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Fat Head
09-19-2007, 03:26 PM
I got around to re-arranging my place, and this is a partial result. There are still areas that need major cleaning and stuff still needs to be hung, but I'm happy with it so far.

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5184/img2556qg9.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2556qg9.jpg)http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/9536/img2557lo0.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2557lo0.jpg)
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7044/img2565fe2.th.jpg (http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2565fe2.jpg)http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/5554/img2568vw6.th.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2568vw6.jpg)

Let me know what you think so far, and I'd be happy to hear any suggestions if you have them!

KitFisto
09-19-2007, 04:52 PM
And soon you'll have a nice Emma Frost exclusive to add to that!

El Roranous
09-19-2007, 04:57 PM
My suggestion.


Stop while you still can!!!


You may think I am joking but honestly I am not. Save your money and enjoy the things you have now and walk away a healthier man. This is an addiction!!!

creature4000
09-19-2007, 06:55 PM
My suggestion.


Stop while you still can!!!


You may think I am joking but honestly I am not. Save your money and enjoy the things you have now and walk away a healthier man. This is an addiction!!!

:lol:lol:lol:lol.... Too True!!!!

Now this is the only thing I think about on a daily basis!!! Well... maybe the second thing!:monkey3

DarkKnight2k4
09-19-2007, 07:07 PM
We all feel the same but none of us can stop !

Fat Head
09-19-2007, 08:21 PM
My suggestion.


Stop while you still can!!!


You may think I am joking but honestly I am not. Save your money and enjoy the things you have now and walk away a healthier man. This is an addiction!!!

Two days ago, after I looked at what I spent, I cut up my credit card. Then deleted it from anything I had it stored in online. I didn't cancel the pre-orders I already nailed down, but I think I'm done until I get everything paid off. I feel like a complete idiot, but strangely I don't regret it. I think that's what scares me most. Once I have a piece in hand, any question I had about spending that money is gone.

El Roranous
09-20-2007, 06:03 AM
Two days ago, after I looked at what I spent, I cut up my credit card. Then deleted it from anything I had it stored in online. I didn't cancel the pre-orders I already nailed down, but I think I'm done until I get everything paid off. I feel like a complete idiot, but strangely I don't regret it. I think that's what scares me most. Once I have a piece in hand, any question I had about spending that money is gone.

We all feel the same way. Sorry to turn your collection thread into this but I felt it was important to say. Most of us want out but we are too deep into it. We can still save you from this hobby. You have already made a step most of us could never take.

Don't get me wrong, it can be rewarding at times but ultimately too expensive.

Great to have you around though and welcome! :rock

Darthrazz
09-20-2007, 06:15 AM
We all feel the same way. Sorry to turn your collection thread into this but I felt it was important to say. Most of us want out but we are too deep into it. We can still save you from this hobby. You have already made a step most of us could never take.

Don't get me wrong, it can be rewarding at times but ultimately too expensive.

Great to have you around though and welcome! :rock

Too True, welcome to the board!!!

Just remember.... buy what you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want and you'll be a happy collector, don't ever fall into the "Well I have BATMAN, but ROBIN would look good on the shelf next to him", trap. If you don't like ROBIN, DON'T BUY HIM! Just cause BATMAN looks lonely doesn't mean you have to buy him! :lol

Vader AL
09-20-2007, 06:55 AM
great collection! now start using imageshack.us to post pictures i can actually see. :)

Fat Head
09-20-2007, 08:09 AM
Too True, welcome to the board!!!

Just remember.... buy what you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want and you'll be a happy collector, don't ever fall into the "Well I have BATMAN, but ROBIN would look good on the shelf next to him", trap. If you don't like ROBIN, DON'T BUY HIM! Just cause BATMAN looks lonely doesn't mean you have to buy him! :lol


I only ever buy what I really really want. Problem is, I really really want a lot of stuff. And I don't have much self control when it comes to buying stuff. I don't buy pieces just to be companion pieces, they have to be something I really like. I had to cut up my card at the insistance of a very good friend of mine who basically said "All this stuff is REALLY cool...but what the hell is wrong with you?"

I'll fix the pics when I get home from work.

