Happy New Year!

I can’t tell you all how happy I am that the holidays are behind us and we can start getting back to business as usual. I try my best not to be a buzzkill, but the stretch of madness that leads into Christmas and doesn’t fully subside until after New Year’s is definitely not my time of the year. I think that’s pretty evident by my frustrating hiatus in November and the first half of December. And besides being crazy busy and getting sick of the holiday nonsense, let’s face it by 4th Quarter most of the toy companies (apart from maybe Character Options) have long since finished with their reveals and everything that’s coming out has already been out. Still, when all is said and done, I think 2011 was a great year for my little blog and for toy collecting in general.

That having been said, I’m really looking forward to 2012. We get to gear up all over again with the anticipation leading up to Toy Fair and then the various Comic Cons and all the new reveals that will be coming down in the 1st and 2nd Quarters of 2012. I’ve got two Subs from Matty Collector starting soon, so I can begin assemblng my huge Voltron and at the same time I can finally give up the infuriating hunt for DC Universe Classsics figures, because now they will be shipped right to my door. I’m also pretty psyched for Hasbro to bring back Transformers Generations in some way or another and to see them launch the inevitable toy-marketing juggernaut for The Avengers film.

Resolutions? I’m not big on them. Last year, I vowed to start collecting Lego and it panned out pretty well, as I completed the Pharaoh’s Quest line, picked up a good number of the Atlantis sets, and even a number of the Kingdoms line. This year, I think I’m going to be just looking to tighten up the lines that I do collect. I completely redid my home this year and it meant removing a lot of cluttered action figure displays in favor of a more space-efficient organized storage system that still allows me to get at them easily. The only collection that I have on display right now is my Doctor Who figures, and even that doesn’t include everything. By focusing on what I really love: Doctor Who, Marvel, DC, Transformers, Thundercats… I can spend my resources of space and money a little more wisely.

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by with a Happy New Year and a big word of thanks to everyone who has dropped me a line or in some way shared my hobby with me via this blog. Here’s hoping for a great year in 2012.