|Not coming anywhere close to anything ever|
I admit, in the last few weeks, I wanted to make a rambling post about how much I hate all these stupid enamel pins everyone is making now. It's never been my thing. I've never seen the appeal to them. I've never gone to a vacation spot and needed the pin to remember my time there. I never saved any pins out of any special video game bundle or anything. When the old Loot Crate box came in, back when I was subscribed to it, the pins were lucky not to be thrown away with the empty box and packaging. I mean, I get what they do. It's like a flat piece of jewelry for your shirt, jacket, or any place visible, just to ensure everyone that sees it knows you're not interested in normal human interaction. You're some pin-wearing freak, and to just keep walking.
I guess you can collect them, and I suppose that's what the trend is now, but I'm missing the point on that too. I suppose a lot of people will look at keshi mini-figures and assume the same, but I'll tell you to scatter keshi across the floor in one dark room and enamel pins in the other, and then I can at least tell you with some confidence a keshi collection won't kill you.
And that wraps it up! That pretty much was my initial idea for the topic. I was annoyed seeing these stupid things crop up, regardless of how many people were interested in them, and just wished everyone went back to making mini-figures or anything remotely close, but the longer I thought about it the more I felt I was on a different stream of thought.
You see, I've only been reintroduced to the keshi collecting hobby for the last four years or so. My entire scope of knowledge on this subject are these last four years, what I remember when I was very young, and what I've read and heard about in between. I didn't actually experience any of that, so if there was a trend or a pattern, per se, I wouldn't really know of it, at least assume there was one, but I think there may be.
Not to chime the doom bells of keshi, because keshi enthusiasts will always be around, but maybe keshi collecting and producing will fall out of popularity someday in the following years. This could be a trend only to America, as well, as maybe some new artists in Italy, for example, may be inspired by the years of American creativity, and start their scene when ours seems to be on it's last lap. What I am saying is there may be a pattern to things popping into popularity and falling out of popularity, and these infernal enamel pins might be a indication of that.
I think you can see that with the Glyos fanbase. You see some of the most loyal, hardcore, and longest standing collectors there in the American scene, and Glyos itself is a dissection and evolution of keshi fundamentals. You know when Glyos hit the scene, many keshi collectors jumped ship and are experiencing the best of both worlds between action figures and keshi.
Like I said, I've only been here the last few years. Maybe the great days of the keshi reemergence are over and done with, with me missing every last one of them. Maybe it's not as popular as it once was some years ago, but it must have been born from some great need or something. Maybe for some that need has been filled and are moving to other needs.
I'm starting to feel 80's nostalgia is playing a huge part in adult collecting, not just keshi. People are getting back into keshi because they had them when they were younger or recognize them from days gone by. Stupid enamel pins were part of those nostalgic days too. Maybe not mine, but a lot of others, and just as 80's inspired toy lines are coming up everywhere, so does 80's fashion accessories.
I suppose it only makes sense, even if I think it's dumb as hell and I'd rather step on keshi figures any day.