The ill Jedi
09-20-2007, 08:11 AM
Two days ago, after I looked at what I spent, I cut up my credit card. Then deleted it from anything I had it stored in online. I didn't cancel the pre-orders I already nailed down, but I think I'm done until I get everything paid off. I feel like a complete idiot, but strangely I don't regret it. I think that's what scares me most. Once I have a piece in hand, any question I had about spending that money is gone.
My best advice to you is this, get ONLY what you really want and love, don't buy things 'cause everyone else is or to keep up. This hobby should bring you happiness, not stress and financial troubles. I realized this a while back and that is why I started to sell some of my stuff, not 'cause I was having money issues, 'cause I had waaay too much. So now I'm scaling down my collection and canceling a lot of pre-orders. Remember, get only what you really want and make sure they are Quality pieces. :D

By the way...:welcome

Boba Fett
09-20-2007, 09:03 AM
Good advice everyone is giving. Yes, I can only agree that only buy what you really been wanting, and never try to keep up with the "Jones's."

And bienvenido!

tomandshell
09-20-2007, 09:05 AM
Is that the Delorean from Back to the Future? I like it.

KitFisto
09-20-2007, 07:08 PM
I love hearing all these horror stories about buying too much too fast. Let's me know I wasn't alone :lol

I have sold off a lot of stuff in the last few months and really narrowed my focus to just a few lines and I am much happier for it.

Fat Head
09-21-2007, 04:17 AM
Is that the Delorean from Back to the Future? I like it.

Why yes, yes it is. I forgot the scale on it, but it is made of stainless steel, like the actual car, and Mr. Fusion is on the back and the wheels fold up and down.

Fat Head
09-21-2007, 04:21 AM
I love hearing all these horror stories about buying too much too fast. Let's me know I wasn't alone :lol

I have sold off a lot of stuff in the last few months and really narrowed my focus to just a few lines and I am much happier for it.

And I purchased some of it! And am much broker for it.

Yeah, I mostly stick to comic and movie lines. More comics, but as you see I have a few terminator items and such. I can't say I really like anything out of the LOTR lines or anything else for that matter. It tends to just be stuff I loved growing up as a kid, that retained its cool factor into becoming an adult.

El Roranous
09-21-2007, 07:05 AM
I only ever buy what I really really want. Problem is, I really really want a lot of stuff. And I don't have much self control when it comes to buying stuff. I don't buy pieces just to be companion pieces, they have to be something I really like. I had to cut up my card at the insistance of a very good friend of mine who basically said "All this stuff is REALLY cool...but what the hell is wrong with you?"

I'll fix the pics when I get home from work.

You have a very good friend that is looking out for you. Very nice collection and great attitude. Welcome aboard!:fireworks:fest

Fat Head
09-21-2007, 10:38 AM
You have a very good friend that is looking out for you. Very nice collection and great attitude. Welcome aboard!:fireworks:fest

I know. Good friends like that are rare. I consider myself lucky because while I do have a number of people I call friends, I do have two really close friends who look out for me like that, and I in turn return the favor.

insomniac
09-21-2007, 06:14 PM
Welcome to the hobby. I have been collecting statues since 1991 and I think the trick is moderation. Do not go into debt to support your hobby. Create a budget and allocate a percentage to it. You do not have to buy everything.

Mesa
09-21-2007, 09:06 PM
Okay, I got to chime in here. For me, this thread has turned into a support group for collector addicts. Everything I'm hearing is what I went through and still am going through. I've always been a packrat, how I was raised. Then along comes this hobby. I started out on Mezco Family Guy. Saw them in the store, hit Ebay to get earlier series, and was hooked. From there it turned into the muppet palisades line. I even got the Mezco Popeye and edward scissorhands line. Then the Alice (dark video game) figures. A lot of this I planned on flipping on Ebay for a profit, which I did. Sold the Muppet palisades line for maybe 2-3X what I paid (Red Zoot went for $358!!!, I paid maybe $30). All of these were very affordable for me. I even hit spencers for some of the DC direct and corpse bride stuff, mostly on clearnace, for the sole purpose of turning a profit. I think the beginning of my addition was the dark crystal Plan B busts, which I picked up. Then I saw someone sell a lot of 20 SSW LOTR busts, which included greats such as both gandalfs, lurtz, Merry, Aragorn, arwen, etc. etc. etc. I paid a little over $1k, but figured at least half were going for $80-$100 so I could easily recover my costs, because I was planning on flipping at that time too. When I finally got them in (2 LARGE boxes), I opened to inspect. It was then that I realized that these were not toys, but ART. I was done with toys, mostly, and I was hooked. I've continued to pick up nearly all of the SSW LOTR pieces, with excpetion of the $600+ early statues. However I was able to pick up orc swordsman, boromir, wraith/steed, aragorn, and gimli statues, all for under another $1k. How did I justify spending $1000 on these, cuz i knew they were easily worth double that, but I doubted I would sell. I foudn another lot sale of harry potter busts (10 total, with the rarest pieces) for $600. Again, easily be able to recover that cost, but still planning on keeping. I've since kept those collections going, well SSW LOTR is done, but it turned into the GG LOTR stuff. Since then I've added the SS premium format line and some of the Marvel stuff. And most recently the 12" horror and dead line. I've sold maybe half of my earlier toys, and have made a good chunk of change to help support newer purchases, but the stuff I'm getting now, I don't want to turn over. But I'm assuming I eventually will, because I see a few people on here do it, probably to buy new things.

