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An Australian Man Cave to be proud of

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans invite us into their homes to take a look at their collections. Today Jamie from Australia shares his “man cave,” which features action figures, comics, DVDs, more action figures and much more.

If you’d like to share your collection, you can find details on how to do so here.

And now let’s hear from Jamie …

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My name is Jamie and this is my Australian Man Cave. No beer, cricket or footy memorabilia, or thongs, but lot of comics (13,000 and counting) and toys. My three main hobbies would be reading comics (and crime/ mystery/ science fiction novels,) watching movies, and hunting down toys at reasonable prices. I’ve been reading and collecting comics for at least 38 years (I’m 41.) I only started collecting toys about twelve years ago. Most of the toys, statues on display I’ve gotten for pretty low prices. My best find was a 12 inch Grand Moff Tarkin doll that I got from K-Mart for a measly $2!!

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My Man Cave is a single-car carport that my wife kindly allowed me to convert into a fourth bedroom. It’s a nice snug size, a little bigger than a bedroom, and the perfect shape for watching movies in surround sound. I used to have a projector screen hanging above the windows, but when I recently upgraded to bluray, I took it down as the large screen TV is much better. This is the view from the couch.

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View of the left-side of the room. I started off with the brown china cabinet, purchased at Lifeline, but that became full after about a year. Then I discovered IKEA, and cheap shops like Sam’s Warehouse for all my storage needs. Hard to believe that when I started collecting comics I could fit them all into one blanket box.

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View of the right-side of the room. The desk is a great solid piece about 40 years old that I acquired from a mental institution. Sometimes I can feel my inner Nurse Ratched coming out. I would like to tell you I do a lot of work at this desk (I’m a teacher,) but to tell the truth it’s mainly used for reading, and bagging comics.

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The couch. It’s old and well sat in. Eventually I want to get one of those movie couches with built-in cup-holders. Every Man Cave should have a couch with cup-holders. As you can see, I like watching DVDs.

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I’ve been a HUGE Captain America fan for 38 years. One of the things I always dreamed of owning was a life-size shield. I knew a collectable model would be way out of my price range. Then I saw this baby, a tin shield, costume accessory. I mounted it on the backboard and ta-da, instant collectible! Surrounding the shield are a number of comics that have personal appeal. I’m a bronze-age boy at heart. The Human Fly, Steel, Machine Man, and Omega the Unknown are those D-list characters that I loved, and still do, as a kid. The teddy bear is my oldest possession – 41 years old!

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There’s no logic to my collection, just things that personally appeal. Topps cards, Batman PEZ dispensers and toy cars, even a Nic Cage Ghost Rider. The Captain America Walkie Talkies may have been a little too much.

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Some of my favourite movie characters. I used to have a Michael Myers and Ash figure as well, but they freaked my wife and kids out too much and were put into storage. I can’t afford a Hot Toys Michael Keaton Batman, so the plastic one from Batman Returns has to do.

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I don’t usually spend a lot of money on individual toys, but when I saw the Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman I was determined to get one. Superman: The Movie is my favourite movie of all-time. Highlander comes second, then the Star Trek series (particularly Wrath of Khan.) Funny story – I bought the Karl Urban Star Trek doll the same day I sat in on a seminar he was presenting at. It was all I could do to not stand up and yell, “Look Karl Urban, I own you, your soul is mine!!” while waving it in front of him.

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Hi Jamie,

As a neighbouring ‘kiwi’, just had to say hi and well done, loved your narration through the photos. I’m a bit like you, in that I collect lot of things that I simply like the look of. Lego, particularly the Super Heroes line is a current vice. I call that my ‘magpie’ trait! I’m fortunate to run a small comic business over here in Dunedin so that helps with being able to get the odd ‘thing’ or two, but as with your treasures, comics are at the heart of my collection. One aspect I look forward to seeing in shelf porn articles is original art, something I’d love to have to display. I enjoyed seeing your three pieces, great stuff. Thanks for sharing, and if you’re ever over this way, drop me a line and we’ll catch up over beer for some geek chat.

Awesome collection. Love the action figure groupings and your system for storing your comics. That’s a great man cave!

Awesome collection. Thanks for sharing.

Love the collection.
one of the nicer ones that targets comics instead of Trade paperbacks

love your collection you are a true collector having that much stuff including the giant thing guarding it. plus saw what looks like a monchichi with your teddy bear or the monkey that was a old dairy queen give a way . and love the super friends desk decorations.

Hey Waza,

I was in Dunedin about two years ago. Anytime I travel anywhere the first thing I do is check the yellow pages and Internet for any local comic shops around (drives my wife nuts ’cause she KNOWS that our sightseeing inevitably results in me “finding” another comic shop!) Wife: “isn’t Lanarch Castle beautiful?” Me:”Yes it is, the comic shop closes at 5pm!” know I found one in Dunedin so I might have already visited you! I’m just racking my brains trying to remember what it bought ’cause I visited a few over there. Best deal I got was about 15 Conan the Barbarian trade paperbacks for $10 each. And a Wrath of Khan Spock figure I couldn’t find anywhere else.
If you have a website chuck up a link and I’m sure I’ll remember. Thanks for the feedback too!

Hey demoncat4,

I had no idea they were called monchichi! I got that as a present back in 1979 when my family visited France. Over there it’s a Kiki. He used to be able to suck his thumb but it fell off. My mum also bought me a Magnetic Batman doll on that trip which I decided to cut off the ears and paint silver when I was 9 years old – for some reason I wanted a Silver Surfer doll. The crazy things you do as a kid. I think they’re worth about $200 nowadays!!

