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1 Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:44 am

Hi guys,

I have been trying to sell my flat for over 18 months now and a few weeks ago I had one of my best friends come over to 'help' me declutter so i could get better photo's. I have to say she's a really good friend but speaks her mind.

During the course of the conversation about what should get boxed or packed away she made a comment about my 'figures'/'dolls' saying " you know if you bought a man back here and he saw these he'd wonder what he was getting into!" bear in mind I have only got about 5 figures on show in my living room, she went on to say "having dolls and making stories about them is something 'little' girls do not women of your age !"


What is the consensus ? How do you folks reconsile our hobby with real life, ? I know there are a few of us women on here but it must be even worse for you guys?


I would just be interested in your oppinions.


(btw I have thicker skin than to allow her to stop me collecting so not giving up anytime soon cost is a problem though)

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2 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:22 am

People can give their opinion but they can do it long distance. Friends like that don't get invited to my house.


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3 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:59 am

Did she ever consider the possibility that you might bring a man back who is secretly a 1/6 enthusiast, only for him to be surprised at a shared hobby you both have in common?
Friends often mean well, but sometimes forget that a partner who doesn't appreciate your interests is not much of a partner.
You can still be friends though!
My wife doesn't entirely "get" this hobby, but she sees how much I enjoy it!

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4 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:53 am

For me, I'm open about my love for toys/dolls. It's just like any other hobby such as playing video games, collecting and reading books/comics, watching movies/tv shows, buying clothes, cars, going to events, buying sports related stuff, and more. It's fun, it makes use of a person's imagination, and it makes me happy.

I think that the notion that toys/dolls are just for little children stems from the old days when toys or dolls were very simplistic that they were very easy to let go of when told to do so by older people to "grow up" and prepare children/teens into becoming adults who have to now use all their money to pay taxes, buy food and other survival necessities. Another factor could be that a lot of people these days don't understand just how AWESOME modern toys and dolls have become and when you mention toys and dolls, old crappy toys immediately spring into their mind.

From my personal experience as a kid of the 80s, I remember having a LOT of toys like the classic DC Superheroes, GI Joes, Ninja Turtles, Silverhawks, Dragon Ball, Godzilla, and more. I did love playing around with them just like a kid would (make Superman hit Lex Luthor by bashing them together and then make Lex Luthor crash into the ground... which is made of flour that I used often to bake failed cookies). I was never told by my parents to "give up" the toys, but I honestly lost interest in them because video games took over as my main hobby. I still kept them (and I still do have them!) but they're just safely stored in baskets/boxes.

I didn't buy toys for a long time because I also thought that they were still the same old little 3 to 4 inch toys that barely moved, never really looked like who they're supposed to represent, and I also remembered that their quality could be flimsy. Around twenty years later after the last time I bought toys, I was curious about what modern day toys looked like and how much different they've become from the ones I used to love. I researched about new Godzilla toys and I was amazed by what I discovered! Modern day technology has made it possible for toy makers to create highly detailed creations without sacrificing the posability of toys! The excitement led me into researching about modern day dolls, and that's how I stumbled upon Phicen/TBLeague! I was totally shocked by how realistic they looked, it was like something I wished for as a kid but have forgotten and suddenly it became a reality!

As for creating little stories, it's not just for little children. Being able to come up with stories using only toys and dolls is a sign of a very creative mind. There is nothing wrong with it and it is actually very valuable, especially in the fields of entertainment. Books and movies are made of little stories that come from a person's mind! Without the ability to create stories, it'll be a very boring world. One of the challenges or exercises whether you have to write a story for a book, movie, video game, or even if you have to write music, is to create something out of a limited set of options. Being able to flesh out an entire world or lore with just a few things is what makes the mind expand and capable of producing even more creative stuff! Keeping your mind active by making up stories is also good for one's mental health as it exercises the mind to not remain stagnant.

Personally, I think if people looked and tried playing around with modern day toys, it would make them understand why a lot of adults love them especially now. In the end, if toys and dolls make you happy, then go for it! It's your money and you're not harming anyone Smile

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5 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:48 am

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While I make no apologies for my hobby (and don't think anyone else should either), I share your concern. If one needed to defend it, what makes it any less legitimate a hobby than anything else, and is this not a type of more interactive art? I think that one could come up with all sorts of reasons why an adult may be interested in collecting and/or creating sixth-scale figures, dioramas, and pieces that are not as basic (and therefore supposedly embarrassing) as child's play. Speaking of which, we are creating, not destroying. Smile


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6 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:13 pm

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If they can't accept your hobbies they can't truly accept you.

