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When Is It Too Much?When Is It Too Much?Diary

TheCliveTheClive1 month ago
When is too much too much? A recent issue with dealing with trying to fit new additions to the collection gave me pause... well, not so much a pause but more a full-blown existential crisis of sorts leading to a rabbit hole of asking if I had too many figures, if it was all a horrible waste of time and money and effort and emotions. I'll admit I was dealing with a difficult issue at work at that moment and that definitely contributed to the mood, but I had to ask myself what was it all too much as far the collection goes?

I finally just got in the bare-leg Aqua and Megumin bunnies after being in Surface Premium shipping purgatory for 5+ months and they are absolutely stunning. I knew I'd love the Megumin bunny, and the Aqua one is just so impressive in person; I'm glad I finally have the most useless goddess in the bunny collection. But... their bases are huge... easily much larger of a footprint than any other bunny I currently own (except for Darkness, who I already had, and maybe Revy, but that's due to her epic action pose). Basically, I had spots ready for them and a whole scheme of how everything I had now (and future pre-orders) would fit and be displayed in my rapidly-decreasing amount of available display space.

Long story short, the size of those bases completely blew my plan out of the water and I had to rethink the placement of a lot of stuff. Just re-arranging figures, not really a big deal right? It wasn't the re-arranging, it was that for the first time I found myself struggling to adapt the space to fit these newcomers along with the current collection. I already have most of my prize figures wrapped up and safely stored away, but even so, it took me several hours to figure out the new placements. That's what got me thinking: is too much too much and have I reached that point?

The simple answer is: yes... yes but. You see, I live in a small place; I live on my own so it's perfect for me. Decently priced for my area, it's basically a two-room (and bath/kitchen) place, but the rooms aren't so big. A large portion of wall space in the bedroom is for my 4 detolfs, and what's left over is bed, bookshelves, and dresser. Standing there yesterday, struggling to find the space for these new additions (and knowing I still have many more figures on pre-order through the rest of the year and 2022) is what sent me into my existential crisis, asking if everything had been a huge mistake. Time, space, money? The amount of space taken up in my small place, the sleepless hours staying up to catch amiami's pre-owned updates; I'm a collector at heart and do have an addictive personality, so had I let this hobby become bigger than it should be? Yes... yes but.

I spent a long time thinking about it, and in the end, I realized I was making this a bigger issue than it needed to be. Do I need to curb down the additions to the collections? Yes. But I already knew that before. I have a collection that I love with some very amazing and rare pieces in it, and I'm happy with that; I had already decided that going forward I should focus only on a few select series or characters (or figures that individually just amazed me beyond belief). So, no real issue there. Then I think about the time and money spent, and then I think about all the other hobbies/trips/events that I didn't spend money/time on these past two years, and all the things that previously took up my time became a lot less as things were cancelled and most folks just stayed home.

I still get together with my friends and family and have even been to several anime conventions since the start of all this, but a lot less than before. I'm going out with friends less, spending money at taprooms less (partially due to the pandemic, and partially due to everyone being busy with work and several of my close friends starting families). So... I realized that while just looking at it, it seemed like I had put way too much into this hobby, it was just a concentration of everything I put into multiple things before, now just focused here on this one hobby due to circumstances.

Then I also thought about the other passionate hobby I now have thanks to this one: figure photography. If I hadn't gotten so heavily invested and in love with the figure hobby, I never would have discovered my passion for photography. Since starting I've got myself a nice camera, learned techniques, thought creatively, and had a blast sharing my photography on Instagram (www.instagram.c...). That hobby has allowed me to express so much creativity, energy, and given me something to work on/towards during all this as well, and all of that is priceless. My point is, my figure collection is not just a figure collection, is has been a gateway into amazing experiences and the basis for other joys I have discovered since.

