Last week I received an e-mail from Maz who contributes to the awesome articles found at TFsource's blog. The toicp he chose was meant to be on a brighter note after his last two topics were about sacrifice and selling off collections. The morning I received his e-mail request for help w/ the topic I just happened to have a little insomnia, so I jumped out of bed and hit the reply button. The published article was very well written (of course), but a lot of different collectors contributed to the piece and the comments were all mixed around. So I thought why not post my original response in the form of a blog post?
I'd like this to be somewhat conversational, so if you read this and something comes to your mind I'd like to hear it. Post a comment and tell me and everyone else why you collect. Even if you aren't a hardcore Transformer collector, I'd like to hear why and what you collect. Have fun with it!
While it's inevitable at some
point in our lives that we will/must part with our collections (or part
of them), this is a hobby that we all love or else that decision to let
things go at times wouldn't be so painful. I'm asked all the time
why I collect. My wife, family, friends and even the local new station
that did an interview January 2012. My response is usually the same.
As an adult, married w/ kids, there are certain responsibilities thrust
upon me that without some sort of escape, it can really weigh you down.
For me that escape is Transformers. It reminds me of a simpler time in
my life when I didn't have all this responsibilities. I could just be a
kid...kinda like the old Toys R Us song "where a kid can be a kid".
part of Transformers taking me back to my childhood are all the fond
memories I have of my late father. Growing up, every summer after
school let out my dad would take my brother or myself by ourselves on a
trip he called "Father Son trip". On that trip we could pick (within
reason) where we wanted to go or travel to for an extended weekend and
just hang out together. Or course being a kid the place I would choose
usually resulted in a trip to Toys R Us, Lionel Toy Warehouse or KB Toys
along the way. This is how I obtained several of my vintage G1 toys,
sadly only a few I still own from my childhood.
Today as an
adult, I can grab G1 Bonecrusher off my shelf and the vivid memories of
time spent w/ my father come rushing back. It's a nice little way of
remembering and honoring my father. He was a fan of all model
Corvettes, so in turn I sought out to get as many Transformer Corvettes
as possible. Granted a lot of what is in my collection today isn't tied
to memories of my childhood or my father, but now I get to make new
memories as a husband and father. Touring the Hasbro facilities in
Providence, RI in 2007 w/ my wife as a part of Botcon, helping create
and run Charticon 2013 w/ my friends and of course buying that first
Transformer Rescue Bots toy for my daughter's birthday last year.
big part of why I started my own toy blog,
randomtoyreviews.blogspot.com a few years ago was to have another way to
enjoy my Transformers and other toys. I often sell toys I no longer
desire to keep in order to buy something else that I want. This makes
the wife happy (since the bank account isn't touched) and it helps me
from getting overwhelmed. At any time I can go back to my own account
and read and view the pictures of items no longer in my collection.
It's just another way of enjoying what I'm so blessed to have.
some point I may stop collecting. I don't see that in my near future,
but whenever that day comes I will still be able to take a step back and
take it all in and have some wonderful memories.