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7 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:51 pm

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This is going to sound harsh, but:

Screw her! It’s your hobby.

I’ve been a collector for a very long time, and when I met my wife, she knew what I was like, what my hobbies were, and periodically would get some of her own things because she saw how neat some of the stuff was. While we don’t really “play” with our dolls, we do display them. And when I got back into collecting 1/6, and she saw how cool and realistic the stuff was, she was impressed to say the least. Now, while she may not be as enthusiastic about this hobby as I am, she knows it makes me happy. I think if a future partner is your concern, I would just be honest from the get-go. If they criticize you for it, they can leave, but most guys have “stupid” hobbies, so I don’t see why anyone would criticize yours.


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8 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:42 pm

Not much of a "live and let live" sort is she?

I don't care to be in anyone else's business and generally don't care to hang with those who wish to be in mine.

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9 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:23 pm

so this is something i never understood and hopefully never will, at some point you have to assume the role of a responsible adult and apperantly only exist to either work or do "meaningful" stuff.
screw that.
my hobbies are what defines me, both as a person as well as my character. never did i seek the company of people that were not like minded and never did i miss out on something(at least imho) doing so.

so that being said i don't think i reconsile anything, apart from my wife and family/friends, my hobbies are my life and i only begrudingly interrupt them to earnthe cash to finance them.

both 1/6 figures and gaming are both very time consuming hobbies, yet my wife was totally fine with them right from the start and wouldn't be my wife today if she didn't.
i'm not even thinking about how MY hobbies appeal to others, if they like and even share them good if not so what?
the better part of the day i got to sell at some crappy work (like most of you i wager) and while i don't hold back on most of my co-workers, some walk around with a stick up their asses. so once i get
to enjoy my spare time i am 100% myself no matter what, people get offended, tough luck. some girls/women didn't accept my hobbies, guess what, it would have been over in a few months anyhow, glad to spare me the hassle.
first i highly doubt a future partner that's really into you bothers much about hobbies. worst thing to do is having none and only sitting on top of each other, plain recipe for desaster if you ask me.
second, sharing a hobby "can" be good, but keep in mind it can also backfire. i love my wife more than anyone or anything in this world, yet she woulnd't last 5 minutes gaming with me, especially in competitive games. my vocabulary is "rich" to say the least and i take it very seriously.
back then when my best buddy had a gaming girlfriend i witnessed first hand the other side of the medal. sure did they play along for hours back to back of each other, yet less and less on top....sooooo

a hobby is an excellent tool to be missed when you're not around, but you gonna be not around.

so if i close the door of my gaming or figure room it's the same as going to the gym. i'm not there for the next 2-3hours.
if anything i'd take an "exotic" hobby as a plus, besides you're doing it mainly for yourself, to enjoy what you're doing, collecting, spending your time and money on. and at the end of the day no one else
can't make you happy if you don't have anything to be happy about in the first place.
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10 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:32 pm

I'm not a person who defines themselves by the work they do. To me, work is just a way to generate income to pay the bills and spend on cool projects. Less work means less income, so I have less to spend on commercial products but it gives me more time for custom projects, which is more satisfying anyway.

I didn't want to be accused of taking money away from my family for my hobbies so I started an online business selling hand-made miniatures to give me an income that was quarantined just for me. If my side-business makes no profit, I don't get money to spend money on my hobbies. Right now I'm making enough to cover my hobby expenses and have enough left over to pay a couple of bills every month, which keeps the wife happy.


