With 2,277 items proudly displayed on his profile, Gemr user 1000thghost deserves to be a featured collector. Chris Cline lives in Colorado and collects Funko Pops, WWE figures, TMNT figures, Star Wars and Harry Potter memorabilia, and much more. His passion lies in creating custom pictures and trading cards to send and get autographed. To see all of his treasured autographs and toys, click here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
I started collecting back when the first Star Wars movie toys came out in 1978. Being seven at the time, it was more about collecting all the figures so I could have bigger battles. I really started collecting stuff during the 80’s with Transformers. I loved the toys and the packaging for them, and would sometimes buy a second one when they would go on clearance.
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
Back in the day, my friends and I would hit up Toys R Us, KB, Lionel Playworld, Circus World and Children’s Palace. Local mall toy shows were also a good place. Now that most of those places are gone, I shop at Target, TRU and Walmart. However, I do buy a lot online from places like BigBadToyStore and Entertainment Earth.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
I love my Soundwave from Transformers the best. I have several of him and he is just fun to play with. He was such a badass on the cartoon and the voice that Frank Welker provided was just great. I even have a Soundwave from the 80’s that plays real tapes.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
I would say my Transformers figure from the 1994 BotCon held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There were only 200 of them made and I have seen them sell for $1,000. Aside from that one, I would have to say the rest of my in-box Transformers.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
Sadly I did have to start selling some a couple of years ago when I changed jobs. Mostly I sold duplicates but some of the onesie I had to sell I still feel bad about. Right now I am happy with my collection and think I will keep it.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
I love to still go to local shows and local shops when I can. A lot of the larger shows like Denver Comic Con and such really carry some nice stuff, but it is a lot of newer items. I love wandering around Gemr to check out all the older toys and to see everyone’s collections.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
Sadly I just started collecting Funko Pops…So no, I don’t think so. There is always something new to get or old that I missed out on. My father still has a lot of his toys from when he was a kid, so when he passes that will add a whole new area for me to work on filling in.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Yes, a lot of them love to come over to the house to see what new items I have gotten recently. Their kids believe me to be some kind of toy god or maybe Santa, so I am always a big hit. Some don’t understand it all and sometimes neither do I, but I like looking at it all and remembering better times when I didn’t know how crazy the world really was yet.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
That is a hard question. I would really like to replace all my first Star Wars figures from ’78-’85. I love the packaging of the figures and they would mean the most to me. However, they are so expensive that I just have to enjoy the ones I have for now and keep playing Powerball.