Collector's Corner #17

on Friday, December 09, 2011.

Spotlight On... supergetterv (Kiet)


Where do you live (general location only)?

Oakland California

How long have you been collecting?

Since 1997, almost 15 years

What got you started on collecting these toys?

Video games. I remember walking around the mall back in 1997 and stopping into a toy stores that had all kinds of Japanese toys. There I saw the Rockman X All X model kit from Bandai.

It’s a simple kit, pre-constructed body, just cut the armor parts off the runners and snap it to the body. Looking back, who knew that this toy would spawn and paved my road into becoming a toy collector.

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What do you collect?

In the beginning, I was mostly focus on characters from the video games.

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These include action figures and resin type and pvc type figurines and mini statue, usually in 1/6 to 1/8 scale. Gashapon, a Japanese vending machine types figures, and trading figures were also my thing. Trading figures are blind box randomly pack figures, mostly has no articulation. The idea is to trade with other collectors when you get doubles. Sample of what I am talking about.

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It was because of these things that I later gravitated towards Anime/Manga characters and eventually chogokins.

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

MIB is not a necessity for me as long as it is something that I want. If I can save money buying loose, I don’t see any reason not to. I don’t practice being a completionist or purist so I don’t buy things that I dislike or miss out on things that I do like. Also, I don’t like overpaying. So out of productions toys that are selling for exponential higher than retail prices are also ignored. This is one of the main reasons that I don’t have many vintage items. I tend to believe there are always something better in the making. And sometimes, in the cases of SoC (Soul of Chogokin) we are greeted with reissue. No reason to lust for items of the past, especially on things that I could have purchased when they were newly released and widely available.

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

Way too many, easily into the hundreds, but likely not into the thousands. Just Transformers alone, I am looking at over 75 different figures. Here are some random pictures of my collection and stuff being displayed in my room currently. For clearer pictures you need to be a member of the Robot Japan forum and visit the forum thread:

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

As you can see from the above pictures, I have two Ikea Detolf display case, some book shelves, and a cabinet. Most of the female character statues that I have are kept MIB because they come in really nice window display boxes and they are still figures without any articulation. So very few are taken out of the boxes to be displayed. Most of them, you can see everything inside the box already anyways. What I do have out in display around the room are my current favorites. I do use the grouping method, only makes sense to group them together from the cartoon or whatever title they are from.

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

Nope. It was all thrown out or given away. And I wouldn’t even know about it, because I was probably too busy playing Megaman.

What is your favorite piece?

It changes all the time, but my favorite piece is as of now is probably the GFFMC#1008 Unicorn. Mainly because I am a big fan of Gundam UC 0096 Unicorn OVA. Currently only 4 episode but can’t wait to watch the last two.

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The SOC GX-46 Dygenguar and Aussenseiter would probably have to be a close second. It’s just so aesthetically pleasing. A samurai style Super Robot on a Giant Mecha Horse with a huge chromed out buster sword. That is just too cool.

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

Most unique would be this porcelain Street Fighter Akuma statue.

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It’s a custom made statue, so 1 of a kind. My most valuable piece should be the SHE (Studio Half Eye) Compact Version Perfect Change Shin Getter 1.

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I got this from RJ forum member QuinJester.

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

Probably the Studio Halfeye Gaofighgar or the Studio Halfeye Dancouga Nova. Both of which were priced way above what I am comfortable in paying at retail and probably a lot higher now. The Megaman X Ride Armor model kit is another that I wish to have.

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

Let just say, I am a package deal. She can’t have me if she can’t accept my hobby.

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

I like meeting other collectors and getting their take on the hobby. I’ve also meet some members from the RJ Forum. It’s nice to be able to attach a face to the screen name. I do have a story I like to share. I’m not much of a vintage collector. Not really into toys of the past, mainly because I grew up playing video games. But there was this one Voltron toy that I had as a kid that I would like to have again. The story was around 5 years ago. The item of interest was a KO version of the Popy GB-73 Dairugger XV or Matchbox Mini Vehicle Voltron. The KO version, you can read a review of it from ColletionDX website from JoshB, was special in that it can separated it into the 15 individual vehicles. I tried searching for the web for one but can only find the review from JoshB. But that review did help because I got the alternatives, the Popy GB-73 and the Matchbox Mini.

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The Matchbox version was easy to find and wasn’t too pricey. It was around 30$ shipped on EBAY. The Popy was a lot harder to score. I remember losing in a bidding war on EBAY for one. So after losing the bidding war, I search the web for weeks and finally found a place that had one. I am lucky enough to live close to this old antique toys store name Kimono MyHouse in Emeryville. I remember checking their website and seeing one of their stock photos. One of the photos was of a glass display cabinet showing off many Popy toys. Right there on the bottom of the left hand corner was exactly what I was looking for. The picture below wasn’t the same one that they used on the website but one that I took before the store closed down. Robot Japan members had a get together event many years back at Kimono MyHouse to do a farewell to the store. It was there I got a chance to meet Ed (Admin1). I’ve heard that Kimono MyHouse has come back and moved to a different location, and is only open with an appointment or something. Haven’t had the chance to go to the new location.


Are there any toys you would like to see made?

A decent Terry Bogard statue/figure would be nice. There just isn’t a good representation of him made. Recently, we saw what appears to be a D-Arts version of Terry in the makings but I remain skeptical because the face sculpt isn’t really that enticing. There are other figures and soft plastic PVC type figures of him but not a single sculpt is to my liking. Since it seems like that Bandai has the license from Capcom to make Megaman X toys, why not a Megaman X Chogokin, better yet, a Zero version 2 Chogokin.

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

Mainly Joy. I enjoy checking various site and looking at new things that are coming out. Twitter help a lot. It’s something that I like doing everyday. In the past, we would rely on HobbyJapan and Dengeki Hobby magazine to see what is coming out. Nowadays, all this information is free and updated daily. Joy comes from seeing things that I like and are interested in being made. The anticipations, from waiting for website to list preorders, to finally receiving the item in hands on a long awaited figure, those are the moments I live for.

Any final thoughts you wish to relate?

Every collector is unique in his or her own way and it’s evident when we share our insight in collecting. By sharing photos of collections to one and other, we can clearly see just how different we all are. It’s always great to see thing that aesthetically wow me, even though I have no idea what or who it is. This helps me to keep an open mind not only to stay current but also be tolerant of others and be considerate of what other people like. Although we have the freedom to express and write about how we feel on toys or collections, I choose not speak ill of things that I don’t like or know very little about.

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