So what's the purpose of this thread? A place to show your collection, talk about something upcoming figures, something cool you saw online, looking for something to buy as a gift, don't understand why people do this and want to know why? Really whatever discussion that pertains to toys, come talk about it! Seriously? Toys? Yes jackass, toys, figures and other collectibles bring in big money. Transformers, Sentai, Karmen Rider, Lego, Gundam, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Marvel, DC and just about every other type of movie, tv show, anime, manga, comic or cartoon have for a long time made mad bank on the selling of little figurines for everyone to enjoy, not just kids. Whoa whoa, adults buy these things? You bet your ass they do. What types of toys? All kinds, fixed PVC statues, figures with extensive articulation for posing, small 80mm trading figures, build and paint yourself kits or crazy 1:1 busts with insane levels of detail. In short different strokes for different folks, collecting goes far beyond the cheap figures available at your local supermarket. Why would I want to collect things. I'm a serious person with serious person opinions. Well Mr. Serious, those who are into collecting these things do it for fun! Having these things is nice and sometimes you simply want nice things for the sake of having nice things. Where can I see information about upcoming collectables and stuff? In person? Hobby stores are a good place, there are a few businesses that are geared around the importation of highly sought after figures. Online? Tomopop is very good and covers a humongous amount of news and reviews, but there are plenty of great blogs available. To actually buy stuff: Amiami: Straight from Japan yo Amazon: Popular amongst the Americas inxstation Pro Store: Honk Kong based with worldwide shipping toywiz: Worldwide shipping Play-Asia: pretty okay store Hobbyco: Decent for Australia, a few stores scattered around. Okay, I've spent all my money, have hundreds of toys and no money for food.. Now what? Bask in the glory of it all and enjoy being poor.