New to these boards, hey. First, a brief introduction - grew up in the 80's obsessed with GI Joes, luckily I was smart enough to hold on to whatever I didn't lose or break instead of selling them off or whatever. Dabbled in collecting a bit in high school - mostly just buying old figures off friends who didn't want them and built a nice collection. Then went to college and became poor so obviously I stopped. Now I'm an adult with a job and can afford to collect again so I'm going to do just that.
But, instead of loose figures (although I won't rule out buying some in the future) I want to get into MOC collecting.
To start, I've decided to narrow my collecting and focus solely on one series - 1986 - for a few reasons:
1. Sentimental - It's the first series I truly remember seeing in stores as a kid.
2. Financial - From my brief research, there aren't any real bank-breaking figures in the series. No Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, etc. There are a few pricey ones, but nothing that won't cripple me.
3. I already own an MOC version of one of the more expensive pieces - Roadblock. Back in high school I wanted to own one vintage MOC Joe and picked up an '86 Roadblock on Ebay for like $20. Seriously, $20. So that's one I don't have to worry about.
Anyway, I'm still in the market research phase of my quest and my early plan is to knock out the cheaper figures first, maybe 2-3 a month. I'll prob. do a budget of $150 - $200 a month or something like that. Get the pricier ones last. Maybe start buying in February.
What I was wondering is if there was any advice the seasoned MOC collectors could give me on the subject.
Better places to look than Ebay, stuff like that.