Took the bus home and sat next to a girl at my job and she told me she used to collect My Little Pony. Not only was I shocked to hear that but also that when she sold her collection she estimated she got between £5000-£10000 for it!
But that was nothing compared to the shock she gave me when she told me a lot of the collector girls had tired of the hobby since 2009 when the manufacturer decided to update the brand by hiring a feminist to create tougher and less cute ponies. The result was that the fading fanbase started to grow again - a lot - but it was not little girls but young adult men taking a liking to them. Calling themselves bronies they invaded the girlie hobby, some of them bringing in sexual context - some of it quite disgusting (she directed me towards a website I wish I hadn't seen) and started scaring away the old collectors... now most of the old forums are quite dead and she bought aquariums instead.
Anyone else have a weird insight into the world of collecting?