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November 2019: Time for a break.November 2019: Time for a break.

After picking up 2 exclusive figures I was after this month it's time to take a break from collecting.

Over the past few months I have added in a lot of figures to this collection and as the collection gets closer to being at 300 I need to start slowing down the additions each month.

October was a lousy month, November so far has been so/so and I don't feel the need to keep adding figures into the collection like I used too so I'm actually happy to not do anything this month.


ITEM #770603
ITEM #770679
ITEM #162993

These 3 items are on the To Get List for the month and I no longer see the need to keep doing this every month.

I have added almost 150+ figures to the collection over the past 3-4 months and I'm still waiting for ITEM #781743 to arrive.


I don't feel like staying focused on this hobby all the time and since I don't really have any discussions or interaction with others about it it's starting to get to where I spend so much time on it and I'm not able to share my passion about it with others like I used too so I know I may get to where I'll unplug from the Anime side of things by the end of the year.

I've been tired of things for a while and the only thing that really keeps me connected to Anime is my love of Mobile Suits and Mecha Design so the only thing to do is unplug entirely.


I wanted to take a break last month but that didn't work out and this month I feel like sleeping it away and skipping November.

The past few weeks have been spent focusing only on a few items and it keeps coming back to the same assortment of items and it's now to a point once those items are picked up that will be it for a while since there is no need to keep doing this every month.



Still focused on what preorders are left for the year but I don't feel like staying plugged into the hobby anymore since it doesn't bring a lot of happiness like it used too.



What about the rest of you?

Surely by this time in the year a lot of you must be tired of dealing with monthly orders and constantly having to deal with preorders or waiting for packages to get in or if you are like me always on the hunt for something interesting or something that fits into your existing collection and you may have found everything you were after and are at the same point I am where you don't need to do anything else for a while.



I feel like I am a weird collector.


I am Happy to do little or nothing with the hobby and at this point it's become something that can be put aside for a while since I've done a lot over the past few months, I know you folks don't really care for this sort of blog entry here and with the way I've seen this site go over the past year with complaining and grumbling being the thing that gains traction on this site it feels like MFC has played a part in why I'm tired of collecting and happy to do almost nothing with the hobby.


I like it when I don't feel the need to do anything with collecting.


I like it when things get to where nothing is coming in and there is nothing to hunt for.

I like it when collecting gets to a point I can disconnect from it and can move on to focusing on other things.


One more moth left in the year after this one, I have a feeling this is the time where most of you would decide on taking a break or you get sucked into the year end clearance sales and holiday sales because the deals come along on figures you've passed on earlier in the year and then they go on sale and you decide to grab them....it's now easier to avoid those sales to me and now is a perfect time to get away from things.


The more I think about this the more it makes sense.


This collection is currently at 264 figures/items and that's just the Anime items the overall collection is well over 400 figures/items and most of that is Action figures and starships so I'm approaching a point where a lengthy break is required not due to the space it's the rational time to take a break and appreciate the items here.

Newly released items will be around for a while, there is no need to look at those and since I don't mind focusing entirely on the preorders which is the current plan for not looking for things works out very well.


Why keep adding more to the collection when it's a big collection like this?

I don't have a good answer to that question right now.



Are you taking a break from the Hobby anytime soon?
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1pt
TyjosAzari (16 days ago) #69842265 I have a feeling that since I want to focus more on trying to escape from this lousy living situation I am in having more money is the only way I'll do that so eventually the thought of getting a new figure and spending money may become something I despise doing so right now the goal has been to focus only on exclusives since that keeps the hunt fun to me but overall once they are acquired it's back to deciding if I need to continue adding figures to the collection.


This has been me the past few months. Over the summer, ordering a lot of figures and deal hunting has been my stress handling mechanism, but over the past 2 months, I've put the brakes on figure buying to save up money to move out. I've really only ordered one or two pre-owned figures outside of my scheduled pre-orders. I've taken a break from deal hunting to focus on getting out of my crappy living situation. Even though getting new figures still gives me great joy, I know having my own space is better for me in the long run and will help me break out of my life long cycle of unhealthy thoughts. The reality of moving has made me a lot happier recently. When I'm tempted to buy something, I then think of how spending that money will delay my ability to move out, so I can say no more easily.

It's paying off now as I'm about to sign a lease for the perfect apartment for me, but I still need to limit my spending to rebuild my savings I'm draining for the moving costs and deposit. I also have the unsavory combo of high credit card debt and a lot of pre-orders due this month, so figure hunting is not as fun right now. I'd like to not cancel any pre-orders, but I might need to to stay afloat. I'll definitely continue my break from collecting until my next round of quarterly taxes is paid off. Then I'll probably still take it slow so I can put a big dent in my credit card debt. I might pick up the pace again maybe next summer when my pre-orders are almost done, but maybe not. I've already acquired most of my must-haves, so there's nothing I'm really vying for right now.
16 days ago
2pt
I'm slowing down a little out of necessity, although I have a couple of heavy months coming up due to pre-orders. I'm leaving my job at the end of the month to pursue my own business, but it will take quite a while to get it going so I won't have an income in the near future. Luckily my significant other and I can afford to have me not work for a year, so I'm going to take that time to learn a few new skills and launch my first products on Etsy, and then go back to work (possibly at my current job again) if I'm not making a living wage at the end of next year. At the very least, I'll have a good foundation by then, and I can continue to build on it part-time.

