COLLECTOR INTERVIEW: Laukik Golatkar
Profession (optional): Creative Controller, Ogilvy & Mather.
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I am a collector at heart who collects his childhood in the form of Action Figures, Comics, Happy Meal Toys and Diecast Model Cars. A newbie in the field, it’s just been 1 year and 8786 days since I started my putting together my dream collection. One figure at a time. The adventurous world of the GI Joes and Christopher Reeves superpower as Superman… their magic came right out of my TV set in the early 90s and etched an immortal passion in my 4-year old mind. One that was to only grow with time.
What is the holy grail of your collection? Or if you still looking for it then what it is?
Mere do anmol ratan. Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. A rare transformation of a comic character into an action figure. And NECA 300 Bloody King Leonidas. A blood-splattered figure that looks like it has just walked out of a war scene from the movie.
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
My Facebook friend – Yexel Sebastian, the dedicated full-time toy collector and curator behind the museum, has amassed around 7,000 action figures and 100 life-size figures (that his team created themselves) in the museum. While he has a sleek, enviable 1/6th-scale Batmobiles by Hot Toys and even the rare broken sword Shards of Narsil from Lord of the Rings, he also displays obscure Disney toys that come free with kiddie meals.
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
Oh no, don’t do this to me! Just ONE? Okay, then it would have to be the 1982 Mattel Vintage He-Man Castle Grayskull.
I’m very nostalgic about He-Man & Masters of the Universe. In the early 90s, there was a really big problem in my life. He-Man used to come only once in the entire week. Which meant that 6 days of no He-Man. How could a little boy bear that! And that point, an unexpected superhero walked into my life – my mother. Armed with her superpower – a bunch of He-Man video cassette tapes so that I could watch it everyday! And since then I always wished to have a Castle Grayskull but never got one. But two years back, luck shined on me. I got this masterpiece from a local OLX seller. A dream come true.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
Ah! There are so many. But I would go with the Hot Toys 1989’s Batman movie Joker. A 1/6 scale Jack Nicholson as the character.
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? Do you like that or not?
I definitely like the change that the collecting world has seen lately. Earlier, I would mostly buy stuff through eBay. But the shipping charges on it would make it a really expensive hobby. But lately, the collectors breed in India has grown. So now there are collectors and stores that have rare and amazing figures from across the globe. That’s why, now it has been become easier to get the best of the world within the country.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years’ time?
Lots of more collectibles shops. And a portal where collectors can group buy their dream items. Another great thing to happen would be if in the future collectibles were released in India simultaneously with their US releases.
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Help fellow collectors to complete their collections by sharing knowledge and building a network of collectors. The goodness will find a way of coming back to you. That’s one piece of advice from the mind. And a bit of advice from the heart. Collect what you love, not what the world loves. Afterall, you are the superhero of your collection.
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A Brand and Digital Marketer by day, a tech enthusiastic social media-friendly geek who produces content and can’t live without films by night.
In short, I notice things for a living and try to point them out to people. I write about movies, television especially superhero films, pop culture and Hollywood. When not listening to start-up pitches, I play with puppies and pretend to like craft beer.
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