A lot of threads over on HCRealms popping up with the theme of “good-bye”. Such threads appear frequently. Seems like more so than usual. Some contain complaints by other posters, criticizing NECA as using WizKids to “run their licenses into the ground” by oversaturating the market with a glut of product.
Singling out one of those threads: http://www.hcrealms.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507745
Posts numbered 16, 17, 24, 36 and 40 get to the heart of it for me.
I occasionally mull over how much I’ve spent on this hobby, versus how much “fun”/enjoyment I’m getting out of it. I do get a lot of fun out of it. Just keeping up with Marvel and DC Comics releases has me reconsidering (yet again) how much I’m spending, why, and on what. The “why” is the easiest: HeroClix is a great game, and I love the superhero comics genre licenses the most.
The contrast between “how much” and “on what” is what’s getting to me. Have told myself for the past 3 to 4 years I need to change my purchasing habits. Focus. I’m currently pre-paid up on less expensive “bulk”, “early bird specials” through the late 2014 DC Comics HeroClix release, THE FLASH.
I’ve never been what gets called a “Completionist” collector of the game. Pater used to be, “Get all the REV/U’s. The LE’s [Limited Edition] and ‘chases’ are outliers, ‘targets of opportunity’, if the price is right or you get lucky and pull one from a booster.” That held mostly complete with the “paradigm shift” to the “Character Card Era” and its CUR/SR rarity scheme. Collect Commons, Uncommons, Rares, and Super-Rares of a set; LE’s and “chases” don’t matter. But, then we start getting “Countertop Display”/”Gravity Feed” sets, and Fast Forces, the “TabApp” stuff, the “Storyline Organized Play Only” sets (FEAR ITSELF, WAR OF LIGHT), the “rarity scheme straddling” Primes,… My “back is broken”.
Told myself before: “Focus only on the Marvel Comics stuff. You’ve always been more Marvel than DC.” So, as of next year, no longer pre-ordering DC Comics HeroClix, *except* Fast Forces that interest me. From there, snag available DC Comics supervillains as “singles” from “secondary market sources”. Sorry, WizKids, that’s the way it has to be. Frankly, if I’d spent less on DC stuff, would have bought more Marvel stuff. Example: I shouldn’t have bought so much TEEN TITANS boosters. That hurt my WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN purchases. Weird result: Have every TT team base, not every WXM team base. Guess which ones I wanted in my collection more.
With the “oversaturation of product”, also considering paring down DC pieces in my collection. Stuff I’d hung on to even after the “Character Card Era” began, even as the “power creep” made them more “outdated”, out of this weird sense of “history/nostalgia”. Am still likely to keep all the Marvel stuff. But the DC sets of old? COSMIC JUSTICE, and the like? Select pieces will stay, the rest will be culled.
But how? Selling, but most likely not on eBay. I really need to study the HCRealms.com “trading” forums.
From there, “bundling”. I think I could present some decent deals if I just sold in “lots”. All the green Lantern related pieces — from various sets over 10+ years — might sell, if bundled, for $20 (plus buyer paying shipping; U.S. customers only). Same for Legion of Super-Heroes. Same for JLA. Even Batman stuff.
Keeping: Well, supervillains. Always useful. And have no problem sending Marvel’s Captain America and some of his allies up against DC Comics’ Joker and his lackeys, or the Legion of Doom, or the Fearsome Five, or the Legion of Super-Villains, and so on.
The only DC Comics HeroClix I’ll most likely “auto-buy” will be Fast Forces. The recent LEGION OF DOOM pack was right up my alley. WizKids: Keep doing that.
Marvel Purchases? Most likely will buy a case more of the regular sets. Will still buy Fast Forces. Am on the fence concerning CTD/GFs, though. “Dilution,” that’s how the CTD/GFs tied to the “main booster expansions” come off to me. So, If a set is *only* available via CTD/GF (like the Marvel 10th Anniversary set), then, yeah, I’ll buy the CTD/GF. Fast Forces? Absolutely.
Still staying away from the “movie sets”, though, unless it’s Captain America. Only regret about skipping THOR: THE DARK WORLD “movie set” was that I didn’t even by the Fast Forces/Starter.
Yeah. Sounds like a plan.
Snag: Most of my collection is in my rented storage locker. Makes thing a wee bit more difficult.