Collectibles From Comic Con

Would a woman like this ever talk to the average Comic Con attendee outside of the trade show?

Would a woman like this ever talk to the average Comic Con attendee outside of the trade show?

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line. But what do collectors get out of the event?

Looks like toys, figures and still more toys. Promoters will make and sell very limited edition issues that are available only at the convention. And those limited editions can fetch a nice price.

“You buy it here, you sell it on eBay and it pays for your whole trip,” said Chris Schultz, a 26-year-old from Edmonton, Canada. After shopping at the Marvel booth, where he bought “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise in multiples, he was set to “give up all night in line” to earn a spot inside the 6,500-seat exhibition hall where movie and TV studios present exclusive previews of anticipated properties.

“For Hall H, it’s worth it,” he said. “You can’t get this stuff anywhere else,” said Lionel Torres, 47, who traveled from North Carolina to buy collectible toys and indulge in community fandom. “People are fighting for a place in line, but there’s camaraderie out there.” But are there serious toy and action figure collectors? You better believe it. And if you are a doubter, check out Action Figure Insider ( to learn more.

The perception or manufacture of scarcity is what is at work here. Like the tulip market of old, if people believe something is valuable and will pay for it then it is.

Expand your figurine collections

Three-dimensional printing will allow fanboys and girls the opportunity to make their own toys and figures without ever leaving home. A company called 3DS will be displaying and selling exclusive, limited edition Star Wars, Alien, and Marvel figurines from its Gentle Giant Ltd brand. Each figurine was scanned or digitally sculpted by master artisans with the collector in mind. No detail has been forgotten in these stunning collectibles that remain faithful to the original artwork.

This sounds like less fun than actual collecting. Where is the hunt, scarcity or bargaining that real collecting delivers? I doubt that 3D printing for all of it use and appeal will ever replace those.



Warner Brothers To Release Original TV Show On Blue Ray & Why Collectors Should Care

Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

The Batman logo from the 1966 television series.

The Batman logo from the 1966 television series.

Why Collectors Should Care
Among the special features included in the release are the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.

The DVD release will also include a special Hot Wheels Batmobile, and:
Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives,
44 Vintage Trading Cards,
Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes,
Episode guide – includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans.

Release is scheduled for November, 2014.

Collecting Space Memorabilia Resource

As a way to compliment the program this week, I produced a short resource that will help with the basics of starting a space memorabilia collection.

A four cent stamp commemorating Project Mercury.

A four cent stamp commemorating Project Mercury.

Collecting Space Memorabilia Resource

In this free PDF is information on:

- Starting a space collection.

- Collectible possibilities.

- Five facts about space collecting you have never read before.

- A list of some of the most valuable space memorabilia ever collected and sold.

- A list of on line resources.

Remember to listen to the Collectors Show here, on Web Talk Radio ( iTunes or many other places around the Internet.


Comic-Con 2014: Heath Ledger’s Joker Immortalised In Lego

The late Heath Ledger‘s iconic Oscar-winning performance as The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, has been commemorated in Lego form.

Batman and Joker from the 2008 motion picture in Lego form.

Batman and Joker from the 2008 motion picture in Lego form.

The new Lego line based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy will be unveiled this week at San Diego’s Comic-Con and will be the first time Heath Ledger’s take on the notorious villain has appeared in Lego form. The Lego mini-fig portrays The Joker with the distinctive, disturbing face make-up central to Ledger’s role.

Also included in the new line is a mini-fig of Christian Bale‘s Batman and will be part of a set that allows builders to recreate the “Tumbler” version of the Batmobile from Nolan’s films.

The set contains 1869 pieces and will sell at a retail price in the US of $199 when it arrives in stores in September, after it is previewed at Comic-Con. Fairfax reports, the release of the Lego set coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Batman character. Other commemorative events planned by US studio Warner Bros, which owns DC Comics, include the DVD release of the 1966 Batman television series, and the debut of new television series, “Gotham”, which will feature origin stories for many of the Batman franchise’s key villains. The stars of the 1966 Batman television series, Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), will also be special guests at this year’s Comic-Con.

