Artifacts of Life

I hang onto things. All sorts of things. Books I won’t re-read, hats I don’t wear, notebooks full of ideas I’ll never revisit. In my mind, I know these things are dead weight and should be donated or thrown away, but whenever I sit down and sort through the boxes I find it difficult to part with much.

Today, I took a look at my box of action figures. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this — over the years I’ve slowly culled the collection, whittling it down to things that were either super cool, or super sentimental.

For example, I have some some X-Men from the early 90s. They don’t have much in the way of articulation and they suck at standing. Even if I had a display case, these would all be on their backs within minutes, which doesn’t look particularly cool to guests. But! I have memories. Like a friend and I throwing them as high up in the air as we could, resulting in Wolverine and Sabretooth each losing an arm. Or playing in the snow, and finding one of them in the Spring. Heck, a few go back to the days when I was playing with toys in the bathtub — that’s how Cyclops’s light-up eyes stopped working!

Cyclops has been gone for years. The memory is obviously still intact. So why am I hanging on to Nightcrawler and Magneto?

Then there are the Mega Man figures. Sometime in college, I acquired Mega Man, Rush, Proto Man, Guts Man and Cut Man. My brain kept telling me that I had these radical Mega Man dudes that were too cool to part with. But I’m moving soon, so I figured I’d take another look, thinking I might be able to let go of Guts Man.

See this angry blue dude? That’s not Mega Man. Relative standing capabilities aside, he’s not something I want to show my guests.

When I ask myself, “What do I want other humans to see?”, there doesn’t end up being much worth hanging onto. If I’m going to give up space in my home for something non-functional, I only want the best non-functional something.

The rest can go.

Amiibo Adventures

I like to acquire trinkets.

Wave 3 of the Smash Bros amiibo officially released yesterday. I have several from the first two waves, but I’m not obsessive about it; rather than wanting a complete collection, I basically just want the ones that I think look cool.

While I was staring at the lack of Meta Knight at my local Best Buy, I learned from a GameStop employee that Toys R Us had broken street date and started selling the Wave 3 amiibo early, including the Lucario, which is only being sold at Tous R Us. I was bummed because Lucario is one of my favorite Pokemon and I thought it would have been cool to have one on my shelf. Based on the first two waves, I’m guessing Lucario won’t be back in stock.

I don’t understand a business plan that makes it difficult for customers to buy your stuff. People want amiibo, and Nintendo is under-producing many of them. Exclusive deals are irksome for someone like me, who is 20-30 minutes from assorted stores; I imagine they’re just depressing for people who live even further away from civilization. 

Since I’m not aiming to collect them all, I don’t mind checking out random stores – honestly, I can pretend it’s a treasure hunt and enjoy myself even if I come back empty-handed. I don’t need these things to survive. I’m honestly just baffled at the way Nintendo is going about this. There is clearly a demand for more of these (ahem, Marth), but someone has decided that manufacturing a product that people want to buy is a bad business move.

But, hey, I’m not a businessologist. Just let me know if you find a Sheik.