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!
DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting 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!
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