I still have a hard time not buying doubles. I have two Ex PF Lurtz. Paid $450 (too much) for the first cauze I wanted it bad, but then saw a low # for $350 BIN shipped on Ebay. I had to buy it, simply cause it was a better deal. They haven't risen in value as quickly as I would have liked, but do plan on turning one as soon as I can recover the initial $450 or more.

So here's my advice, from a beginnign collecotr who started off collecting toys to make $ maybe a year ago but now collect mostly higher end statues/busts for enjoyment:

1) Being a geek helps. :D

2) this hobby is expensive. I have a decent job and make sure to pay my bills first, put very little on credit card before paying off immediately. I can't imagine paying $300 for a statue when that was my rent in college.

3) But, you can probably recover most of that cost, and make a profit, if you are selective in your choices.

4) I probably shouldn't have bought as many doubles, you'll have less $ to get other stuff. But it's hard when you see something for less than what you paid and if you anticipate a big price value increase.

5) Pay the extra few dollars for insurance if you buy from Ebay

6) I said it earlier tonight, but it's very difficult to pic just a few lines to stick with. Good luck with that.

I'm still working on displaying my pieces. I'm hemming and hawing about tiling my floor, and don't want to set everything up, just to take down again. When I get that done, I'll be sure to share. But I'm not nearly motivated enough to do it just yet. I plan on getting a bunch of the Ikea glass cases to show them off, I'm too lazy to dust regularly and worried what that could do to them.

I probably should have saved this for an introduction, too late now.

Welcome to the hobby. Very nice start of a great collection.

Fat Head
09-22-2007, 01:38 PM
Ok, images are finally fixed.

Jen
09-22-2007, 01:43 PM
I only ever buy what I really really want. Problem is, I really really want a lot of stuff. And I don't have much self control when it comes to buying stuff. I don't buy pieces just to be companion pieces, they have to be something I really like. I had to cut up my card at the insistance of a very good friend of mine who basically said "All this stuff is REALLY cool...but what the hell is wrong with you?"

I'll fix the pics when I get home from work.


You have more willpower than me!! Good for you. I've cut way down on my buying (my credit cards bills frighten me everytime they arrive). As long as you don't find yourself lusting over some of the grail pieces you should be fine! :)

Fat Head
09-22-2007, 02:07 PM
So here's my advice, from a beginnign collecotr who started off collecting toys to make $ maybe a year ago but now collect mostly higher end statues/busts for enjoyment:

1) Being a geek helps. :D

2) this hobby is expensive. I have a decent job and make sure to pay my bills first, put very little on credit card before paying off immediately. I can't imagine paying $300 for a statue when that was my rent in college.

3) But, you can probably recover most of that cost, and make a profit, if you are selective in your choices.

4) I probably shouldn't have bought as many doubles, you'll have less $ to get other stuff. But it's hard when you see something for less than what you paid and if you anticipate a big price value increase.

5) Pay the extra few dollars for insurance if you buy from Ebay

6) I said it earlier tonight, but it's very difficult to pic just a few lines to stick with. Good luck with that.

You have some good advice. I am a geek, so it does help. It also hurts. I don't really plan on flipping, so purchasing all kinds of things isn't going to be an issue for me. I have moral issues with flipping. But that discussion is for another time and place. I only plan on buying stuff that

1) I will display.

2) I will enjoy looking at.

3) Have a chance of increasing in value.

Sticking to just a couple lines isn't really a problem for me. Sideshow is the main company I am interested in, just because of the quality I see in their products, and the Marvel Line is my primary focus at the moment. I also dig the Terminator line, but they don't have much else I'm interested in. LOTR and some of the horror stuff is cool as hell, but even though I love the movies, I don't want to have all kinds of the memorabilia around my place. I don't really play with toys even on an occasional basis, so statues is where it's at for me.

