Sideshow Featured Collector Brian Hom
Location: Hillsborough, CA
I never quite forgave my parents for forcing me to sell my original Star Wars Action Figures at a garage sale when I was a kid (yeah, where Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker had little plastic sticks …err light sabers pop out of their hands).
I didn’t keep many of the toys that I grew up with (mostly because I think they were pretty beat up), but a few of my original Transformers did manage to survive my childhood. One day during my college spring break, I came home to visit my parents and stumbled across my old friend Grimlock. The joints were loose, but it still transformed. As I continued to dig in the attic, I found some loose Voltron Lions and M.A.S.K helmets and well… the kid in me came alive.
I started collecting – reliving my youth and finding old 80’s characters that I had fallen in love with as a kid. That expanded into Japanese Pop Culture Kubricks over the next couple of years, but it wasn’t until my little brother gave me the Wolverine and Sabretooth statues that I was introduced to Sideshow and the world of statues.
I guess you could say that my collection is a mix of all of the things that I grew up wanting as a kid but could never really have. Of course Mom and Dad would never buy things like this for us (we’d just break them all), so knowing that, this collection is stored in dust free locked cabinets, safe from my kids’ fingers.
My personal favorites are the X-men/anything that involves a mutant. I’m such an X-fan that I even named my kids after the Xmen – Logan Xavier, Storm, and Emma Grey. It’s hard to say that one piece is my favorite. The Legendary Darth Maul and Dr. Doom are obvious jaw droppers, and the DC collection tends to turn heads.
But I might still be partial to my original Grimlock that my brother and I fought over and transformed so much that the head doesn’t even snap back on anymore.
The Premium Sentinel and Predator Maquette are a couple of items that I’ve been eyeballing.