My mother and many of her siblings and friends have always collected Herend animal figurines. I never understood the appeal, considering how expensive they are (this little pig goes for $190). But I guess they're trendy. They're so popular, in fact, that the company must crack down on counterfeits and imitations. Now that I'm older, I find myself wanting one, too. Ack! I am becoming my mother! However, they're so beautifully hand-painted (with 24-karat-gold detailing!) that I may not be completely nuts. Am I alone? Are there any other collectors out there?