COLLECTOR INTERVIEW: Mihir Joshi
Profession: Singer, Anchor, Talk Show Host of the MJ Show (www.themjshow.in) and Host for sports entertainment giant WWE in India.
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I’ve pretty much always been a collector of interesting things. As a kid, I collected stamps and coins (still, have a fairly massive collection stored away some place). Then as I grew older, I started collecting books, comics and cds. As a radio jockey for over 8 years, I managed to create a massive music cd collection. While doing all this I started collecting DVDs and now Blu-rays and have a fairly huge Blu-ray collection too now (pretty much every worthwhile franchise, superhero movie and sci-fi movie).
My biggest passion though was comics and a natural add on to that became action figures and then statues. I started with action figures…got a ton of them and then found my true love – Kotobukiya statues. I collect just the 1/10th scale ArtFX+ statues and I LOVE THEM! With my birthday coming up on the 15th of March, my collection will be at over 50 Kotobukiya statues! I collect their Star Wars line, their DC line, and their Marvel line. And honestly, I think if there’s one company I will stay with as a collector for life…it will be Kotobukiya! And to answer the second part of the question…I got into it all sorts of collecting thanks to my dad. I remember him reading out comics to me even before I could read and my love affair with comics began then. He also got me into stamps and coins and got me all my first comics and books. I’m a huge science fiction fan thanks to him too. I think I have pretty much every fiction book that Isaac Asimov wrote and I truly believe that he is the greatest mind I’ve ever read in my life. If I could choose one person to come back to life, I’d choose him just so he could write more books in the Foundation series! (That answer shocks even me since most people would have thought that I’d have chosen Elvis or Dean Martin.) 🙂
What is the holy grail of your collection? Or if you still looking for it then what it is?
Hmmmmm. That’s a tough question. If this means…what was the one thing I was looking for the most and now possess it…it would probably be my new Kotobukiya Amazing Spiderman statue. I’ve wanted a quality Spidey statue for YEARS and thanks to Kotobukiya, I now finally have it! Also…my Koto Darth Vader was pretty special. Wanted it really bad. Had the Black Series action figure but it is nothing compared to the statue! The statue is BADASS! Oh, and one more figure I wanted for the longest time was Yoda which was finally released by Kotobukiya and the ONLY guy missing from the original series is Obi-Wan Kenobi which comes out later this year! Can’t wait to get it. Then my original trilogy series will be complete as far as I’m concerned!
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
Nothing surprises me honestly. Collecting is a passion and your craziness is proportional defined by your passion and your pocket (metaphorically). Though the craziest story I had heard was how a guy became a millionaire overnight when he found Action Comics issues 1-10 or something like that neatly kept in his garage by his grandfather. Remember seeing him on Oprah I think. That blew my mind then and still blows my mind today! Wish my grandpa collected comics!
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
My WWE World Heavyweight Championship title belt! I was gifted one by WWE last year. I’ve been the official host for WWE in India for over 3 years now and this is my most precious possession! By far.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
There was a Crisis On Infinite Earths statue that Rachit was selling a while back I think.The iconic pose of Superman holding Supergirl in his arms. Would love to have that someday. Also a statue of Alex Ross’s Superman cover for Superman Forever #1. That was an amazing statue!
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? (can mention in both India and abroad). Do you like that or not?
I think the biggest difference is availability of items. We’re able to get pretty much everything we want. Sure it’s about 2 times more expensive than getting it in America, but we can get everything we want. This is making the scene bigger and definitely more interesting. More people are getting into collecting and realizing that this isn’t just for kids. And I quite like that. I’ve been promoting this idea since I started off in the music business years ago. Back then I used to talk about collecting comics and now I talk about action figures and statues too 🙂 I’m happy to see the growth in the scene!
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years’ time?
Just keep getting bigger and I hope we get things at prices comparable to US prices. With brands coming into India (like Kotobukiya) I think we’re on the right path! Oh, also I’d love to see more women getting into collecting comics, action figures and statues too! About time the boys find women they can relate with on this level too 🙂 I got lucky. My wife loves my collection and in fact, helps me get cool stuff for my collection.
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Buy what you love. Not what you think will be worth something someday. Be a collector…not a prospector.When you wake up in the morning and see your collection, if it doesn’t bring you immense joy…you’re doing it wrong. Best of luck and happy collecting!