Collecting vs Playtime

Winged Mirage

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So tonight I watched Toy Story 2 with my parents, and it was a lot of fun. I’ve always really liked that movie. One of the reasons I like it is because of the interesting question it raises with “toys should be played with until falling apart” versus “toys can be collector items to be preserved for young and old”. The movie goes heavily with the former, but I think the latter is a good point as well.

And we are all here, collecting ponies and other toys XD. Thoughts?
 

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I was always that kid that believed my toys were alive. Even before Toy Story ever came out. Which is probably why my toys were always pristine even though I played with them a lot (I was an only child for 10 glorious years).

Even still, the weirdo nerdy toy collector in me still feels like these toys have a life and a story to tell. I love to think that like Woody and the gang my toys have stories to share. I do sometimes agonize over getting rid of toys because I feel bad and like I’m abandoning them. Toy Story 2 did NOT do me any fovours in those feelings.
 

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I can see some people wanting to collect them for future generations. Me though, I want to play with them. I don't buy mint on card Ponies for just this reason. I'd just open them up. Best to let someone who'd appreciate them on card to have those. Half the fun of owning toys to to get them out and play with 'em, clean them, display them... I say enjoy them as you will, but mine are gonna have glorious adventures and gallop across my floor until I'm dead and buried.

And maybe even after. I think haunting my toy collection could be a lotta fun.


I was always that kid that believed my toys were alive. Even before Toy Story ever came out. Which is probably why my toys were always pristine even though I played with them a lot (I was an only child for 10 glorious years).

Even still, the weirdo nerdy toy collector in me still feels like these toys have a life and a story to tell. I love to think that like Woody and the gang my toys have stories to share. I do sometimes agonize over getting rid of toys because I feel bad and like I’m abandoning them. Toy Story 2 did NOT do me any fovours in those feelings.
Many cultures believe that items can be imbibed with an energy of their own by years of handling by a loving owner. Shinto followers in particular believe that objects can 'become' and have souls. Many NA tribes believe in manitou, or essence/spirit that lives in any kind of object, be it a tree, a rock or even a home or toy, so the feeling that items are 'alive' isn't really too farfetched in certain societies.
 

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I don’t really play with them anymore, but cleaning up ponies and knowing that these were probably beloved toys that would have been thrown out otherwise makes me feel good as a collector.
 
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I can see some people wanting to collect them for future generations. Me though, I want to play with them. I don't buy mint on card Ponies for just this reason. I'd just open them up. Best to let someone who'd appreciate them on card to have those. Half the fun of owning toys to to get them out and play with 'em, clean them, display them... I say enjoy them as you will, but mine are gonna have glorious adventures and gallop across my floor until I'm dead and buried.

And maybe even after. I think haunting my toy collection could be a lotta fun.



Many cultures believe that items can be imbibed with an energy of their own by years of handling by a loving owner. Shinto followers in particular believe that objects can 'become' and have souls. Many NA tribes believe in manitou, or essence/spirit that lives in any kind of object, be it a tree, a rock or even a home or toy, so the feeling that items are 'alive' isn't really too farfetched in certain societies.
Like the velveteen rabbit!

I love playing with my ponies, especially since I downsized so much. I do enjoy a few of the new in box g3, g4, and monster high dolls. The g4 is only the brushable sized power ponies set. Their hair, especially maneiac's, is so perfectly styled. I know I would miss it and the stories on the boxes. I'm enchanted by the g3 slh ponies. For the international ones, I would really like them in the box. I won't let go of the oob ones I have, though. My girl and I love playing with them.
 

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I have so much trouble opening MIB ponies (I'm talking about G4 ponies.) I must be crazy! I like to have one in the box and one out to play with, but sometimes it's really hard for me to open them because they look so pretty in the box. I have Dewdrop Dazzle and Meadow Flower in the box, but I can't bring myself to open them. Especially after they get retired and the value goes up, or when I take them out and there hair is terrible.

Also, it really bothered me in Toy Story 2 when they showed Woody being restored. Toy collectors in general frown upon restoration and it usually decreases the value of the toy. Again, I think I'm just crazy!
 
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Well he was being sold to a museum, and also the guy was a sleaze, so he probably tried to sell him as “new”.
 
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For a year I thought some to aka my big sister doll wanted to kill me. Yes mother a five year old should watch child's play at age 5. I already hated that doll. But after I got over that I loved to play with ever thing and was momma bear to my toys.

Now I collect I call it my toys retirement but I still believe they come to life. Go rid of that kid sister doll and I love child's play now.
 
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