Do you find yourself saying "Do I really NEED this prop/toy/replica?"

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  1. Betamin

    Betamin Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I was at Target the other day with a good friend that knows I'm a Star Wars fan, and I was looking at the Falcon drone. I put it back down and she grinned and said "So you're not looking to spend $110 on that right now?" I said "I have bills and food to pay for."

    I wanted to buy it, but my 50 year old mind though "Yeah, it would be fun for a bit, but it would end up on a shelf." Instead, I spent that money (plus more) on a new cell phone. I guess I'm finally an adult. To a degree. :lol
     
  2. gyoung2993

    gyoung2993 Sr Member

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    We will never grow up completely , men and our toys are how it is !!! ;)
     
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  3. Betamin

    Betamin Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Too true, my friend. Even after that narrow purchase escape, I'm still thinking about ordering the Diamond Select ST3 phaser to go with my other phasers. :facepalm It's a sickness!!
     
  4. The Mad Professor

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    To me, it's not a matter of "Do I really need this?" so much as "When can I purchase this so it won't affect my ability to pay my bills?"

    You have to splurge on yourself every once in a while to remind yourself that you are a human being, not a mindless automaton punching a clock.
     
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  5. Betamin

    Betamin Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's an excellent response. You have passed the Voight-Kampff test. :lol That's how I feel. I hem and haw over purchases until my friends are on the edge of yelling "BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!" I have no credit card debt, but I don't have a fantastic work wage (thank you, tight wad bosses) so I'm careful about what I buy. It has to be "special" or needed to me as a purchase. I just sold a few props/toys I had to finance other things, (and thank you to those that purchased, I appreciate it!) but I have some that I'd have to be starving to sell.
     
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  6. PoopaPapaPalps

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    All the time and even more now ever since I joined this site.
     
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  7. Betamin

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    :lol Don't feel bad, I've been this way for a while. WAY too many good prop ideas/sales that make me move the mouse toward the Paypal site...... I have prop kit purchases in the closet that have never been built that I bought years ago, that I think "I should sell it" followed by the "No, I'll build it..... some day." thought.
     
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  8. Sean

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    If I could win the lottery. I could feed my prop addiction the way it needs to be fed. but I don't play the lottery. It would take money away from my prop addiction. catch 22
     
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  9. gyoung2993

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    I look at it this way, different from others I suppose.....go too work , do what everyone in this world tells me to do , and when that time is up , well its payback time for all the rewards for the BS , I have to tolerate from everyday life....so this is my cookie , for the day !!!.... :lol :D ;) .....Lifes too short to deny yourself the treats every now and then !!!
     
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  10. George

    George Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Be yourself,pay your bills,obey the law...and aside from all that: retain the inner child.
     
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  11. dkaniel

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    ADULT!...I'm tired of being an Adult, all it gets me is bills, stress, gray hairs and time away from my true passion...MY HOBBIES!!!:lol
     
  12. Wes R

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    I'm finding myself asking myself this more and more, not so much as a money related issue but i'm out of space lol.
     
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  13. Lear60man

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    If I can justify it in any way......its purchased. But I always wait a week or two to see if the desire is still there.
     
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  14. Sean

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    Amen brother! :lol:thumbsup
     
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  15. Commander Max

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    One day I found myself thinking. "If I built all of these models(over 300 kits) I would have no room to display them." I live in a big house(3400 SF).
    I then looked at my display shelves, there is so many things(sci-fi stuff) on just one shelf. Nothing stands out, it looks like an overstuffed shelf. The number of shelves seems endless, so I packed it all up as well(including the shelves).

    It was getting out of hand, and this came along at a time where my experiences in the garage kit hobby were taking all the fun out of it.
    But something else took me by surprise.

    Star Trek, Star Wars, and most old and current sci-fi offerings. Were not doing anything for me, I was bored with it all.
    I was walking around the last PhoenixComicCon(2015), I didn't buy anything except for a t-shirt. I used to not be able to get out of a con without spending at least $200.
    It wasn't that I couldn't buy stuff, nothing appealed to me.

    It's really a strange feeling.

    But the kid in me isn't gone, he has been collecting old (full size)arcade games.
     
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  16. DaddyfromNaboo

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    I have had the urge to downsize for years now. And I did not have the urge to buy things for years. At least not the way it was in the heydays of collecting and personal life. Interests shift. But the urge to make things is there, alas time, space and other resources are slim, so making won't happen for quite some time. But I am working on that.
     
  17. Scott D

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    The answer is yes.

    In the past 5 years, I've sold my two vintage Mustang project cars, 75% of my vintage Kenner SW collection and 99% of my modern/Kenner/Hasbro SW collection.

