It’s a word I hear thrown around a lot, toy karma. I don’t think it really hit it’s stride till the popularity of the Toy Hunter show. I don’t care for the Toy Hunter show and I’ll go into greater detail in the near future. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say I hadn’t really heard of the term till it’s repeated use on the show. Now I hear everyone talk about it, throwing it around but I’m fairly sure they don’t know what they are talking about. I have to say that when I hear it, I wince and close whatever tab on my browser it came from. I hear it and I’m almost feel like it’s some kind of open-ended threat like, “Oh yeah, send me something good and I’ll get around to sending you something junky that you’ll just have to accept because it’s a trade in good faith.” Seriously, it’s shit like that I’ve dealt with personally and it makes me sick. Almost to the point of just not dealing online.
Firstly, I need to get something clear, I am nowhere near stingy. I have random giveaways and I always pack the boxes with extras. Everytime I pack a box for a sale or a trade, it gets filled with extra goodies. Every transaction that leaves my house gets a little something extra packed it. I don’t think of this as toy karma, I think of this as being a decent person. Early in my toy dealing career I would do business with some friends I made overseas. I’d get whatever Godzilla or Ultraman figure I was buying but I’d also get like an old magazine (sometimes a month old or a few years old), some candy, another smaller toy….just whatever. I came to find out it’s a very Eastern way of doing business. Later on I’d see KidRobot adhere to the same cultural ideal when doing business with them. Which I have to say the Dunny Swatch we got from them was the coolest thing in the box and we didn’t even order it. It’s a way of life I adhered to a while back and I don’t expect anything in return, I think I’d feel bad for expecting someone to reciprocate when it wasn’t part of the agreed deal in the first place.
Now, this last year I had gotten sucked into five open-ended trades. Two panned out and to be honest I felt like it was a little one sided when you give six vintage Star Wars figures and get modern Happy Meal toys from the last couple of years or incomplete 90s Toy Biz Marvel figures. And somehow I feel like a poor sport complaining but I’d rather had held onto my vintage extras and I sent the pile of Croods Happy Meal toys back to the sender and terminated communication with them. The other three never came to fruition and it’s probably for the best. I’m not going to hound someone to come through on their end of a deal, I’m just going to remember it down the line when something else comes up. Everything I’ve given away (and that’s how I pretty much consider it because I donated those toys when it comes down to it) I’m not going to miss, I’ve got plenty of stuff to burn through but I do have to say I’m personally insulted.
I have to say the personal insult I’ve endured is what makes the phrase a turn off for me. And I know people who don’t mean it in the way my brain has misconstrued it and I know I can’t be the only person that has gotten seriously jipped in one of these transactions.
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I collect a lot of toys. That should be appearant when fans watch my videos, read my blogs or visit my website. Most of the time I have a list of requirements a toy has to meet before I buy it. Monsters, robots, Japanese/Import toys, DC comics, Batman’s rogues gallery, Batman the animated series, bootleg, knock off, obscure, unique looking, vintage (older than 25 years), Mego, sci-fi movie, horror movie, ETC. That’s just a small example of these requirements, it goes on and on and it’s reflected in the diversity of my collection. Mr. Freeze standing next to Blanka from Street Fighter 2, Batman pulling the arm off of a Resident Evil zombie and Godzilla fighting Schwarzenegger from Commando is just a portion of the madness you might witness on my shelves. But there is one stipulation alone that beats all, the elusive glow-in-the-dark feature.
I can’t explain it, I really like toys that glow in the dark. Whether it’s the full figure or just a part of it (hands, face, eyes, weapons), I’m strangely drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I’ve bought toys I normally would pass up and kept toys I’d normally sell or trade just because it glows. I recently picked up a Bison from the Street Fighter movie figures that I would have probably sold or traded but when I noticed his hands glowed in the dark, he found himself sitting on top of my dresser. I’ve bought and kept kids meal toys, blind boxed vinyl, GI Joes and other lines I’d normally pass over just because it said glow-in-the-dark on the box. I’ve even bought silly repaints/repackaged figures because it glowed (i.e- “Radioactive” Cornholio from the Beavis and Butthead figure series).
Maybe it’s slight insanity, possibly it’s the pleasant green color that radiates out from the toy or it could just be a mental defect in me caused by the lead in the plastic but I enjoy my glow-in-the-dark toys. I know everyone has their toy quirks, not that I feel bad about mine. Some people like mini figure toys, some collect exclusively 1/6th scale figures; while I don’t restrict myself to one genre I do enjoy hunting down GITD figures. There aren’t many of them out there, so it makes it a fun challenge and I can’t say I’m obsessed because I have passed up toys that glowed that I thought were less than interesting in my time. What’s your toy collecting quirk? I want to know, I know every collector has one and now I’m curious what my fellow readers like.