Are You a Parent with a Toy Collection Obsession?

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My husband will sometimes comment about me buying toys for my son every time he sees something new. Then he’ll come home days later and have something even more expensive than the one I bought.  We’ll talk about the unnecessary need to buy him more toys but I think we both do it because we can’t resist the look on his face when he’s got something new. And because …We secretly have our own obsession about my son’s toys. There are Thomas, Cars, Chuggington, Chuck, and different collectibles that we love to get.  I thought it was my own little weirdness, but then I realized that my friends who have little ones have similar feelings!

One of our friends who’s got a little 3 year old boy with the Thomas train set asked my little 2 year old, “are those all you’ve got?” My friend, looked at me and said, “we don’t have a lot of money, but somehow we end up with these little toys that cost about $15 a piece! We don’t have enough money for food, but we sure have a great train set!”

We agreed that it’s not completely the boys’ wants that they have all these toys, but our own. I confess that if I see a Cars character that we haven’t gotten yet, we will buy it, even if he hasn’t asked for it. We’ll buy it just because it’s part of a collection.

We went into a Toys R Us to find something for a birthday party we were going to attend and ended up in the section where the Thomas the Train table set was.  The look on his face was absolutely priceless!  It was as if we’d taken him to Disneyland or even better! We spent about an hour or so just hanging out with the train sets.  Then of course a complete meltdown happened when it was time to leave.

Oli Train revised

I’m sure not all parents have a lack of self-control like I do, but for those who can admit it, what collection of toys have you gotten obsessed with buying?