Collector's Corner #9

on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

Spotlight On... xiombarg (Eric Cantwell)


Where do you live (general location only)?

Northern Utah


How long have you been collecting?

As a serious figure collector, about ten years.


What got you started on collecting these toys?

Christmas around 1979 I got a 6” Shogun Warrior Mazinger, a Reideen, a jumbo Mazinger and a Bullmark Machine Blaster. And that was it. Psychologically I became a super robot that Christmas and it's pretty much carried over into the rest of my life.


What do you collect?

Figures, books, comics, odd pop culture paraphenalia, antiques.


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

Be sure that a figure or collectible is really worth it to you before you buy it. Being a collector, and most especially a toy collector, there will ALWAYS be new, cool things to buy and it's so easy to jump the gun. Try to keep a level head and think about what you want out of your collection when considering new purchases.


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

This is just a guess, but I suspect I have somewhere between two and three hundred pieces. It's actually more than I like to have with the limitations of display space. I'm not a completionist at all. Often I'll buy a figure and I'll keep it around awhile before deciding it doesn't contribute to my collection, then I sell it instead of keeping it around taking up storage space.


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

Ideally I like a spacious display so that if somebody comes over and wants to look at a figure I can easily pull it off the shelf without causing a tidal wave. I also like to group my figures more randomly so that there is a lot of contrast between them. When I see a variety of the same figure all tightly grouped together, for me this tends to wash them all out so that none of them stand out as being exceptional on their own. There is something to be said for the impressiveness of a lot of figures, but then it's the quantity that is impressive instead of spotlighting the figure itself.

shelf s shelf1 s shelf3 s 

tank s skl s baangaan s


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

Well.. yes. I have a Fischer Price little people dalmation and a black pig that survived. All my robot and monster toys got destroyed from too much use.


What is your favorite piece?

That's like the impossible question for toy collectors.  I can't just say one figure, so here's a few.  Yamato Shield Liger is probably my favorite most recent buy.  The Bandai Gunphoenix Striker DX and the Konami Justirisers DX set with Ninriser are great toys.  I'm also a big fan of the Yamato 1/24 Ingram 2 and the SOC Baikanfu.  Design-wise, the Garo figures are just incredible.

zeorymer s Ingram s cthulhu s zero s


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

Honestly, I don't really know.. I've got a Fewture Garada (Mazinger1901AD) TRU Japan exclusive that is supposed to be fairly rare. The Gunphoenix Striker DX 30th Anniversary is almost impossible to find too. Hmm, I also have this exclusive MOTU Sorceress sculpt that is just beautiful. Probably not worth a lot, but it sure looks nice. Here's a pic:

beauties s gunphoenixstriker s


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

I don't really have any BIG wants on my want list right at the moment other than a couple recently released figures that I haven't picked up yet. I've got to get the Macross Frontiers YF-29


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

She puts up with it ok, but she also limits my budget to be much less than I would prefer. She's a CPA, which doesn't help much in robot budgeting.


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

My only stories are perhaps the times I gambled on figures or toys that I didn't know much about and they turned out to be awesome. The Ultraman Nexus Machines for $5 each are were a great find. Buying the Fewture Black Getter when it was first released wasn't bad either.


Are there any toys you would like to see made?

Yes, my own designs, but that's in the works. ;)


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

I tend to take my hobbies rather seriously. It's a bit ridiculous. But I live through this stuff and I tend to have a very active imagination. I'm a super robot.. and Cthulhu is a close personal friend of mine.


Any final thoughts you wish to relate?

You don't have to have everything to have an awesome collection.

Share Article