I've been collecting since 1989 or so, when I first discovered older comics in junior high. Statues and so on came much later in the late 90s. I mainly collect Hot Toys and statues now, but my collection includes silver age comics, some smaller scale figures and randoms that have caught my eye over time.
My favorites are anything Thanos or Sentinels. My favorite Thanos is the statue of him on his throne, and my favorite Sentinel is the three piece Exclusive Diorama from Sideshow. The first in that line was my first big buy.
I'd love to see a Hot Toys Thanos, we all know it is coming!