Ever Suffer From Figure Buyer’s Remorse?

It has been a while since I’ve written a non-news article and something that has been on my mind lately are the figures I’ve purchased and do not love or value in my collection any longer.  What causes figure buyer’s remorse and what can you do about it?  Read on to find out!

Since moving to Chicago, I have way less storage room so I have had to really consider what I keep and add to my collection.  For me, the first thing I did was start thinking about figures I own that were disappointments.  Usually this was because the articulation was weak or the figure just wasn’t fun to pose.  My S.H. Figuarts Battle Droid was one of the first figures I thought of because posing it was so unfun.  The same was true of the Chris Nendoroid from Resident Evil.  I love his weapons and especially the rocket launcher but it is so hard to set it up that I plan on getting rid of the figure.  So figure disappointment is a totally valid reason for getting rid of a figure you hoped you’d like and unfortunately do not.

bandai s h figuarts battle droid pose 4

Another factor in no longer wanting to collect something is losing the ability to collect a particular figure line.  Perhaps the line is cancelled or it just isn’t financially feasible for you to keep collecting a certain kind of figure.  That can cause you to lose interest and no longer want to keep a figure too.  This happened to me with collecting Star Wars S.H. Figuarts.  I love the figures and the quality of them but I realized that the amount of money and space it took to collect them was too much for me.  In addition, there were a lot of releases I felt like I “had to have” because I am a bit of completionist but in reality, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the figure because I didn’t care about the character (Captain Phasma comes to mind, for example).  Other times a figure gets released and you hope that other characters from that franchise will become a figure and they unfortunately do not.  Nendoroids have done this to me several times but Chris from Resident Evil is a great example.  I bought him hoping that they would do more figures from Resident Evil and it turned out that he was the only one that got released.  Part of the fun is building up a collection of characters from the same franchise is seeing it come together and having all of them on a shelf together.  When that opportunity disappears or never happens, that can make you no longer want to keep a figure too.

Chris Redfield Nendoroid with Rocket Launcher 2

Finally, sometimes you just make a bad purchase.  You think you want to collect all of the figures in a particular line and you know you shouldn’t buy X figure because you don’t like that game, movie, or character but you do it anyway.  Eventually, you realize that you really don’t need that figure and that you probably should have never bought it.  For me, the biggest example of this is the Splatoon Amiibo 3-pack.  In my heart, I knew that I probably wasn’t going to be into Splatoon because I don’t like shooters and so rushing out and buying the Amiibo for a game I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be that into on release day was a foolish decision.  And yet, I did buy it and I have the 3-pack unopened sitting in a closet waiting to be appreciated.  This is definitely the worse kind of figure buyer’s remorse and it is always best to avoid it when possible!

Splatoon 3-Pack Amiibo

If you ever find yourself no longer wanting a figure, then it is worth thinking about why you feel that way and how to avoid it in the future.  Sometimes it is out of your hands as to why you no longer desire certain figures and it is best to just move on.  Figure buyer’s remorse can happen to anyone and it is nothing to be ashamed of or deterred by!  You can always sell or donate the figures you bought and no longer want and go get some new ones.

Are there any figures in your collection you now regret owning or no longer want?  Which figures and why do you no longer want them?  Share your experiences in the comments below!



    • Haha, I’m glad that you still enjoy them. I have very few Amiibo that I regret buying which is something that I am proud of and I think it is testament to their quality as well!

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  1. On the edge of the discussion, but my wife and recently I gave away a set of three (Legolas, Aragorn, Gandalf) 18″ “figures”, as well as a bunch of Gentle Giant Star Wars busts, a 22″ Terminator Endoskeleton and some other bits and pieces that we realised we’d never have the space/need to display (we got *lots* of other junk!) to my cousin recently, so he can add them to his existing Cinema Room displays.
    I mentally disconnected from all of those items years ago, but I hate going through the hassle of selling things (stressed/tired enough from work and a pile of RL stuff), and moreso – I prefer to give things away directly to people who I know will appreciate them.
    So that worked for me. I’ve also done that with a lot of old, random toys, books, household items, etc over the years.

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    • I’ve actually been doing a similar thing and getting rid of figures I collected and reviewed while working on this site but that I don’t have a strong attachment to. It is a ton of work but I need the space for terrain and quite frankly, a little extra hobby money never hurt me either. With that said, I will probably never collect something that takes as much room up as figures do because you run out of real estate very quickly and they’re exactly cheap to ship either! From a time standpoint, giving them makes the most sense. I just spent too much money on all of the figures to be ready to donate them.


      • Totally makes sense. It also depends on your situation as well. I’m quite time-poor these days, and so for me giving stuff away (good stuff only goes to people I know who’d appeciate them) makes more sense in a lot of ways than trying to go through the rigamarole of trying to eBay things. When I was younger and my situation was different, I was much more inclined to sell stuff for the very reasons you give.

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      • Rigamarole is a good word for it. I started off a couple of weeks ago with much gusto on selling and I quickly became tired of it. I did make some good money back which was fun to use but there was a cost in time and effort to be sure! And I would have never guessed you were time poor with your painting output lately 😉

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      • Touche’!
        Well, to put it another way, I do prefer using my free time for painting and blogging and videogaming and gyming than the aforementioned rigamarole. I will need to train Marouda to sell my unwanted junk on eBay eventually, though.

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      • Same here! There’s never enough time in the day for those hobbies too. It is a real struggle sometimes. I had to force myself to get an item or two listed on eBay each weekend to ensure that they got sold so I know exactly what you mean!

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