Things I learned during my first year of nendoroid collecting.


This is going to be a long post, there’s a TL;DR version at the bottom for you lazy bums! I also left a picture of an evil minion eating my beloved Illya, if you don’t wanna read this. :))

Nooooo! Minion save Illyaaa!! T__T

Today marks my first year of nendoroid collecting, I started June 29, 2012. I’ve learned a lot during this period of time, I would like to share some of them with you guys.

1) There will always be collectors willing to help you understand something. If there isn’t, there’s always google.

2) People have different tastes. Don’t force your ideals to others.

This is especially true for “bootleg” talks. As an admin and member at Nendoroid Philippines (a facebook group), I have witnessed countless debates and arguments with respect to bootlegs. I’m always pro-authentic, but it all boils down to this:

A person can choose what they want, and you can choose what you want. Forcing your ideals to others will just cause conflict. It’s a waste of time and energy.

Live and let live.

3) There are different types of people in the world, they will not change for you.

Learn to mingle with all types of people. Before collecting, I really hated to socialize with people that I know I dislike. Collecting opened doors for me, and I’ve learned to understand different views, different people. In the end, you’ll never be able to satisfy all of them and it doesn’t matter. There would always be people that would like and hate you.

4)  Work hard enough and you’ll get somewhere; eventually you’d reach your goal.

This is especially to us collectors who doesn’t have a steady source of income. Saving money. Working hard. Being wise.

I learned to not eat during class hours and eat like I’ve never eaten before at home. As a nendoroid collector, this expensive hobby had taught me how to save, how to limit myself, and what’s really important that I have to spend my money on such. :))

5) Try new things.

Nendoroid collecting not only showed me the wonderful world of collecting figures, but it was also what made me try photography. You’re never great the first time, but with repetition and learning you’d be better.

6) Lastly, don’t envy others. Be happy with what you have. It’s not about the quantity, it’s about the experience, the joy of collecting something we deem valuable.

When I was starting, there was this really great feeling of envy towards other collectors; those who had literally tens or hundreds of nendoroids. I would look at their collection and think, “Sana ganyan rin karami akin” (“I wish I had that many..”) or “Gusto ko yun, sana akin nalang yun” (“I want that, I wish that was mine..”). At times I even thought, “Marami nga collection mo, *insert-negative-remark-here” (“Yeah, you have many figures on your collection but.. *insert-negative-remark-here”) or “Ang yabang naman nito, sana *insert-bad-incident-here*” just to appease my envy. I wanted to have many nendoroids too, as soon as possible.

Those feeling ate into me, and soon I realized that I was PO-ing too much, or I was hoarding already. It was such a bad experience, I felt really bad about myself and my collection. I didn’t want to share my collection, thinking that it’s “small” or have “too little” nendoroids.

It wasn’t until I asked myself this question that I got rid of these negative thoughts. Why am I envying them? So what if they have many? Does the quantity of my nendoroids dictate who I am as a collector? Does it matter if I have hundreds?

The amount of nendoroids you have does not dictate how much you love and cherish your collection. It does not show how happy you are with each nendoroid you have, or the amount of work you had put just to get that nendoroid that you so wish for.

The amount of nendoroids you have does not show who you are as a collector.


Happy Anniversary to me! :)))

Thanks Nendoroid Philippines, without that community I would’ve been at lost during my nendoroid collecting journey. I never would’ve met such wonderful people/collectors. I will always be grateful to that group. 🙂

16 Comment

  1. Cute picture! And some nice wisdom, which really applies to being in any given fandom, to go with it.

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Thanks! Yah, it does apply to a lot of fandoms and hobbies, also in real life situations. 😀

  2. Happy anniversary comrade fellow collector and figure photographer! おめでとう!
    ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Sankyu comrade! ヽ(*・ω・)ノ

  3. True, what we want, we get, what others want, heck I don’t care, just as long as I love my own figures! 😀 Yeah me too for photography! Practice makes improvements! 😀

    Me, I’ve never had the feeling of jealousy towards people who have lots of stuff! I always think that they have various problems with regards to having too much stuff like gunpla or nendoroid, space issues and whatnot haha! 😀

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      It feels great that I’m free from all the envy, people with a lot of figures really do have problems with space and display! XD

      I wanna practice more on my photography skills, lately I feel like I want to buy a scale fig just to see if I can actually make it look as good as other figure photographers! I really like super rats’ (of figure photos, very inspiring and sensual *_*.

      1. I have that same feeling! Too bad, them figures are quite expensive.. XD

  4. Happy 1st anniversary on this fun hobby Ahnpan! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photography and beloved collection!

    Oh, noooo… Bakit nakain si Illya? Waaaahhh ;D

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Salamat 😀
      Looking forward to a better year of photography XD
      Nagugutom na daw si chomper D:

  5. Happy anniversary to you!

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Thank you! 😀

  6. A little late, but happy anniversary!! Nice post and very valid points~ (^ー^)

  7. Awesome post! I would love to have a mountain of Nendoroids as well but space is really an issue here. I’m maintaining a mini-army of around 70 at the moment, selling off some when I get new ones.etc

    and this is so true!

    it’s about the experience, the joy of collecting something we deem valuable.

    I have friends who collect EVERY nendo but for me if i don’t like the character, I wouldn’t feel that much love for it’s nendo version. So at least I rest easy knowing that what I have is what I really want, not because I have this mad drive to catch em’ all =3

  8. really a nice ~
    i like your thought become a collector *it really neutral and positive*
    sometimes i kinda hate with people who always think they always the best and critic people when they don’t have the same taste

    1. ahnpan says: Reply

      Haha! Most of my opinions are neautral since I don’t like taking sides. Dealing with people who think highly of themselves really is a pain in the neck haha! I tend to ignore them. 😀

      1. yup agree
        i’m try my best ignore that kind of person too =v=

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