See, when I got into Skylanders with the game Skylanders: Giants I fell in love deep. I purchased a figure of every available figure. I did not buy every figure, since there were a lot of repaints and many characters were given a new figure with each wave. And since the variants and whatnot don't add anything to gameplay, I feel fine ignoring them.
So when Skylanders: Swap Force came out I assumed I would collect all the new characters too, because collector mentality. But that turned out to be problematic because by the time the new game, Skylanders: Trap Team, came out it had become clear that they had underproduced figures of Scratch. No store had it. Skylander collectors grumbled about how no stores ever got them It was on ebay, but for about 3x the MSRP, and I refuse to pay more than MSRP for Skylanders because that way leads to bankruptcy.
When Trap Team came out I realized that Scratch had broken me of the need to collect them all. If it was impossible to get every character why try. When I finally started buying Trap Team characters I only picked up characters I really wanted. I ignored a lot of figures and my wallet was glad for it.
But now... My local TRU got a Skylander restock and it included a bunch of Scratch figures. This figure that collector's couldn't find for 2 years and suddenly I see a woman and her 6yo trying to figure out Skylanders holding one. I literally gasped and asked her if there were more. There were.
So I've finally finished getting all the characters in the first 3 games. Now I wonder if I should just go and buy all the characters I skipped for the fourth game to complete my collection.... Or would that be a waste of money.
I should probably point out that I already have 70% of the Trap Team characters.It turns out that I really like Skylanders.