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What do you do when collecting gets boring?

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby sparkysx » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:51 am

I bought some lay flat tubing and a heat sealer. sealed each fig with it's weapon, then neatly put them all in a large plastic tub with a lid. I keep all the caped figs at the top along with luke ben and vader so their saber tips don't get bent.

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:47 pm

There’s never a dull moment for me... just quieter periods. I have 3 little focuses at the moment; a loose PBP run, a 20/21 back run and a little Yoda side focus. I enjoy hunting down each of them at a reasonable price. The PBP collection has stalled a bit but I’m loving the challenge of finding all the different loose Yoda variants.

Palitoy 12/20 backs is a very tricky and expensive run. Maybe there’s something else you could go for? Cinema posters to complement your display room for example.

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby TrooperWill » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:29 am

I have to say, I got a bit bored as my loose run started to come towards the end, the last few loosies took a bit of saving so went a few weeks/ months between purchases, but one thing that really got me interested was displaying my stuff.

I work in retail and manage 11 shops so display is something I think about. I picked up 2 ikea deltofs (highly doubt that is spelled correctly) and tried by best to make dioramas and make them as visually pleasing as possible, so even people who don't follow star wars could see what was going on. it really captivated my, got me looking online for ideas, and picking up stuff I never thought I would want, such as surplus ewoks and bespin guards.

every day or so I was opening the cabinets, tweaking the positions of figures and ships. it was a lot more enjoyable than just lining them all up on Perspex shelves. I don't have any photos (yet!) but to give you an idea:

I have Tatooine on the top shelf, with the cantina set up with patrons, greedo and han talking it out, lukes speeder stopped out the front with a few stormies grilling him and c3-po. also have an xwing squeezed above.

next shelf has the battle for hoth, rebel troops and tauntauns verses empire troops with radar cannons and tripod lasers, plus a snowspeeder and a wampa watching

next shelf has lando flanked by lobot and some bespin guards greeting han, leia and chewie at their arrival to bespin, backed by the cloud car and some ugnaughts looking on.

bottom has the battle of endor, with the AT-ST, two speeder bikes, ewoks, scout troopers, pruneface, han trenchcoat and the other endor rebels, all fighting it out.

I had as much fun trying to find scenery and accessories that would compliment the displays but not take away from the kennery goodness, such as Playmobile trees and ferns for endor and all the mini rigs, which I had mostly ignored up until then, but fit in surprisingly well in some situations.

this is just one of the two cabinets, ill type up the other an do some pictures for the showcase once I'm happy. the best thing was my fiancé finally got what I was trying to achieve with my collection and stopped winding me up about my expensive space dolls, my family and friends commented on how it looks like a toy museum display and several seemingly random figures they had no idea who they were suddenly became clear (such as the AT-ST driver, cloud car pilot etc..)

sorry for such a long reply but I'm sure you see my point, as mu signature says, you don't need to be spending thousands on minty sealed boxes to enjoy yourself.
I prefer trading items to buying them, have a loose run, about half the ships/vehicles and all the mini-rigs, spent under £200 and have had a blast doing so. This hobby doesn't have to be about spending a mortgage deposit every month on one item

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby pmsbull » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:36 am

Cazza wrote:I've definitely hit a bit of a lull. I cannot find the last couple of pieces I need to complete my childhood focus for love nor money and I'm getting a bit fed up with it :lol: They're not even high ticket items either. I'm also very unhappy with how mine are displayed and can't figure out a decent solution for a decent cost.I'm totally uninspired- I hardly ever look at them any more :( I will be selling quite a few MOCs next spring to help fund a new car. A couple of years ago, I would've been very reluctant to do this, but I'm a bit meh about it all at the moment.


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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby Cazza » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:41 pm

pmsbull wrote:
Cazza wrote:I've definitely hit a bit of a lull. I cannot find the last couple of pieces I need to complete my childhood focus for love nor money and I'm getting a bit fed up with it :lol: They're not even high ticket items either. I'm also very unhappy with how mine are displayed and can't figure out a decent solution for a decent cost.I'm totally uninspired- I hardly ever look at them any more :( I will be selling quite a few MOCs next spring to help fund a new car. A couple of years ago, I would've been very reluctant to do this, but I'm a bit meh about it all at the moment.


pm me what the bits you need are will check see if I have them and ask mates too


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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby TheJabbaWookie » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:29 pm

TrooperWill wrote:I have to say, I got a bit bored as my loose run started to come towards the end, the last few loosies took a bit of saving so went a few weeks/ months between purchases, but one thing that really got me interested was displaying my stuff.

Love to see some pics.

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby maxf » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:25 am

I’m at the point where the last few bits I need fro my run are pretty hard to find, so could be months (or even years) without adding to my collection soon.

A break is good but not too long so to keep ‘fresh’ I expect I’ll collect something else with a slightly less tight focus.
Looking for Palitoy mailers and MOCs...

Detailed WTB list here: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=32243

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby TWOFOOT » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:27 pm

You sell you whole collection. Then feel sorry for yourself. Then about 8 years later start collecting again and have a heart attack at what has happened to the price of loose figures. Be smart. Be like Twofoot....... Wait hang on a minute. Lol
Lesson well learned there.
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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby Mini99 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:30 pm

TWOFOOT wrote:You sell you whole collection. Then feel sorry for yourself. Then about 8 years later start collecting again and have a heart attack at what has happened to the price of loose figures. Be smart. Be like Twofoot....... Wait hang on a minute. Lol
Lesson well learned there.

8 years, you’re luck... I had a 15 year gap.
I couldn’t get over the rise in prices in that time. :shock:

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby jedisearcher » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:52 pm

What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Looks like you arrange to have some stuff sold to pay for something you arranged to have bought :lol:
WTB thread - most Palitoy 30b's and 3 debut 45a's: http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=17224

Memories from a 1980s Toy Shop: http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24289

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby peekaygee73 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:28 pm

Wreck-It Ralph wrote:What do you do when collecting gets boring, should you stop, sell up or turn to stone?

Since you haven't logged in since asking the question, I'm guessing it's 'turn to stone'! :o

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Re: What do you do when collecting gets boring?

Postby TWOFOOT » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:59 pm

peekaygee73 wrote:
Wreck-It Ralph wrote:What do you do when collecting gets boring, should you stop, sell up or turn to stone?

Since you haven't logged in since asking the question, I'm guessing it's 'turn to stone'! :o


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