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While watching movies you get more excited by the prop made from a toy or toy used as a background prop than the actual plot of the movie. you might be a toy collector.

Shockwave-Aliens
Heman-Princess Bride
Every scifi movie.
To play off of this...
If you bought toys for a movie you don't even like, you might be a toy collector.
 
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If you've ever gone "hunting in the wild" for a specific figure and not found it, then repeated your search five or six times touching every figure on the pegs to be sure it ain't there, walked to the front of the store, then walked back to the pegs cos it juuuuust mighta been put on the peg by a stockperson or magic effing elves, then finally made your way out of the store using foul language.......you might be a toy collector.
 
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If you own action figures from movies you’ve never seen (Prince of Persia) and have no intention of ever seeing, you are a toy collector.

If you plan the first wave of figures you’d produce while sitting and watching a movie, you are a toy collector.

If you drift off to bed each night hoping to win enough in the Lotto to buy Hasbro and know the names of which employees you’d fire, which you would schedule meetings with, and which former employees you would bring back, you are a toy collector.

If you have the personal contact info of at least four former Hasbro employees, you are a toy collector.
 
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If when Steve Sansweet’s name is mentioned, you roll your eyes and whisper “rookie” under your breath, you are a toy collector.

If someone has ever asked you “What’s your problem?” and your immediate response was “Lack of figure stands and universal foot hole pegs,” you are a toy collector.

If you get anxious when the tornado siren goes off not because of the potential tornado but because you are afraid a kid will bump a Detolf and send figures sprawling, you are a toy collector.

If your wife has ever mentioned feeling uncomfortable about the Sideshow figures watching during intimate moments, you are a toy collector.
 
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If your kid came back from school with graded papers and you were disappointed the papers weren’t encased in acrylic, you might be a toy collector.
 
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If your kid came back from school with graded papers and you were disappointed the papers weren’t encased in acrylic, you might be a toy collector.
My report cards as a kid were pretty brutalized by the end of the school year. Dinged corners....creases.....the signatures it had did nothing to increase it's value. Best one would rate a 6.5....... at best. But then again.......I miiiiiiight be a toy collector. ;)
 
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If the cashier asks, "is this for you?", you might be a toy collector.
This reminds me of the first time I realized there was a new Star Wars figure line in 1997. I went to the local TRU with a shopping cart and filled it half full with POTF2 figures. At the check out line, a neighbor happened to be in front of me, I failed to notice him standing there from my excitement.

He saw me and asked: Are all of those for you?
I said: They're Christmas presents. (Which was the truth, they were presents for me)
He retorted: You're giving everyone action figures?
My sheepish reply: Yeeeeeesssss...yes, I'm giving everyone action figures.....
 
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If you've ever gotten a speeding ticket while making sure you get to Target 10 minutes before they open, you might be a toy collector. (A friend, not me.)

If you know all the town scalpers' hiding places for the figures they plan on coming back for later, you might be a toy collector.

If you've timed the different routes from the front door to the Star Wars section to figure out which is fastest, you might be a toy collector.

If you've paid store employees to call/text/page you when they get in a new shipment, you might be a toy collector. (Another friend.)

If your spouse has ever told you, "Either me or the toys," and you hesitated before giving a response, you might be a toy collector. (Same friend.)

If you've ever gotten a divorce because you picked the toys, you might be a toy collector. (Again, same friend.)

If your desk at work is covered in 4" tall plastic effigies of actors instead of pictures of your family, you might be a toy collector.
 
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I'd like to put out a few pieces at work, but I know I'd come in to find them in obscene positions.
That's one benefit of working from home.

Way back when I worked in the office, I had a coworker who had a rotating display of figures on his desk. They were all vintage, but nothing particularly rare. However, we came in one day and they were all gone. We never found out who took them. Not long after that, we were banned from having personal items on our desks.
 