    Just yesterday, I was in Target looking at the Rubies Fett & Ren helmets and thinking "Do I need another prop project?" My only current hobby is building custom Lightsabers and the occasional custom Blaster now.

    I'm trying to be content with watching my fellow RPF members modify them, instead.
     
  18. Betamin

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    My Mom and my middle brother asked me what the Solo ROTJ blaster cost me in parts, and I told them the whole blaster was pushing $500 before I spent time painting and weathering it all. The look on their faces was priceless. I had no problem with the cost, because I spent some quality time DOING all the work on it. I doubt I'll ever sell it, as I'm proud of the work and I like the blaster too much. It's a "prop" thing, I guess.
     
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  19. Cameron

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    I made a list of all of the unfinished/not started props and model kits taped over my computer. Every time I see something new and shiny I remind myself of what I need to finish. It has brought a perspective to my hobby life.
     
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  20. PotionMistress

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    When you think of all of our ancestors in the millennia before us who did nothing in life but struggle to just survive; to get enough food, to keep a roof over their heads, and provide the same for their families, it can really put the whole thing in perspective.


    The fact that we are now able to focus our attentions and energies into something other than just that: on intellectual pursuits, on art, on culture, etc. is what finally has brought us to a higher level of humanity. This is what sets us above the drudgeries of the past, and what our ancestors struggled so hard to achieve. This is what they worked for in the hopes their children could live a better life. And WE’RE HERE! We’re the generations that can finally benefit from their toils and live better lives for it. We honor them all by doing so. I think we should appreciate that as much as possible by investing in the arts and encouraging creativity in ourselves and our children.

    I think EVERYONE should have a passion for a hobby! It should be a requirement for a well-rounded, healthy person. It’s also therapeutic and one of the best prescriptions for mental health. There is no better feeling of contentment than ‘being in the zone’ when working on a beloved project. When you are focused on creating something, time has no meaning.

    It’s not about just collecting a bunch of stuff, but rather in building something that has some meaning for you or that is evocative. It’s the journey of creating, not the thing itself that is the most real.

    Anyway, you don’t need a lot of money to be creative or enthusiastic about something. The possibilities are endless if the will is there. Having less can actually force you to be MORE creative.

    If you’ve accumulated too much stuff, like others have said, sell it, give it away or pack it up. But don’t fold up your workbench!
     
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  21. Wes R

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    There's also the cost vs enjoyment factor. I'd love a 1:1 endo arm but honestly i'm not sure i can justify 700.00 for it just to sit on a shelf. Honestly I think my one buddy and I just rotate items from our collections for bdays and christmas as we have the same tastes so we could just pack something up easily lol
     
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  22. Dreddful

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    Here is the question....

    ...is it better to want something but not NEED it and never get it? Or is it better to buy it anyway, and say "I shouldn't have bought that"?

    Of course remember, we are talking about props. Not cars or TVs.
     
  23. gyoung2993

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    I think the passion and enjoyment adds up , to anything you spend , if you enjoy it , enough , the money factor depends on the passion for a prop or model....there is anyones justification
     
  24. legendofzelda

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    The process...the research that goes into it...the community feedback. We are crafting wonderful memories one piece st a time. No price can be placed on reviving Precious memories that made us who we are. If you have a connection with something...just get ot. Its a new memory for the good times bank.
     
  25. webmonkees

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    I may have misinterpreted the question, but the rambling thoughts are already below..

    To me, it's more recognizing a prop base item and having that intrigue my tinkering capacity.

    I have no idea how they built them, but that's part of the challenge and the educational research.

    Examples: "The most you've spent on something that might make a movie prop" category, in my world of parts-that-are-props:

    Loose contextual association:
    A Galaga from Wargames; Dual purpose. No details necessary other than perhaps a 7-11 Slurpee cup.

    doesn't count really but indistinguishable from what was in the film. Midway loaned them a machine, even made placards for the arcade cabinets to cross-promote the film, Is it a prop or just a vintage game? doesn't matter while playing, oh yeah, it's in Wargames. They even played a game sound later in the film for no apparent reason.

    And I can always recover my investment as that particular game has standalone value. I could add a switch to a media player that plays 'shall we play a game?' when you put a quarter in? sure. It didn't happen in the movie at that point,, but then again there's that weird phenomenon in the film where Broderick's accessory speech synthesizer module is apparently also installed in all other computers he gets near. The context that accents.


    yes, sometimes I do feel I need that prop to finish the detail. Fabricate a speak & spell or ebay one for 20 bucks? Easy.

    The trick there is finding the ones with the raised buttons, that's the proper movie one. But if having the later plastic-sheet version motivates me to figure out the E.T. spring-fork-sawblade-record player part, I can always keep looking for a correct one later. Some folks might not even notice the difference. I would.
     

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