Collector's Corner #10

on Friday, August 26, 2011.

Spotlight On... sal7 (Boyke Saladin Suradhiningrat)


Where do you live (general location only)?

Jakarta, Indonesia


How long have you been collecting?

Starting from elementary school until college, some of them were missing when I left for job training, and in 2007 I started collecting piece by piece again.


What got you started on collecting these toys?

When I ‘m in elementary school, robots with gimmicks like firing punch, snap off transform button, big and heavy diecast always amaze me, so starting from that moment, I think I got brainwashed by Japanese toys along with the betamax movies that I have seen.


What do you collect?

Mostly go kin from popy-bandai lines, clover, takatoku, takara etc, and big scale spaceships.

vintage popy_s fushigi series_s


battleshark s sunvulcan s dynaman s

changerobo s flashman s bismark s 

bigscale 1_s bigscale 2_s bigscale all_s

godaikin 1_s godaikin 2_s godaikin 3_s

godaikin force_s sentai robo_s 

space sheriff_s space sheriff_mothership_s space sheriff_robo_s

goshogun s takatokus s j9 series_s

valks s votoms s takatoku kanzen_henkei_series_s



What is your collecting philosophy (only purchase MIB, save and seek out specific items, etc.)?

Happiness is starting when my parents brought me to a toyshop and let me enjoy watching a line up of robots in its shelf. I guess my philosophy is collecting a line of go kin, maybe like a line up of godaikin series, kanzen henkei series, J9 Robots series from takatoku, clover dx robot series or popy sentai - big scale series, etc.

It’s nice to see them in order while you grab a cup of coffee.

When I was single, I hunted them like a beast.  Hehe.  Now after married and had kids, I become more rational to spend money on collection. I focus only on vintage chogokin. Slowly but surely I’ll fill up all the missing links from the lineup.


Approximately how many items do you own (if you are comfortable answering)?

I never counted. Maybe hundred or more.


How do you display them (i.e., in or out of boxes, grouping, etc.)?

Actually I’m planning to create a custom shelf. In order to have a proper height of shelves, I’d love to have the non standard height robots like dairugger xv or tetsujin SG 01, so I can arrange them in harmony and I dreamed to have a small museum of mine.

But they still sleep in their boxes now.

some shelf_1_s some shelf_s


Are any items in your collection from your childhood (i.e., specifically owned and played with as a child)?

Memorable item can be Cross in box Goggle V and big scale Goggle Caesar; it’s like a big smile on my face since there’s a tradition in my family that I only can buy my favorite toys if my school reports have a good grade and birthday gift.

goggle v_with_additional_pic_s goggles s


What is your favorite piece?

DX Henkei Gattai Tryder G7

clovers s


What is the most rare and/or unique piece in your collection?

The hardest one can be clover DX zanbot 3, SG01 Tetsujin 28, HCM Vifam. I don’t think I have one, since I got a lot influence from this site. But maybe I have series of toys which for some collector it’s not a pattern.

vifam s


What is at the top of your WANT list (if you are comfortable answering)?

wish list?

I guess some of takatoku, clover, bullmark and takara’s gokin.


How does your significant other (if you have one) feel about your collection?

Well, we talk about this hobby and she’s ok with that. We thought that everybody should have their own hobby. I also support her collecting books and stuff. Collecting toys and browsing for them on the internet makes more home time than before. It also saves me from alcohol in bars.

Do you have any good collecting stories you wish to relate (i.e., an amazing find or haul, meeting fellow collectors, etc.)?

Frankly speaking, collecting vintage toys is like collecting old cars/ motorcycles. A lot of parts needed to complete one nice figure.  In order to find the pieces, you have to force all the power and memories to locate the toys in this universe.

In Indonesia, toys distribution in early 80’s were dominated by Bandai distributor, others are so hard to find. If I remember, one of my friends once had those toys.  I’ll hunt his warehouse J

I often have to make a friend with old lady who have vintage store just to have a permit to explore his warehouse

Visiting fellow collector is another refreshing trip to have a nice chat, transform one or two robots or even trading collection.

And also we have local community who like to do amateur toy reviews from new and old toys inspired by RJ site.

It’s nice to have an old and new friend, old friends will help you sharing his unused toys and new friends will get if you make friends by entering new community in local or worldwide.

Toys become the reason for a community to develop into global community.

Are there any toys you would like to see made?

Chokinzoku’s series beside T28. chogokins like byclosser gin, metalder, spielban.


What do you most get out of this hobby (friendship, joy, escape from everyday life, etc.)?

This hobby is a cheaper therapy or great escape from daily activity. Sometimes drink a cup of tea or coffee in front of toy shelf is better than walking to a mall.

And friendship is also grown from this trading/ exchange relation, once we do contact become a long conversation, detail of collection, random chat, join forum, and meeting or visiting fellow collector, than we believe that our kind is exists. J  Value of joy itself appears when you know that in our universe there’s a lot of collectors who can exchange toys or information about this hobby.

Any final thoughts you wish to relate?

This hobby is a great escape and a door to enter new brotherhood community, like other hobbies, meet and greet with them is like you having a new universe. And we speak with same languages. Cool!

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