June 08, 2006

Can you be addicted to plastic?

My name is Aaron and I collect toys. Ok, my name isn't Aaron, but the second part is true. I've been trying to organize my possessions here and have been having a hell of a time making progress getting things into boxes. "Why's that," you ask? Well, Japan may have a lot of strange things (like vending machines that sell just about everything) but if nothing else, Japan easily has the coolest toys around.

I've collected stuff for as long as I remember: comics, DVDs, books, toys, ex-girlfriends, whatever. The thing is, that when you collect things, you don't really give them much though when you buy them. You know, a few comics here, a Transformer there, a couple DVDs next payday... It hardly seems to register all that much. That is, until crunch time comes and you have to put it all into nice organized groups to pack and ship home! Joy.

Having lived here for nearly two years, I have somehow managed to accumulate a surprising amount of stuff. The funny thing is that I have bought next to nothing for myself since my trip home for Christmas. With my recent birthday presents though (ok yeah I bought a few toys for that...shut up), and a few friends down in Osaka who keep sending me free stuff, there are probably more toys in my apartment than individual pieces of cutlery in your kitchen drawer. So the next question becomes: what do I do with them all!?

I've been selling stuff online for several months; a few items a week, and I think I've got it down to a few more rounds of that. I also started making some custom toys to waste some of my copious amount of free time. Of course I'm still drawing and doing 3D modeling, but one can never have too many hobbies.

With that I leave you with these: my first three custom action figures ever! They're made from Microman figures, which clock in just under 4 inches tall (that's slightly taller than a GIJoe figure for you toy nerds out there). Go ahead. Make fun of me. If you're not careful you just might end up with a big box of useless plastic arriving in your mailbox.

Symbiote Spiderman:




Alpha Flight's Guardian (with guests):



Batman Beyond:

5 comments:

Bunny of Death said...

Is that... Puck? lol

Awesome Guardian figure, I've always been a fan of Alpha Flight. Even by nerd standards, they've never been "cool" but Guardian was least kinda neat.

Tya-ruzu said...

Thanks. I'm planning to make a few more of the team, I'm just waiting for parts.

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing you don't keep all your exe's on a shelf in your house. I have a feeling you'd want to slit your throat!

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing you don't keep all your exe's on a shelf in your house. I have a feeling you'd want to slit your throat!

Anonymous said...

I said that twice- cha, cha, cha!