Profession: UI/UX Designer, Marketing Enthusiast
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I am an artist, a designer and most of all, I am a hoarder so I collect anything I fancy, be it books, memorabilia, and whatnot. Unfortunately, that also includes splurging money on toy properties that I absolutely don’t follow. Be it a lesser known anime figure or a unique movie property, if it looks even remotely novel to me, I need it.
If that’s not the case, I am a DC Collectibles and Kotobukiya regular and an occasional Hot Toys figure. Had I been royalty, I would have bought almost every Hot Toys out there as well, won’t we all?
I guess I started off when I was in standard 3 or something. Dad used to take me to these fancy stores and there’d be a ton of GI Joes and He-Man action figures hung over my head. Despite crying my ass off for them, dad never bought them for me and insisted that I had to earn it. So when I ‘earned’ good marks in my 3rd std exams (have no clue how :P), dad finally bought me my first Joe, G.I. Joe: Assault on COBRA Island – Chuckles. I was ecstatic and there on it became a pact, I get good marks, I get a toy. Next came a Mattel He-man bust bank then came Masters of The Universe Butthead etc. I grew up, got a job and never stopped swooning over these little joy-inducing pieces of plastic. I remember I used to contemplate on buying figures off eBay since I never found the ones I wanted here in India. I got off my sabbatical in 2011 or so when I started ‘collecting’ again and it felt refreshing, ecstatic, maniacal maybe?
Heath Ledger – Joker
What is the holy grail of your collection? Or if you still looking for it then what it is?
Way back in 2011, while I was still reconsidering whether or not to pursue collecting figures as a hobby, I’d seen this Neca Crysis Prophet figures doing rounds on Landmark and Crossword stores. While I loved the franchise I was still hesitant on spending 1200 bucks on it. MY BAD! Down the road, I’d been searching high and low for the same for a decent price but the price had shot up – quadruple! Yea, it was a Neca 7 inch figure, and yeah it wasn’t that expensive but for me, it was my holy grail that eluded me for years. I finally got my hands on it a couple of months back, I still ended up paying close to double the price but acquiring it felt orgasmic.
Next up would be a long shot. Might not ever get it too. It’s a Sideshow Alien King Statue.
Neca Crysis Prophet
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
I was a slacker when I was a kid and my mom, in a fit of rage (due to my own incompetence, threw away one of my most prized possession – a He-Man Bust Bank. It shattered into a million pieces so did my heart. It was traumatic and I think I might have cried for 2 days straight. Fortunately, dad was able to piece it together almost flawlessly.
Christian Bale – Dark Knight
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
A Hasbro Star Wars Black Series Storm Trooper. I have had tons of fun with it, taking pictures, posing him funny etc. If there was one figure that I actually ‘play’ with, it’d be that. Its not exactly the only one I’d want to have but that’s the thing with this hobby…”Nothing is Never Enough!” Had I been stranded on an island with just one figure, I think I’d be content with the Storm Trooper.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
There’s no ‘one item’ that I’d wanna steal, it’d be a whole line and it would be the now defunct Palisades Aliens/Predator line. And if the said person is reading this, I’d ask him to “Be afraid, be very, very afraid!”
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years?. Do you like that or not?
More and more people are on the toy collecting bandwagon these days and it’s good to see these guys sharing similar interests. But there are some who buy stuff just to resell it later at a premium. Same goes with certain online sellers as well. DO NOT TAKE US FOR FOOLS AND UP THE PRICE. Sure, we might be desperate for some figures but we are not retards. Price them reasonably and you’d have enough word of mouth to get you more customers.
Second would be, CUSTOMS and someone please shut me up now before I throw all kinda abuses at them. Initially, it was all good, but as people started importing stuff, they knew that there was money to made through this hobby, ‘money to milked’! What was once a meager 15-20% customs duty on random figures, now has increased to 41%. FORTY-EFFING-ONE PERCENT. Thanks to some great sellers here and friends abroad, I am still able to collect else I’d have given up a long time back.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years’ time?
I see more and more international toy brands entering the Indian market. Yes, it’s priced higher than the international market but its a sigh of relief nonetheless. Considering the import duties and what not, the prices are still ok and I fathom that they’d be making a small margin as well. In the recent future, I hope to see them introducing almost all toy lines readily available at the time of launch and not having to sell an arm and a leg to buy them.
The real reason behind BvS?
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Absolutely none! I am an impulsive buyer and I wouldn’t be the right person to ask advice from. I’d ask you to buy anything that you fancy. Better buy em now than regret not buying it when it goes up in price. Add to that, do your research on the toy lines that piques your interest. There are a ton of websites that constantly updates you with upcoming toy news. Follow them. Buy whatever that pleases you and be happy!
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By day I’m a boring old Web Developer, but as the sun goes down, I’m a SUPERHERO. Well not really I just dress up and pretend to be one.
“Centurions” was my favorite cartoon growing up and I name all my possessions “Shadow” because I can’t afford a Husky.
I camp in Games like it’s nobody’s business, and if you’ve got a problem with that I’ve got two words for ya “I’m Sorry”, cause you’re a noob.