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11 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:53 pm

For me it's simple. I do what I want, when I want, for as long as i want. My philosophy is this: You can love me, you can hate me, just do it AWAY from me... If someone comes to my house, that I pay for, and has an issue with me or my figures or dios, then they can leave. I've had that happen and I called the mortgage company and it didn't change anything, my payment was still the same... Point is, people's opinions only matter if you let it...Enjoy something? Good for you...Someone you know has an issue with it? Too bad for them...But I also agree with another poster's comment...What if you meet a person, take him/her home and he/she is also a 1/6 enthusiast? What would happen if you hid all of your stuff because another "friend" said it was just stupid or childish or whatever simple people come up with...I guess at the end of the day, it's easier to be who you really are versus someone you think people want you to be...even if that means some people walk away...Probably not relevant but it's my opinion... Cool

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12 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:11 pm

I think the comment is small minded and mean and the other replies have already said all I'd say about that.

However, I do think you should hide your figures and clean everything up if you are trying to sell your place. Most advice on staging your home recommends removing any unusual collections to attract the most buyers possible. You said 5 figures, so I don't know how prominent that could be really, but if you're having trouble selling then it would not hurt to hide them temporarily.

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13 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:53 am

Thanks for the input folks

I'm not altogether worried about her comments heck its a case of the pot and kettle as she has a old style transam in her garage which she is renovating!


I'm more interested in the comments of your friends etc.

I do try to put things away when someone comes around and i kind of understand why even though I still live here. Somethings I cannot put away or move like the 3' long 18" high raptor in my spare room!

And i certainly put my foot down when she suggested I box up my wooden plank on frame sailing ships , they took me too long to build to risk damaging them in boxes (12 months for the one all rigging standing and running tied by hand!)


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14 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:21 am

The first issue is whether your friend's opinion about your hobby matters. Nope. The only people who get a say in what you put in your house are the people who actually live in your house. I'm not sure what sort of friends you have but I left home 30 years ago and never once has any of my friends commented on anything in my house except for an occasional "that's cool". They keep their nose out of my business and I do the same for them.

The other issue is whether your hobby is preventing the place from being sold. If you want your appendix removed, you would talk to a surgeon, not your friend. Likewise, if you want advice on selling real estate, you should talk to a realtor, not your friend.  If your decor is preventing the place from being sold then the realty agent will let you know.


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15 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:23 am

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Delanie wrote:I'm more interested in the comments of your friends etc.

What friends?



Just kidding. So far, I've only had one buddy of mine (he's 72) say to me: "You and I have very different priorities." That was the extent of his "negative" criticism. We have too many other things in common for it to be an issue. Everyone else thinks it's a bit odd, but honestly, it's not really an issue.

And I don't blame you for wanting to pack up your sailing ships. Those things are awesome, and I know how long it takes to make them (I had an uncle who spent about 10 years of his life building one that was about 5' long). But, sooner or later, you ARE going to have to pack them up. I would suggest some sort of "build it yourself" crate with a stabilizing system in it so the ships don't move at all.


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16 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:42 pm

yeah the stabilising system when i moved to my present home was my ex carefully holding them on 2 trips with an understanding his life depended on them not being broken lol

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17 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:45 pm

Heh! Our stabilisation system was the same. Whenever we made a trip from the old house to the new one, I held one of the fragile models in my hands while my wife drove very carefully.


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18 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:48 pm

Delanie wrote:yeah the stabilising system when i moved to my present home was my ex carefully holding them on 2 trips with an understanding his life depended on them not being broken lol

ROFLMAO!! That poor guy! I'm not sure if I'm afraid of you or in love with you...LOL

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19 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:45 am

I’m always very open about my collection and generally most people are fairly accepting of it, and tbh if anyone gives me grief about it they’re probably not the kind of people I’d want to befriend. I have had a few quizzical looks from dog walkers when I’m taking photos outside, but nobody’s ever actually said anything to me yet. At the end of the day it’s no different to those who collect stamps, or go birdwatching - it’s a hobby like any other!


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20 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:56 am

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I used, more fool me, to display finished kits in my retailer's window, so I learned how to pack fragile stuff very well. I have no idea what he did with them after the devious git buggered off with them when he hit financial trouble though. Rule of thumb, never, I repeat NEVER entrust your most prized collection to someone else!!

Unless you're selling it, keep it with you, even if they have to bury it with you!

