COLLECTOR INTERVIEW: Abhijeet Kini
Profession: Illustrator, Animator, Founder Abhijeet Kini Studios
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I am actually a comics and action figures collector majorly, but I do have a very decent music CDs collection and a few DVDs collection too. My comics collection dates back to my early childhood. I still have some of those comics in mint condition. I always was quite particular about how I handled this stuff. Action figures collection passionately began in around 2007-8, when I started collecting Spawn figurines and then started getting my hands on several others such. But if you look at it, I think seeds for action figure collecting were sown back in our school days, when He-Man and G I Joe toys were the real deal.
What is the holy grail of your collection? Or if you still looking for it then what it is?
In comics, my Mad mag collection is something I’m super proud of. I have some issues dating back to the 70s. Also, my old DC, Marvel and Vertigo singles are something I hold very dearly. Some of them are rare to find. I have an Atari Force single issue. That was a limited series run by DC, and I happen to have one single issue from the arc. From my action figures, my Sergio Aragones Batman statue is one of my prized faves. Also, my Spawn Throne statue is lying unopened, since I see it too precious to be out of the box.
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
There used to be a little circulating library near our place when I was a kid, basically run by this one old dude. I used to notice he had some amazing DC and Marvel single issues, which I didn’t just want to rent, I wanted to own. So what I used to do was go up to him and request him if he can switch one of his books for one of my old comics. The sweet guy that he was, he did it for the first two times, thinking he is humoring an enthu kid. But when I kept going back with more, he kind of got the drift and pretty much banned me from coming back! Still have some of those with me 😉
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
Again, that would be my Aragones Batman statue. That one’s special to me on two counts. One, my love for Mad mag. Two, my love for Batman!
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
That probably would be the Spawn Series 31 figurine! I can’t seem to get my hands on that one for a good price!
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years?. Do you like that or not?
I think the emphasis now is on the more detailed and obviously more expensive statues. They are quite out of my reach frankly, so i still am happy collecting action figures. But I do see people actually investing a lot in Hot Toys, etc, maybe since these are so realistic, you feel that you have a piece of the movie you just watched with you! Art and collection wise, I think that’s great that such products are out there.But realistically speaking and considering budgets, I’d certainly wish these were more accessible!
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years time?
A. I haven’t really thought of that! We’re collectors after all, rarely do we think of the future! 😉 But on a serious note, I feel that along with figurines, people should look at collecting comics too. It used to be a big rage earlier, not so much now. I’d be happier if they collect the indie Indian ones too!
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Keep looking out for the good ones! You never know when and where you’d find them. Also, keep browsing these shopping sites. Sometimes you’d suddenly find an awesome collectible on the 28th search page. Keep hitting “next” till you do!
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