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November 2019: Relaxed levels of collecting.November 2019: Relaxed levels of collecting.

What do you consider a relaxed level of collecting?

To me a relaxed level of collecting is getting a few figures in a month and not spending a lot of money to get them.


When collecting gets to relaxed levels I'm a happy collector.

Right now collecting is returning to where it's considered normal since I'm working with a limited budget this month and I am actually content with what I've already done this month to a point there is no need whatsoever to look at any other figures for a while and no need to look at anything expensive since the expensive stuff can wait till the end of the year.

I love it when collecting gets this way.

This is when I can enjoy the hobby the most and appreciate what's picked up and not feel that urge or impulse to get another figure, this usually happens after picking up a few items for the collection that make me satisfied and content.


Today got in the last item ITEM #781743 I was waiting for from Japan and I'm happy to have another Shielder in the collection!

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Shielder didn't cost a lot and was just over $50 so I love it when figures like this make me happy.

This morning picked up one of the main figures that was on my list for this month ITEM #770679 and I'm pretty content to not pick up anything else off the wish list this month, currently working on getting 2 other figures and then it's back to waiting on preorders.

Another part of this is waiting for what's been picked up and ITEM #770674 is coming in and the more I look at the Gundam Universe line the more I am content to collect Mobile Suit Gundam.

This month there are only 3 Pre-Orders to deal with at the end of the month so that means November I'll unplug from looking at things on ebay and other stores and just put my feet up and relax.

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Then there is the Star Wars Black Series Wedge Antillies figure due out at the end of the month that's on preorder and there are times where I can forget about preorders and that would create problems so looking over what's been done over the past week I'm a fairly happy collector because what was picked up didn't cost a lot and there is no reason to spend anything else since other items can wait.

Not feeling obsessed or possessed to get something else at the moment.

Only other figure I might add in this month may be ITEM #770675 but there are 2 Transformers to get already working on getting 1 and the other hopefully will be picked up at a decent price so there is no reason to go looking for anything else.


This is part of what relaxed collecting is to me.

Also just picked up one of the other items I wanted to get off Amazon so now there is no need to go out to check stores locally for it so I can relax this month, just need to go to 1 place to pick up one more exclusive and that's it for a while.

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After getting the Mandalorian figure at regular price I'm happy that things have been split between Gundam, Star Wars,and Transformers this month.

That makes me a satisfied collector when things are limited to 3 or less toylines to collect.

Picking up figures that I want and nothing else, then sit back and relax and wait for that month's preorders.

I'm the happiest when collecting Action Figures, Model Kits,and Prize Figures.

Scaled figures don't make me happy like they used too and they eat up so much of the collecting budget so now that I'm back to where things started with collecting Anime I'm content to continue with this because this works out for me.

This is easier to manage and helps to keep things relaxed.

Getting a few things in a month's time works out better and it's more appealing than a few expensive items all at once.

So What do you consider a relaxed level of collecting?

What do you enjoy collecting?
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1pt
JoniVera (12 days ago) #70023144Relaxed is no $100+ pre-orders and buy off the shelf for me.
I like the thrill of the hunt honestly; but at this point I want to sell about a third to a about half of my collection, pay off my debts and start again with more “approachable” figurines and customs.


Found the Thrill of the hunt for me is now limited to finding exclusive items those things that aren't easy to get online like the rest of the figures and that actually is more fun to me at times.

That "Thrill." however hasn't been that great as of late but the last few exclusives picked up made it fun again but now my approach to collecting is easy to get figures instead of stuff that's gonna be very hard to find.

Always a great idea to get your debts paid off, I did that and it's a great feeling when it's all done.

I still can't bring myself to buy an figure that's over $100 since I manage this hobby $100 at a time and with the stuff I'm after costing anywhere from $20-$30 that $100 for one item could get a few things or a half dozen things I'm after and have an entire To Get List done just by focusing on those.

I don't know who does a lot with this hobby these days but the trends I've seen is a lot collectors who collect a lot of the toylines and series I do are starting to pull out of it and focus on either getting rid of stuff or get to where they aren't doing a lot with it.

