Gemr user Rememberporkins is in the spotlight this week for his 136-item collection! Claude Covington is from Florida and collects Funko Pops, Pokemon, Star Wars and more. To see Claude’s vast collection, click here.

1. How did you first get into collecting?

Photo1It sort of happened gradually piece by piece in my early twenties. I didn’t make an active decision to collect action figures and other toys until I went over to a friend’s and he showed me his Star Wars room, which is floor to ceiling Star Wars spanning the entire saga and showing off scenes from the movies using those toys. I walked in and was immediately a little kid again playing with Star Wars, GI Joe, Transformers, He-Man, Thundercats, etc. in my backyard. At that moment I decided to start collecting pieces of my childhood, I’m an 80’s kid. I started out collecting primarily vintage Star Wars toys, and it spread out into other product lines from my childhood like wildfire. I also enjoy toy photography, which only feeds into my toy collecting. Over the last few years I have added Funko Pops, Gundam models, LEGO, and statuary to my collection.

2. Where do you usually go to find items to add to your collection?

I started off using eBay, but now I stick primarily to my local collector circle of friends, flea markets, and specialty stores around the Denver area, which is quite big. You can usually find a better deal with local collectors and sellers than online plus you don’t have to pay for shipping. The first few action figures I purchased online were from the vintage Kenner Star Wars line and was able to add quite a few of the figures I had when I was a kid. One of my favorites of that purchase was the Imperial Guard from Return of the Jedi.

3. Which item is your absolute favorite?


A challenging question for any collector as I have many items I consider favorites, but I’d have to say my absolute favorite is my TIE Fighter. It was a gift from my friend Matt whose collection inspired me to get my own, and I cherish it.

4. How much do you think your most valuable item is worth?

Whatever another collector is willing to pay for it however, if I had to put a price on my most valuable item I’d wager around $40, but I’m probably low-balling it.

5. Would you ever consider selling your collection?

I would have to be in dire financial circumstances to be driven to such an act to be completely honest with you. I didn’t get into collecting to turn a profit and I don’t plan on turning my collection over to anyone anytime soon. It is my hope to keep my collection and pass it on to either a family member or close friend who appreciates the items as much as I do. In the end you can’t take it with you.

6. Do you go to events where you can meet people who collect?

Yes, I do. I’m fortunate enough to have many friends who enjoy collecting similar items I do and we have swap meets from time to time. We also let one another know of items we’ve come across in the wild another collector may be interested in.

7. Do you think your collection will ever be “complete”?


I’m going to specify the vintage Star Wars part of my collection here and say yes, at least I hope to complete it before I become one with the Force, lol. Other parts of my collection may never be fully complete and I’m okay with that.

8. Do your friends and co-workers know about your collectibles?

My friends definitely know about my collection as I like to show it off to everyone when I’m able while only a select few of my co-workers are aware. I happen to work with a couple collectors, which makes for good conversation.

9. What is your “holy grail” item?

I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say I have always wanted a vintage AT-AT walker from The Empire Strikes Back. It’s the toy that has eluded me until this day as most of them you find online are either incomplete or overpriced. The hunt continues.

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