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21 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:50 pm

that last part i agree absolutely, though i might have a problem with the bury stuff with me section. Smile either i start putting money on the side now for a proper crypt with hidden traps and all or i should reduce the definition of most prized, since i can't part with anything. even if it ain't a topic i'm into anymore. sold a couple of ww2 paratroopers on ebay once and regret it ever since, while my ww2 collection(figures and 1 1/2 tiger tank) is catching dust in the basement.
might settle for a big coffing with my 1/6 power armor figures left and right and me in the middle, flipping the bird to whoever might be after my treasure Smile
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22 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:39 pm

Tjolnir wrote:that last part i agree absolutely, though i might have a problem with the bury stuff with me section. Smile either i start putting money on the side now for a proper crypt with hidden traps and all or i should reduce the definition of most prized, since i can't part with anything. even if it ain't a topic i'm into anymore. sold a couple of ww2 paratroopers on ebay once and regret it ever since, while my ww2 collection(figures and 1 1/2 tiger tank) is catching dust in the basement.
might settle for a big coffing with my 1/6 power armor figures left and right and me in the middle, flipping the bird to whoever might be after my treasure Smile
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The solution for you is to simply have a Pyramid built as your tomb. Someone puts a curse on it that states if someone steals or tries to steal your items then they become hopelessly addicted to 1/6 BUT can NEVER find the figures they really want! Besides, you have a cool forum name...Imagine a thousand years from now someone finding/exploring the Tomb of Tjolnir...

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23 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:23 am

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LOL! I was joking a little, but, it does bring up what you do if there's nobody to pass it down to. I suppose you could organise a sale where collectors could buy it and donate the proceeds to charity. At least someone would get something out of it that way.

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24 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:52 am

Hobbys.... can be dangerous to health, like to ski or many other Hobbys. Hobbys can be these days perverted. Many Hobbys are to swagger... Laughing
To make photos of figures, show them to others to make them smile... that´s a good hobby i think

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25 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:11 am

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I agree, though some of the prices might kill you!

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26 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:11 pm

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Rogerbee wrote:LOL! I was joking a little, but, it does bring up what you do if there's nobody to pass it down to. I suppose you could organise a sale where collectors could buy it and donate the proceeds to charity. At least someone would get something out of it that way.

CHEERS!

My wife said she’s going to douse all my crap in gasoline and throw a match when I’m gone. I guess it’s only fitting, as I requested I wanted to be made into chum, and feed the sharks (I’m terrified of sharks, so I thought it appropriate to feed my fears — AFTER I’m dead, of course).


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27 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:30 pm

Stryker2011 wrote:My wife said she’s going to douse all my crap in gasoline and throw a match when I’m gone.

Ask her whether it is ok for you to do that to all her stuff if she goes first.


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28 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:00 pm

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Stryker2011 wrote:My wife said she’s going to douse all my crap in gasoline and throw a match when I’m gone.

Ask her whether it is ok for you to that to all her stuff if she goes first.

That won't work...In a woman's mind, her stuff is hers and your stuff is hers...she can do what she wants with your things BUT DON'T DARE touch her stuff! If you complain, it turns into a "If you loved me..." kind of thing...lol...Anyway, I'm single these days and plan on leaving my things to my sister. Thing is, I don't have a sister...muahahahahahaha...That should screw everyone up for a while...meanwhile, I'll be on the other side planning how to get my stuff!!

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29 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:18 am

For me, I taught myself to let go with some of my figures if they become overwhelming. Right now I am starting late in the HotToys Star Wars Force Awakens. Slowly I'll get Solo characters and others. Since most of my Triad Toys and SoldierStory are in plastic boxes, I need to sell them somewhere.

Your friend tried to mean well, I think it came out wrong. She at least took time to assist in your move.

This hobby could be viewed as relaxing akin to painting, or as a form of therapy, similar to the documentary Marwencol

In college, in order to teach robotics, they practice using the LEGOS Mindstorm set.

In regards to men viewing the hobby, just remember Lee Byung-hun geeked out over the HT Storm Shadow and posed with it.  John Boyega collects various HotToys figures.

Everyone has a unique collection. My boss collects Betty Boop. The finance lead collects anything Wonder Woman. Her husband is getting her a HT. The tech collects porcelain tea pots. The marketing guy loves Star Wars and Muppets.

As for name calling, I usually got derogatory comments from strangers. My friends, however regard my hobby as a toy designer.

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30 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:51 am

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The 40 Year Old Virgin didn't help our cause much. In my book, you like what you like. If they can't appreciate that, sod 'em!

