Brian Szabelski is Tomopop's Editor-in-Chief, stuck with an ever-growing collection of figures and toys. When he's not posting on Tomopop, he can usually be found working on any number of projects (some of which will be revealed in good time) or hunting down older figures he doesn't own but wants.
Born and raised in Detroit, he currently lives in northwest Ohio. He enjoys a number of things, including taiko drum playing, food, friends, watching movies, food, writing fiction and playing Team Fortress 2. He also longs for the day a Tomopup figure is available ... among two dozen others he'd like.
You can currently follow him on Twitter at @brianszabelski.
One of the things I have wanted to do this year is do more blogging in the C-Blogs, perhaps more personal stuff. I always feel like I cover the news side well but that sometimes it obscures the fact that I, too, am still a collector who thinks about things and goes through the same problems with collecting that you, Tomopop's readers, do.
So I was thinking to myself last night that I wanted to write about something related to collecting today, but I wasn't sure what. And as I thought about motivation ... that became my answer. Or more precisely: "What makes me collect what I collect?"
For me, it's half characters I like, be they from anime, games or little fellows like Super7's Foster and 64Colors' Marshall and Gumdrop; and half designs or sculpts I like, including the HSP ver. Hatsune Miku. It's a fair mix lately, though with all the Persona 4 stuff out there, there's been more character stuff than design stuff.
I like things that look nice but that I wouldn't be ashamed to display if I had visitors, which drops most NSFW stuff out of the picture for me. What used to motivate me to collect was being a completionist, and for some folks, it still is and that creates problems for maker and collector alike (more on that perhaps later). But what drives me now is all bundled up in one simple idea: I collect what makes me happy.
Not everyone does for the same reasons, though, so let me know in the comments about what drives you to collect. I'll try to respond to every comment, too.
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