COLLECTORS INTERVIEW: Jason T Huot
City: Overland Park, KS
Profession: Retail Store Manager
What do you collect? How long have you been collecting? How did you get into it?
My collection consists of mostly Batman but has also branched out to other 1:6 collectible figures in the last year. I have been collecting for as long as I can remember. Started out with Kenner figures in the 80s and grew to Hot Toys figures within the last 10 years. I remember growing up on the 1966 Adam West Batman and then getting to see the 1989 Batman film in theaters with my dad. The complete transition of what Batman was like, because I didn’t have many comic books, just blew my mind and I was obsessed at nine years old.
What is the holy grail of your collection?
I wouldn’t say I have a grail-like item, but recently I started doing custom figures and am proud of my 3 INCEPTION inspired characters. These were pieces I found online through many websites, friends, and builders to create 3 of the 4 members of Cobb’s team.
What is the most surprising or outrageous collecting story you have heard?
There are so many stories, I couldn’t pick just one.
If you could pick one item from your collection to keep, what would it be? And why?
I’m sure many people would feel this is a hard question to answer but for me, it’s not. My first Hot Toys figure was the Bank Robber Joker that I scored on eBay for under $100. It is by far my favorite Joker moment in the film. I do have a cosplay costume I wear to conventions that stored on a mannequin when I’m not wearing it. He protects my collection for me.
If you could have one item out of someone else’s collection, what would that be?
I’ve seen many pieces I’ve wanted including Batmobiles, movie props, and custom costumes. I’ve always wanted a 1:1 scale The Dark Knight cowl, so I guess that would be my answer.
How has the collecting scene changed in the last 5 years? Do you like that or not?
It’s become easier to collect thanks to online trading/purchasing. It’s become harder due to the amount of knockoff and over priced pieces that some are selling these days.
How do you see, or hope to see the scene changing in 5 years’ time?
I know that I have been buying items from my childhood as well as things that inspire me today. I hope within the next five years there are things that still inspire people to want to collect.
What advice would you give a new collector starting out today?
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