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I wouldn't have to worry about theft - I trust 'em with my life so I'd trust them with my toys. On the other hand, we mess with each other unmercifully for the LOLZ. No doubt anything I set out would resemble a 3-D Kama Sutra re-enactment by the next morning. 😀
 
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If you have visibly shuttered as a clerk put your carded figures in the bag, (Guess these won't be MOC) you might be a toy collector.

If you have every built one of these...
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you might be a toy collector, with dreams of animation.
 
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I identify with ALL of it.

If the woman at the post office says that she thinks about you as “that one guy” every time she even sees a toy (and every postal worker knows you for it), then you might be a toy collector (this really happened to me—so many of the packages come from addresses with “toy” in their names).
 
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If you've timed the different routes from the front door to the Star Wars section to figure out which is fastest, you might be a toy collector.
Is it sick to say that I used to count my steps to see if I could get to the toy section faster one way or another? (not kidding, but it was just for fun and not OCD)
 
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Is it sick to say that I used to count my steps to see if I could get to the toy section faster one way or another? (not kidding, but it was just for fun and not OCD)
I only worried about it at Toys 'R Us, and only during the 2-3 year span when scalping was really outrageous. At the one, me and a friend determined that a particular longer route actually got us to the Star Wars section quicker due to congestion in the other aisles. It was similar at another one due to the Matchbox section being in the way. At that TRU, there was never any hope of getting there before the car guys. The one a bit further away was a lost cause due to scalpers. They literally paid off employees, so new product never hit the floor without passing through their hands first.
 
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I only worried about it at Toys 'R Us, and only during the 2-3 year span when scalping was really outrageous. At the one, me and a friend determined that a particular longer route actually got us to the Star Wars section quicker due to congestion in the other aisles. It was similar at another one due to the Matchbox section being in the way. At that TRU, there was never any hope of getting there before the car guys. The one a bit further away was a lost cause due to scalpers. They literally paid off employees, so new product never hit the floor without passing through their hands first.
I know that it's rumored, but I have actual first hand proof that product was going out the back door at Toys R Us. And just for clarification, I'm not talking about theft, I mean product held and sold before it hits the shelf to 'scalpers' or whomever ... and the employees were given a 'gift' for the assistance. I don't think anyone really cared because product was still readily available much of the time, but I can tell you that I rarely purchased at Toys R Us because I always saw stuff at Target first. I'm sure what I saw at Toys R Us was the second delivery because it was never out before the other stores had it out.
 
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I know that it's rumored, but I have actual first hand proof that product was going out the back door at Toys R Us. And just for clarification, I'm not talking about theft, I mean product held and sold before it hits the shelf to 'scalpers' or whomever ... and the employees were given a 'gift' for the assistance. I don't think anyone really cared because product was still readily available much of the time, but I can tell you that I rarely purchased at Toys R Us because I always saw stuff at Target first. I'm sure what I saw at Toys R Us was the second delivery because it was never out before the other stores had it out.
Same here. At the one TRU, we knew which scalpers were doing it, and which employees were involved. We could sometimes get other employees to bring stuff out to us, but things got heated on more than one occasion. I had a collector friend who would try to break up the scalping rings, to the point of paying off employees on his own to get stuff before the scalpers, and getting one manager fired. He got a beating behind that TRU one time, and I was with him when the owner of a local collectibles shop pulled a knife on him. There were several other notable incidents with the scalpers. It was rather crazy back then. A few years later when the bottom fell out of the market, all those scalper shops went out of business fairly quickly.
 
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Same here. At the one TRU, we knew which scalpers were doing it, and which employees were involved. We could sometimes get other employees to bring stuff out to us, but things got heated on more than one occasion. I had a collector friend who would try to break up the scalping rings, to the point of paying off employees on his own to get stuff before the scalpers, and getting one manager fired. He got a beating behind that TRU one time, and I was with him when the owner of a local collectibles shop pulled a knife on him. There were several other notable incidents with the scalpers. It was rather crazy back then. A few years later when the bottom fell out of the market, all those scalper shops went out of business fairly quickly.
I alerted a manager and told him exactly what was happening, who was involved, and when. I showed up at opening that day and just as expected... guy X was there and went straight to employee Y and manager Z looked at me and shrugged as employee Y told guy X to drive around the back and he'd help him load his truck.

