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 Cory Matthews. Cory’s passion is Green Lantern, and it shows in his awesome collection. The collection features everything from toys, comics, artwork, statues, and even custom action figures.
Check out more about Cory’s collection below!
DCCollectors: How did you get into collecting Green Lantern toys and what was your first Green Lantern toy/collectible?
Cory Matthews: My first piece was at SDCC 2009. I got the exclusive Blue Lantern Hal Jordan figure. They were releasing a different colored Hal Jordan figure each day to promote Blackest Night. That’s what got me excited for Green Lantern was Blackest Night. I liked how each emotion was represented. That even the “evil/bad” emotions had a legitimate purpose or reason for existing.
DCCollectors: How many pieces are in your collection?
Cory Matthews: Probably around 700+. I add more pieces each week. It could be something as small as a Pez dispenser, or as one-of-a-kind as artwork.
DCCollectors: If you could only choose one item to keep, which one would it be and why?
Cory Matthews: It’s hard to choose between the home-made gifts I’ve been given from friends. But the original artwork from the DC vs. Masters of the Universe toy package. Walden Wong is a free-lance inker that did the inkwork for the package. He is also a friend of mine, so it was an awesome gift.
DCCollectors: What is the one Green Lantern item that you want to add to your collection?
Cory Matthews: Comic-wise? Showcase #22. The first appearance of Hal Jordan. Non-comic? The Parallax vs. Green Lantern statue from DC Direct. Unfortunately, they were very brittle, and a lot broke in shipping. Difficult to come across.
DCCollectors: There is amazing artwork hanging on the wall next to one of your detolfs (three pieces actually), who did that work?
Cory Matthews: (Left side) That is the original inking artwork for the toy packaging of DC vs Masters of the Universe. Green Lantern vs. Zodak. The pencils were by Bob McLeod and inked by Walden Wong. (Right side) Those are prints from an artist I found at SDCC, Lord Mesa. He got a lot of attention for his work showcasing the Arrow television series. His name was even included by the actors in an episode. The cool thing about those prints is that if you have the old blue/red 3-D glasses, the prints actually turn into 3-D. Such an awesome concept !!
DCCollectors: I see you have a custom Iron Lantern figure from the Amalgam Universe. Did you customize that yourself, or did someone do it for you?
Cory Matthews: That was a Christmas gift from my friend Mike, for a Secret Santa exchange. He also made me a Green Lantern Ch’p from a squirrel statue, and a Red Lantern Dex-Starr from a kitten statue.
DCCollectors: What piece of advice do you have for those just starting their collections?
Cory Matthews: Get something if you can. There’s no promise you will see it again. Like I said, I started with the SDCC 2009 Blue Lantern figure, but never completed the set. Now the prices have climbed and they are harder to get at a good price. (P.S. – I’m cheap ! )
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?
Cory Matthews: Some things were meant to be. I had come across a souvenir shop along the Oregon coast. They rented out sections of their shop. Someone was making super-hero voodoo dolls, but there was no Green Lantern. I left my contact information for the designer in hopes of having a Green Lantern one made, but, I never heard back. A year later, a friend of mine went to the Oregon coast for vacation and when she came home she told me she had found me something Green Lantern related that she was sure I did not have. She had actually gotten the Green Lantern voodoo doll. Apparently, the designer lost my contact info and it had been sitting in her showcase for the last year. It was destined to be in my house. I’ve never used it though. I swear the Green Lantern movie tanked all on its own. I had nothing to do with it.
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