Other BlogsCertainly this is pretty obvious. There have been numerous times that I've read a blog and immediately went about searching for the figure that's being reviewed. There have been many culprits in the two years that I've been doing this blog. One such culprit is Maz at the SourceBlog. Reading his entries wreaks havoc on both my self esteem and my thought line when I'm thinking about my collection. Maz's review of GT-R Maximus is what pushed me over the edge on buying him. Every time he makes a post about some rare European or Japanese exclusive, I find myself spending hours on eBay searching for it. I don't know how many times I've almost pulled the trigger on a purchase only to bring myself back from the brink of sanity.
Lastly, the good folks over at Pax Cybertron deal a lot with third party figures. I enjoy reading their reviews so much that they've started to soften my stance a bit on third party figures. Don't get me wrong, the glacier that is my dislike of third party is still frozen, but Pax's enthusiasm has thawed it a bit.
MediaThis mainly has to do with the comics, but I have managed to watch the first disc from the Japanese Headmasters series. One day, maybe when I'm bored, bedridden, or forced, I'll watch the rest of the series. But I'm going to have to be forced.
|It all goes downhill from this shot. TFWiki.net|
|Takara, if you read this, reissue him! TFWiki.net|
Social MediaI'm a member of several Transformer groups on Facebook, and I also occasionally check out Twitter and Flickr. The one thing I've noticed is that most of the people on these Facebook groups love to show off their newest additions. Then again, so do I, hence the blog. At any rate, seeing these posts drives the competitor in me. You got a new Transformers Prime Vehicon? Check out my recently acquired Pretender Classic Starscream! Does that make me a jerk? I don't know. I don't engage in exchanges that way; the thoughts never leave me head. I'm just competitive.
Flickr has influenced me in ways that don't have to do with purchases. I like to look at the photography. People such as brr-icy have inspired me to attempt to improve my photography. The key word here is "attempt", because I haven't gotten the nuances down yet. I'm getting better, but I still lack the patience needed to get my pictures looking as good as I'd like them.
The Wrap UpEvery day I wrestle with the things that I see. Every click of a link, turn of a page, or simple conversation plants a seed in the back of my head. Do I let that seed sprout, or do I pour salt on it, killing it forever? This is something that I give a lot of thought to. Being influenced isn't a bad thing, as all of the things listed above have led me down avenues I hadn't thought of before. Collecting in a vacuum isn't very fun, or practical, so just being in the world will bring about some sort of influence.
I really wanted to throw all of this out there, because each of the things that I've mentioned will play a big part of this blog over the first few months of this blog. As I've mention before, I pretty much stick to a schedule with this blog - reviews of my newest additions on Mondays, and then an article on Wednesday. To maintain the review portion, I pretty much write them in advance. Well, thanks to all of these great influences, I have the first three months' worth of reviews done for 2014. I'll mention what influenced me to get each figure as I review it. There may be a few figures that will interrupt the so-called "Influenced Buys", what with Masterpiece figures coming (I'm looking at you Smokescreen), but they're written. Stay tuned to see what they are!