Gemr user Arerell Smith is being featured in our Collector’s Spotlight this week for his growing collection of 130 items. Arerell is from New Jersey and likes anime, video game-related things, art and animations. View his awesome collection on Gemr here.
1. How did you first get into collecting?
When I was a kid, I was always a casual collector of video game plushes. I didn’t get serious about collecting until late 2014, when Nintendo released its first Amiibo line. Initially I wasn’t interested in them, however, after seeing a Yoshi Amiibo (my favorite Smash character) up close for the first time at a store, I immediately bought it. I told myself Yoshi would be the only Amiibo I buy, but then I saw a Pikachu at the same store, so I bought that…Then a Peach, a Zelda, Mario, and before I knew it, I had collected ten Amiibo within the span of one week. It was at that moment I realized how fun and exciting collecting was. Hunting for Amiibo on and offline, displaying them on my shelf- it had unlocked a passion inside me that I had never experienced. Amiibo collecting led into collecting other things such as Funko Pops, Figmas, Nendoroids, and a lot more.
2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?
I usually buy my stuff off Amazon. I have Prime so many figures I buy get to me very quickly. Other than shopping on Amazon, I like going to GameStop to buy new collectibles. I’d like to use sites like Tokyo Otaku Mode and AmiAmi for anime collectibles someday.
3. Which item is your absolute favorite?
4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?
Hmm, I think it would have to be my Silent Bob Funko Pop. I’ve seen him sell from $60 to $80 online. I feel fortunate knowing I have something so valuable in my possession.
5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?
Nope! I love all the items in my small collection so much. I honestly can’t see myself selling everything I’ve poured so much time and money into. Now if you offer me $100,000 dollars, then maybe we’ll talk…Haha, just kidding.
6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?
Not really unfortunately. Where I’m located, there are hardly any meet-ups for things I’m interested in. I’ve been to a few cons but that was a long time ago. Even if collecting events in my area were common, I’m a pretty shy person, so it’s hard to see myself going to meet-ups for collectors like myself. Despite my shyness, I really would like to push myself to meet collectors. I feel like by putting myself out there, I’ll be able to break out of my shell and meet new collector friends.
7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?
As for my Amiibo collection, I originally told myself that I would stop collecting once I got all the characters in the Smash line. But since Nintendo has released the Animal Crossing cards, and the Kirby Amiibo line, I feel like I have more collecting to do in that department. As for everything else, as long as Pops, Nendoroids, etc. are being made, my collection will never be complete.
8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?
My small group of friends seem to appreciate it. Around new people I can feel rather self-conscious about my collectibles, especially around my family. Even so, I try my best not to care about what they think. Collecting has become another passion in my life. I won’t stop or feel discouraged just because of what others may think of me.
9. What is your “holy grail” item?
Oh boy, I have more than a dozen items on my “holy grail” list. But if I had to choose my top three items, they would have to be the Red Nendoroid, the Mewtwo D-Arts figure and the Super Pochaco Polyresin figure. These items are super expensive and I simply don’t have the money to buy any of them at this time. But mark my words, they will all be apart of my collection someday!