Yesterday I posted some old sales advertisements for the Battle Force 2000 toys. My buddy John, from Clawful Punch, commented about wishing he had a time machine. This brings up a conversation topic I've been wanting to post about for a long time. This is a "What would you do?" issue for toy collectors. I am going to apologize for the a little bit of set up before I ask the question, but I want people to at least understand the way I'm looking at this question.
Below is a photograph of myself from around 1989. My Grandmother took this picture of me playing with my GI Joes in my parent's basement. I lived in that house my entire childhood. Even when I "out grew" toys I never got rid of my GI Joe (besides a few vehicles) and Star Wars toys. I did sell off Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, X-Men, and Ninja Turtles to name a few line. So every toy in the photo below (except the Battle Force 2000 vehicle in the bottom right hand corner) is still in my collection.
If you had access to a time machine, but could only make one toy related trip back in time, would you travel back to...
A) bring sealed copies of the vintage toys you always wanted as a kid back to the present for your current collection
B) purchase the toys you always wanted, and give them to your childhood self (hopefully they survive being played with to be in your collection in the present)
Now I know some people sold off all their childhood toys or lost stuff in various moves over the years, but I'd love to know what everybody things. I think this could be a tough choice.Oh and either choice will have no ripple effect on your situation in live in the present besides what may or may not be in your collection.