Off Topic: What Do You Collect?

Some of you collect video games, obviously! Some of you might collect amiibo. What else do you find yourself collecting?

Me? I find I don't have too much money to splurge on things for the sake of it.


I tend to collect manga volumes. Which is an expensive business, especially here in Australia. The ones I've collected in the past include...

— Naruto — Pluto — Slam Dunk — Vagabond

Vagabond has been an especially expensive endeavour, but worth it considering it's probably my favourite manga of all time. It's still ongoing, so God knows how much I'll be spending on that. I'm still missing a few Slam Dunk volumes, but those can also be hard to find.

What do you guys and girls collect?


    Every year I change what I collect. Last year I was big on vinyl and anime figures.
    This year it seems I'm starting to collect Weiss Shwarz cards. No idea how to play, but they're so cute.

    My own lost dreams......

    EDIT: Hehehe

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    I used to collect LEGO (I have well over 100 sets including Star Wars UCS stuff), comics (mainly graphic novels), figurines (name the Spawn figurine and I probably own it), games (I lost count), records, watches (enough to wear a different one each week of the year)...

    But then I realised that they're just things that tie you down. So I stopped and I feel much better.

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      I stopped collecting everything for a while & had no other hobbies so got bored.

      Decided to just narrow it down to things I really respect & that I personally consider art.

      No spending hundreds on rare collection crap, no more random posters & stickers & pap.

    Art books are my main non-game vice. They cost a lot of money, take up a lot of space, and it's easier and cheaper to look at images on a screen, but there's something about a big tome full of printed art that makes me happy.

    I used to collect hot wheels cars. All still in box, mounted on pinboardd in my room.

    Now I have a small collection of back to the future deloreans, with my favorite ones being the sunstar 1:18 scale ones. I've got a signed one by Christopher Lloyd. Still waiting on the Ep2 sunstar one to complete that collection.

    I also collect some movie figures. Nothing special, usually just the stuff given free with special editions.

    I also have a few manga volumes

    Comics & games.

    Trying my hardest not to collect books but they seem to pile up anyway.

    I collect usb sticks and then lose them. My favourite is a 8gb one I keep on my keyring with a working offline copy of the spacejam website.

    Still got a couple shoe boxes full of basketball cards I used to collect back in the golden era of early to mid 90's. Have to be worth at least $85 now...


    *throws up*

      I should have said ears. As souvenirs. Oh well, live and learn, DC. Live and learn.


          No, no, no. You misunderstand me. It's not creepy. It's for a necklace! NOT CREEPY!

    Gundam master grade, old power rangers robots and a few comic and manga series that I follow (a few is an understatement, my manga shelves are taller than I am and span the length of the loungeroom).

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    Don't really collect much these days, but went through a couple of periods collecting twisty puzzles (Rubik's cube-style puzzles); I stopped when I realised I was contemplating a $120 Teraminx which I'd only bother to solve once. The bigger puzzles tended to be more of a chore than anything else, anything beyond a 5x5 provides nothing new. Even my Gigaminx was just a 5x5 with more faces (and solving it involved about 30 minutes straight of matching edge pieces), and my 7x7 cube is just a 5x5 with more busywork. I thought a gear cube would be interesting, but it can be solved with the application of two moves repeated. The Gear cube "extreme" probably provides the most challenge of those I've solved... That said, I've still got a few I've given up on solving altogether - the Square-One still does my head in.

    Also kinda collected fountain pens for a little while, but as a side effect of trying to find one I liked the feel of. I've got about twenty now, plus a few dip pens, but only four see regular use.

    Somewhat related note: I managed to track down the Playboy of my month/year of birth. It was interesting to note that there was about 5 pages of ladies, 100 pages of ads and 50 pages of articles. So it's true what they say, people really did buy them to read the articles.

      I picked up a stack of vintage Playboys at a flea market in great condition and yes, people are shocked at how little titillation there was. Even the handful of pages with nudity aren't even that explicit. Also, it shocked be how many editorials and interviews they squeezed into a monthly magazine.

    Cactus, lots and lots of cactus. Also other interesting plants. But mainly cactus.

      do you put eyes on them?

        Hell no. There is a guy on FB who does sometimes though....

    Forever missing volume 3 of evangelion now that the aus publisher has gone belly up T__T (I can accept having a viz one for the final volume, but... not one in the middle! bouhouhou)

    Games, basically. Still have pretty much all the old ones I had as a kid, and their respective systems - all hooked up and playable. I have a decent collection of art books too. Oh, and Amiibos. I hate that I want them all.

    For anyone curious, these are all my physical games and the systems I have (besides my handhelds, which includes a clear Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance SP, Gameboy Advance Micro, 3DS, New 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition). The games that have since been added to my collection are Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Majora's Mask 3D, Metroid (NES), Kirby's Adventure (NES), and Zelda II (NES).

