Variety Is The Spice Of Life
March 16, 2010

Frank Miller BatmanSure, action figures are the focus around here, as evidenced by the name of the site. If you’re anything like me, though, your collecting habits involve more than just little plastic men. With STAR WARS, DC Direct, Justice League Unlimited, G.I. JOE, Marvel Universe, and anything I can find from my favorite comic books, movies, and television shows, I am definitely an action figure junkie. My hobbies extend beyond toys, though.

 

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…

Having lost a fairly large comic book collection when I was a teenager, I resisted the temptation to dive back in for many years, even after I had fully returned to buying action figures. As time passed, I found myself picking up the odd book here and there, which eventually led to the realization that I needed a long box to store books that were scattered all over my collection room. I had started collecting comics again without making a conscious decision to do so. I still buy single issues here and there, but I’ve tried to focus my efforts on hardcover books and trade paperbacks. It’s more convenient to pluck a full story from a shelf than it is to dig through boxes for several issues, and I was able to make some space for the thicker books by removing the door of a closet in my hallway. Voilà, instant recessed bookcase (I don’t have anywhere near that much free space remaining now).

I know Octave Marbot. I’m sitting for a statue he’s making of me.

In addition to action figures, I bring home the occasional three-dimensional representation of my favorite fictional characters in the form of statues, busts, and maquettes. Because of the additional space and money these require, I tend to be a bit more discriminating with them than I am with toys. Most of mine were produced by either DC Direct or Gentle Giant, but the occasional pieces from Bowen Designs, Dynamic Forces, Hard Hero, and Palisades also find their way into my collection.

Leia & R2 MaquetteHarley Quinn Statue

And the fact that you’ve got "Replica" written down the side o’ your gun…

I’ve only dipped my toes into the pool of weapon and prop replicas, but when something new really speaks to me, I love acquiring them. Highly detailed replicas make terrific display pieces, and these particular items are two of my favorite collectibles.

Glaive & Bat-Cuffs

You don’t run one of those Muppet Internet fan sites, do ya?

I missed out on Palisades’ amazing line of Muppets action figures when it was available at retail. I didn’t believe it would be a success, and I figured I would be able to get them for cheap later. Never underestimate the Muppets! I might try piecing together a collection of the figures at some point, but I’m always down for other items in the meantime. From Christmas tree ornaments to plush toys, I’m a sucker for Muppet memorabilia. That made the Muppet Whatnot Workshop from FAO Schwarz a no-brainer at the holidays, and my girlfriend and I now have Muppet versions of ourselves. We even bought some Batman and Justice League t-shirts for them from the infant secion at Target during their post-holiday clearance sales.

Muppet Whatnots

And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big H.

And that leads me to what first brought me back to this hobby as an adult, my NY GIANTS collection. From cards to jerseys, from autographs to commemorative coins, and from bobbleheads to plush bears, I’ve got a bit of everything. I even have a not-so-modest collection of caps, and I don’t even wear hats. That doesn’t stop me from buying them, though. Oh, and I obviously go nuts any time McFarlane releases another GIANTS player in their Sports Picks line, but the whole point was to talk about stuff other than action figures, wasn’t it?

Jason Sehorn jerseyEli Manning autograph
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Jon "Caped Crusader" Edwards
Born in April of '77, Jon quite literally grew up with STAR WARS. His mother took him to see it barely two months later and started buying him the figures before he was even old enough for them. G.I. JOE and Super Powers came along in the '80s, and an action figure addict was created. The moment he decided he was "too old" to play with his toys, he started to collect carded figures, beginning with Super Powers. No longer in possession of the toys or comics of his childhood, he rediscovered collecting with The Phantom Menace, and has moved on from STAR WARS to JLU, DC Direct, G.I. JOE, Marvel Universe, and various characters from movies, television shows, and comics.
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6 Comments »

  • Chip Cataldo says:

    Great blog, and I’m envious of your eclectic collection. Of course, the Giants connection also appeals to me. :-) Thanks for posting it all.

  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    I also had to grin at the Giants collection. I’m not a sports fan myself, but my folks are insane Giants fans such that I don’t even bother calling my mom on Sundays during football season. And, yes, I’ve bought her McF Giants Sports Picks! (And she, in turn, gets me stuff like the Animated Leia statue you’ve got pictured!)

    But, yeah, it is hard to limit collecting to just action figures when you are immersed in geek culture in general. I think for many of us it just comes down “where the hell am I gonna put that?”

    Great topic, Jon. Thanks for the blog!

  • kevfett says:

    Those Muppet Whatnots are awesome! I had no idea that workshop even existed.

  • chad says:

    nice article . even if you are a giants fan. and those muppet what nauts just prove the muppets will never die. plus your post shows the dark side of being a collector just when you think your out you get pulled back in.

  • Cesar Zamora Masked Avenger says:

    Great blog! Although I can’t get over seeing a blog titled “Variety is the Spice of Life” by Jon Edwards. When I saw that I thought, “We know that’s how you feel Senator.”

  • Mark Sanchez says:

    You’re rooting for the wrong team.

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