This has been a hot debate for quite some time now. In our hobby which is collecting stuff, we always get ridiculed for buying collectibles referred by most people as TOYS. The usual defense mechanism or response that we say is that what we collect are SCALE MODELS or perhaps ADULT COLLECTIBLES and not some cheap toys meant for children 10 yrs old and below. But I wonder what one thinks to stop them from thinking if their collection should be classified as toys? Well, the ANSWER IS SUBJECTIVE and is influenced by CULTURE and SELF EGO. But generally speaking, people, we are buying and collecting TOYS! Yes! Stop frowning, they are!
If only collectors accept the fact that they are toys, then their feelings won’t be hurt when some close friend or family members says “Hey, are you not too old to be buying toys?” or perhaps “Toys again! why are you wasting your money on senseless stuff?”. Gotta hurt right if you are a sensitive person and you really love your collection… Heck, I know a lot of people who claimed they punch or had a fight with siblings, friends and strangers just to defend their position in this hobby. Damn, why fight when can you just accept the fact that we buy expensive toys? TOYS does not mean they are only for young people. TOY is a generic term regarding a lot of things.
Let us take a look on some dictionary definitions of the word TOY that I found on the net.
GOOGLE top most result (https://www.google.com/search?q=toy+define)
“An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.”
– a model you say? does that happen to be a kit?
An object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult: “in 1914 the car was still a rich man’s toy”.
– amusement… for an adult… can be a car you say… perhaps it can also be an action figure or a model kit mecha…
FREE DICTIONARY (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/toy)
“something that is a non functioning replica of something else, esp a miniature one”
– oh yeah, they are indeed replicas… not to mention of imaginary people and objects… robots and anime girls to be exact…
WIKIPEDIA on Toys (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy)
“Some toys are produced primarily as collector’s items and are intended for display only.”
– I bet you do this to your Gundams right?
“Toys, like play itself, serve multiple purposes in both humans and animals. They provide entertainment while fulfilling an educational role. Toys enhance cognitive behavior and stimulate creativity. They aid in the development of physical and mental skills which are necessary in later life.”
– reminds me of an article that claims model kit building enhances brain development
Gunpla For Your Brain Development
Research confirms that model kit making trains the brain.
Kikunori Shinohara san, a Professor of the Neuroscience faculty from Suwa Tokyo Science University, announced that model kit making are healthy to the brain, and human of all ages should engage more in these activities.
Model kit making promotes blood circulation to the brain, thus enhancing brain actives allowing the brain to concentrate better, react better and remember better too! Both young and old will be able to benefit from doing so, and keep their brain constantly learning and thinking.
We can go on and on debating if what we collect can be considered toys. The fact remains that they are. Heck, we buy them from TOY STORES!
I spent loads of money on this hobby already. I know they are toys, but they really make me happy. When someone frowns upon my hobby, I just dismiss it and move on. I give them a big smile and give them the “you guys will never understand” treatment if they are close friends.
I was once a person who asked a friend why he was into collecting “ROBOTS”. I asked why spend so much money on expensive TOYS? He can’t give me a straight answer.
But look at me now, I am a toy collector myself. I am now one of you guys! And I can’t explain why I am so addicted into collecting these so-called toys.
My advice, if you are not bothering anyone, harming anyone, or using their money to buy your toys, then just go and be happy about our hobby. We can never prove to them how important these toys are to us. They will never understand if they are not into collecting themselves.
So that’s all about it!
I would like to hear your opinions about this topic as well. ^_^