Should’a, Could’a, But I Didn’t: Listen To Your Collector Instinct

This week’s League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic immediately brought back some emotional pain from earlier this year. (Thanks, Brian!)

Why did I buy that? Why did I sell that? My biggest regret is…

Regret comes with the territory in the world of collecting. It’s a fact of life. It doesn’t matter what you are  collecting be it figures, memorabilia, balls of lint,  there are always going to be regrets. Why didn’t I buy that, why didn’t I sell that, why didn’t I trade that, these are all questions every collector has asked themselves. The last time I asked myself that, while striking the Homer pose you see above, was when I had a chance to buy all of the Django Unchained 8″ figures from NECA.


I was ready to shell out $30 per figure for the entire set all at once! This is not usually how I do it. I usually buy one or two items at a time so the budget doesn’t take such a hit. With these figures I knew I couldn’t do it that way because for 1. these are collectables based off of a Tarantino film and 2. there was already tons of controversy surrounding both the figures and the film. My collector’s instinct was telling me to BUY THEM ALL NOW KTHXBYE but did I listen? No. What really makes it even more unbearable is that I can’t remember why I didn’t do it! before they were discontinued and eventually kicked off and banned from Ebay.

Currently you can purchase these figures from Amazon, some for roughly around twice the original price to more sought after figures for several hundred dollars. The complete set might set you back a couple grand. So you can see why the pain is so deep. That’s a lot of scratch for the original investment! I could buy SO MANY mini figs with that money.


It helps to know I’m not alone! Check out regrets other League members have had.

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  1. says

    To throw a little salt on your regret, I did very well flipping one of those Django figures on ebay right before they banned them. 😉

    Now, I see people are pretty much stuck with them, now that the initial hype is over, so you may have been alright sitting that one out.

    • says

      Knowing that people are stuck with them does help a little. I would have debated forever on whether or not to sell them and inevitably been stuck with as well.

      It also helps to know that at least someone I know got a good flip!

  2. says

    I just thought it would be so cool to have a black gunfighter figure. I just missed getting these also. I had them on order but my ‘guy’ didn’t get his.


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