It's just recently that I got into the 1/6 scale toys, primarily because of Phicen/TBLeague. I always had this image in my head that 1/6 scale toys looked like old, plasticy GI Joes or Barbie and Ken dolls, but seeing how modern technology and toy making techniques have made it possible to create realistic looking toys, I was attracted and very much intrigued.
Normally I collect 6 inch scale or 1/12 scale things, but after being exposed to the wonders of 1/6 scale toys, I fell in love and I started buying them little by little. Although I love both 6 inch and 12 inch scale toys, one thing I found to be very fun to do with the bigger ones is the ability to change their clothes and even buy separate headsculpts. It's very different from the smaller scale toys because with the smaller scale ones, the outfit is part of the sculpt. There's no flexibility there in terms of changing outfits. With the 1/6 scale toys, it's possible to dress them up with whatever you can find as long as it fits!
When I buy toys, usually the reason behind it is to satisfy my need to have characters from my childhood back. I did have a lot of toys as a kid, but I lost interest when the Atari 2600 and NES video game consoles showed up. It's just now as an adult that I am once again exploring the joys of toys! My interests usually include horror characters, Japanese cartoons or characters, celebrities and sometimes movie or game characters. I also like "original" no-name characters because they allow me to give them their own identity.
One part that I enjoy when it comes to collecting toys is writing reviews of them and also making up little stories about them in picture/toy comic form on my little site. I guess this is the "new" way I play with these toys now, unlike when I was a kid when I used to physically make those little 3 or 4 inch tall Superman and Brainiac toys fight by physically controlling and "mashing" them. I remember I even used to make them fight in a basin full of flour so that when Superman would punch Brainiac downwards from the "sky", Brainiac would fall and make a crater where he landed! These days, I wouldn't dare do that to the 6 inch and especially the 12 inch stuff due to their prices. Fortunately, with the power of Photoshop and After Effects, it's easier to manifest my imagination via enhanced pictures.
One of my goals when it comes to the 1/6 scale toys is to someday create my own custom items. Maybe not clothes because I certainly don't know how to sew (although I'd love to learn!), but I can sculpt 3D objects and even entire characters on the computer. I only need a 3D printer but they are still quite expensive. Fortunately the prices are somewhat going down and the functionality of the available technology for home use seems to be improving as well. I also want to experience hand painting custom heads and accessories. I can't use an airbrush because I don't have the proper space for that here where I live, so I'll have to do it the old fashioned way and hopefully learn and improve as I experiment more.
My other goal is to become a better toy photographer and to understand how to compose shots better. Playing with lights, making shadows land where I want them, controlling depth, all of those things sound very interesting to me and toys in dynamic poses make the perfect subject. Of course, that also means I need to find a decent camera soon because the one I've been using for years is this Nikon CoolPix thing that I got from Walmart during a sale lol! That reminds me of the times when I used to attempt to take a picture of a giant moon, only for it to show up as a tiny little dot!
That's it from me now, have fun! Here's 2B from the game Nier Automata