Out of their other lines I'd only consider a Buffy PF (the original one), a Right Hand of Doom 1:1 and a Samaritan 1:1 Revolver from the Hellboy line. I don't have the $ for those now though so it doesn't matter if they'd turn up.

I'm also not interested in paying crazy ebay prices. If an item is sold out, depending on how awesome it was I might pay 50% more than original price, but it would have to be Iron Man Comiquette awesome. Usually if it's not close to retail, I pass, and just say "well, I missed that boat". If I do get lucky enough to nab a "close to OP or lower than OP" deal, then I always get the insurance.

I had a big balance on my card before I started and then I put about $1700 worth of statue purchases on it in the last month (like an idiot). Which was why I cut it up. It wasn't just the hobby, but the hobby was the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. I am more than half my card limit in total charges (not just the statues though), but I still have a nice cushion, it's not maxed out. So now that I am forcing some self control upon myself everything will be great, I just have to pay off my debt.

I will still be pre-ordering any marvel stuff coming out that looks tight, and plan on completing the AH Comiquette line. I guess I should be glad they're so keen on these Legendary Scale busts right now just because I don't like them so I won't be trying to get them.

Fat Head
09-22-2007, 02:09 PM
You have more willpower than me!! Good for you. I've cut way down on my buying (my credit cards bills frighten me everytime they arrive). As long as you don't find yourself lusting over some of the grail pieces you should be fine! :)

I lust over my grail pieces all the time. I refuse to pay those crazy eBay prices for them though. So unless someone wants to make a sweet trade when I hit post #50 and can post in the Want to Trade section, then I'll just be out of luck.

punkg42
09-28-2007, 08:52 AM
Lots of goodies in there!

matt82
09-30-2007, 10:39 AM
keep it going mate your doing well, some real nice peices there

Fat Head
10-25-2007, 02:42 PM
First post edited and images updated.

Jamal
10-26-2007, 01:21 AM
Wow man, i love the setup, you got that place looking great!

spikeluv13
11-02-2007, 02:15 PM
for a "beginner" you have a great collection so far!

Agent23
11-17-2007, 06:55 PM
I have sold off a lot of stuff in the last few months and really narrowed my focus to just a few lines and I am much happier for it.

Same here. I cut way back as well. :winner

All I am collecting these days is still backtracking on the SS/W LotR pieces...and the only active line I am collecting is the SS LotR p.f. line, that's it.

So, my purchases are once in great while now. Rather then 5 or more a month. And, I am more happy now. No more financial burden of $800 worth of pre-orders shipping at once. And, when I do get a new piece, I appreciate it more.

I just won a SS/W Uruk-Hai Berserker statue for $57 on eBay last week, it arrived the other day, in brand new shape. And, I was thrilled.

You got a great collection going fathead. Just keep it within reason, and don't get carried away, like so many of us have in the past...

:)

The Craw
11-17-2007, 07:19 PM
My suggestion.


Stop while you still can!!!


You may think I am joking but honestly I am not. Save your money and enjoy the things you have now and walk away a healthier man. This is an addiction!!!
im thinking of quitting collecting and switching to smoking or drugs to save a few $$$.

The Dwimmerlaik
11-17-2007, 08:58 PM
Nice collection man, well now you are an addicted, good luck to your wallet :monkey5.

SOLIDSNAKE
11-30-2007, 03:47 AM
My suggestion.


Stop while you still can!!!


You may think I am joking but honestly I am not. Save your money and enjoy the things you have now and walk away a healthier man. This is an addiction!!!

I totally agree! collection is another sort of addiction.

and I am hooked on it.
Thats all I think about !!

dunedain
11-30-2007, 03:59 AM
Great collection for a starter! Fat Head what is you Xbox Live name? Maybe we can play some Halo 3 of CoD 4 on Live :cool:

ca35
12-01-2007, 10:47 AM
Nice collection. I miss my Classic DD LSB :monkey2

RESIN1
12-04-2007, 11:09 AM
I got around to re-arranging my place, and this is a partial result. There are still areas that need major cleaning and stuff still needs to be hung, but I'm happy with it so far.

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5184/img2556qg9.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2556qg9.jpg)http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/9536/img2557lo0.th.jpg (http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2557lo0.jpg)
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7044/img2565fe2.th.jpg (http://img90.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2565fe2.jpg)http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/5554/img2568vw6.th.jpg (http://img526.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img2568vw6.jpg)

Let me know what you think so far, and I'd be happy to hear any suggestions if you have them!

For a beginner like me, that is good stuff! Well done:chew