Thanks for the feedback!

The best thing about Shelf Porn is it’s the only place you can read a comment like this…

“My best find was a 12 inch Grand Moffat Tarkin for a measly $2″

… And not only know what it means, but appreciate it. Great stuff.

That should say “Moff” – Darn corrective text!!

Thanks for all the feedback guys. Shelf Porn is always a great thing to wake up to on a Sunday morning. I love seeing everyone’s collections too.

Great collection, awesome display room, lots of really cool stuff there.
The Darkman statue is nice, Liam Neeson FTW!

“It was all I could do to not stand up and yell, “Look Karl Urban, I own you, your soul is mine!!” while waving it in front of him.”

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make fun of a celebrity, and you didn’t take it?

Reminds me of Montreal ComicCon last September, when I wanted to ask Malcolm McDowell at his panel
“So, you did the Fantasy Island series remake in ’99… what the hell were you thinking?” but didn’t.
Life is full of little regrets hahaha

Great stuff. One of the best rooms that’s been seen on here.

This pushes all the right buttons for me: extensive comic collection, focus on the Bronze Age, huge Captain America fan, recent convert to original art, gave up reading modern comicbooks except for one or two titles like DD, etc. (Oddly enough, I’m a teacher, too. Coincidence?)

I love the idea of recycling a calendar as a desk protector. Think I will ‘borrow’ that idea.

Thanks for sharing!

@ IAM FEaR

Urban is visiting the Gold Coast Supanova down my way this April. A second chance – do I dare?!?!?

About two years ago I did get a WTF look from Billy Dee Williams when I got him to sign an old dog-eared, creased, and ripped old Marvel Star Wars comic that had Lando Calrissian on the cover. I told him that it only cost me 50c, and that it was for my brother. He thought I was taking the piss. But I wasn’t – I just liked the fact that not many fans would have got him to sign something so worn and obviously loved.

I think I will hold my 12 inch Karl Urban above my head in April and attempt to control him. What’s the worst that could happen?

@ Boabie

All my students’ reward charts feature Avengers characters, and I have a set of Captain America skip counting cards on the wall of my classroom. The kids always freak out when you know more than they do about these characters. Once I had a yr 7 student write a story about how his family had been murdered by the Mafia when he was on a picnic, and he decided to wear a black outfit and become a gun toting vigilante. I told him I also loved the Punisher, and that he needed to hunt down the Punisher: Circle of Blood tradepaperback. The look was priceless.

“I think I will hold my 12 inch Karl Urban above my head in April and attempt to control him. What’s the worst that could happen?”

Well, good luck! Just be careful, after all, he is the law…. :p

As a Canadian – Nice to see you have a bottle of CANADIAN CLUB Whiskey! Oh, the rest of the stuff is nice too :)

Checking the yellow pages… Yes! I used to do that too when I was younger for trips to Canberra, Melbourne. Etc. That’s how we found the comic shop in Albury/Wodonga. (Was it Alternate Worlds, maybe?) Even did it in Christchurch when I was 26.

Now that I live in Canada, the wife and I did a trip recently around British Columbia, and she has her iPhone (I refuse to have a mobile), so naturally siri was on hand with all the comic shop locales as we cruised around.

I still prefer leafing through those yellow pages. ;)

Oh yeah, and Darth Vader with an Akubra? How Aussie can ya get! Lucas should have digitally added one to ol Darth in every scene when he made the Special Editions. Re-dub him with Bill Hunter. Away ya go!

wait is that a “Golden Age Sandman” in the 9th pic up and to the right? Groov-tastic!

Jamie I loved your collection, the presentation and especially the Fing Fang Foom figurine! Totally awesome stuff man! Well done!

Great collection Jamie! We have an Aussie section on statueforum.com – stop by some time and say hello!

Awesome place, I’m a big highlander fan too and you don’t see many of us around.

Hi Jamie,
It’s an amazing collection ! Congratulations ! I suppose you’re spending a lot of time on e-bay or I don’t know where to buy the action figures. Thanks for sharing !

Hey Jamie, unfortunately it wouldn’t have been my operation you visited, but maybe next time you’re in town! Click on my name to go to my website, from there you can drop me an email if you like and perhaps we can help each other out in hunting down any elusive comics/figures/stuff we’re after.

Great story, Jamie.

My reading groups are called Stan Lee, Jim Starlin and Walter Simonson and I have loads of homemade “Captin” America items from my kids. I have A Primary 5 class at the moment, incidentally.

Oh, Jamie, my room was on here a while back, if you want a look. It’s very Bronze Age like yourself. Google “Comics, statues and a No-Prize” and it will come up.

Great collection. It’s nice that you focus on what appeals to you and you have a supportive family. Keep collecting!

I enjoyed this feature very much. It’s always fun to see what another fan collects from throughout the years. I could connect with Jamie’s collection in many ways from not only some of the central focus of characters, like Capt. America, but also some specific ones that aren’t so well known, that struck some unique chord with him. Thanks for posting. I enjoyed your write-up as well. I know you enjoy your collection and hobby.

I really like how you store your singles. Your collection overall is amazing, it’s a great showcase room. I was wondering where you got the boxes that you keep on your bottom shelves that hold 2 rows of comics. And do they come in single-rowed boxes? I’d love having those for showcasing. Thanks for posting!

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