    The pictures don't show the game labels real well because photobucket doesn't completely full-size them, but you can if you save them first, then full size them.

    I collect Nendoroid figures. As of last month I had 198. This month's preorders will take me to 200 (and that's not counting a few doubles I have, or the around 50 or so I have from the smaller-sized Nendoroid Petit range).

    Also have a fair collection of scale figures, though lack of space and cost ended up pushing me away from getting them as often and most of my collection is in storage. Nendoroid stuff was just more efficient to buy, can get 3-5 for the same price and they'll take less shelf space as one larger scale figure.

    Have a fairly decent artbook collection. Pretty large collection of games from PS2, PS3 and 360 though I've moved away from buying physical copies of games for the newer systems.

    Had a largeish collection of Anime DVDs but stopped buying as often when everything moved to HD, since anime lagged behind on Bluray adoption for a long time. Nowadays I tend to just get the highlights. Probably the high point of that collection is the entirety of the Japanese "Ghibli ga Ippai" Bluray releases, Lupin III through Princess Kaguya.

    Have the beginnings of a board game collection too, though it's still pretty barebones compared to many.

      That amount of nendoroid is insane, I think I heard your wallet cry out in pain as I read that. Also... I am jealous.

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        It'd be a lot if I bought them all in one go, yeah. But my first one was Haruhi Suzumiya, number 9 in the series, which released in 2008. So you're talking 200 in a 7-year period which is basically 7 every three months, which isn't that many. Slow accumulation.

        Most of the general-release ones aren't that expensive either, and since I buy 2-3 a month on average the shipping cost isn't insane either. It's only the limited-release stuff that things get tricky, though Goodsmile sell most of their limited release stuff online internationally in their own store now so most of the time even those aren't an issue now. Used to have to buy them through a proxy which was expensive and also a pain.

          Yeah I thought the online store for goodsmile didnt use to be there. My one and only nendoroid is Layton, he doesnt even look nendoroidish! But I still love him. Wanted quite a number though, had Mackenzie from Touch Detective on an open tab for weeks before I closed the tab with a heavy heart.

            They started selling some of their stuff internationally just after the tsunami. They did a 'cheerful japan' campaign where they had some limited-release Nendoroids and Figmas and donated the profits to the red cross tsunami appeal. This was around the time they also hired some English and French translators to work on their blogs and stuff and obviously started to focus internationally. Later on that year after they fixed some shipping issues (they charged for EMS shipping for the initial Miku but the fulfillment company they used decided to ship them sea mail and pocket the difference - mine came through with a crushed box :( ) they expanded their offerings to Snow Miku (usually mail order + Sapporo Snow Festival limited release) and their Goodsmile Racing stuff, then offered the Wonder Festival limited stuff, and from there it's snowballed and basically every Nendoroid they release, even the generally available stuff, can be puchased through them direct. Not worth it for most (other retailers are cheaper and much cheaper on shipping) but they often have extra bonuses for ordering through them directly. For example their Kantai Collection releases have a bonus blue 'sea-themed' base and a awsome special slipcase for the box that's basically a wrap-around painting parodying the usual artwork you see on ship scale model kits from companies like Hasegawa. Just got to weigh up whether the bonuses are worth paying $10-20 more.

      I have only one nendoroid, Tomoko Kuroki. Having a hard time figuring out what other ones I want. What's your favorite one?

        Hard to pick a single favourite. Yoko (Gurren Lagann) is pretty great. The five K-On girls are excellent displayed together as a band. Have a soft spot for Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura). Cirno (Touhou) is great and most of the Kantai Collection ones they've been doing recently are excellent, though they can be a bit fiddly to pose. The Wo-Class Carrier is probably the best of those.

        Probably the best of them though is the 2013 Strawberry White Kimono Snow Miku. Really well-made, great design, insane amount of accessories and she had really special packaging.

    Just books. And music. Tons of it. Thousands of it. Music is life!

    Anime styled figures, mostly of the 'Persona' kind because I lack the space to buy all figures that I would like.

    I also have a lot of 5c coins, I just keep them every time I get them in my change. I have about a plastic bag full of them at the moment.

    Lately it's been a mixed bag.

    Comic Books
    Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts
    Retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys, mint in box
    WWE PPV's & Episodes (aka ripping the WWE Network onto a hard drive)
    Pop Vinyls... So many Pop Vinyls...

    games on steam, got over 400 for now

      I remember when I was a wee 400, those were the good old days. Just wait til you break the 1000 mark, there'll be so much choice you won't know what to play and fall back to free-to-play titles like Path of Exile instead of the 1000 you paid for....................................... guess thats what I collect too.

      Also xbone, 360, ps3 titles. And Google Play games.

        i said steam cause its really the only thing i have that even remotely resembles a collection, i have games for all consoles, but not really a lot, ill get to 1000, eventually

          If 1000 is your goal, then let me help you further down the spiral........

            Over time I will and I mostly only collect games I actually want

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