor.
I've pretty much stopped collecting figures now, I think V and Lost's John Locke were probably the last ones I grabbed, apart from some DC Directs, but frankly very few figure releases get me all that excited any more for whatever reason. That and an overall lack of quality in some of the stuff that I would have otherwise been interested in getting, which seems to be creeping in more and more in the lines that take my interest. I imagine I'll always grab the odd figure here and there when one really stands out and jumps out at me, but it's more a rarity now, whereas before it used to be a full blooded addiction.
But I still collect, instead I find myself collecting the occasional higher priced piece, like statues, maquettes, and replica vehicles instead, as funds permit, and I've been finding that more satisfying of late. I guess my taste has shifted a bit. I don't have many higher end items, but what I do have I love.
I'm also a DVD, comic and poster collector, though I don't collect the latter all that much given the nigh on impossibility of aquiring poster frames where I live, and my reluctance to put up any posters unframed. I've actually sold a lot of my comic collection too in recent years, but I still regularly read, though I don't archive and collect comics like I once did, unless it's something extra special. And my DVD collection is somewhere around the 500 mark now, although that's not that many when you consider I got my first dvd player only a little over a year after they first hit the market. I also have a lot of videotapes from back in the day, but they're all boxed away, and most, or at least those that are important to me, have gradually been replaced on dvd wherever possible.
About the only things I'm really commited to buying in the near future are Sideshow's Premium Format Indiana Jones and the Elite version of the Barris tv show Batmobile (to go along with my 1:18 Begins Tumbler and 1:18 '89 Batmobile), those two are both absolute must haves for me.
Think that about sums me up these days...