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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 Greg Rangel

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The collection of Greg Rangel

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 Greg Rangel.  Greg has a nice collection of DC Comics Imaginext collectibles from Fisher-Price. He enjoys collecting these with his kids, and I can just imagine that the kids adore him for his dedication in searching out all of them!

Check out more about Greg and his collection below!

The collection of Greg Rangel

The collection of Greg Rangel

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

Greg Rangel: I have been collecting DC toys, specifically the Imaginext line for about three years now.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Greg Rangel:  I honestly have no idea how many pieces are in our collection. It is probably easily a few hundred.

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

Greg Rangel: If I could only choose one to keep it would have to be the Batman robot. Only because my kids absolutely love playing with it and their smiles are why I love collecting.

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

Greg Rangel:  I am currently hunting for the two Imaginext DC female packs that have only been released in the United Kingdom.

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

Greg Rangel:  I would tell any new collector to have patience, because almost all toys will eventually make it to your area. Some collectors pay outrageous prices to have items as soon as they come out. If you just give it a month or two you will find it at retail.

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.

Greg Rangel:  The best deal that comes to mind was one I recently acquired in a trade. My boys and I were dying to get our hands on an Imaginext series 1 Red Hood. As much as we wanted it, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the $50 it was going for on eBay. When the Ninja Batman figures came out I was able to grab two packs on a random trip to the store. I posted that I had an extra pack to trade on one of the Imaginext Facebook pages, and an extremely kind woman offered to trade a sealed series 1 Redwood for the extra pack I had purchased. The Red Hood is the jewel in our collection.

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

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 Scott Day

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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 Scott Day.  Scott has a nice collection of DC Comics collectibles and his love for the company is evident in his collection. From action figures to stuffed bears, Scott has a little bit of everything!

Check out more about Scott and his collection below!

A Wonder Woman cardboard standee, in Scott's collection.

A Wonder Woman cardboard standee, in Scott’s collection.

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

Scott Day: I’ve always been a massive DC fan since I was a child, then when I got older and Smallville came out my passion for Superman and DC really took off. I started with just a few DC Collectible figures on a shelf and over several years it’s become a whole room. My first collectible was the new 52 Superman figure.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Scott Day:  It’s hard to say how many items are in my collection, but I’ve managed to fill an entire room. I wouldn’t know where to begin counting!

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

Scott Day: If I could choose one item to keep it probably would be my Superman Kotobukiya figure, It was the first really expensive statue a bought.

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

Scott Day:  The one item I would love to add to my collection would probably be the black suit Superman Hot Toys figure. Probably the most realistic figure you can get, but extremely expensive.

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

Scott Day:  The biggest peice of advice for new collectors would be to look about and be patient, Set notifications on auction sites and look regularly. There can be bargains and rare collectibles to be found if you look hard enough.

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.

Scott Day:  I have been extremely lucky to have won a few social media competitions, some with prizes I couldn’t have afforded to buy myself. One of the biggest and most treasured items I’ve won is the limited edition Police Justice League watch. Proudly on display and never worn.

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

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 Billie Rae Bates

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I also enjoyed the Batgirl from "The Batman" animated series of the 2000s. So youthful, so determined. One of those two figures at front-right was pretty tricky to find.

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 Billie Rae Bates.  Billie Rae’s focus is on the character Batgirl. A quick glance at her collection, and you might think that she just might have one of every Batgirl item ever released.

Check out more about Billie Rae and her collection below!

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

Billie Rae Bates: I’ve always been a very geeky girl, whether or not it was in vogue. When I was a little girl in the 1970s, there was what I call the Big Three of chick superheroes. “Wonder Woman” was on TV. She was great and I watched her every week, but she was a brunette. Supergirl was in the comics, and she was a blonde. But this Batgirl of the comics and the reruns of a ’60s TV show, she was a redhead like me. I can point to two specific items of my childhood that introduced Batgirl to me, and kicked off a lifetime of collecting her; My grandparents bought me my first issue of the Batman Family comics series back then, and my mother snagged me a Mego Batgirl figure (she would always seek out redheaded dolls for me, like Raggedy Ann. That’s the only reason she got that figure, because she wasn’t into comics or anything like that). I don’t recall which came first, the comic or the Mego, but I was hooked. I loved her instantly. I totally wanted to be her when I grew up.

