Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Coffee Shop How Big is Your Fandom Collection?

How Big Is Your Fandom Collection?

By “ZombieAbaddon” Forrest

I don’t think I’ve met anyone yet who doesn’t collect something, be it stamps, trading cards, an array of toy figures and accessories, records, scavenged junk, bottles, old swords and all manner and size of brass bullets, from handguns to cannons!!!  So it’s of no surprise to see the amount of loyalty a fandom can create.  From the toy figures, trading cards, signed photos, clothing, posters, mugs, all manner of things.  Fans collect everything they possibly can of their favourite character or the entire cast and set. 
     When I was growing up, my interests were varied, but when I reached that age where collecting toys, books and games were all the rage, for particular films and TV shows, well my taste was pretty eclectic.  But the one thing that always remained true and loyal was my love of sci fi.  Cop shows come and go, but the franchise for sci fi never ends, and more toys were churned out for Star Wars than any other film I had come across – at that time.  I loved Star Wars, couldn’t get enough of the films, the first three for sure. 

     As I grew up and realised that Doctor Who toys were also available, more so really during the New Who era, well again, I couldn’t get enough of the show, and I think I now have about 25 blue Police boxes, of all different sizes from key rings, to money boxes to a mini fridge, right up to a wardrobe being the largest.  I still have all my Star Wars figures and find it extremely hard to part with any of them, but my Who collection far surpasses them.

     Only a few purchases were new or gifts from friends over the years, every other item had been bought for one of the kids that wound its way into my room when I knew they wouldn’t want the toy as much as I did.  The rest were from boot sales up and down the country, or charity shops in much the same way.  The best thing I found about Doctor Who for me other than the merchandise, were the novels.  My first proper novel had been ‘Genesis of the Daleks’, it was a Target paperback book, scuffed a little on the front cover, writing a lot smaller, but what I remember about it was the fact that it stayed true to the actual show.  Or the show stayed true to the book.  I read it and could see Sarah Jane and Harry and the Doctor, Davros and the Daleks, and I could picture it perfectly.  You don’t see that very often in films based on books, or even dramas for that matter. 

     My collection of Who isn’t just Police boxes however, oh no, my collection spans novels, reference books, audios, CD’s, DVD’s, figures – large and small, the 10th Doctor’s TARDIS with sounds, K-9, signed novels from Trevor Baxendale and Justin Richards, remote control Daleks.  Signed photos of David Tennant, framed posters from old magazines, mugs, over 1000 saved photos from the internet for an array of different screen savers over the years.  (I should really have a sort out of those).
     When Torchwood landed, I couldn’t believe how quickly I was hooked.  Normally a show would take a few episodes to draw me in, but from the off, I was in, I wanted to know more, and with the aid of the internet and owning a computer, I was off.

     It took some time before my town knew about Torchwood and even today my Dad has no clue of the stars of it, but mention Doctor Who and he could tell you about Tom Baker, his favourite Time Lord and the year the show began.  Subscribing to the magazines was a costly affair and with the current collection of the DVD files and the crazy amount of Who DVD’s I was collecting up, regrettably (now) I had to let go of the magazines.  Regrettably in the sense, now because the Torchwood magazines are no longer in production which means I have to search further for back copies and pay extortionate amounts of money on eBay for them. 
     Occasionally up here, an odd novel makes its way to the charity shops, but most of the books I purchased came from a boot sale in the next town to me, and that started me off.  I now, have the full set of novels, but wish there were more, and wish that the audios had been novelised, as ‘Hidden’ would make a fantastic novel, if only for me to understand Toshiko’s calculations, and ‘House of the Dead’ from the ‘Lost Files’, with the illustrations from Lee Binding, would it be too much to ask?
     I would like to make my own Hub, a project that will take some time to put together, calculations and lots of scribbling and lots of saving, but one day I hope to do it.  If only to put all my figures out on display instead of in the toy box where they reside, with the Star Wars figures and Doctor Who.

So this is my collection, scattered for all to see.  I should really stop collecting the TARDIS, but it’s such an iconic figure I find it hard to ignore.  I’m tempted by the Salt and Pepper pots in MenKind Store, and the TARDIS wallet and the TARDIS bag, but then there’s the dressing gown, and the tree lights and the door sticker, and the rest goes on and on and on...
     And as for Torchwood, there’s a Great Coat dressing gown I want to buy, there’s the Great Coat itself, there’s the full set of Torchwood magazines, there’s the unofficial book with an unshaven Barrowman half face on the cover I want to own.  I still would like to own the soundtrack to Miracle Day if they ever publish it, there are pieces of music on there that I would love to switch off the lights in the room, sit back and relive once more. 
But for now I can dream. 


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