The guy owned a hobby shop on the other side of town and regularly had items in store for months after it came out and was no longer available in stores priced at huge markups... but people would pay it apparently because the stuff would eventually be gone (I'm assuming some online selling happened ... this was back when buying online wasn't as popular)
 
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I alerted a manager and told him exactly what was happening, who was involved, and when. I showed up at opening that day and just as expected... guy X was there and went straight to employee Y and manager Z looked at me and shrugged as employee Y told guy X to drive around the back and he'd help him load his truck.

The guy owned a hobby shop on the other side of town and regularly had items in store for months after it came out and was no longer available in stores priced at huge markups... but people would pay it apparently because the stuff would eventually be gone (I'm assuming some online selling happened ... this was back when buying online wasn't as popular)
That's similar to what I dealt with. In the one area of town with the problematic store, you couldn't find new figures except for at the two or three collectible shops, and the one guy's stall at the flea market. The employees in the other parts of town wouldn't play ball with them, so we could usually find what we were looking for, but that TRU was the premium one in the area, so they got more product, and they got their shipments sooner. I didn't mind waiting a week or two to find the figures someplace else, but it was a ridiculous situation. Dealing with the scalpers was never pleasant. When they'd come to the other stores, there were usually enough of us there that they wouldn't pull anything, but if we were in their neck of the woods, it could get dicey. They weren't as bad as the car guys, though. I saw one fight in a parking lot over them, and heard some really crazy stories from the hardcore guys. The funny thing was that we each thought the other was nuts for going to such extremes for their toys of choice.
 
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Is it sick to say that I used to count my steps to see if I could get to the toy section faster one way or another? (not kidding, but it was just for fun and not OCD)
No, and the fastest way between two points is a straight line. I might normally follow the gridded aisles in a store like a street pattern downtown, turning 90 degrees, etc. But I'll go all hyperspace and cut diagonally through the men's pants section to reach the toy aisle quicker. Somebody might beat me to get that Vintage Collection Droids Fett if I don't. ;)
 
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No, and the fastest way between two points is a straight line. I might normally follow the gridded aisles in a store like a street pattern downtown, turning 90 degrees, etc. But I'll go all hyperspace and cut diagonally through the men's pants section to reach the toy aisle quicker. Somebody might beat me to get that Vintage Collection Droids Fett if I don't. ;)
As long as you're not being a creeper and cutting through the women's section :ROFLMAO:
 
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If people often mistake you for a store employee because it looks like you are arranging and moving toys around, you might be a toy collector.

If you've given advice to a stranger in the toy aisle on what toy to get their kid, you might be a toy collector.

if you're wife caught you on the computer past midnight and you weren't looking at porn, you might be a toy collector.
 
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Not related to toys per say, but in recent years the term Boba has constantly been used in the trendy circles to describe an iced beverage. Well you might be a Star Wars fan if your immediate thought is Boba Fett upon hearing people talk about it.
 
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Most definitely! I saw this the other day and took a picture of it, thinking it really matched his Disney Plus colors. I had convinced myself I was looking at something Star Wars before finally realizing “wait, I’m in the real world right now…”
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When your husband goes out for one thing and will come back with a gob of 2020 Star Wars toys for you from a convenience store- at that! you may be known as a toy collector.
 
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If you ever purchased a Sears Wishbook circa 1978 - 1985 on eBay just for the toy section, you might be a toy collector.

If your company has ever sent you to another country on a business trip and you tell your host the first "sights" you'd like to see are the local toy stores, you might be a toy collector.
 
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