Yes, I'm going to give you all a moment to absorb the immensity of that statement. ;^)
Many of you who know me in RL, and those of you who are starting to get to know me more on here know me to be a collector of sorts. I add the "of sorts" qualification on there because I'm very picky about what I collect. For example, I collect many things relating to Catwoman, but it doesn't mean I collect 'em all. Of all the zillions of statues/figures out there of my beloved Ms. Kyle, I have only a select few, including the gorgeous Catwoman Barbie, the Knightsend CW, The Long Halloween CW, and so forth. There are tons more out there, but I'm not so compulsive as to collect just for the sake of it. That being said, that's not to say I'm not obscenely tempted at times....Gorgeous artisans like Bowen Statues, Diamond Select, Kotobukyia, DC Direct, Master Replicas, WDCC, and so forth taunt me on a weekly basis with new and beautiful collectors items, statues, props, etc.
Needless to say, eBay is, more often than not, my own personal apple.
Take this for example. It's not even out yet. But its beautiful. Probably one of the most gorgeous statues of my Jeannie that I've seen in a long time (and believe me, I've seen a LOT!). I even think I like it better than the Bowen version that I've had my eye on for some time, constantly debating over whether or not my dislike of the facial sculpt can be set aside for the beauty of the motion and the actual framing of the figure itself. I wont even go into how Bowen himself is an asshole for tormenting me not just with Phoenix, but with the Dark Phoenix variant, which may be even more beautiful than the original.
Or, perhaps of some interest to penumbren, this. Something that I should have taken advantage of back in 2004 when it came out. Of course, I was just starting my first year of two as a poor graduate student, but I regret not having this gorgeous remake. Why Prime has Megatron with him in gun form, I'll never know, but it still reeks of awesomeness. This is also a dilemma for me, as Soundwave has always been my favorite Decepticon. As with the figure I mentioned above, I have had the pleasure of seeing this toy in person, as my friend Casey's brother was able to get a hold of one as a gift for a friend. It's gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. *sigh*
Oh, yeah, and I want him too. =^) Almost two inches long and as cute as a button.
Collecting is a dangerous game. Its also lucrative for the sellers. I love sorting the fields on eBay from "Highest Price" to lowest, just to see how much some of this stuff was going for. I saw a G1 Devastator MIB going for almost $3000. Amazing, I tell you. I'm glad I'm not THAT compulsive! ;^) I dunno. This starts stirring up the English Major in me...maybe I'll make an entry about the nature of collecting sometime soon....
Well, at least I don't collect Tribbles like Kirk does! *points to icon*