Collecting addiction - Warning signs

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hez1

New Member
For the people who are just getting into this hobby, I thought a thread like this could serve as a cautionary tale. What are the warning signs that suggest you are in too deep, and will probably never get out? I'll start:

1.You have the same bio from several different makers because 'they each have their own individual nuances'.

2.A large box arrives, and you know it's a bio/collection piece, but you can't quite remember which one it might be.

3.You hear a loud crash from another room, jump up in a panic, and relax upon realising that that cat has simply knocked over your wifes favourite piece of china/photo display/wine glasses. The bios are fine.

4.When you say to your wife/girlfriend: "Hey, guess what?" and she replies curtly:
"What? There's some OTHER COOL PROP ON THE INTERNET YOU WANT?"
Bonus addiction points if she's right.
 

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newpred

New Member
lol i wanna see an episode of horders where its a house of nothing but pred stuff. I would help fix that house up by taking it into mine haha
 

PredatrHuntr

Master Member
1. Well considering I JUST bought another KJP1 from Casey (to replace the one I sold with my suit), your own P1 from you Paul, and the P1 stunt that George is sending me, I guess I have a problem. HOWEVER, in my defense, I have been DYING to get those 3 Bios together for a very looong time. I want to see all the subtle differences between all three for the primary reason being that I know that they all have origins back to the original screen used Bio. For me, the P1 Bio is the holy grail of anything in my collection so to compare all three will be a monumentus moment!

2. Just happened yesterday actually, which surprises me because I usually know whats coming and when to expect it. DAMN CUSTOMS!!!! I blame them for any and all delays. ;)

3. Thankfully, I have never dropped a Bio, but I did have one arrive that was broken. If I heard a crash in the "monster room", I think my heart would skip a few beats...

4. My wife and I have a mutual understanding - I only buy new props with money I make from the things I sell. Considering I just sold my suit for $4000, and I just spent a large amount of money on a few people here on the Lair - I'm a happy camper

I love this hobby and have no problem admitting it. Is it a problem? Only if I start spending money I don't have, which won't be happening.
 

PredatrHuntr

Master Member
lol i wanna see an episode of horders where its a house of nothing but pred stuff. I would help fix that house up by taking it into mine haha
There are a handful of people who have very large and extensive Predator collections. Bryan is one of them. I've been bugging him to post a video of his Predator stuff so people can really grasp the reality of how large it is.

What really intrigues me are the rare screen-used props that show up from time to time. I wish collectors like that would just post pics of their screen used Pred stuff just so we could all drool over our keyboards...
 

Guan Thwei

New Member
For the people who are just getting into this hobby, I thought a thread like this could serve as a cautionary tale. What are the warning signs that suggest you are in too deep, and will probably never get out? I'll start:

1.You have the same bio from several different makers because 'they each have their own individual nuances'.

2.A large box arrives, and you know it's a bio/collection piece, but you can't quite remember which one it might be.

3.You hear a loud crash from another room, jump up in a panic, and relax upon realising that that cat has simply knocked over your wifes favourite piece of china/photo display/wine glasses. The bios are fine.

4.When you say to your wife/girlfriend: "Hey, guess what?" and she replies curtly:
"What? There's some OTHER COOL PROP ON THE INTERNET YOU WANT?"
Bonus addiction points if she's right.
1. I will only buy bios from films and fan-films alike never going beyond that and Like Bryan says "There like Pokemon, Gotta collect them all!" that is just not how I see bios. Other Pred stuff like Props, Hot Toys, and model kits is another story

2. I have had that happen once when I bought more then one Predator item on EBay

3. When I hear a crash in my room I always run because I have more collectibles in there then just pred stuff and I'm always making sure nothing in there is broken or misplaced ;)

4. Happens to me everyday

There are a handful of people who have very large and extensive Predator collections. Bryan is one of them. I've been bugging him to post a video of his Predator stuff so people can really grasp the reality of how large it is.

