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Personal tastes, instinct & collecting

After some recent purchases and order cancellations, I had some thoughts. Pretty pointless ones, but I decided to post them here, just because it could be fun to hear what other people have to say on this topic.

I turned more seriously to figure collecting in 2011, and at first I did not really know what I was looking for. I used to buy statues and figurines of characters I knew and liked, so at first I kept doing that. My first figma was Madoka Kaname ITEM #61338, because I enjoyed the series Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and for a similar reason my first not-jointed figure was Ena ITEM #2193 from Yotsuba&!

After a while, I understood that I did not necessarily care about the character. I never expected that figmas (and nendos) could be such fun: they make me feel creative, when I pose them and set up little scenes. They are the perfect surrogates of an old hobby of mine, which unfortunately I don't have time to practice anymore seriously... Drawing! Yes, for some reason, when I try to give to a figma the exact pose I have in my mind, I feel a sensation very close to the ones I experienced when I figured out how to transpose my imagination on a white sheet.

Then, at some point I went on a figma spree and started acquiring as many of them as possible, according to my budget. So, my buying rule became: I want figures of characters I like AND/OR figures that would be the most fun to pose.

But then... I noticed some neat scaled figures. And the process repeated: at first, I just became interested in the characters I liked. So, for me it was just natural to choose those ones, for example: ITEM #199 ITEM #78586 ITEM #61356 ITEM #42027

Then, something else happened. The (in)famous GSC Godoka ITEM #98665 was announced, and well, according to my "character preference" rule, I preordered her right away.

But... after some months, I realized that something did not feel right. The more I looked at the previews of Godoka, the more I started to hear a voice in my mind saying: wow, this looks really brilliant and unique... but it's not for me. Really, it's not for me.

I could not understand why, but I kept feeling that way, until figma Godoka ITEM #117907 was announced... and I decided in her favor, cancelling my preorder of GSC Godoka.

But it was not only a matter of posability versus "stillness"... It actually happened again. Recently, I cancelled her ITEM #105081 for the same reason why I did not end up buying Godoka.

So... now, my rules for scaled figures are quite mysterious. By default, I don't buy them, but if I do, it's because of a unidentified "sixth sense", which could be called personal taste, instinct, or whatever... I don't know! It's just weird that it feels so clear in my head and I don't know how to explain it. I just knew that Tenshi was "not for me", while I feel that those ones are what I need ITEM #91365 ITEM #78406 (In fact I ordered Menma yesterday, while I'll wait for Shinobu because of her insane price).

Maybe those choices are telling me something about my subconscious. Maybe I don't want to know more about it, haha ^^'

Have you ever felt something like that?
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Honestly that feeling is pretty much the only way I choose to buy figures now. I haven't been in the hobby long but I really enjoy it. And, though at first I decided to only choose figures of characters I really liked I've since kinda separated the thought of character and figure, to such a point where I often end up buying whatever figure satisfies my sort of.. aesthetic craving(?) at the time. Leaning more toward buying what I want to see at the time.
I enjoy that a lot more than limiting myself to characters I know I like, in fact I'm less likely to buy figures of those because, for some reason I often feel like I don't want them, similar to your feelings of seeming discontent(I think?), towards the Madoka figures.
Not sure why. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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markl (4 anno/i fa) #1421939Thanks for the replies!
I used that to convince me to buy when I was really uncertain about some figure, in the past. But I don't do that anymore... now I just "feel" if I need to buy something or not. When I decide I don't need something, I don't regret it. And the fun thing is: I dont't have a clue about my own reasons! If you would ask me, why did you cancel Godoka, and instead you spent money on this one ITEM #29248, and also this one ITEM #105051, which is also known to have a few quality issues? Well, I have no idea. It just felt right to me. I can't even say I recognize relevant similarities between the scaled figures I decided to buy. The poses, the apparent ages, the clothes are very different... It's really puzzling!


you are welcome.

its same on me, mate.
maybe I'm a lucky man, coz I have a friend and I can call him "advisor". I like to ordered many items on him, like these items:
ITEM #49205
ITEM #124843
ITEM #117939
ITEM #117936

sometimes he remind me about the "limit" and he always tell the truth about many items if I ordered a re-run item like this : ITEM #49205. from QC, price etc.

that why that bad "jokes" cant be poisoned me again.
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ponnieRGBlv26 ~Donyatsu Huntress~
I see what you mean. Godoka turned out more of a disappointment to me (too much assembly, impossible to display with the large bow, scratched base, huge box, space eater), the only thing that makes me like her is the option of having a full GSC PMMM set on my shelf.

