Step One: move to a bigger house.
That was my
plan, actually. But then... well, that's "family stuff" I need not go in to here and now. Suffice to say, the bigger house thing didn't happen.
(It had a bomb shelter in it! A genuine 1950s era bomb shelter!
This is our first glimpse of Laura with her aviator shades and green gloves!
Interesting seeing the two Kamiko models side by side. The story scenes blend so seamlessly that, while I've known you have "two Kamikos," I do not think of them as such. She's definitely one character. And a character, period!
I have two figs of a couple of my characters so I do not have to change costumes.
Late 2018 - so it's taken you three years to reach this point. That's only five or six figs a year, less than one every two months. That's not excessive... is it?
But yes, after a point (don't worry, you're not there yet), storage and display space begins to become an issue.
From what I have seen with other collectors on the AMMO forum, it appears that Phicen Families tend to keep growing until they reach the mid-twenties. Then the population growth levels out, and tends to slow considerably or stabilize at around thirty.
Of course, there are collectors on some of the other forums who appear to have bottomless pocketbooks and endless space who appear to purchase every new release and multiples of multiple figures. But those collectors are "figure collectors." For those like you and me and some of the rest of us, the "collection" grows as a corollary or side-effect of creating characters and crafting photo-stories.
I suppose we could take a lesson from the Calvin & Hobbes
cartoonist: two main characters, plus occasional appearances by Mom and Dad, so four characters to create one of the most popular comic strips ever. Or Dennis the Menace
: Dennis, Mom (Alice), Dad (Henry), Poor Ol' Mister Wilson, Mrs. Wilson, Margaret, and Ruff the Dog. Later on a girl named Gina made a few appearances. Eight characters for decades of stories.
Your all-female contingent has expanded to include a healthy number of males. That's a good sign. It means you won't end up with thirty-some females and then
decide you need some guys.
Coincidentally, I was just now
responding to a PM from another forum member and saying that I really need to curtail my purchases. I also mentioned heads; I have more heads than bodies, and I need to decide whether to leave it that way, or if I want to add just a few
more bodies so that everyone is squared away. Logically, swapping heads allows the appearance of more characters while keeping the budget and the space considerations under control.
How many settings
have you constructed for use with your 16 figures? Is the set we see here your only "standing set," or are there others? How many are flat-packed away? How many more are in the works?
I have so many works-in-progress when it comes to sets that I've lost count. Yet, I almost always use two small, simple sets, slightly re-dressed, for nearly all my scenes.
Fascinating look at the collection.