Friday, August 07, 2009
Godzilla love story

When we first asked for iReporters to share their action figure collections, we had no idea we would get the amazing stories we received. I’ve written before about collectors of Transformers and G.I. Joe before but there are other iReporters out there had stories that can’t be ignored.

shingoji shared a photo of his room filled with figures of Godzilla, but the Japanese movie monster has affected his life in a very deep way. He channeled his love for Godzilla into a humorous web comic, which attracts a variety of fans. “Soldiers stationed in Iraq e-mail me and tell me how the comic really takes the edge off of their lives, so that in itself is incredibly humbling,” he told me.

Due to his popularity, he got invited to a fan convention in Long Island, New York, where he met a “geek girl” who would later become his wife. The two had a wedding themed around Godzilla and Hello Kitty.

Then last year, his wife needed surgery and he was forced to sell a large portion of his figures to pay for it. “I had to sell some figures I didn’t want to, but my wife was more important than vinyl and plastic,” he said.

blacula has a unique collection as well: “I started collecting action figures about 17 years ago when my son was born, and I was afraid that he would not have any African American action figures to play with,” he told me. “But to my surprise there were a lot of African American action figures 17 years ago and many more now.” He continues to collect to this day and has well over 100 African American figures.

One of the biggest collections on the site came from BinkyKey, who started off collecting “Star Wars” figures but recently got into G.I. Joe. His collection dwarfs others at around 5,000. He has passed his hobby down to the next generation. “I am thrilled every time I see my daughters playing with the castles and ‘protecting the kingdom,’” he said. “In an age of endless video games and junk TV, it is refreshing to see them using their imagination.”

For a trip into the world of J.R.R. Tolkein, check out zeewarthog’s collection. He has a complete set of 260 “Lord of the Rings” figures, something that took him six years to accomplish. Along with action figures, he has bobbleheads, statuettes and swords.

Do you have a collection as well? Share your story here.

August 8, 2009
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This is amazing thanks so much

August 10, 2009
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very cool. I love this collection. playstation 3 game downloads
August 10, 2009
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real cool I used to collect plastic horses LOL

August 11, 2009
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I MONSTROUSLY LOVE THIS STORY.  I have a friend on Twitter, @GodzillaofJapan whose avatar is, of course, Godzilla, and he tweets the most hilarious stuff on Twitter.  You should check him out.

August 11, 2009
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BTW, I want to share this story on Twitter, but there is no automatic share button.  Heck, darn, roar, breathe fire!!!

August 13, 2009
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This is an interesting collection. I like Comics, a fan of Fables but my enthusiasm stands as nothing next to this collection. Dating single professionals
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