funkynorader wrote in pkmncollectors

Introduction, some wants and recommendations regarding this hobby

Hi everyone! First of all thanks a lot for letting me join the community. 

1. Introduction: I first came into contact with Pokemon through the first season of the anime,. Then my father bought me some Tomy figures a few years after (sadly I got rid of all my toys at some point). I kept up with the anime until Advanced Generation and soon after played my first Pokemon game, Sapphire. I completed it and also Emerald after a few years. During that time, I played for hours without pause. I was completely in love. I stopped watching the anime after Advanced Generation, and only catch a few episodes now and then. Honestly, the anime doesn't has that much of an appeal to me now, except for Origins and Generations which are still on my watch list. Sadly between work, and other video games, I haven't been able to play any other Pokemon game outside of those I mentioned and Sun and Moon, but I try to keep up to date with all the Pokemon news and the games through Bulbapedia and YouTube walkthroughs.

I only collect figures, mostly cool armors or characters who really stand out to me. Some of my favorite franchises include Star Wars, Fallout, Halo, One Piece and Hunter X Hunter. I tend to just have 1 figure per character, so for my Pokemon collection I'll do the same. Also I'll only stick to the last evolution in a line, the mega evolution and some legendaries. 

2. Some wants:  For now I'm only looking for these 4 figures (God help me since 3 of them are Zukans), I'll keep updating it as I make up my mind with the ones I want. I'm looking for:

— Mega Tyranitar Banpresto UFO keychain (new is preferred, could be used if doesn't has much use or visible scratches/scuffs/defects/etc)

— Aggron/Lairon/Aron line Zukan figures. I'm mainly looking for Aggron so if the other figures or the base are missing I could also consider it.  (new is preferred, could be used if doesn't has much use or visible scratches/scuffs/defects/etc)

— Armaldo/Anorith Zukan figures. I'm mainly looking for Armaldo so if Anorith or the base are missing I could also consider it. (new is preferred, could be used if doesn't has much use or visible scratches/scuffs/defects/etc)

— Gyarados Zukan figure.  (new is preferred, could be used if doesn't has much use or visible scratches/scuffs/defects/etc)

3. Recommendations regarding this hobby: As I mentioned before, I'm just interested in collecting figures. However, from what I have researched, I've noticed that very few Pokemon have complete lists of their released figures. To find out which figures a Pokemon has, I use a combination of My Figure Collection and google searches like for example "gyarados collection", "gyarados figure", "gyarados statue", etc. I also do some research in the Pokemon Collectors wiki. Aftewards I take a look at all the figures and see which one I like the most. 

As I said, there's very little info on some of these figures, mainly pictures, for example with chupa and keshipoke figures. Theres almost no info on those in My Figure Collection, specially with Keshipokes. So my question is, how do you find out which figures exist for a given Pokemon? Do you use any special website? And how do you keep up to date with upcoming figures.

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