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SPOTLIGHT: The Collection of Luke Bugg

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My Superman Celebration shrine. I will return! I even became an honorary member of Metropolis!

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed 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 Luke Bugg.  Luke’s focus is on the character Superman. I met Luke thanks to his great Instagram account The Geek of Steel. With over 23 thousand followers, I had to get a better look at some of the fantastic Superman items in his collection!

Check out more about Luke and his collection below!

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

A copy of the pilot episode of Smallville signed by Tom Welling and John Schneider.

A copy of the pilot episode of Smallville signed by Tom Welling and John Schneider.

Luke Bugg: I think one of the first items was a classic Superman T-shirt. I have always been a fan of Superman, he’s alway been in my life in some form or another, but my love for collecting began growing when I started watching in the early 2000’s. Ebay made it very easy for me to start finding bargains and things that I didn’t even know existed. Items like odd hairbrushes from the 70s!

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Luke Bugg:  I don’t have a record collecting a certain amount of items, but everything I own is on display or on rotation! I would say I have about 300 pieces, not including comics or books. I tend to collect items when I see them or they catch my eye. I don’t really go out of my way to add to my collection, but It’s hard to say “No” when I see an item in shop!

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

Luke Bugg: I have a book filled with Superman art by my “Nieces Of Steel”. It has doodles, colorings, cards and some drawings of me as Superman. To me, those are priceless and cant be replaced.

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

Luke Bugg:  For me it has to be Action Comics #1. That may never happen as it’s one of the most expensive comics, but for me it is THE comic. One day I would like to be in the same room as one, just so I can say I have seen one! I truly feel that if we didn’t have that comic then the Superhero would be very different if not nonexistent.

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

Luke Bugg:  Don’t break the bank! You don’t want to finally own something that you have wanted for an age and then feel “buyer’s remorse”.

Find a piece that catches your eye, or something that you have wanted for a while. Also, hunt everywhere. Not just online, but get out to conventions, flea markets and toy fairs. You never know what you are going to find. I like to feel that most of the unique items in my collection found me.

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.

Luke Bugg:  One of my most loved comics, and images of Superman, is Superman #233. It’s an iconic image by Neal Adams, which jumps right off the page. Many years ago, when I first started getting into collecting vintage comics, I visited a local store and found a great copy of this historic comic for just 50p, about 50¢. I grabbed it and double checked the price and then ran to the counter like Charlie holding his golden ticket! Now, it’s not a comic that has a large resale value, but it’s one that I had wanted for so long and I was able to get it for a bargain. That’s what collecting is all about for me. You never know what you are going to find.

Another interesting piece in my collection is a license plate I was able to bring home when I visited the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. I had always wanted to go to this magical place, and this year I ticked it off my bucket list. While I was there I was able to meet Brandon Routh, he was even staying at the same hotel! At my meet and greet with Brandon I was able to shake hands, grab a photo, thank him for all he has done for the Superman brand and he also signed my license plate. It’s a unique item and one that will always give me happy memories of my time in Metropolis.

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

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 Clark Adams

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The DC Toy Collection of Clark Adams

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed 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 Clark Adams. Clark is a huge Batman fan, and his collection shows it. His Batman focus has given him the ability to concentrate on the Batman family of characters and obtain some nice pieces that you do not see every day. You can definitely see his love for the caped crusader in this collection.

Check out more about Clark and his collection below!

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

Clark Adams: I used to read my older brother’s comics, that’s what started it all. Then I would buy my own. I think the first collectible I every got was from the 1989 Burton Batman film, and it was a die-cast Batmobile.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Clark Adams: I don’t have an official count, but I would estimate around 5,000 pieces, plus comic books.

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

Clark Adams: That is a super tough question. I guess it would have to be a toss up between my signed 1969 LIFE magazine Adam West as Batman cover or my Christian Bale signed picture from Batman Begins. I got that one from a dealer in California.