Even so, I was still left with the root problem that started this runaway train of thought: not having enough space for everything I have ordered throughout 2021 and 2022 (and items still not yet up for order on my wish list). But a sobering thought came to me: I was borrowing tomorrow's worries for today. It's always good to plan ahead obviously and have direction, but I was freaking out over not having enough planned space for figures that aren't even being released until mid to late next year (and with delays as they are now, perhaps not even arriving until 2023). I was stressing about trying to figure out space for figures I won't receive for over a year or more from now. Thinking on all of these things led my temporary existential crisis subside, and I managed to fit the new bunnies in.

So, my point is: is too much too much? Yes, but it's not so much when looked at as a whole: the joy of collecting, the joy I get admiring the collection, discovering photography, the joy of sharing my photos, interacting with folks here and on the figure subreddit... so it's a lot more valuable than "just having figures". It is true I need to slow down (and already was), and it's always important to look at your hobbies with a critical eye to ensure you are staying healthy in your hobby... but it's also equally important to keep the big picture in mind.

Just looking at my collection as it physically sits and takes up space in my house, it looks excessive. But, when looked at through the lens of everything else I mentioned, it's in fact a wellspring of many good experiences, creative endeavors, enjoyment...and if something like that takes up space at my house, then I'm happy that it does!
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I do a figure sweep every January, August, and December. I take a day out of that month and go through my entire collection and take a mental note about how I am feeling towards the figure. Whether I part with one, two, or more pieces, I find it perfect for me to maintain what I am enjoying and what I am not. It’s a great way for me to make room for new stuff while also taking time to enjoy my stuff.
1 month ago
To people in the comments talking about how 200+ collections are unreasonable and there's no way to appreciate every single figure, just know it isn't hard at all to reach that number when you have a ton of mini figures! Like one coin or gacha figures
1 month ago
I feel like I've reached the point of too much, but I feel apprehensive when it comes down to actually cancelling any of my orders... ;-; I was actually just on amiami to see what I would want to cancel potentially and... nothing. there are a few I currently own that I've thought about selling, so I boxed them all up to have them off display to see how I feel about not having them out.
1 month ago
TheClive1 month ago#102780555
I'm sorry, but I completely disagree with your thesis: by the end of the year I'll have 200 myself and I can tell you shelf by shelf what figures are there, why I got them, when I got them, where I ordered them from, what that figure means to me, and what that character means to me. While your opinion is completely valid for you and I'm not trying to tell you that you are wrong or to change how you think, I would like to voice my own opposing opinion that I believe the idea that people with larger collections cannot appreciate them as a blanket statement is untrue, and also dismissive of those collectors and the way they choose to hobby.
Also (for me), since I do figure photography, they are not relegated to sitting on a shelf for all eternity, as figures are constantly being moved/used for photoshoots.
... and I dust them monthly.


Sounds like your hobby has less to do with owning figures and more about taking pictures. I'm not going to bother saying no offense, because people will take offense either way, but saying shit like "I have 200 figures and I appreciate all of them!!" is just some cope level rhetoric.

Being able to tell where you buy shit from and what made you buy them is basic levels of awareness, it has nothing to do with appreciation. Although when you have the privilege of buying shit until you reach numbers where you cannot possibly keep giving a fuck even the base level awareness starts becoming too much of an expectation.

It's like having 5 cars, after a point you just have them for the sake of having them. Most normal people will probably think it's dumb and at that point it doesn't matter that you disagree with them, because you're doing so from a position so fucking different to theirs that they will never be able to relate to you.
1 month ago
I think it's very subjective. Collecting is how you make it and also being able to control your impulses, there's never too much, it's how you make it, how you appreciate it, and if you don't know when to stop and get rid of things, if you buy for the sole satisfaction of having more, you'll drive myself crazy like I was, buy things that make you happy and you're able to display and enjoy, not things solely to have a higher number in your collection. Be smart in what you want and appreciate the figures you buy for yourself, but if you're getting to a point in which you feel incredibly anxious over every purchase you buy, It would be best to rethink what you truly enjoy in your collection and what not, I swear getting rid of old stuff you don't even pay attention to feels very nice, specially replacing it with a brand new beautiful figure you love! Take care of yourself and I hope you can find peace within the way you collect soon!
1 month ago
Katastrophies1 month ago#102783123

Thank you, I appreciate that, and I also do appreciate your perspective and take on the hobby and the fact you took the time to read my article.

