I was overloaded. After Charticon and then four months of nothing but purchasing things were getting ridiculous. I was so focused on trying to finish I was starting to make stupid sacrifices. That is why my post was so... shall we say existential? I hit the wall like I never had before and I just put the brakes on everything. The only things I did relating to Transformers from January until mid March was sell. Sell, sell, sell. Once I got a lot of the clutter out of the way I immediately started to feel better. And I sold things I never thought I would; G1 figures, TFCC, Japanese G1, Beast Wars! I didn't keep an exact count, but I dropped over 1000 figures from my collection. Entire lines fell to the wayside. Needless to say, the collection links above are now waaaaaay out of date.
All I can say is I feel so much better, and I miss absolutely none of it. I did a little traveling, focused my energies elsewhere and took a much needed respite. And now, I'm finally starting to feel excited about Transformers again. It was really touch and go there for a while, I seriously considered selling all of it.
Another added advantage of ridding myself of so much is I had a chance to re-structure my collection room. I am much happier with it now, it more reflects how I feel my collection should be displayed. I may not have the rarest or the "in" pieces anymore, but it is something I am happy with. I've included some comparison pictures with a couple years ago so you can see the drastic "transformation". Old pictures are on the top and the new ones are on the bottom.
|Probably the most noticeable change is the addition of LED lights and new cabinets along the side of the room.|
|The lights make a huge difference in seeing all the figures all the way down the cases.|
|The removal of so many figures has allowed me to spread things out a bit more.|
|Note I have added acrylic risers to all the cases to take advantage of the vertical space.|
|I've changed a lot of the vintage figures so that some are in robot mode and others in vehicle mode.|
|Still cluttered in some places, but much better than it was before.|
The room is taking on a more "museum-like" quality with much more attention being paid to how things are displayed rather than just putting robots on the shelves. I plan on continuing to work on this as time goes on to keep improving the display as my collection develops.
So in all, it is good to be back, but I am taking things slow. I haven't purchased anything other than a Japanese Rhinox since I "left" and I don't really plan on making many purchases in the near future, but I'm sure I can find a few things to talk about :)