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TheCliveTheCliveIl y a 5 jours
There's a lot to be UN-thankful for this season. From rising figure prices, shipping delays, shipping restrictions, DHL prices rocketing up again it seems... there is certainly a lot of things making this hobby harder than it should be at the moment. Those are all things that are frustrating and help suck the joy of this hobby away, discourage folks, and create even higher barriers of entry into this wonderful hobby. Those are all things that certainly get me riled up as well.

But even so, since it's Thanksgiving here in America, I'd like to talk about all the things that I'm thankful for in and about this hobby. Sometimes it's all too easy to focus on the negatives that we have to deal with. The negatives are all still there and all very valid, but I'd like to focus instead on the positives that are also still there at the same time. This hobby has been amazing for me, back when I started it in 2008, and especially this past year now that I'm back into it.

I'm thankful for a community (here and on the main subreddit) that is (mostly) encouraging and helpful. It's awesome seeing folks get excited for getting new figures or their grails, and it's equally warming when folks celebrate with you when you get something awesome. It's also very cool how helpful folks are; it's usually in niche hobbies where you think there might be a lot of gatekeeping, but a lot of folks are genuinely happy for others to get involved and want to make it as easy and fun as possible.

I'm thankful for the fun of the hunt as well. It'd be nice just to easily get whatever figure anyone wants, but I also do enjoy the search for the grails and the feeling of finding it or stumbling across an amazing deal. I like to think of the aftermarket search as a problem to solve, and it feels good when you overcome it.

I'm thankful for all the responses I've gotten for sharing my figure photography here and on the subreddit and mostly on Instagram. In less than a year I've gained over 2k followers there, something I never thought possible. I was directly inspired by seeing other collector's photography efforts here and decided to give it a shot myself. Doing photography has taught me so much about lighting, composition, and setting as I've worked on it this past year or so. Photography has been a major creative outlet for me and a way to help me focus my thoughts and energies and shake off the daily stress of work and the world in general. I'm excited to build new dioramas, I'm excited to work on editing the photos, and I'm excited to share them.

I'm thankful that there are so many options for figures these days and so many places to get them. QC issues for certain companies aside, the depth of this hobby is amazing with a little something for everyone. The amount of figures coming out is staggering, and instead of causing stress or FOMO, that should be a good thing... with so many choices we can find just the right one for us.

I'm thankful for my family (see previous article), that while not involved in the figure collecting hobby, are all supportive of mine. Additionally, since my parents and I watch anime together, this hobby is an extension of that important family time and fun. They're not only just cool statues of my waifus and husbandos, they are memories and representatives of that cherished family time as well.

And lastly, I'm thankful for my collection. It seems so many folks get caught up in FOMO or hype or the stress of the act of collecting (costs, shipping, space, etc)... and amidst all that, I think it's important to refocus on what's most important: the collection you have. Even if I never got another figure starting from today, sure I'd be disappointed on missing out on some great new ones, but I love my collection and the shows/characters/memories they all represent. I make sure to spend at least a couple minutes every day admiring them, or at least rearranging a shelf in the detolf to help with better display.

I work from home, and there are some days when it's just overwhelming... I also live alone so it's just me and frustrations. There are times when I just mark myself as "away" for a few minutes from work, stretch my legs, and go in the other room. I'll sit down on the side of my bed and take in the detolfs against the opposite wall. When I do, I think "wow... these are really cool". Even after years of collecting, I still get that feeling that these are awesome. I'm very proud of the rare figures I have, proud of the effort I put into building a good collection, and most importantly, just feel contentment at what I have.

When I look at my Aqua and Megumin statues, I remember laughing along with Konosuba; when I look at my shelf of Yokos, I think back on the cheering, crying, laughter, and amazing time with friends that was watching Gurren Lagann for the first time. When I look at my 1/2 scale Kirino I think... damn that's a big statue!

I think that this hobby is so much more than just buying figures and keeping up with the Joneses. For me, it's loving what I already have, it's sharing my collection and knowledge with others. It's equally also enjoying others sharing their collections and their hobby. Even with all the negatives in this hobby, I'm so thankful to be a part of it, and the joy that it has brought into my life.

Thank you for reading this article. I don't mean to downplay or ignore the issues and frustrations that others have shared, those are all legitimate concerns and worries and thoughts. We deal with (it seems) so much negativity in the hobby space recently with the world how it is these days. With all that, I just wanted to share a little about what makes this hobby still a joy for me and hopefully maybe bring some positivity back to the hobby space in a small way.

Even if continuing to actively collect becomes impossible due to costs or shipping or space or burn out of keeping up, just remember to show love to the figures you already have, they're waiting on the shelf for you.
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Julia125 Kyojuro Rengoku's Wife
Definitely think it's good to take a step back and appreciate what you have for anything, but especially for a hobby that's solely materialistic. Thoroughly agree on this hobby getting overwhelming sometimes and that it's easy to become lost in fomo or keeping up with new releases all the time.

I've been trying to appreciate what I have a lot more over the past year, figure-wise and everything else. I've had so many times where I'll just sit in front of my cabinets and appreciate what I've been able to buy, enough that my sister will question what the hell I'm doing lol. I always tell her, "What's the point of buying all this stuff if you don't even take time and appreciate it?".
Il y a 4 jours
This is a nice positive article, with a good point.
Appreciating and enjoying what you already have I believe is one of the cornerstones of a good life. As much as the drive and desire for new and exiting things is important to keep us going and avoid stagnating. If we don't have a good foundation to stand on and fall back to for rest and contemplation then we aren't really in a position to ever truly enjoy our life.
So I hope everyone is enjoying their collection, big or small :)
Il y a 4 jours
Great article. Memories, enjoying what you already have in your collection; agree with all of it.
Il y a 4 jours
Working from home also and used to have all my figures in another room but since we made progress on the last bit of decorating I now have display's in my work room

So I can just turn round to see some of my collection, so I understand what you mean by appreciating what you have, so much is in boxes is hard to get enjoyment out of them that way.
Now I have them where I can easily see them then it's so much better.
Il y a 5 jours
What a heartwarming read. You always keep it real with your articles. True, the many stresses of collecting are more than capable of adding up and overwhelming us, but at the end of the day, we're all here to celebrate and support our favourite pieces of media and the memories they hold for us. That's something we should always keep in mind.
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