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An Australian Man Cave to be proud of

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James Bond dolls. Another favourite franchise. When are they going to bring out a Daniel Craig one? There are some other movie-related dolls behind them as well. Underneath is the start of my Marvel Legends series.

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More Marvel Legends figures. I try to group them together in themes. While it was a pretty average film, I really like the Fantastic Four Movie figures. Underneath are a number of Famous Covers dolls I acquired before getting hooked on Legends. Not sure what the appeal, but I prefer figures that have cloth costumes. It probably stems from all the Mego figures I had as a child. I love that Hawkeye figure.

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My other Captain America shrine. Some of the toys are a little battle-damaged because they used to belong to my son. I stopped collecting Marvel Legends when Hasbro took over and they became too expensive. However, I was able to get the Hulk series really cheap so I could get Fin Fang Foom.

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A lot of DC characters that also have personal appeal. Fans today have no idea how lucky they are. When I was a kid there was no way you’d get a Guardian, Blue Devil, or Commander Steel action Figure!! I love the DC 13 inch figures. Eventually I’d like to get enough to make it look like a Superfriends display. The Bronze Age Batman is a highlight. See the 1990 Captain America video on the shelf? That’s how crazy I am about Captain America.

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Above the display cabinets are about 200 Star Trek novels. I’m a big Star Trek fan, but I would never refer to myself as a Trekkie. As you can see there are a few toy odds and ends that I should probably put in storage but I can’t help myself.

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I got the Thing Hands for Secret Santa. I also used to have a Mr Fantastic Stretch Armstrong but he was eaten by ants : ( They did what Dr Doom’s been trying to do for years!!! After seeing how cool Spinner-racks look in bedrooms I decided to make my own version. My room’s too small for a real one, and they’re too hard to find so this is a good compromise. All the comics in the rack are signed by the likes of George Perez, Chris Claremont, Todd McFarlane, Howard Chaykin, Stuart Immonen, and Geoff Johns. Getting comics signed and sketches at Cons are my new hobby.

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Fin Fang Foom – every Man Cave must have one. If they make Devil Dinosaur I’ll have a seizure. I had the Pitt figure disassembled for years until I was able to acquire a reasonably priced head from Ebay. The only reason the wrestling figure is there is because of how politically-incorrect he looks.

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The Thing guards my Captain America Comics Corner. Apart from two or three issues I have a complete run of volume one. There are also a lot of limited series and miscellaneous titles featuring Cap. In the 80’s I would buy any comic that featured Captain America as a guest star. I’m not as fanatical about the character now, but it remains the only Marvel book I collect (apart from Waid’s Daredevil.) I dropped Marvel just after the Avengers Disassembled era began. Behind the Thing are Air-Wave and the Human Fly custom Megos. Air-Wave rocks!!

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What do you do with your 2011 Superfriends Calendar when it looks too nice to throw out? Cut it up and use it as a desk protector. I have a few tradepaperbacks, but I prefer original comics. Over the years I’ve acquired a few comic art books, and encyclopaedias. My mother bought me Crawford’s Encyclopaedia of Comic Books when I was a child hence its dog-eared appearance. It was an invaluable resource in learning about the Golden Age of comics. A personal favourite was the original Hydroman. Then Alex Ross brought him back in Superpowers! I love you Alex Ross!

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I was lucky to get a couple of Howard Chaykin sketches at a Con last year. Stuart Immonen was kind enough to give me the Thor sketch back in 2006.

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I’ve only recently started acquiring Marvel Busts. The Batman Matchbox collection was acquired a while ago. My eight year old has been begging me to open the Killer Moth car for about two years!!

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I’m living proof that Star Trek and Star Wars fans can co-exist harmoniously. All the original Star Wars figures were purchased really cheap because they were practically throwing them out to make way for Phantom Menace stock! The modern figures were purchased in sales. R2 D2 is actually a shampoo bottle. Next to the cabinet is another favourite character of mine, Union Jack figure signed by Roger Stern.

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I have about 13,000 comics, split between Marvel and DC Comics, with a few independent titles like Charlton, Frew, and a few Image comics. Most of my Marvel and DC comics are from the 70s to 2000. The Bronze Age is my all-time favourite era, and I’ll spend hours re-reading Marvel-Two-In-One, Super-Villain Team Up, and Batman Brave and Bold comics. I like to store my comics in magazine holders as it’s really easy to pull out a section for reading, without disrupting the shelf too much. They’re really affordable as well.

Thanks for checking out my Man Cave. Hope you enjoyed it. Cheers.

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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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