What really intrigues me are the rare screen-used props that show up from time to time. I wish collectors like that would just post pics of their screen used Pred stuff just so we could all drool over our keyboards...
Or we can at least look at them to make sure that we got the detail down pat if we want to be as accurate as possible in our work.
 

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predator666

New Member
Hey Paul... that converstaion was private! No need to bash me on the lair ;)
all except point 3 are spot on... it's usally the half opened window banging!
Here's another point especially in my case...

5. you got so much that you cant walk into the room. You have to admire the collection from the door only.
And now your bio molds, 2nd suit and 2 masks are taking over the 2nd bedroom.

Ps have another delivering tomorrow of 2 bios and waiting on 2 more masks to arrive soon too
 

TehEl1te

Member
- Cooking a turkey dinner for your significant other not only because you love him/her... but because when you are done... you want to take the bones out of it for your Predator costume.
 

JehdinThwei

New Member
My obsession for Pred stuff has begun fairly recently. The year AVPR came out, I bought all of the McFarlane figures, but gave them away to my then gf's son.

I have been renewed in my obsession since finding this site. 4 NECA figures and 3 Bios to date in the last 2 months is not overwhelming, but a good beginning. I have my eye on two more bios which I am sure I will have before Christmas. By then the next round of NECA figures will be out.

Hi.
I'm Bill and I'm a Predaholic. ...but I don't want to be fixed. ;)
 

Ei luj

New Member
Hey Paul... that converstaion was private! No need to bash me on the lair ;)
all except point 3 are spot on... it's usally the half opened window banging!
Here's another point especially in my case...

5. you got so much that you cant walk into the room. You have to admire the collection from the door only.
And now your bio molds, 2nd suit and 2 masks are taking over the 2nd bedroom.

Ps have another delivering tomorrow of 2 bios and waiting on 2 more masks to arrive soon too
yes, I'm guilty on #5, (barely walk into the room) its spread from my workroom to my bedroom :0

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Ei'luj
 

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ptgreek

Active Member
There are a handful of people who have very large and extensive Predator collections. Bryan is one of them. I've been bugging him to post a video of his Predator stuff so people can really grasp the reality of how large it is.

What really intrigues me are the rare screen-used props that show up from time to time. I wish collectors like that would just post pics of their screen used Pred stuff just so we could all drool over our keyboards...

hmmm? Dead End Animatronic Blade Guant anyone?

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both blades exist ..one of them is in a box somewhere
 

ptgreek

Active Member
Ha ...no ...there are multiple cables running out the back ..it was the hero shot ...when the arm is down and the blade comes out. The other Gaunts had fixed blades in them ...that is why there is no back side to this one ..you never see it in the frame ...its a fairly large contraption
 

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hez1

New Member
Hello. My name is Scott, and Im addicted to all things Predator.

..thats the first step right?
Yep, and fortunately this is a one step program. If you're looking for help on kicking the habit, you're in the wrong place. ;)
 

Tatsu

New Member
Hez is Right, we're what you call enablers. Scott if you see a DB P1 V2, you buy it! lol just messin. Yeah I thought I had it bad with all the obsessive details of the 1st 2 movies, you guys beat me in the props dept.
 

Bovine13

New Member
Funnt thing is I have only bought one for myself. THe others were for suit builds for members. And, I sold mine so I guess thats kicking the habit...sort of but, not really, I guess maybe, so not so much, could be?
 

Elkman

New Member
I guess I'm safe from all of this, then. I haven't collected any screen-used props yet, or bios from other members. So, I don't own a collection -- I just own one suit, plus my old mask and bio.

As far as making this stuff goes... well, that's another story. I've got the molds for five masks (Gamera, Zebraman, Godzilla, Sleestak, and my old Predator mask) sitting in my basement. The shelves in my workshop have a lot more parts and tools for costuming than they have for regular home repair jobs. And, if I ever start sculpting more bios from the comic books, then I guess I'll have a collection.

Crap. I guess I AM addicted. ;)
 

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