Now I only order figures that fascinate me in a way even if I do not know the character. I even ordered that candy pink Nia because i admire her design - and I don't even slightly like her character! Figures are my eye candy now, so I hardly care for the character behind them.
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I kind of know what you mean.
I collect mainly scaled figures and I do not buy any nendoroids or figmas. I had a terrible experience with three nendoroids as a novice collector and overall they don't interest me. I enjoy figures art-wise and character-wise, so I need that balance. I guess nendoroids, to me, are just mini toys that you play with and I usually never bother.

My strict "no nendoroid/ figma policy" had been broken after I saw: ITEM #136458 and ITEM #144353 appear. I would buy those ones in a jiff once they come out. I can't resist some of my favourite characters.
Now I am also versatile with a few other action figures (still no figmas though): ITEM #129201, ITEM #4304 and ITEM #62223.
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Thanks for the replies!

Kuuga (4 anno/i fa) #1421413
there is a "jokes" in here, better regret buying than not buying at all.


I used that to convince me to buy when I was really uncertain about some figure, in the past. But I don't do that anymore... now I just "feel" if I need to buy something or not. When I decide I don't need something, I don't regret it. And the fun thing is: I dont't have a clue about my own reasons! If you would ask me, why did you cancel Godoka, and instead you spent money on this one ITEM #29248, and also this one ITEM #105051, which is also known to have a few quality issues? Well, I have no idea. It just felt right to me. I can't even say I recognize relevant similarities between the scaled figures I decided to buy. The poses, the apparent ages, the clothes are very different... It's really puzzling!
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aigisRGBlv16 kuso teitoku
i think i understand that feeling, but i've never ordered something, looked back and decided to cancel because i suddenly realized that perhaps the excitement i got wasn't the "right" one. if i cancel preorders, it's usually because i have to sort out my money matters and the things that maybe mean less to me (although i still really love them!) just have to stay out of the picture a while longer, like ITEM #117966 and ITEM #117968 before a friend so lovingly ordered her as a birthday gift to me!

there have been times when i did actually receive items and upon looking at them for awhile think to myself "maybe i don't care as much as i thought i would" but it's very rare for me. i always tend to mull over figures i want to preorder, even if most of them are characters i love, so when the day comes that they go up i can order them right away--just to make sure that excitement i got when first seeing them was the "right" one, and so far it's done me very well :) i think the only really truly impulse scaled buys i've ever had were ITEM #98947 and ITEM #78589, but i think i knew right away somehow that it was the "right" excitement, because those two are both some of my absolute standouts in my collection.
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Every so often...

with my interests shifting and having to combat hype for things that leads to Impulse buying for sure[Right now there's a rising interest in the NEW Gi Joe Movie,Gi Joe Retaliation with those figures and vehicles] Scale Size sometimes doesn't apply to me since if it's a good looking figure of a character I like I'll buy it.
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Have you ever felt something like that?

yup, sometimes I regret to buy some figures and I get same situations like yours.

I started to hear a voice in my mind saying: wow, this looks really brilliant and unique... but it's not for me. Really, it's not for me.


there is a "jokes" in here, better regret buying than not buying at all. I think its a bad joke coz sometimes make me and other confuse. on the 1st time, I feel ok with this joke but after that...I feel regret to buy any items which doesnt fit to my taste or I think its "useless".

now, its the past and I have learn much on that.

on this time...I prefer to buy action figures like SHF, Figma, SIC etc than scaled figures coz I have same rule like you : I want figures of characters I like AND/OR figures that would be the most fun to pose

but sometimes I like buy scaled figures too if I think that figures fit to my taste like these.
ITEM #81489
ITEM #13953
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I'm not sure where I'm going with collecting yet, as I've just started out. My first purchase was ITEM #91622 because I love her and couldn't afford ITEM #61356 (because I was looking at US sites at the time and she was like $120 or so). I thought I should only collect characters I knew and liked, but I have ordered a couple that I want only for their looks like ITEM #12045
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I'm almost the opposite to you. I like scales much more than figma and nendoroids. I guess its probably the look of the joints that puts me off, whereas posably isn't something that rates high for me personally. I own a single nendo: Nyaruko, who I picked just because she seems to work in nendoroid form. I can't really explain why I liked her when nendos aren't typically high priority to me! I pick scales based on having a connection to them. They're not always my most favorite character but there has to be something that speaks to me. Godoka is a beautiful scale but its really the choice that the character makes at that point which really speaks to me personally. I tend to favour pretty boy characters the most, probably because that appeals to me most aesthetically. A stunningly beautiful girl figure might be less appealing to me than a more plain boy figure.
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