Well, after much struggling, the inevitable had to happen:
"Not pictured: My wallet crying"
Since I finished MOTU 200X (that would be a week and a half ago...) I had a hole in my collector life that needed to be filled. Enter MOTU Classics. A toy line I said several times in the past I was not going to get sucked in... OK, guess what? I'm in (also, I'm a sucker).
Since I acknowledge the fact that I am an addict, I can show you the stages of this non terminal but wallet draining disease.
Denial. "Nah, I won't buy this line, the sculpts are great, but the concept is... Wow, that Mer-man looks amazing, I could just buy him, but no, no... What's the point? I'm definitely out. Forget it Mattel! I'm too strong for you!"
The Hunger. "Well, Man-at-arms looks incredible, and Webstor too. Man, Tri-Klops has sculpted eyes under the visor! I would like to see that... And they are releasing Moss Man, MOSS MAN! What? Partial flocking? Well, I guess it's OK... It's a great Moss Man."
Temptation. "Stop waving that Mer-man in front of me, it doesn't matter if he was my favorite bad guy as a kid, I'm not interested! How much? Oh, I just have that amount on me right now... No, no... Plastic bag is fine."
Realizing what you did. "What the fuck did I just do?"
Compromise. "OK, so I'll only buy figures of characters that I really really really liked, Mer-man, Stratos, Tri-Klops, perhaps Webstor, and Moss man until Trap Jaw. Yeah, just those..."
Expanding your compromise. "OK, OK... I know, I'll just buy the figures I have in the 80s version AND in the 200X version. That way I can, like, totally show the evolution of action figures. That's cool, like my own chronological museum. That's more geeky than cool, actually. Buy anyway, yeah, just those."
Accepting your illness. "You know what? Screw this, I'll get them all. Who do you have? Stratos and Man-at-arms? Great, let's go."
"Yes, that's the cover of the first album of my progressive rock band: Mer-man and the winged arms. We sold almost two copies"