COLLECTORS INTERVIEW: Arindam Saha
Profession: BIOTECH PROFESSIONAL
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
I collect action figures & comics. I have been a collector since 1990. During my childhood my favourite cartoon show was G.I.JOE & HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.It was all visual stimuli. I had a friend who used to have action figures of many of my cartoon heroes.I got my first of the many. It was a G.I.JOE figurine named, Zarana. I soon became addicted in collecting action figures & that is how the journey began. Primarily it was G.I.JOEs & MOTU gradually I diverged into different lines.
I stopped collecting when I was in college. The passion re-ignited since got my job. To be precise, since I got my credit card. xD.
I have more than 1000 Action Figures from various lines such as G.I.JOE, MOTU CLASSICS, MARVEL UNIVERSE, MARVEL LEGENDS, MARVEL Select, DC ICONS, REEL TOYS, WWE Action Figures etc. from world famous brands like Hasbro, Mattel, Diamond Select, MAFEX, NECA, MEZCO, KOTOBUKIYA, KAIYODO, DC COLLECTIBLES, WELLY, FUNKO etc. Besides, I have more than 100 Comics & Comic related Encyclopaedia & VAULTs from MARVEL, DC COMICS, RUNNING PRESS, DK, DARK HORSE, TITAN BOOKS etc.
I have a dedicated Facebook Page for my collection. ADAM’S TOY LIBRARY (linked Below)
What is the holy grail of your collection?
My MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE CLASSICS collection. I waited so long to build the collection one by one, slow but steady & Hell Yeah !! I love them.
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
Well, there might be too many of them. Let me drag you a few years back when I was an isolated collector. I thought I was a freak; no one at least in INDIA collects toys in their adulthood & GUESS WHAT? I was 29 when I saw there is a group in Facebook named, INDIAN TOY COLLECTORS. There were another 1.8 K peoples like me & I believe, they all have great stories to tell.
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
Most certainly, I would not pick just one. All my action figures are in my proud possession & I am damn possessive about them.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
Huh ha!!! I have my eyes on many. But if only one is what I can get, then that would be the HOT TOYS TDKR BANE figure.
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? Do you like that or not?
In countries like the USA it is always there but in INDIA the real boost is the SUPERHERO MOVIES. It changed the course upside down all of a sudden. Now there are many collectors.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years time?
Not very hard to predict. The fever will rise day by day. Five years back, people thought long gone those days when children played with toys in their childhood. They are all into video games. Now they must have a different statement as not only children but there are too many adult collectors.
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
Don’t be impatient. Your time is coming soon. Life gives us any answer of a question in 3 ways:
A. It says “YES” & gives you what you want.
B. It says “NO” & gives you something better.
C. It says “WAIT” & gives you the BEST.
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