[Welcome to our Collector Spotlight feature where we spotlight members of the SKC community who have dedicated their time, money and living space to amassing an awe-inspiring collection of toys, games, pencil toppers or novelty soaps. If you collect it, are proud of it and want to share it this is your chance!]
Editor’s Note (1/30/13): I’d like to start off by apologizing to this week’s featured collector, Ben Flynn, for a gross editorial oversight on my part earlier and give him a proper strange kid introduction. As you can tell from Flynn’s photos below he is a nostalgist at heart (with great taste in toys I might add) whose collection includes some pretty rare pieces including not one but TWO My Pet Monsters and a Sega Naomi Universal arcade cabinet (not shown)! I don’t want to spoil it for you though… Flynn, take it from here!
BEN FLYNN: It’s hard to remember why exactly I started collecting really. About 5 or 6 years ago I was in the attic of my parent’s house getting Christmas decorations. I pulled out a bag of my old toys that were put away when I was about 13 or 14, when I had no real interest in them. As soon as I started looking at them again I got a huge smack of nostalgia and I started to appreciate them all over again.
So that’s kind of where it started I guess. Around the same time I won a Sega Mega Drive lot on ebay and went about rebuilding the collection my brother and I sold to fund out purchase of a PS1. It just continued from there really and it’s become something that I’m known to all my friends for doing. I cant really pinpoint why I collect toys and games though, party because I love the style and design of things 80’s and early 90’s, could be that I grew up watching the cartoons, films and playing the games and I now I can buy all the things I saw that I couldn’t get when I was younger. With all the games I play them regularly and I really like playing them on the original hardware, in the middle of Final Fantasy VI on the SNES right now. Then of course there are some I have for collectors reasons, I spent a long time looking for those Mega Man Wily Wars at a decent price.
Regardless of why, I know I will be still collecting things for quite some time. There really has never been a better time either, with ebay and other sites like it, some great communities out there in forums etc to find things and information about even the most obscure things. Not to mention great sites like Strange Kids Club, countless online video producers, some great artists like 8 Bit Zombie, Malgusto and Raw Meat (just to name small few) really show me (and I’d assume anyone who is still reading this) that there are still a few of us who always have a passion for a time when things were MEGA RAD!
Oh, and of course Cowabunga!