The other day I was thinking that I've been collecting Megos as an adult for nearly 20 years now. Ever since I bought a MIB Robin for $20 at a comic/toy store in Buffalo in 1989. Now,if I had been steadily collecting Megos for the past 20 years straight, I'd probably have a hell of a collection by now, but unfortunately I've had long periods of time off, due to financial reasons, lack of interest, etc. During this time, I bought and sold large amounts of stuff, the only thing that I always held on to were my boxed WGSH and my KISS dolls. For large spans of time, they were just safely packed away, but I could never bring myself to get rid of them, they are the "heart" of my overall toy collection and I'm glad I hung on to them. Everything else was fair game though. Sometimes you would never even know I collected toys, I never bought anything for the collection and all my stuff was packed away.
My collecting timeline kind of looks like this:
1989-1992 -Got into toy collecting, especially Mego, bought tons of stuff, religiously read Toy Shop magazine. I was into collecting big time.
1993-1996 -Bought virtually nothing, except a large Capt Action lot (strictly to piece out and resell), sold large parts of my collection including most of my vintage Star Wars stuff
1997-2005 -this was a large span of time where I bought a small handful of Megos, I discovered toy collecting related material on the internet which helped rekindle my interest a bit (eg. I was a casual participant on the old Levy Mego list) but was mostly focused on collecting Godzilla toys. I went to Japan a lot during this time, so it was a cheap and easy thing for me to collect (and I loved Godzilla since I was a kid). Mego was just a small, occasional dalliance for me during this time.
2006-present -got back into Megos big time, along with other vintage 70's toys. 2008 has been a bit slower than 2006 and 2007 so far, but my interest is still definitely there. I hope it lasts longer this time.
Seeing the timeline written down like this looks kind of weird. I've always had a big affection for Mego, but there is a real ebb and flow to how much time and money I wanted to devote to them (if any at all). I suppose that's normal for all hobbies. How about you other long time collectors?