Fox To Unveil Planet Of The Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection Package At San Diego Comic-Con

Later this week, thousands will descend upon San Diego for the city’s annual Comic-Con International convention. In the beginning (ahem, 1970) it was a three-day convention where fans of comic books and science-fiction/fantasy congregated together and interacted with such luminaries as Ray Bradbury and Jack Kirby. Over the decades it has grown beyond its comic-book roots to be a Hollywood launching pad for upcoming productions (see Django Unchained, World War Z, and of course Marvel’s Cinematic Universe).

Outside of panel discussions, early teasers and film clips, studios have upped the ante by allowing visitors to get some home video exclusives when pre-ordering titles set to arrive in the fall. 20th Century Fox is no exception. In an official press release, the studio revealed that attendees would be the first to see the official packaging and design for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, complete series collections of Sons of Anarchy and How I Met Your Mother, and many more.


○ Be the first to pre-order this 4-disc limited-edition collection at a special Comic-Con price featuring RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD packaged in a fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint. Designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film, this must-own collection also includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and hours of special features. Available this Holiday season.

○ Get your SDCC exclusive collectible mini-poster when you pre-order THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Blu-ray.

○ Catch up on the complete F/X series with a special branded lanyard containing video clips from all seasons and pre-order the complete series box set featured in a customized recreation of the iconic SAMCRO clubhouse table.

○ Pre-order the whole story at Comic-Con and receive a collectible poster replica of the print Josh Radnor commissioned for the cast and crew of “How I Met Your Mother” in celebration of the series finale featuring call backs and references to all nine seasons of the show.

○ Fans that pre-order Jack Bauer’s latest adventure will receive the collectible comic “24: Underground” from IDW publishing

○ Celebrate the Emmy® nominated mini-series release of the F/X horror anthology with your very own Voodoo Doll from Marie Laveau when you pre-order.

○ Pre-order the FX hit mini-series that received 18 Emmy® nominations and get an exclusive Fargo knit beanie while supplied last

○ Each title includes a matching and numbered limited edition lithograph
○ Sci-Fi: ALIEN, THE FLY (1958) and ROBOCOP (1987)

○ Purchase the Blu-ray in honor of the 30th anniversary of this iconic film and receive an exclusive La Boca-designed poster.

○ Unleash the fun and pick up a limited pop vinyl figurine of Mr. Peabody or Sherman when you pre-order this hilarious comedy-adventure from DreamWorks Animation.

○ Get the official SDCC 2014 edition “Toothless” battle figurine available for purchase; pre-order DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and receive the collectible “Toothless” battle figurine as a gift with purchase.

Tags: 24: Just Another Day, Alien, Dawn of the Planet of the APes, Fargo, Fox, RoboCop, Sons of Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars


Bloomfield, NJ: Nye and Company has the great honor to represent the sale of Major League Baseball’s iconic New York Yankees catcher,Yogi Berra. Nearly 300 lots will be posted to, starting July 23rd through August 6th. The Bloomfield, New Jersey-based auction house will be open for viewing from July 28th until the sale closes, including the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, from Noon to 4pm each day.   With the recent sale of the late Hall-of-Famer’s home in neighboring Montclair, New Jersey, where he and his wife Carmen resided since 1956, furnishings and personal affects will be available to the highest bidder. Though there are baseball items included in the sale, the majority of the lots will be items from his spacious Georgian style home, built in 1902.   Room vignettes will showcase the important pieces that Berra and his wife collected over the years. “We are creating beautiful settings in which to show the pieces off to their best advantage,” said John Nye, founder of the eponymous auction house.

According to Nye, buyers will find an historic Federal mahogany “butler’s desk” made in New York about 1825 and a mahogany American secretary desk of similar date. A George III mahogany pedestal desk, a Baroque style inlaid center table, and a pair of Italian walnut corner cupboards are among the notable pieces of formal furniture. A lovely set of Neo-classical style cast-iron garden furniture suite, embellished with swags, is one of three groups of outdoor seating.   Carmen Berra collected chicken and figural birds primarily in glass and wood by such notable makers as Royal Worcester, Baccarat, W. Goebel and Boehm. Several Georgian wall sconces, lamps and dinner services by venerable firms like Adams, Ducal Crownware, Lenox and Heinrich & Co. augment the table-top items.   Numerous commemorative pieces should attract bidders’ attention.

