Lately, I've been reading posts from people who were putting together displays for their collectible minfigures. Some people have gone all out, with fully enclosed framed collections, whereas others build colored stands and such. Me, I had them all tossed in a bucket, but it got me thinking about a display. I got my Ninjago characters up on display (kinda annoyed that the next batch don't look that great but I really want to continue collecting full sets of the main cast) but I really do have way more CMFs. But my reason for wanted them is for minifig customization, so their parts get swapped out in custom builds and thrown into other characters and stuff. So, just to start off with, I was wondering how many CMFs I still had together. (Part of this was inspired by me finally getting a bunny suit guy. I previously gave my copy away, thinking I had a spare, but that spare turned out to be the tennis ace, and then I realized that buying a replacement was going to be really expensive... anyway, finally found a good deal.)
... and thus went my day of sorting through my collection. Like I said, I had a bin full of figs, which at one point I had sorted through and separated all the CMFs. But some of the figs got parted out years ago, so I spent a significant amount of time hunting down and rebuilding some. There were some that I knew were in existing models, and some where I had no idea where the pieces went. I rebuilt some fully, and for some I "customized" by using similar elements because I couldn't find the originals. Then I threw them into an Excel sheet so I can have STATISTICS! (And for reference, I'm not counting any of the licensed waves, like the Lego Movie, Disney, Batman, Ninjago, or *gag* Simpsons.)
I own 251 unique characters. I definitely caught the collector's bug, because I've bought full sets of all the waves except the first three. However, for #14, I reviewed the batch and then gave away a bunch, so I no longer "own" a majority of them from that wave. I also gave away the Wrestler from #15... and yes, I never found Mr. Gold in #10, so it is alas not a full collection. But clearly I've wasted a lot of money on these.
I have 181 figs fully built. Or mostly, since I'm not demanding their accessories.
I have an additional 37 figs that are custom builds. These are the figs where I couldn't find all their original parts, so I substituted some in to make them complete, like slightly different heads, different hair styles, ext. Most of these cases were simply because I couldn't find the original pieces, but some were because I was using the original bit elsewhere, like some of the rare hair pieces or a few arms in a unique color.
Even then, I still have 12 figs in partial builds, since they're missing essential elements that can't be easily substituted.
I have 10 figs that I happen to know are currently in MOCs, or in one case is on display in my car.
And then I have 11 figs where I have no idea where they are. They're probably buried somewhere in my collection, but they weren't in my standard fig-parts bins.
Anyway, that's a lot of figs. I don't know if I'll put together an actual display, because it would still be incomplete and that would irk the studs out of me. I might think about selecting some of my favorites for a display. It's also nice find some figs that are now worth a toooon on the secondary market but that I found at blind bag prices, like the S10 Bumblebee Girl, S2 Spartan Warrior, and S1 Nurse... and now also the S7 Bunny Suit Guy.