This week we are featuring one of Gemr’s most active users, “Mr. Mike” Lunsted. Mike’s impressive collection includes anything and everything ranging from action figures and Amiibo to Kamen Rider collectibles and Magic: The Gathering cards. Be sure to check out his awesome collections here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
I’ve been collecting various toys since I was about 7 years old. I could never really let go of anything I was given, so it would end up being lost in various moves, sales, etc. I still have some stuff on my shelf that I collected as a kid.
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
There are a number of different places I visit. We have a local toy/collectibles shop near where I live, which is both a blessing and a curse. I also use online stores like ebay/amazon/craigslist. There are also a few websites I visit like TFW2005.com and rangerboard.com to deal with individual sellers.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
I would have to say my masterpiece Soundwave. I used to be in a relationship with someone who didn’t agree with my collecting. In fact, she made me sell most of it just to be with her (man, I was naive back then). Anyway, after we broke up, I was depressed because I had ALOT of collectibles at the time. Well, when I met the woman who would eventually become my wife, she kept encouraging me to get back into it. I wouldn’t listen to her for the longest time, until for my birthday one year, she had bought me masterpiece Soundwave. She knew he was my favorite transformer and looked up high quality transformers online. That gift got me reinvigorated to collect again and I haven’t looked back.
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
I would probably say approximately $500. I have a bunch of items around that range.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
No. This is the kind of stuff you pass down to your grandchildren in hopes that they explore it rather than sell it cause grandpa has gone crazy :P.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
Not really. I’ve met most of my collector friends online, but haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them in real life. There aren’t many cons here on the west coast of Canada, and the fact that the dollar is doing so poorly means I can’t travel to the states too often to meet people.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
Nah. If you’re a collector, then there’s no such thing as “complete”.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
Yup. They love it. We share our love of collectibles and learn how to photograph them together.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
I don’t have one. I honestly don’t think there is one. Each one of the items I collect has some sort of memory attached to it, so I value each differently. From my CSM Decade driver to my Power Rangers Legacy Ultrazord set, to my Transformers Generations Metroplex, to my complete adult cover Harry Potter book collection. Each one has its own unique memory I share with it, and each one brings me so much joy.