With this guy popping through my post box this morning I have finally completed collecting a range of figures! Woop. In this case it's the Bob Olley sculpted Iron Claw Space Pirates.
The final figure, Captain Dunbar, took me bloody ages to get a hold of, but then apparently that's perfectly normal. I heard a programme about probability on radio 4 (yes I listen to Radio4!) and they were using collecting football stickers as and example. There is a preconception that there are certain stickers that are rarer than other but this is only down to perception. Probablity dictates that when you are looking for lots of things it's easier to find them as they are more likely to turn up. As you narrow down your parameters to the single item you are trying to find then the chances of it turning up are the same as all the others in a set turning up. But as you only want the one and the other 16 keep appearing then you get frustrated and assume that someone has made it deliberately hard by reducing the number there are to find! There, bear that in mind next time you're on ebay!
And just in case you think that all I ever go on about is Sci'fi and rogue trader here is a pic of some of the fantasy stuff I'm planning to get started on as soon as prep for BOYL is out of the way.