Ever since this one phrase popped up on this community, I have always wanted to be able to say two words. I never could until today.
As one of the original members of the comm, a lot of you know me already, but for those that don't, I'm Growly and I hardcore collect Growlithe and Arcanine. :) I fell in love at first sight when I pulled a Growlithe out of my first deck of cards. I love puppies and dogs, and Growlithe's fat little stripey self won me over when I read it was a puppy. ^^ That was 11 years ago. Since then it has become my goal to collect one of every single piece of fire pup merchandise, including flats and even some unique bootlegs.
My first figure was the TOMY figure from a movie 5 pack sold here in America. I loved that little guy... sometimes I carried it in my pocket to middle school in secret, pulling it out between classes to look at. I thought it was funny his tail looked like a popcorn kernel too, haha.
I really am just a kid at heart even still, so I'm just as obsessed as I once was. I always would hope and wish for Hasbro or somebody to make a Growlithe plushie. I looked in every store, including a cool Japanese anime import store that has since closed. I could never find a Growlithe, so I just figured they didn't exist. I continued to add things to my tiny collection and saved lots of pictures of things I found on eBay to my wishlist (I wasn't really allowed to buy things online, so I just documented them!)
Then around 2006 I joined pokemon
and everyone was abuzz over merch. :D I found out about all kind of new and exciting Japanese stuff I'd never seen before! Then of course pkmncollectors
comm was born later and I immediately joined.
Got TONS of new Growlithe stuff for my collection, it started growing rapidly! Then one day I was talking with someone on the comm and they mentioned they saw a real Growlithe plushie in a second-hand store just a few days earlier! :OO This was all before the beautiful 2010 Canvas plushies were released, this was about 2008.
Amazed, I started a search... a tireless, endless search that's lasted years. I posted wanted ads for information, pictures, anything! People responded to my postings and confirmed for me it did in fact, exist! My obsession burned high and I started utilizing every resource I could find. I had so many false leads... people who once had it in storage only to find out upon looking for it, that it was given away years ago, or that it got destroyed, or sold in a yard sale when they were away. It was maddening. I couldn't even find a PICTURE, yet more people came out of the woodwork to tell me they once had one or had JUST saw one in a store the other day. x__x
From people's descriptions, I figured out what brand it probably was, and had a good mental image of what it looked like, so it's funny that what I finally found doesn't fit any of the descriptions I got at all.
I have always wanted to be able to say these two words.( Collapse )