I also do agree that at a point, a collection can easily transform from just being a "large collection" that is loved to a "hoard" situation where it is being bought just to be bought, and that would definitely be hobbying in an unhealthy way (for many folks). I truly believe that each figure should be appreciated, admired, and have meaning for the collector, and if/when someone reaches the point that they can't, then they have too many.
1 month ago
TheClive1 month ago#102780555I said at the beginning that I meant no disrespect, so I'm not sure how I'm being dismissive. I also tried to keep it brief, but to explain my perspective further; 200 is where it starts usually, and it just progresses worse and worse until it reaches around 600-1000 and then it truly is just a waste, unless they do nothing else but focus on figures all day. People can buy all the figures they want, that's just my personal perspective from what I've seen and that shouldn't bother anyone else. I also respect your perspective, you're a very well spoken person.
1 month ago
Katastrophies1 month ago#102779666Yeah I agree and I was just thinking this the other day. No disrespect to people with collections past 200 but there is no reasonable way you could genuinely appreciate every figure you own, it's impossible even if it were only a few IPs. Once you reach 200 really there is no point in collecting, you're just wasting money, time, and space. Spending your income on plastic you can no longer remember is pointless. And we all know they rarely dust them, so their figures are just sitting there being totally neglected instead of actually being appreciated by smaller collectors.

I'm sorry, but I completely disagree with your thesis: by the end of the year I'll have 200 myself and I can tell you shelf by shelf what figures are there, why I got them, when I got them, where I ordered them from, what that figure means to me, and what that character means to me. While your opinion is completely valid for you and I'm not trying to tell you that you are wrong or to change how you think, I would like to voice my own opposing opinion that I believe the idea that people with larger collections cannot appreciate them as a blanket statement is untrue, and also dismissive of those collectors and the way they choose to hobby.

Also (for me), since I do figure photography, they are not relegated to sitting on a shelf for all eternity, as figures are constantly being moved/used for photoshoots.

... and I dust them monthly.
1 month ago
Enferlain1 month ago#102768371"I found myself struggling to adapt the space to fit these newcomers"
I see people with shit like 300 figures and I just think, there is no fucking way they can appreciate all of them. At one point you're spreading yourself thin.
I'm nowhere near that much, but I have way more now than I imagined when I bought my first one. The problem is the random impulsive purchases don't go away, but the space is getting less and less. I'm at a point where my desk and some more are filled with figures that I actually give a shit about, and I have 1 display tower that everything else goes to but it's already full and most new purchases that are in the "looks nice" category I feel not so good about after buying them.
I will reach a point where there won't be any space for anything just "nice looking" which to me is a positive thing as it will save me from making impulsive purchases.
And this is without taking the boxes into account. They take up like 1/4 of my room cuz I have no other storage place. I have been thinking about folding the boxes down and putting the inner part somewhere else so I can use them when I have to move. That's the only reason I'm keeping most of the boxes, the rest is so I can sell the ones I'm not planning to keep.
Yeah I agree and I was just thinking this the other day. No disrespect to people with collections past 200 but there is no reasonable way you could genuinely appreciate every figure you own, it's impossible even if it were only a few IPs. Once you reach 200 really there is no point in collecting, you're just wasting money, time, and space. Spending your income on plastic you can no longer remember is pointless. And we all know they rarely dust them, so their figures are just sitting there being totally neglected instead of actually being appreciated by smaller collectors.
1 month ago
If you havnt tried it yet, ive found that getting some acrylic risers (or really anything that can raise the figs up an inch or so) can really help with making use of detolf space. Just getting some of the figure bases off of the same surface really opens up possibilities when you start getting those bigger footprints.

Heres an example of my main offenders:
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