I obtained several Transformers that I previously thought would be unobtainable for me and my finances while in the same year made the tough decision to say good bye to one of my most prized TF possessions. I help several fellow collectors and friends put on one of the best Transformers conventions ever, Charticon. In the process I forged some great friendships with these guys along the way and that was way better than any of the TF loot I brought home from the dealer room. I've also found several new blogs and forged "Facebook friendships" with many of these new bloggers. That makes me want to keep on plugging away in 2014.
While I still haven't crafted a proper post yet, I can't let this post come and go without sending out a huge "Thank you" to heroic_decepticon for hooking me up with one of my so called holy grails of TFs...Lander C-200. One of these days I'll finally get a review posted for the toy and tell the full story, but I needed to squeeze this in as I'll forever be in debt to him.
The best part of being on the Charticon committee was being able to interact with so many other fans that would later become people I call my friends. Huge shout out to Eric Warren, Roy Altherr, Scott Silver, David Cunningham, Chris 'Topher" Williams, Ronnie, Jacob Waller, DJ Short and Matt Steninger.
Just a few months ago I re-evaluated where I stand on my collecting habits. Part of this new vision is focusing on quality in my collection versus quantity. What that means is I've come to the conclusion that it's time to thin things out a bit. With today's technology (i.e. social media) it's easy to get caught up w/ competing with your fellow collector...or at least I feel like that was something I suffered from at times. However there have been times where I've felt honored to be able to share my collection and my story with the masses. In 2012 I had that opportunity via a local television station's show called Carolina Camera. The opportunity came knocking again in 2013 when TFSource's blogger, Maz asked if I'd like to be a part of their Collector Interview series. Of course I said yes and I was thrilled with how Maz put all the words together. I thought he did a great job conveying what it was like to be a collector on a budget and with a family. I know I'm not the only one out there that collectors toys or whatever that is married with small children, but I'm glad to have been able to offer some variety to the Collector Interview segment of the blog.
I'm always searching for new blogs that interest me, whether they be Transformer related or not. One of the better blogs I've found and one that is consistently updated with new content is Optimal Omega's blog. While I already knew about the blog it seemed as if he really stepped up his game in 2013. When I made a Facebook page for my blog is when I really started to connect with the guy behind the blog (Alex Mendoza). Throughout the year it's been fun reading what is going on in his collecting world and keeping tabs with him. There have been a few other blogs and guys I discovered via Facebook as well and I hope 2014 proves to be just as entertaining as 2013 has been.
2013 was also great to my humble blog. While I rarely look at the Statistics tab on my Blogger dashboard, I couldn't help but to be floored by what I saw. For the year I exceeded 100,000 hits! 105,318 to be exact. 128 total posts - ranging from Transformers (of course) to LEGO to Marvel to Rock Lords and more. I'm always honored when people not only take the time to read what I have to say, but also take the time to leave a comment. I love toys. Through this blog I have found new ways to appreciate those toys. I thank everyone that has stopped by my corner of the web and I hope I can keep up the same level of quality in 2014, if not improve. That said I did receive a nice light box/tent and a new digital camera for Christmas, so once I play with the settings and light configurations more I hope to have much better quality pictures in future reviews. However I still have a huge backlog of things I've already photographed that I just need to edit and write up so hang in there. While we wait for those new posts, I can finally open this ginormous stack of new toys I have sitting in the corner of my room. Maybe I should take a poll to see what toy I should open / review first? Hmmm...