I am an avid, albiet somewhat novice minimate collector and long time lurker, over a year long. I have been collecting since 2006 and my collection is close to 450 mates. I collect pieces of everything, but marvel is my focal point. I also collect Captain America items, he is favorite hero.I fell in love with minimates because of the minimates themselves; the amount of characters and licenses are incredible, but what drew me in was the perfect 2 inch block figures with 14 points of articulation with such a high level of part swapping. I knew after a short time I would not be able to stop collecting these little pieces of awesome.