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khallam

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PostSubject: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Jul 30, 2019 4:13 pm

When you go into a store with a pocket full of money excited to buy a new figure for your collection - what is your criteria? for example Price, Realism, Pose, Brand etc..
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Jul 30, 2019 6:08 pm

Is it a unusual specie that i dont have :)

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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Jul 30, 2019 6:21 pm

I have some criteria that I use when buying a model:
- Realism! Speaks for itself I think XD
- Anatomically correct. As much as possible!
- Paint work. Nice paint work, details, shading.
- Pose, would actually love to see more dynamic poses in models.
- Species, the more unknown the better haha.
- Brand, I collect all brands so that isn't an issue for me.
- Price, not to expensive, depends on the criteria above.

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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Jul 30, 2019 11:21 pm

First I need a pocket full of money. Laughing
I tend to choose unusual species or figures that despite representing animals already present in my collection, are able of exciting me. I confess I am much more careful with the sculpting than with the painting. I like a unusual pose but classic poses are also interesting to me. Obviously, I also tend to buy figures of a certain range of prices. Namely the standard sized ones.

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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyWed Jul 31, 2019 3:54 am

Sad to say, money has to be my biggest criterion. I very rarely can buy new figures. Most of mine are thrift store/ flea market/ garage sale finds. For that reason, I also rarely feel free to mail order- postage is terrible! That produces a big crimp in brands, since only Schleich, Safari and Mojo Fun are available locally. If I were to have the freedom to just go and have fun shopping, I'm not concerned about brand. I would seek species that are interesting to me, and where more than one might be available of an interesting species, I would go for the most realistic sculpt. Paint job isn't super important; it might help me choose between two sculpts I like equally, or decide against (or for!) a figure I'm unsure of. I can always repaint! I'm also not set on scale, just that I like the figure.

As it is, I'm stuck with whatever turns up used, and they can be hard to find! So many thrift stores discard the toys they get instead of selling them, and some of the flea market vendors have too highly inflated prices. I pick up things I'm not interested in for myself for that reason, in the hope I can sell them or trade them for something I do want.
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyWed Jul 31, 2019 12:50 pm

I only collect African species so I only buy those who live in eastern Africa. I plan on building a diorama of Africa. I have been for years! So need to get going.

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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyMon Aug 05, 2019 6:20 pm

By this order:
First, species (must be a non-domestic, non-prehistoric and non-mythologic species that I don't have already), with preference by the most rare, obscure and amazing species
Second, realism. I never will buy a non-realistic figure
Third, price. I never buy too expensive models (such as hand-made models). I can buy figures by a bit more price that I think they should cost, but just a bit.
And fourth, scale. I can accept some scale divergence to my ideal 1:20 proportion (and with large cetaceans a very big divergence), but they must not be too striking as compared with my other models.

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CollectA: 27
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Safari LTD: 9
Mojo Fun: 7
Kitan Club: 5
Kaiyodo: 3
CBIOV: 2
Nayab/Happy Kin: 2
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyMon Aug 05, 2019 6:48 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
I have some criteria that I use when buying a model:
- Realism! Speaks for itself I think XD
- Anatomically correct. As much as possible!
- Paint work. Nice paint work, details, shading.
- Pose, would actually love to see more dynamic poses in models.
- Species, the more unknown the better haha.
- Brand, I collect all brands so that isn't an issue for me.
- Price, not to expensive, depends on the criteria above.

For my Synoptic Collection, these are the criteria I use. For arthropods, I am much more liberal.
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Aug 06, 2019 6:35 pm

Money aside I go by:
-species (one I like/collect, or one unusual)
-poses (I really hate static and stiff poses for animals)
-anatomically correct (I tend to lower my hopes when it comes to news horses...)
-paint job (and without paint scraches, it's getting harder and harder to find a figure that is intact, even in toys stores )
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyWed Aug 07, 2019 3:10 pm

I usually only have one figure per species, and I only collect Paleozoic and Mesozoic life, so if it's a species I don't have, it's probably an instant buy. If more than one version of a species is available, I go by:

accuracy (the one that has the fewest features that we know are wrong)
non-accuracy-related aesthetic factors
scale (I prefer 1:40 except for very small animals)
price (I should rank this higher but I have no self control)
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyFri Sep 06, 2019 8:23 pm

Even though I'm always excited about species I don't already have, I must admit I tend to almost always buy whales. When I look at my collection, I see whales occupying a large percentage of the figures I have...
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptySat Sep 07, 2019 2:32 am

I would very much like to see your whale collection, Valerie. They're something I would like to collect if they weren't so expensive and hard to find. Excluding the easily found dolphins and orcas, I only have a few.
I need to post a figure of one, it reminds me of the Laramies. It is an unbranded right whale.
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PostSubject: Re: How does everyone decided on which figure to buy?   How does everyone decided on which figure to buy? EmptyTue Sep 10, 2019 8:40 pm

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I would very much like to see your whale collection, Valerie. They're something I would like to collect if they weren't so expensive and hard to find. Excluding the easily found dolphins and orcas, I only have a few.
I need to post a figure of one, it reminds me of the Laramies. It is an unbranded right whale.

You can see a large part of it in many pictures in the @Show Us Yours@ Whales and Dolphins link. study
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