I’ve recently been going through all of my Funko Pops, for a reason that I’ll explain in another post. But it’s weird, because back in the day, I never wanted to collect them at all. I remember seeing people talking about them on all of the toy collecting forums and I was simply not interested. Bobbleheads? To a “serious” action figure collector like me? Nonsense!
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You know what really, really pisses me off? When I go into a store to buy toys and the store has stuck price tags and other advertising stickers all over the front of the box. All you’ve done is guaranteed that neither I, nor any other semi-serious collector is going to touch that particular toy.
I’ve long recognized that I really don’t “fit in” to just about any hobbyist community out there and I guess I’m fine with it. I am not a fanatic in any way, shape or form and I have neither love nor respect for fanatics in any field under the sun. I have hobbies for fun, not to compete, not to show off, not to “win”, but to have a good time in the company of people I like, engaging in a casual activity where we can enjoy our experience together.
One thing I’ve noticed in a lot of hobbyist forums is that they hardly ever talk about what’s wrong with the hobby, they only talk about what’s right. Nobody talks about what should be improved and if you bring anything up, you either get a lukewarm response that fades quickly, or you get angry people telling you to shut up and accentuate the positive. This is certainly not universal, but it seems like there are quite a few places where people act like if they don’t talk about the negative, it’ll just disappear. Unfortunately, that rarely ever happens.
I’ve written before that I’ve kind of given up on collecting action figures for various reasons. First, nobody is really making anything that I really feel the need to have. Secondly, prices are rising, but quality is falling, a bad combination. Third, stores are stocking fewer and fewer figures and collecting just isn’t fun anymore. So is this the end of the road for action figures?