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Welcome once again to Shelf Porn! This week’s shelves were submitted by Richard John Marcej, a toymaker who shares his collection of some of his creations (as well as his comics and other stuff).

If you’d like to contribute to Shelf Porn, it’s easy — just send your photos and write-up to jkparkin@yahoo.com.

And now here is Richard …

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I’m a working artist/illustrator/graphic designer and cartoonist and in my career have worked in animation, greeting cards, comic books, candy & bubble gum and toy industries.

Having worked with toys so much (Hasbro in the 1980’s and currently K’NEX) it’s no mystery that I’d have a lot of toys in my house. Along with the toys I have framed posters and artwork and a ton of books.

I’ll lead you through my house and through my various rooms and set ups (among my collections are the collectible figures, “Army Ants” that I designed while at Hasbro in 1987).

• When you walk in my home, you immediately see these framed posters in my foyer (Original Steranko FOOM poster, Spider-Man 2 and John Byrne Fantastic Four posters)

• Then walking up the stairs to my living room you see framed The Simpsons cast, Moebius Thing and Alex Ross Fantastic Four #1 posters.

• In my living room next to my TV is my DVD shelves which include the complete Blade Runner DVD set (in briefcase) and the complete Planet Of The Apes DVD set in Ape head. The shelves are backed by framed Blade Runner and The Incredibles movie posters.

• Also in my living room is this book case full of toys, featuring…

• Miscellaneous toys include the Army Ants figures I designed while working at Hasbro.

• Various Superhero figures.

• Two original Kenner “Raiders of the Lost Ark” sets with figures.

• A myriad of Dick Tracy figures that came out along with the movie.

• Down the hall from my living room, in two bedrooms, I have bookshelves filled with comic book and comic strip related book collections (along with some more toys)

• Now my 3rd bedroom though is an official toy room. I have various different toys inside, but about a decade ago The Simpsons products kept growing and growing until it got completely out of control!

• Just about any type of Simpsons product can be found in here.

• All the shelves are filled.

• And the walls are filled too.

• I still have a bunch of unopened toys and empty shelves that need filled. Now if I only had the time…

• It’s difficult to give you the full effect of standing in this room just with pictures. This old TV stand sits in the center of the room. It’s filled with Simpsons related publications and holds the Main Street playset with even more Simpsons figures.

• I have more stuff downs stairs in my Family Room/Art Studio. First, are some more toys atop CD & Tape racks with framed artwork above.

• This original Barbie cover art I received from good friend and artist Anna Maria Cool.

• Here’s an original Chester Gould Dick Tracy strip I bought several years ago

• Another original piece of art, a Thor page, from another good friend, Ron Frenz.

• Within this room, flanking my TV are this FF movie Thing figure and Opus and Bill the Cat from Bloom County (and for you Monty Python fans, yes, it’s a penguin on a television set).

• On the left side of my fireplace is this signed Speed Racer poster piece and the original 1979 Kenner Alien figure on the mantle.

• On the right side of the fireplace are a slew of Toy Story figures (including an original Buzz Lightyear figure) and atop the shelving below are a bunch of Thing figures.

• On a far wall is this framed signed (by Garth Ennis) Preacher poster.

• I have some built in shelves in this room and on the middle row (above my vinyl record collection and below some collected beer cans) I have these Star Wars (circa Phantom Menace) cup topper figures.

• And the Pepsi Star Wars cans that came out at the same time.

• And finally, even my computer can’t escape the clutches of my toy collection!

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Wow, I’d have to get rid of my family to have that kind of available display space. No way that’s happening. They’d get rid of me first!

That is a heck of a lot of simpsons toys.

Folks, I’ve been to Richard’s house and it truly is amazing. The Simpson’s Room is surreal.
The great thing about it is that he has real affection for the characters he collects.

And omg, I’m hanging next to a Chester Gould original!! What an honor.

Thanks for posting, RM.

This must be the most breathtaking collection yet displayed in this feature. And that’s really saying something, given the previous entries!

Also, I notice you have the Fat Albert figures I lost sometime in 1973. How’d that happen?

Great Dick Tracy strip!

Army Ants? Thank you. I loved those little guys.

Wow, Rich. This has grown since the last time I’ve seen it! Impressive! (But you’ve got quite the labor of love there if/when you ever move again…)

Damn, Rich! Your collection is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME! It was pretty nice back in the day but this. OOF! Puts my paltry selection to shame that’s for sure! In the words of Montgomery Burns…”Excellent!”

Barbie # 33 is my favorite issue of the series!

I have the Star Wars Destiny Can in it’s display case and a life size Yoda from Episode I
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