You can still be saved, crescens! DO NOT BECOME LIKE US! The collecting will never end if you don't lay some ground rules for yourself to begin with. Here are some rules I wish I'd followed from the start:
1. NO repaints. This means only one toy of every mold - and no, headsculpt changes don't count. So no more VFs! Get a YF-19, a YF-21, an SV-51, a Koenig Monster, a VF-0, a VF-11 and STOP THERE! Do not make the mistake of becoming a "completist" ...
2. NO multiple scales. So if you're going to do 1/48, stay 1/48 all the way! Yes, even the Ver. 2 1/60s have to be ignored (even though they are amazing and I am going to buy all of them).
3. NO figures or other toys that DO NOT TRANSFORM. I began thinking I liked Macross variable fighters. Then I liked all things Macross, including stupid holo-cels of SDF-1, figures of Misa Hayase, super-poseables, Revoltechs and so on and so forth. DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THIS! You are in this only for the coolness of transforming mecha!
4. NO cheap, plasticky looking toys that look interesting in the shop window but actually look very "kiddish" displayed. So: Binaltech Good, Galaxy Force bad! (Oh dear, that just slipped out, so on to rule 5 ...)
5. NO non-Macross toys!
Needless to say, I have broken every single one of these rules! My addiction is at the runaway stage now ... but if you discipline yourself from the beginning, I think this urge is something very controllable. It's all about expectations.
And now ... off to eBay I go ...