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31 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:19 am

I'd be lying if I said I never encountered or considered the stigma of collecting as an adult.  There's always the 40 Year Old Virgin stereotype or worse.  But, it's the kind of thing that is a good barometer about whether someone is a true friend or loved one.  They accept you for who you are, maybe with the occasional joke or piss take, but it's all about context.  I give back as good as I get.  I've been in a relationship a long time, so that's not an issue.  If I were looking, I figure it would be a good way to weed out quickly. If someone is intolerant about a hobby, that's the tip of the iceberg.  

Anyone who knows me, knows I have collected figures of all kinds since childhood.  It all started with Little People, Big Jim, GI Joe, Six Million Dollar Man, Star Wars figures, Smurfs, Schleich and yes, even Barbie and Ken. I love life in small scale.  ;-)  Love me love my figures/dolls.  

Whenever I've sold a property, I've always removed all my personal stuff from collectibles to photographs to anything valuable sitting around that can be carried off.  De-cluttering across the board helps sell a place faster.  Some people have a really hard time looking beyond someone's personal taste or decorating and need to see a blank slate.   It's more secure as well.  Good luck with your sale!

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32 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:45 am

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Well said!

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33 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:29 pm

Fascinating subject, And Delanie, I'm glad you started this thread.

There's that amazing quote (Allotropos has part of it in his signature) “The creative adult is the child who survived after the world tried killing them, making them grown up. The creative adult is the child who survived the blandness of schooling, the unhelpful words of bad teachers, and the nay-saying ways of the world. The creative adult is in essence simply that, a child.”

Some of the most successful people in life are just that, a bunch of kids that never grew up.  Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and George R R Martin have been very successful at sitting around an making stuff up.  If Michelangelo were alive today, I wonder if he'd have started Phicen...

It's funny, I think I've spent so much of my life on the "weird" side of things, that I forget that there's a whole world out there where this isn't considered "normal".  When I was little, my father owned a motorcycle shop, so most of the adults I knew had long hair and tattoos.  Most of my life I've had brightly colored hair, tattoos and piercings, and my toy collection was probably the least out-there part of my lifestyle.  I had friends who played in hardcore bands and collected Star Wars figures, and everyone I associated with had a lot of geek hobbies.  My partner has a HUGE Living Dead Doll collection, along with all sorts of other oddities she collects (technically all the taxidermy in the house is "ours" but she's the one either buying it or asking for it for birthdays and Christmas).  I've worked in the toy industry for 10 years, so even professionally, this world is kinda the norm for me.  We recently hired a young guy in our accounting department, completely new to any of this, and I've watched him get hooked collecting the ThreeZero Game of Thrones figures.  Anyone that I know who is a bit more straight laced seems to get sucked into this world sooner or later.  My question is, why would you want to bring someone back to your place who wasn't in to some of the same stuff you were (or at least totally "gets" the things you are passionate about)?  The things you love are a big part of who you are.  Life is way to short too surround yourself with people who don't know you and love you for all of it.  

As far as selling your place though, I get it.  It's not even a toy thing.  My friend was selling her condo, and her realtor told her to pack away her cookbooks.  They want places to be as bare-bones and devoid of personality as possible.

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34 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:53 am

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If Michaelangelo had started Phicen, the anatomy would be a lot better! The Living Dead Dolls creeped me out, particularly when they started putting glass eyes in them, they looked right through you! That said, when I move, most of my collection will be in the front room. My Regan bust looking out of the window ought to be enough to deter nosy neighbours and Jehovah's Witnesses! Take me as you find me, or don't bother!

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35 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:08 pm

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Rogerbee wrote:My Regan bust looking out of the window ought to be enough to deter nosy neighbours and Jehovah's Witnesses!

CHEERS!

That’s funny. My Dads way of dealing with the Jehovah’s Witnesses was much crueler, but I always thought funnier. Is thing: he was a lifelong Playboy subscriber (since the very first issue), and me and my brothers knew where he kept his stash (well... they weren’t really hidden from us, they were sort of scattered). Whenever they started coming around, he’d tell us boys to go get handfuls of them, spread them around the living room on all the end tables, coffee table, etc. and we’d have them open to the centerfolds. Then he’d invite them in, and us boys would be sitting there scanning through the magazines and critiquing the hotness of all the girls while we held the centerfold up for the guests to see. Needless to say, they’d bolt from the house rather quickly, leaving us all laughing and giggling like idiots. One time, my old man even answered the door stark naked when a couple of women came to the door. He was a weird dude...


