I apologize that since the blog is still going through changes, there isn’t much of the usual review/comic contents. That, however gave me time to think about a certain issue. An issue most collectors, I’m certain, also faced once or is still facing.
But first, let me tell you my backstory, just a paragraph long. This is not my first dive at such hobby, back in ’96 I used to collect and build gunplas. I was only absorbed in one line, bandai’s gunplas. It went on until 2000, where at that time my father passed away exactly when i arrived at the hospital (he was there for a while). I never got the chance to show him that my score was fourth best in the entire school. After that, i went to college. Due to the issues of going to college and other entry exams, my gunplas became more and more uncared for. So i decided to stop it. I love my gunplas to bits, so i didn’t sell em off. Instead i gave em all to various people who i know would take care of it like their own family. Life went on, as i got a job, quitted, started a business, married. I was, to say the least have become part of a system, an automaton, doing the same routine over and over Get-up – work – sleep. I was borderline bored and easily stressed out when i remember something my father said once.
And on July 2011, i started collecting again. This time it’s not gunplas because i don’t have the time or fatigue left as i used to, being drained most of it by work. So yeah, here i go articulated figures.
Here she is, my first articulated figure and also my first figure in a long time since 2000. The moment i got her it was love at first sight, something like that anyway. This is it, she’s the beginning of everything you have seen up till now.
But as it goes, i started seeing more and more into details. Some of the figmas are poorly detailed, i don’t mean the really minor issues in which you need to zoom in to see, but also the obvious ones.
So what do i want? Details? No… if i wanted details i’d be diving straight to static scale figures. I GOT IT, playability. And with it begins me going to collect things that are not from the same company line.
Azunyan was my first nendoroid, and yes, nendoroids are fun to play with. I mean they’re adorable, can be positioned for various moe-comical situations and they’re just… too damn adorable. But i again met a speedbump, one does not simply pose nendoroids a free as they want.
And the cycle starts again, it’s not detail, nor playability only… i wonder what’s missing…
This cycle was the longest, it made me order a lot of things just to see if that line fits what i’m looking for…
Revoltechs, AGPs, CEAJs … Still … i haven’t found what i was looking for… UNTIL.
Eh? Figure stores? uhm… well they’re moe mechamusume’s i’ll give em that. Fits my taste but i wonder if…
Eh? They’re 1:1 Figure sized microbots? Cool, that means their size is perfect as a collectible and also to animate in comics. Wait, whadaya mean you don’t need to animate personalities for them? They’re already have a “canon” personality to them don’t they?
So… they have a canon trait yet no canon personality?
Wait, ok i’m interested, since they do fill up most of the things i was looking for but I’m not really sure the actual figures are able to do the things we see on…
Ok that’s some serious articulation there… I finally found it, the line i was looking for. A figure, a partner, a personality. The joints aren’t pretty? Nah, it doesn’t matter they’re micro partner bots. They’re meant to be practical, not pretty.
I’ve finally found the main line I’m going to pursue, a partner, a figure, a personality.
But what about the others? No I’m not leaving them out, it’s just that from now on, i will be concentrating 80% on getting shinkis. The rest still moves on but as a side dish, meaning i’ll only get them if i really love them. Also i won’t forget to complete my remaining missing pieces.
And that’s the end of my search, some of you might be over it a long time ago. Some of you might still be in it. So i hope this post can help you all in search of that perfect line for you. Because let’s face it, even though Ash said “Gotta get them all”, he still catches pokemons only. Not that I’m saying that you guys should concentrate on ONE line, but when you have made that decision to concentrate most of your resources on ONE line, you will find that your hobby life is easier on the wallet and in the mind.
Well, do note that this post is just about my journey in finding a product line to concentrate on, it might be different preferences for you. But the goal of my post is to share how i’ve come into a conclusion on what my preferred product line will be.