Ironically, the reason I have a lot of Batgirl stuff nowadays, and tons of Batman stuff by default, is because other people get it for me. They see it in the store and it has my name on it, I guess. Another movie or TV show is released, and there’s another whole big batch of stuff. I don’t buy a lot of these items myself. And my friend Mike is my guy for the Batgirl figures. He sees those coming out long before I ever do.

Rubie's repro of Yvonne Craig's Batgirl costume.

Rubie’s repro of Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl costume.

DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?

Billie Rae Bates:  I concentrate on the Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl, though there have been a few others over the years like Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown. For the Barbara Gordon Batgirl, I have 57 action figures right now, and 10 statues of some kind (counting the diecast chess pieces and bobblehead, for instance). I have a lot of other merchandise, like glassware, buttons, magnets, etc. For non-Gordon Batladies, I have 5 figures. For comics, I am gradually collecting (over a 100-year lifespan, seriously) every appearance of the Barbara Gordon Batgirl in the comics, beginning with an original Detective No. 359 and continuing through the ’60s, ’70s and beyond. I have one full long box of those so far. I will eventually get them all! It’s a casual, no-pressure process.

I also have a deep fondness for the original red-and-yellow-clad Batwoman character of the ’60s, who was featured in an interesting storyline in the ’70s Batman Family series (that’s where I first saw her). I have attempted to collect her, but there’s not much besides the comics appearances. I have a more modern figure of her, plus an old flicker ring and lapel button. That’s it!

Beyond that, it would be too difficult to photograph or count my Batman collectibles. They’re scattered all over the house, woven through all aspects of my life. Dishes, linen, other housewares, anything you could name. I have a lot more regular, non-figure merchandise of Batman than of Batgirl, since there’s been so much more of that available over the years.

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

Billie Rae Bates: I think it would have to be that original 1970s Mego Batgirl.

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

Billie Rae Bates:  My holy grail for several years has been, hands down, the Ideal Super Queen Batgirl from the 1960s. There were two variations, neither one of them redhead. Ironically they were blonde and brunette (the Mera of that series was the redhead). I’ve seen this Batgirl a few times, online and at toy shows, and I know she goes for about $500. I just haven’t hit the button on the right one in decent condition yet. But I will!

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

Billie Rae Bates:  Collections are only for the collectors. My mother was also a longtime collector of different stuff,  Hummel figurines, clocks, Agatha Christie books, other items. When she passed, my brothers and I were saddled with the task of finding homes for this stuff. It’s not easy. You don’t really want to just give it away; you want it to go to someone who will love it. But beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, because we didn’t want any of this stuff my mother loved so much. It was really only valuable in her eyes. I don’t ever want to dump that task on someone for my own collection. I will probably leave things to specific people who share the fascination. I don’t buy stuff to sell. I never look at it as dollar signs. I look at it as my own prize that I love and keep for life. So I would leave it to someone who just wants to own it, not to sell it.

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.

Billie Rae Bates:  I’ve done a lot of work in the comic book industry over the years. I’ve been a correspondent and on-camera host for a couple different TV shows, “Fantastic Forum” based in Washington, D.C., and “Comics Continuum” in Detroit. For that, I’ve interviewed a lot of folks in the business of creating superhero stories and art. I love that. I’ve also met a lot of folks in the entertainment industry over the years for my own writing projects. I’ve talked to a bunch of people from the original “Batman” series, like Adam West and Frank Gorshin. But if one story stands out, it probably was when Yvonne Craig came to the Motor City Comic Con a few years ago. I had already met and interviewed her several years earlier, but this time, my friend Mike snagged a big 13″ DC Direct Batgirl figure and had her sign the box at the event. And I got to hang with her a bit and get some more photos. So that was cool. She was always so nice.

Check out the gallery below, for a more in-depth look at the collection of Billie Rae Bates!

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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