Looking on my desk and a shelf right now, I realize my figurine collection has expanded rapidly over just one year. It all started when I gave in and purchased my first Nendoroid last January.
If I’m to compare myself with other veteran and serious figurine collectors, my loot last year is very little. Still, I think I spent a little too much on my newfound hobby. I’ve done some rough mental calculations last night and decidedly I’ve spent approximately 1.2k on figurines alone last year. I’m lucky that some of the figurines I own are from friends and family. Otherwise, the amount would be more.
For some, 1.2k is nothing. For me, it isn’t. Starting this year, I’ll try my best to be more selective at my purchases. It’s not that I’m not willing to spend on my hobbies. I just want to learn how to spend it wisely. With that in my mind, I’ve listed down several self-made criteria in this post.
- Character. I usually buy my favorite characters only but sometimes I also get other characters simply cuz it’s there. In effort to control my spending, I’ll only pick up my favorite characters only.
- Manufacturer. If you’re a collector, you might have noticed that some manufacturers produce better quality figurines while some are just meh. So far I’m liking what I see in Good Smile Company and Alter. Figurines from other manufacturers that I have it’s just either lack in detail or poor in quality overall.
- Pose/Design. Some poses/designs are pretty than the other figurines of the same character. I’ll get the one which is more appealing to me.
- Paint Job. This only applies to in-stock figurines since I couldn’t possibly judge the pre-order ones. Sometimes some of paint jobs are sooo bad that it destroys the overall appeal of a figurine upclose. I think the famous exclusive Aisaka Taiga in China dress is one of them. I saw some of its pictures upclose online – the paint job is actually really bad, in my opinion and it’s not a bootleg.
- Less Pre-Orders? The reason why I pre-order some of figurines is cuz I was afraid I won’t be able to get them once they’re released. It’s not surprising to see a “Pre-order Sold Out” these days. However, it usually takes months before the pre-orders finally arrives at your doorstep. By then, I might already lose my interest in the said anime/character. I’m that kinda person. Unless I’m really sure I really like the anime and the character and the overall appeal of the figurine, I shouldn’t be bothered with pre-orders.
So this is the guideline I made for myself. I hope it works. It’s just one of the ways I know how to curb my spending. You should know that I don’t only spend my money on figurines – which is consider an expensive hobby in my currency – I also like to randomly buy gadgets and travels, which is also expensive in my currency. Ha!
I’ll appreciate it a ton if you would share with me how you select your figurines =).