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Is it weird to still likes toys as an adult?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Warshipsfan1, Mar 18, 2021.

  1. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I yearn for my plastic farm set I had as a child and my Disney Alice in wonderland slides for a projector never found them again
     
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  2. Nitro

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    I forgot to mention my hobby machine shop in all of it's glory :p
     
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  3. Streetwise

    Streetwise Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    By the way I'm 51 in 2 days time still! feel like a little girl
     
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    Plenty of adults collect toys, dolls, or figurines of some sort. Especially the geekier/ nerdier types who collect figures from manga/ comics/ games they like. That's not weird at all, or even unusual.

    As for playing with the toys, I don't think it's super common, but I'm sure that's mostly because society looks down on it. A lot of people probably want to play with toys, but don't because they're afraid of looking childish.

    At any rate, there's nothing really wrong with it, is there? Plenty of people have hobbies, and if yours is to play with the little plastic army men, go for it!

    The only reason I haven't been playing with my legos as much is that I can't find the medieval/ fantasy sets I like; they tend to be based on other franchises these days...

    I don't really "play" with my toys anymore; I've been more into video games since my teens, but I still collect figurines and plushies. I mean, I'm 32 and I sleep with an Eevee and a pikachu every night (in my arms, too). And a cat, sometimes, but the cat is a real cat.
     
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    My Disney Pixar Cars collection spun way out of control too :p
     
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    In the UK train sets are the big one a whole room in a small house can devoted entirely to it,dolls houses,lego™,meccano™,Airfix™(a brand of model aeroplane kit now also motor vehicles) it just depends on each individual .
     
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    Not "toys," but "collectables." You don't "play" with them, but "arrange" and "inventory" them. It is all a matter of perspective. Is it "weak central coherence" or "attention to detail"? (Besides, if you are autistic, aren't you supposed to line them up and organize them, which would be perfectly normal in an neurodivergent way.)
     
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  8. Nitro

    Nitro Admin/Immoral Turpitude Staff Member Admin V.I.P Member

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    I have a huge Lego set with motors, gears, servos
     
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  9. _eri_bellehumeur

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    I don't think it is weird at all. I was made to feel very immature even when I was a kid growing up, though funny enough my environment meant I had to grow up a lot faster than most people do. This left me feeling like I needed to purge myself of anything "childlike" or made for children, and this did not help me in the long run. Only in the last few months have I been really exploring that part of my life again, and permitting myself to take joy in things like stickers, and cute silly things (though I have always been obsessed with cartoons and animation). I was a voracious reader as a kid, though always read above my age level, but now I am returning to books that I either read as a kid, or was interested in but bypassed because they weren't "mature" (for an 8 year old, lol).

    Life is far too short to not play and find joy in simple things as often as possible.
     
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  10. Skittlebisquit

    Skittlebisquit Keep trying to be as amazing as you really are

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    Its difficult becoming a man. At my age i am well past that issue of " is this allowed" sort of thinking. I hear a search for legitimacy and a quest for validation.

    What you are doing is both totally fine and kinda silly. Its going to be hell to paint those guys. The real ppl, who are grown men, who do that buy the soldiers one at a time, its super fun, kinda like a model kit, the whole soldier is off white.

    Enamel would work ok, i guess, but honestly i would sand seams and shoot the whole lot with some kind of a grey or off white base coat, only no clue what would stick to(?) LDPE 3

    the quote goes something like..." there is no accounting for personal tastes..." its totally true. Wealthy ppl are mostly even more wierd than blue collar types. More freedom for longer i guess.
    I want to do miniture diaromas, and learn to sew, and build a loom frame, and raise goats. Among other things. See everyone is different, thats ok.

    Do hide your hobbies from the bullies and the creeps, so you dont get beat up for it. Please share some pics right here on this forum of your big setups, ppl would like it.

    You need a big table with an "L" in it i think, like 40" x 96" then another smaller table pushed up to it to make the "L".

    You could do fun model stuff too like for model trains
     
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  12. Skittlebisquit

    Skittlebisquit Keep trying to be as amazing as you really are

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    I was thinking the green would bleed thru like almost anything, im mot sure about paint on plastic. I know more about painting metal
     
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    I still collect hot wheels and match box cars (although, rarely find good ones these days), and I build lego houses (and other structures), and I am twice your age.
     
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    I find plush animals simply irresistable.
    I still sleep with plush animals. My purple unicorn sits by my head and shares my pillow.
    Sometimes his head ends up over mine.

    I like board games and those PC simple games like on POGO or MSN.
     
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  15. clg114

    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    About this "all grown up" thing. It is my understanding that if you have not grown up by the time that you are our age, then you do not have to.
     
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    No. It is completely natural to still have toys. Heck, I still have all my toy cars and some genderless dolls and other things that would be considered "kids" toys. Honestly I use the cars to run over my legs and arms when stressed and the sensation of them makes me center myself. I use the dolls to help me hash out social situations on my own time. I buy LEGOS and figurines and Beanie Boos and "kids" toys. I will probably always do that. At least my kid will never run out of toys when they are old enough to play with them.
     
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    I've since found a group of people in their 50s to 70s who still love these figures and collect them.

    So I'm starting to feel army men collecting is a hobby that anyone at any age can enjoy, if someone in their 70s can enjoy it. I guess it's okay to do so myself
     
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    Nope, not at all! I'm in my 50's and still have collections. Don't let society stop you from enjoying life. I have a collection of Stranger Things Pops and some miscellaneous other geek toys, etc.
     
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    I don't know if this helps, but my husband who is an engineer and not ASD has all kinds of toys on his desk at work. There are people who do military displays and games.
    I would embrace it proudly.
    Everyone has hobbies.
     
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