It's a nice thing to see Trending but to me it means I wonder how long the overall hobby has before life takes over and more collectors focus on living and the cost of living and start ditching the absurdly priced pieces of plastic.

-It's gotten to where I'm seeing these things as overly expensive pieces of plastic and not figures so I know I don't have a lot of time left as a collector and it's been estimated to at least 6 months from this point with that current mentality.
12 days ago
2pt
Relaxed is no $100+ pre-orders and buy off the shelf for me.
I like the thrill of the hunt honestly; but at this point I want to sell about a third to a about half of my collection, pay off my debts and start again with more “approachable” figurines and customs.
12 days ago
1pt
SebastianLover (13 days ago) #69978935Off topic, but damn that Mash looks good.
To actually answer your question, I think your definition is spot on. It's good to have a healthy pace of collecting where you still satisfy your desire for new figures, but it's not to a point where it's overwhelming or breaks the bank. I've seen a lot of collectors experience burnout as of late. I'm trying to take it easy myself because when I get a smaller haul I feel like it's easier for me to really appreciate each new piece rather than struggle to find space for everything.



Right now I am TIRED of looking at figures, I am already at the burnout stage and fatigued with dealing with the hobby and everything that goes with it.

I'm a happy collector now because most of what I want to get cost less than $40 and a small amount can be spent and be happy with what's picked up so it's at a point I'm wondering why I need to look at stuff that costs so much.

my focus is to take it easy and be done with this hobby for the year at the end of the month then wait for preorders.

If I don't have to go out to shop or look in stores for anything that makes me very happy since I really don't like this city and people here can't drive so it's always stressful to go out and I'm glad that most of what is left to get can be picked up easily off Amazon.

Gotta get to where I can stay happy with the hobby but now gotta set things to automatic with the way it's getting and spending less than $300 a month from this point on is a excellent idea.
13 days ago
3pt
Relaxed collecting for me entails not spending more than 200 dollars per month and having at least 1 scale figure in my order :)
13 days ago
1pt
Relaxed collecting for me entails not spending more than 200 dollars per month and having at least 1 scale figure in my order :)
13 days ago
3pt
Off topic, but damn that Mash looks good.

To actually answer your question, I think your definition is spot on. It's good to have a healthy pace of collecting where you still satisfy your desire for new figures, but it's not to a point where it's overwhelming or breaks the bank. I've seen a lot of collectors experience burnout as of late. I'm trying to take it easy myself because when I get a smaller haul I feel like it's easier for me to really appreciate each new piece rather than struggle to find space for everything.
13 days ago
2pt
For me is relaxed is where I am not constantly buying new things that i'm only kinda interested in, so that when I see something I really want I don't feel guilty for spending the money on it.

Ex: I'd rather hold off jumping on new or readily available figures, when I can take my time and collect older and rarer things instead.
14 days ago
1pt
skylinedo (14 days ago) #69940953Relaxed is consistency in price and expectation. Experience with various companies' products helps you "relax" as you have an idea of what you're getting leading to less disappointment. Which in turn, leads me to evaluate markup and how fast I want to hit that "purchase" button.
Being blown away is never a bad thing too ...


I'm glad I know what I'm getting when collecting Bandai and Hasbro related items, since I'm used to that it makes things a lot more enjoyable and found I'm eager to get new figures from those manufacturers but I am very hesitant to go and try a different manufacturer

Feels like keeping everything between the same things I'm used to collecting and sticking to getting figures from Kotobukiya when they go on sale helps with taking a break from the hobby and I like that over the past few months as a month starts I'm always in the mindset to do nothing with the hobby after picking up a few things.

Always like it when I'm surprised with a figure especially if it's one that doesn't cost a lot.
14 days ago
3pt
skylinedo BANNED
Relaxed is consistency in price and expectation. Experience with various companies' products helps you "relax" as you have an idea of what you're getting leading to less disappointment. Which in turn, leads me to evaluate markup and how fast I want to hit that "purchase" button.

Being blown away is never a bad thing too ...
14 days ago
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