This week we are featuring mandesevilkingdom, one of our most active Gemr users with 1,262 items and counting! Mande Walschot resides in Belgium and currently owns over 1,350 boxed My Little Ponies, around 500 boxed dolls, 52 polly pockets, 25 plush care bears, 30 Tsum Tsums, about 3,000 Pokémon cards, around 200 comic books and lots of stuffed toys! Be sure to take a look at her impressive collection here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
As a kid, I had a lot of My little Ponies, dolls and Polly Pockets. When I was in high school, I lost interest- ‘growing up’ is what I’d call it. But when I was about 19 years old, I missed my old toys and that nostalgic feeling so I started browsing eBay to look for toys that I had as a kid. Once I got everything I had as a kid, I wanted more. More toys, more happiness!
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
I usually look on Amazon for new releases, and eBay for older ones. I can find most of the newer dolls and ponies at my local toy stores but they’re so expensive over here! That’s why I turn to Amazon where I can get most of my items at half the price of what they cost here.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
That has to be my My Little Pony Generation 2 Sundance. She was my favorite pony as a child, and I still love her to death. She has the prettiest color combination ever. And if you turn her head, her tail moves. How cool is that?
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
That has to be around $3,000. The honor goes to my Limited Edition Alice in Wonderland Doll. Only 500 were made and she’s extremely rare.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
I’d rather not, but if I ever fall on hard times, who knows? I might actually sell a few items here and there but definitely not my whole collection.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
Sadly, that’s not something that really exists over here. And even if it did, I’m really shy. However, I’ve met a lot of great collectors online. Thank you internet!
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
Absolutely not! I collect way too many things to keep up with all the releases.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
YES! I don’t bring it up immediately, but after a while, most people find out. Their first reaction is always “Eww little girl toys” until i show them pictures of my entire collection. It always leaves them shocked.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
Any generation 2 pony that I’m still missing. They were released between 1997-2003 but weren’t very popular, so they’re hard to find. I currently own 165 from the 185 that were released.