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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Keith Mayo

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This is the second, of what I am planning to hopefully be a weekly segment, in which we showcase DC fan’s collections. Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you did not know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of Keith Mayo. I met Keith on the Facebook page Funko Trading, where he was showing off some of his Batman Pop vinyl figures. It is a private group, so you will have to ask to join. When I saw just a few images of his collection, I immediately knew I had to contact him to see if he would mind sharing with our readers. Keith is a huge Batman Classic TV show fan, and you can tell from his magnificent collection.

Keith is a second generation US Marine (2 tours as a Drill Instructor on Parris Island), and medically retired Alabama State Prison Correctional Officer. During his financial crisis he handcrafted several items in his collection, such as a trashcan and clock, as well as the Batphone on his desk in the images below. These days his goal is to complete his Funko Pop Batman TV Series collection, which he is just one shy of completing!

Check out more about Keith and his collection below!

Batman Classic TV Series collectibles

Batman Classic TV Series collectibles

DCCollectors: How did you get into collection DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

Keith Mayo: I started collecting all types of Batman items ten years ago, but after becoming disabled I had to sell all of my toy collections due to the financial hardship caused by the delay in receiving my SSDI. Three years later I was able to slowly get back into collecting, but narrowed my focus to Batman collectibles connected to the 1960’s TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward. My first acquisition was the 6″ Batman figure by Mattel.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Keith Mayo: I have 225 pieces that includes figures, art and books.

DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

Keith Mayo: Only one? I guess that would be my Hot Toys 12″ Adam West Batman figure.

DCCollectors: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

Keith Mayo: Right now I’m hoping to find the Funko Pop Dallas Convention Exclusive Joker, but at a reasonable price.

DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

Keith Mayo: “Patience is a virtue”. I waited three years to get my Hot Toys 12″ Batman & Robin figures. They came out before I started collecting and once I found them on the aftermarket, the cost was astronomical. I watched the prices slowly go down and pulled the trigger when they sunk below a car payment.

DCCollectors: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something? Something along those lines.

Keith Mayo: Going to conventions and shows I’ve met quite a few celebrities, but the friends I’ve made online are the best thing to come out of collecting. Brad Ladner (holder of the Guinness Book of World Records largest Batman collection), Andy Fish (artist, writer and Batman Tv Show expert), Scott Sebring (best ever Batman cosplayer and Batman Tv Show expert), Chaz George (internationally known Batman collector), and Rudy Panucci (toy collector, writer and Pop Culture blogger) are just a few of the folks I’ve gotten to know through collecting.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Keith Mayo!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of James Paul

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DC toy collection of James Paul

From time-to-time, we at DCCollectors.com like to showcase DC fan’s collections. Whether it is a fan just starting out with a small collection, to some of the largest collections in the world, there is always something you can learn from looking at other’s collections. You might find a new way to display something, or maybe even see something you didn’t know existed!

Today’s focus is on the collection of James Paul. I met James on the Facebook page DC UNIVERSE CLASSICS COLLECTORS. It is a private group, so you will have to ask to join. When I saw his collection, I immediately knew I had to contact him to see if he would mind sharing with our readers. Not only is James a huge DC fan, but he also dabbles in the art world as well. Check out his collection below!

DCCollectors: How did you get into collection DC toys and what was your first DC toy/collectible?

DC toy collection of James Paul

DC Universe Classics on display from James Paul

James Paul: My love of reading DC Comics got me into collecting the action figures and statues. I have grown to admire DC’s story telling and characters.

DCC: How many pieces are in your collection?

JP: I currently have over 300 figures and statues in my collection, and it just keeps growing.

DCC: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be?

JP: Wow that’s a very hard question to answer as each piece holds a lot of sentimental value. If I absolutely had to pick one, I would have to say my Prime 1 Studio Dark Knight Batman statue.

DCC: What is the one item that you really want to add to your collection?

JP: Hmm… there’s a lot on that list, but I’m eagerly awaiting my Prime 1 Studio Doomsday statue that i have on pre-order.

DCC: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?

JP: I’d probably advise them to have balance and to not stretch yourself too thin. As a collector we sometimes get carried away with the hobby. Know your priorities, but most of all enjoy it. Each of us have different reasons for collecting, but at the end of the day we are here to enjoy the hobby.

DC toy collection of James Paul

Robin artwork by James Paul

DCC: I see that you are an artist as well. What started you down the path of art?

JP: I’m a self proclaimed wannbe artist lol! I come from a 3rd generation of artists, but comics and cartoons had a big part to play and influenced my work a lot.

DCC: Do you have an interesting story regarding the collection, such as meeting someone famous while shopping for your toys, or a super deal you got on something?

JP: I used to every now and then pick up an action figure here and there, but when i finally bought my home, I started a mancave, and after 3 months of working on it I sat in front of my PC and I only had three loose action figures.  For the first time i sat there and got the chance to admire the artistry, and the nostalgic feeling. The rest, as they say, is history. It has become an addiction.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of James Paul!

If you want to share your collection with our readers, please visit the Contact Us page, and drop us a line! We would love to feature your DC toy collection here at DCCollectors.com!

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