For example, there are Yankees inscribed Tiffany ice buckets, a Hall of Fame tea pot, a portrait, team jacket, baseballs, a pair of #8-embroidered Yankee-logo-emblazoned golf shoes, a team suitcase and other pieces, including All-Star Game memorabilia. Each lot will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.   About Nye and Company In early 2010, Nye and Company relocated to Bloomfield, New Jersey making them more easily accessible to New York City. Our location at 20 Beach Street, moments off major interstate arties (Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 80, 280, 287) and State Routes 3, 46 and 23, is easily found by the large-format banners on the façade. For more information visit: or phone 973-984-6900.

About iGavel Auctions

When Lark Mason founded iGavel Inc., the online international network of independently owned regional auction salesrooms, specializing in the sale of fine and decorative arts, in 2003, his stellar reputation as a leading expert, appraiser and television personality on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, was already well-established within the art world.

With iGavel’s large network of auction houses and dealers, there is an abundant selection of items daily flowing onto the iGavel site from companies including: Abington Auctions in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Case Antiques Auctions in Knoxville, TN; Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York City; Elder’s Fine Art & Antiques in Nokomis, FL.; Everard and Company in Savannah, GA.; KC Auction Company in Kansas City, MO; Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, CT.; Lark Mason Associates in New York City; Nye and Company in Bloomfield, NJ; Quinn’s Auction Gallery in Falls Church, VA; South Bay Auctions in East Moriches, NY; and Witherell’s in Sacramento, CA.

iGavel Auctions is located at 229 East 120th Street (between Second and Third Avenues), New York City. Visit, or phone 212-289-5588.


Comic-Con offers Mattel collectible toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel’s dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows a detail of the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel.

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows a detail of the “Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car.” When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel.

Inside the colorful design center — a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel’s parking garage — the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.

“It’s one of the coolest things we do,” said Doug Wadleigh, Mattel’s senior vice president of global brand marketing for boys and entertainment. “We don’t have to worry about retail. We don’t have to worry about margins. We don’t have to worry about operational efficiencies. We only have to worry about creating the coolest toys for our fans. Period.”

Because the toys aren’t intended to be sold in stores, only in small quantities on the Comic-Con show floor and on Mattel’s collectors’ site, Mattel designers are encouraged to employ premium materials and create over-the-top packaging. Mattel’s exclusives this year run between $20 and $85, but the elite toys can fetch much more when they’re put up for auction.

The crown jewel for Wadleigh and his team this year is a Darth Vader die-cast car, the first official collaboration from Hot Wheels and the “Star Wars” franchise. The car — imagine if a Chevrolet Corvette C5 and the villainous Sith lord’s helmet had a baby — comes in a sleek black box and encased in a replica of Vader’s lightsaber, complete with a swooshing sound effect.

“We’ve been trying to partner with Lucasfilm and Disney on this property for a long time,” said Wadleigh. “It took us time to get them to understand how Hot Wheels and ‘Star Wars’ could be married together to create a unique opportunity within the vehicle space. It blows me away to finally see it come to life in such a beautiful form. It’s gorgeous.”

Wadleigh isn’t exaggerating about the toy car coming to life. A full-size working replica of the Vadermobile will be on display at Mattel’s booth at the massive San Diego Convention Center. The vehicle is capable of going up to 80 miles per hour, and the dashboard inside will resemble the interior of Darth Vader’s helmet. Yes, it will emit his breathing sounds, too.

Comic-Con will be the first place that fans can see the initial line-up of “Star Wars” Hot Wheels. The first set is modeled after such classic characters as Han Solo, Yoda, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. If sketches on display inside the Mattel design center are any indication, rides based on Princess Leia, Jabba the Hutt and the new “Star Wars Rebels” characters are being tinkered on.

“There’s a lot of thought that goes on behind the scenes on how we select what type of car goes with which character,” said Bryan Benedict, the designer behind the “Star Wars” autos. “It’s not just about what the character looks like but who the character is and their personality traits. The Darth car, and this is reflected in the full-size build, is really a timeless looking car.”

Several other toy makers and publishers are also pushing collectible toys and books at the convention. The line-up from Mattel rival Hasbro this year includes a set of Marvel superhero figures that comes with a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet, a box of Transformers figures depicting the ‘bots as rock stars and a giant foam replica axe from “Magic: The Gathering.”