Over the past summer, I became a collector. I collect comics and Heroclix. (Hero-what? Keep reading.) I’ve always wanted a comic collection since I was a kid. I never got a chance to start collecting because I could never find a point to jump on to with all of my favourite story lines. I knew a lot about superheroes origins, villains, and some of their plot lines mainly because of cartoons. Batman: The Animated Series was my absolute favourite, but I made sure to always keep up with the likes of X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons as well. (Not to mention the video games I poured hours into also.)
I had some comics. My cousins were avid collectors, and I always looked up to my cousins, so I wanted to collect too. I had a couple of X-Men comics, some Spider-Man issues, the first issue of Venom, and a random Namor illustrated (and signed!) by Jae Lee. Other than that, I would just pick up the monthly issue of Wizard to try and keep up with the story lines the cartoons didn’t cover.
After a while, I lost interest in wanting to collect, but ever since Disney bought Marvel and started releasing better and better comic book movies, I wanted my own collection. And with Marvel Now! and The New 52 as new starting-off points coinciding with some spectacular comic book sales, within half a year (and counting) I’ve accumulated over 6 full-to-the-brim short boxes of single issues. And I’m loving every penny spent (albeit probably way too many pennies…or nickels…because pennies are gone).
It’s gone so far that I’ve also built a far-too-large side collection of Heroclix, a trading miniatures battle game that’s a combination of D&D, card collector games, and mini-action figures. It features Marvel and DC licenses, as well as movie licenses such as Lord of The Rings/Hobbit, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, and much more. The game is a lot of fun, and the collecting is even more fun, because these little figures can be worth quite a lot. (And as that habitual completionist that I am, I love completing collector’s lists.) Plus the sculpts just look cool.
So now I’m a collector of what seems like a lot of superhero-related stuff. And I’m absolutely fine with that. I’m doing what every kid dreams of doing when they grow-up: never growing up.
Also, if you haven’t played Lego Marvel Super Heroes yet, why are you not playing it right now?