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36 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:29 pm

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Your Dad was a top guy!

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37 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:38 pm

Rogerbee wrote:If Michaelangelo had started Phicen, the anatomy would be a lot better!

Laughing  Yeah, probably true.  But I think a lot of really iconic artists from back in the day would probably be into the toy world if they were around now.

Rogerbee wrote:The Living Dead Dolls creeped me out, particularly when they started putting glass eyes in them, they looked right through you!

That's the best part!  There's a lot of random weirdness around the house, and they fit right in.  Her collection takes up 1 full wall of a room, and it's an eerily impressive sight when they're all staring out at you in unison.  

Rogerbee wrote:That said, when I move, most of my collection will be in the front room. My Regan bust looking out of the window ought to be enough to deter nosy neighbours and Jehovah's Witnesses! Take me as you find me, or don't bother!

Hell yes!  Respect!

Stryker2011 wrote:That’s funny. My Dads way of dealing with the Jehovah’s Witnesses was much crueler, but I always thought funnier. Is thing: he was a lifelong Playboy subscriber (since the very first issue), and me and my brothers knew where he kept his stash (well... they weren’t really hidden from us, they were sort of scattered). Whenever they started coming around, he’d tell us boys to go get handfuls of them, spread them around the living room on all the end tables, coffee table, etc. and we’d have them open to the centerfolds. Then he’d invite them in, and us boys would be sitting there scanning through the magazines and critiquing the hotness of all the girls while we held the centerfold up for the guests to see. Needless to say, they’d bolt from the house rather quickly, leaving us all laughing and giggling like idiots. One time, my old man even answered the door stark naked when a couple of women came to the door. He was a weird dude...

Laughing Damn man, that's freakin sublime!  Definitely the best handling of unwanted guests.

MerylAkiba wrote:In regards to men viewing the hobby, just remember Lee Byung-hun geeked out over the HT Storm Shadow and posed with it.  John Boyega collects various HotToys figures.

Titus Welliver is actually a huge toy collector, especially 1/6 stuff.  There's this cool video Sideshow did with him where you get to see a bit of his collection and it's legit.

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38 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:00 am

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Leonardo Da Vinci would be making Transformers!

I couldn't even have my Regan bust looking right at me, it just got too creepy!

CHEERS!

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39 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:10 pm

When I was in high school, the Jehovah’s Witnesses must have targeted our neighborhood. They came by at least once a month. Usually, my dad was gone and Mom would politely tell them we weren't interested or she'd have one of us do the same.

One Saturday morning, I was out mowing grass when I spotted them coming up the block. I went in and reported they'd be here in about 10 minutes and went back to the lawn.

When they arrived at our house, I half expected my mom to toss her usual charming "thanks, but no thanks" at them. Instead, they disappeared into the house.

Finishing the lawn, I went inside and asked what was going on with the JWs.

Dad was in the living room with them discussing theology, the bible and their beliefs. Apparently knowing scriptures better than they did, he finally tripped one of them up by using his own words against him. One of the older guys was clearly dejected.

They never came back.


Oh, and I remember reading somewhere that the late Robin Williams was a serious action figure collector, too.

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40 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:01 am

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Good for him,

We just said no.

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41 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:45 am

I think we received a small boost from the latest Honda commercial with The Six Million Dollar
Man action figure reminding us how much we enjoyed getting him for Christmas. If we are old enough to remember that Toy AND buy a Honda, I don't think people should make fun of us.

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42 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:25 am

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Not seen that, I'll look it up on YouTube.

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43 Re: Hobby versus 'real life' on Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:03 pm

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Pontiacivan wrote:I think we received a small boost from the latest Honda commercial with The Six Million Dollar
Man action figure reminding us how much we enjoyed getting him for Christmas. If we are old enough to remember that Toy AND buy a Honda, I don't think people should make fun of us.

I still have that original Steve Austin (and his space capsule/rebuild accessory).


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