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

Clark Adams: I really wish I could put my hands on a comic from the first year Batman appeared. The May 1939 Detective Comics book is just a pipe dream, but maybe the 7th or 8th one published. That would be just as cool.

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

Clark Adams: Don’t buy from one source. Scour the flea markets, garage sales, comic book shops, even antique stores. The fun is in the hunt!

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.

Clark Adams: Being in Canada, I might not get the opportunity to meet some of the celebrities that my American friends do, but I finally got to meet Adam West in Calgary in 2012 at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. I got there super early and was the first in line for autographs. I got him to sign my LIFE magazine (I’d had in a bag in my closet for about 8 years and only paid about $45 dollars for it). After I got it signed, and shook his hand, I turned around and was immediately interviewed by the local media as being the first person at the show to meet him! It was a good day.

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

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 Jim Tucker

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The Batman collection of Jim Tucker

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed 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 Jim Tucker. His love for Batman is clearly evident in this collection. From a store display Imaginext Batman Robot, to classic 70’s Batman toys, you can find a little bit of everything in his collection.

Check out more about Jim and his collection below!

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

Jim Tucker: My first DC Comics toy was a 1976 Corgi Batmobile and boat set I got for my birthday when I was 2 or 3. It was my favorite toy. That’s when my love for Batman began. I had it for years growing up, but it has since been long gone.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Jim Tucker: How many pieces are in my collection… That’s a good question. I stopped counting after 300. That’s going to be my winter project.

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

Jim Tucker: If I had to choose one item it would definitely be my 1976 Corgi Batcopter, Batmobile, Batboat set. Although it’s not the one I owned as a kid, it’s even better.

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

Jim Tucker: The one item I would want to add… I have been eyeing the Batmanga lately and the robot tin toys are just incredible. I was hoping to add one to the collection.

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

Jim Tucker: The advice I would have is to be patient when looking for something, because there’s a lot of deals out there, and joining a collectors group is always helpful in directing you to finding items. I belong to several and my favorite is the Batman Collectors Club group on Facebook. A lot of very knowledgeable bat-fans are on that page.

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.

Jim Tucker: The best deal I ever got was on my 66 Batman trash can for $12. I thought it was a misprint, lol. I have met a lot of awesome people from my adventures in collecting and going to conventions, but my favorite was when I got to meet Neal Adams at a con and have him sign some stuff. He is my all time favorite Batman artist.

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

You can also check out Jim’s collection in his own YouTube video below!

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 Rowan Mills

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The collection of Rowan Mills

Welcome to the DCCollectors collection spotlight, where we showcase one of your DC-themed 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 Rowan Mills. Rowan has a very nice collection of vintage and modern Batman collectibles (with a little Superman and Aquaman thrown in for good measure). His love for Batman and the DC Universe is clearly evident in this collection. From classic Mego Pocket Heroes, to action figures on store shelves today, you can find a little bit of everything in his collection.

Check out more about Rowan and his collection below!

Rowan Mills with his copy of Batman #6!

Rowan Mills with his copy of Batman #6!

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

Rowan Mills: After meeting my partner and moving in together, while unpacking I found some of my childhood Batman toys, I put my Toy-Biz Batrope Batman and a few other figures on display, I stepped back and I was in awe! This reignited my love of the DC Universe and started me on my collecting journey.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Rowan Mills: 1,607 at last count.

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

Rowan Mills: My Batman #6 comic book.

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

Rowan Mills: The Hot Toys TDK The Joker Bank Robber 2.0.

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

Rowan Mills: Check for faults. OP shops and markets are great for finding small pieces. Always negotiate and always wear cotton gloves when handling toys.

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.

Rowan Mills: My partner and I were rummaging through boxes of toys at a local market, and my partner alerted me to something she found. I went over to have a look, and discovered she was holding a Corgi 267 1966 Batmobile in great condition. I asked the market stall holder how much she wanted for the car, and she said $1 will do. I said are you sure?! She said it’s just an old toy car $1 will be fine.

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

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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