Anyways, this is leading me to quit pre-ordering anything that isn't grail-status. We'll still have a little bit of expendable income so we'll be able to make a pick-up here and there, but obviously bills and saving will come first, and fun things will fit where they are able.

I'm in no way tired of collecting, but my life is heading in a direction where I need to prioritize other things for the time being. Hopefully things will go well and I'll be right back in the thick of it before long, but I'm trying to keep my expectations realistic.
16 days ago
1pt
galablue (16 days ago) #69841210i think i've been able to keep a pretty slow schedule in the world of figures by having some pretty strict guidelines on myself for ordering (only scales, one a month, etc). i think this has allowed me to enjoy the hobby without having it be such a burden on me time, money, or space wise. especially after i stopped collecting full sets of characters that i didn't really care for. i've started collecting more in the past 6 months, which has been nice to treat myself.
it's always sad when a hobby or thing you love no longer makes you feel that spark of joy you once felt. that being said, i think you have the right idea about cutting back. you've added a lot of figures in the past 3-4 months, i think at more than one a day if you do the math, and i can only imagine how it might be joyful at first but also might be a burden on your psyche. maybe slowing down and only getting the things you really want will help rekindle your passion for the hobby, or it'll help guide you out of it.


Right now I'm on a course out of the hobby and have been on one of those courses for a long time.

I keep going back to the series that started it all since that series is constantly putting out new figures and merch so I'm happy that the main thing that got me started on all of this is still going strong but it feels like being interested in one series is not enough to sustain my interest in collecting all the time and I have a feeling that since I want to focus more on trying to escape from this lousy living situation I am in having more money is the only way I'll do that so eventually the thought of getting a new figure and spending money may become something I despise doing so right now the goal has been to focus only on exclusives since that keeps the hunt fun to me but overall once they are acquired it's back to deciding if I need to continue adding figures to the collection.

This collection is at a great size, it looks excellent and anything else beyond what I want to get feels like it's unnecessary and after packing things away and dealing with the need to get more storage totes sucks the passion out of me plus I don't talk about figures anymore and it's been reduced to managing things.

The hobby for the most part has been reduced to numbers can't really see the figure if one's too busy dealing with the cost of it.
16 days ago
2pt
kaitylee Kawaii Mistress
I have one preorder in November and December and after that I'm ready to hit my break. It can get exhausting after a while
16 days ago
1pt
Hi Tyjos, I can say I do relate somewhat to how you feel. Except for me its video games, I used to be into games and played a lot and still have many games. But in the past couple of years I have almost stopped buying games all together. Honestly I have half the mind to sell it all. Nothing new really attracts me and honestly it makes me feel sad, like I lost part of my identity because gaming was just such an important part of my life.

As for figure collecting, I have mentioned it before, at the start collecting I bought too much. But now I am more in control and I really have cut back and really take all the time to think about what I want to get. I have almost stopped buying preowned figures so I rarely hunt down anything expensive. And I now try to only get preorders where I pay in advance. Edit to clear it up: basically I am taking a break mostly because I want to focus on getting long term pieces for my collection and avoiding the temptations of impulse buying.
16 days ago
3pt
same here, taking a break when my October orders arrive.

I read it somewhere that some are more sensitive to burn out from ReachBacks and AfterShocks meaning the anticipation of something happening and the disruption after it happened. ordering, waiting and organizing/arranging all contributes to this.

so eventually just want nothing on the list, just want peace and quiet, need a break. I'm at this stage now.
16 days ago
2pt
i think i've been able to keep a pretty slow schedule in the world of figures by having some pretty strict guidelines on myself for ordering (only scales, one a month, etc). i think this has allowed me to enjoy the hobby without having it be such a burden on me time, money, or space wise. especially after i stopped collecting full sets of characters that i didn't really care for. i've started collecting more in the past 6 months, which has been nice to treat myself.

it's always sad when a hobby or thing you love no longer makes you feel that spark of joy you once felt. that being said, i think you have the right idea about cutting back. you've added a lot of figures in the past 3-4 months, i think at more than one a day if you do the math, and i can only imagine how it might be joyful at first but also might be a burden on your psyche. maybe slowing down and only getting the things you really want will help rekindle your passion for the hobby, or it'll help guide you out of it.
16 days ago
3pt
I think there are just a lot of us who are slowing down/leaving this hobby behind for multiple reasons... I’m one of them.

I want to refocus my collection back to manga, and because of that I’ve severely cut down on figures. I didn’t order anything from May to September figure-wise and had focused my money on just manga this year; it’s been a liberating experience.

I’ve just recently gotten back into the hobby and rekindled the joy I feel when I receive a package, but it’s still not as ridiculous as before (no more ordering 18 figures within two months). I’m certainly being very selective now, and once all my preorders/orders come in, I’m pretty much done (unless something new catches my eye).

It’s actually made me appreciate what I do already own a lot more, and devote more time into reposing them or just fiddling with my displays overall.
16 days ago
4pt
I've slowed down this past couple years for multiple reasons. I am very happy with my collection and content be very selective for for future additions it. I've had plenty of chances to fall victim to impulse buying, but haven't. I'm staying strong and focused.
17 days ago
1pt
I don't order a lot anyway, being a student I don't have much money to spend on figures, and I don't order random figures; I only buy figures I really want or the figures that go with a figure I really like (for example if I buy a Rem I'm going to buy the Ram figure that goes with her or vise versa because I love all of them)
17 days ago
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