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6 Comments on Call to Action (Figures) – Why We Collect

  1. Nick Lenihan

    In my childhood I just had action figures from TV shows and movies that I liked. I didn’t really have a “collection”, but I had a bunch of figures based on the things I liked.

    Today, I still tend to collect action figures based on the movies, TV shows, and video games that I like. I would love to pick up some of the figures that I had when I was a kid, but they are all too expensive.

    My mostly modern collection features a bunch of sixth scale action figures, all based on movies that I liked or just thought the characters were awesome.

    I collect because I like it, but in the case of Hot Toys, I collect them because I’m addicted. Though, I do like them too. =)

  2. y.f.n.jman

    great article. i tend to believe it’s the hunter/gather thing. mostly the thrill of the hunt. finding that prize after weeks/months of looking. then announcing it to the world: LOOK WHAT I’VE GOT!

    i have a “gathering: of my collection. but, for me…it’s the thrill of the hunt.

    • Nick Lenihan

      Ha! The thrill of the hunt is also quite attractive, and I do for certain figure lines, but for others it’s just impossible.

      Some stores/manufacturers have such bad distribution that if I don’t pre-order the figure I know I will never ever find it at retail.

      When you say “gathering” do you pretty much mean a humble jumble of action figures that aren’t really focused on a certain theme?

      • RyanB4890

        Yeah. I imagine cavemen would have liked to gather all strawberries (being that they’re the best berry and all) but would take whatever they could find, even blackberries. I feel the same way at the store. Today I went in looking for a Deathlok and left with a Wolverine. We gather/collect what we can.

    • RyanB4890

      Thanks!

      Digging through the racks at a toy store is definitely a thrill, especially because they tend to be cheaper than online.

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