It's now been 2 years since I joined this forum (today), originally before being told to enquire here for a Kotobukiya piece I was after, I was a member of several other smaller scale forums & frequented all of them on a daily basis too..., as time has gone by though, I've found this forum to be the best source of knowledge & information so the other forums are no longer of interest & I just visit this one for Star Wars.
When I first joined this forum I didn't have much of a clue about anything to be honest, never heard of any of the companies making the high end collectibles & hadn't a clue what they made..., the thing that first drew my attention to Gentle Giant was an eBay seller selling the 1:6 scale Blackhole Stormtrooper statue back in 2010, it looked very appealing to me & they also had the magma Stormtrooper statue for sale too which spoke to me even more..., I pondered on it though as I was heavily into collecting Doctor Who at the time plus I was still very much a Hasbro Star Wars figure collector, I had however bought the Darth Vader statue they'd made & although it was smaller than I'd hoped, I still liked it & I think that was the first nail in the coffin for Hasbro figures (for me)..., I did buy the Blackhole Stormtrooper statue & as the magma Stormtrooper statue was a bit pricey, I googled it & bought it direct from Gentle Giant..., I think it cost me the equivalent of £140.00 but I'm not 100% sure, I was happy enough with the price anyway & whilst waiting for that particular statue to turn up I bought 2 Kotobukiya figures (the Sandtrooper Squad Leader & the ESB Boba Fett 1:7 scale statues), although the seller hadn't a clue who made them & I was none the wiser when they turned up as there were no boxes for either piece, it was only because I saw another Sandtrooper figure on eBay, this time the Corporal version..., that I got to find out about Kotobukiya (as that figure had a box)..., I then wondered if they'd made the Sergeant version & ultimately that's how I ended up joining this forum.
From the start my main collecting consisted of Gentle Giant & Kotobukiya pieces & grew quite rapidly..., Kotobukiya were my favourite company for collectibles though as I preferred statues to busts & Gentle Giant made far less statues than Kotobukiya..., over the course of the last 2 years though I've found I like the mini-busts more now & also the quality of what Gentle Giant make has always impressed me..., they are the only company out of the big players (Sideshow, Attakus, Kotobukiya) that I can honestly say I've never felt disappointed with anything I've bought, all of the others have disappointed me in some shape or form & thus Gentle Giant has become my favourite collectibles company to buy from.
My main reason for being a member of the forum is not the reason I originally decided to stay a frequent visitor, which was originally for knowledge..., I can find everything out I need to know on Facebook, Twitter or even direct on the companies websites or from the e-mails they send me. The people here are why I keep coming back now, I like to have a good chat & it's always best if you share a passion for something with someone else when talking about something, I have found many interesting people to talk to on here & I always look forward to seeing what they have to say (Lightsword, Jang0, Sergiu, gia_KOTO_jin & Skitz especially)..., there are quite a few people I like talking to though..., & I'm always pleased when I find someone new to converse with as I like finding out someone else's views on things, in some cases this has actually changed my view point too or made me think again..., it's especially nice to be corrected on things though, finding out you've been wrong about something is always good to know.
So anyway, I was originally just going to be brief & say thanks for making my time on the forum a pleasant one..., I got carried away a bit though (obviously). lol