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He with the most toys wins in this week’s Shelf Porn

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This week’s featured collection is from Marshall Julius, an entertainment journalist in Kent, England. He shows us his massive collection of action figures, books, toys and much more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Shelf Porn, check out the submission instructions.

And now let’s hear from Marshall …

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I’m 44 now, and have been a collector since I was six. That’s 38 years of furious gathering. I do it because I am compelled to do it. Compelled by the power of plastic. Compelled by the power of tin. Compelled to own a piece of the many things that I love. To paraphrase Father Merrin, the power of stuff compels me.

I started out collecting pins. In England we call them badges. Then Peanuts and Mad Magazine paperbacks. After that, Star Wars stuff. Original trilogy only though, and for the last several years, strictly Vaders. I have a lot of old comics, mostly film tie-ins from the Seventies and Eighties: Star Trek, Indy, Planet of the Apes, Howard the Duck and countless movie adaptations. Fetishistically, I like to smell them from time-to-time, that musty, slightly dusty smell reminding me of countless blissful hours spent in comic shops and at weekend marts.

I have several volumes of scarily well-organized trading cards. I love animation art, and own original cels from The Simpsons, SpongeBob, Batman and Ren & Stimpy. Comicbook artwork I like too, my favourite being a colour Dredd spread from an old 2000AD Annual. I don’t have too many genuine movie props, but what I do have, I treasure: a Martian bank note from Arnie’s Total Recall, a scarab beetle from The Mummy, a pistol from the first (and only decent) Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, and best of all, a Hawkman Club and Dwarf Sword from incomparable Eighties classic Flash Gordon.

As a film critic and entertainment journalist – currently I write for MSN Movies and edit the digitally downloadable Blockbuster Magazine – I have long exploited my position to build my collection. I have dozens of ridiculously cool autographed 10x8s, and original sketches by the likes of Bob Kane, Gilbert Shelton, Will Eisner, Chuck Jones and Matt Groening.

Toys I’m crazy about, in part because they add a three-dimensional quality to a collection. Books, card, comics, posters and art are all great, but flat. Toys make a room come alive. I refuse to keep things boxed up though, and don’t care if opening precious packaging lowers the value of my stuff. Collecting should not be about investing. If you want to make money, buy shares or property. Collecting is about love and passion and the sheer giddy thrilled of being a nerd. I’d rather my collection space, my den as I call it, look like a museum than a shop.

I don’t – I can’t – focus on any one thing. I’ve always grabbed the stuff I simply had to have. The stuff I refuse to live without. It’s a system that’s served me well.

When we moved into our current home, my patient and wonderful wife Ruta allowed me fill the largest room with my stuff, so long as it didn’t take over the rest of the place. I spent six months organizing and displaying everything. Shelves stacked with Simpsons toys. Display cabinets loaded with Darth goodness. Every surface and corner filled with something colourful and borderline mental. Magnets. PEZ Heads. Stickers… It’s a constantly evolving work of great geeky art and I love it.

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We have a winner.

that has to take the record now for the biggest collection . espically love how that one spider man is hanging from the gargoyle

(speechless)

I love what you have and the last pic makes it all look a lot cleaner than the close ups, but (and this is the first time i’ve been negative about a shelf porn) there’s just too much of it.

Lots of stuff. So much stuff. So, so, MUCH stuff. Many, many, many good things. I used to have the same drive to display everything I have, but I decided that once I already owned a figure, unless it was very different looking, I would display it somewhere else or pack it up. Still, your room, your rules.

Love the Darth Vader cabinet. The art and autographed frames are great ( I would personally give them a bit of room to accentuate just how awesome they are.)

Thanks for sharing

Very well displayed collection! Awesome!

Holy crap! That is a huge collection and is awesome! Only one question. How in the name of all that’s Holy do you DUST!?

[Sound of my jaw hitting the floor]

Wow. That is frakkin’ AWESOME!!!!

As I admired these pictures, half of me was thinking how insanely awesome this collection is…

and the other half was wondering what kind of a huge freaking headache this must be to dust…

I absolutely love the pin collection. I’ve been a pin and button collector since I was a toddler. Finally scored a Starman cloisonné pin just this morning.

I would keep the revenge of the jedi poster if authentic, out of the light.

You should have the collection appraised since there is so much.

Otherwise, I agree with a past poster, this is a winner for ton of stuff award.

one word…insane.
but in a good way

Darth Vaders, Homers, Gargoyle….YOU ARE THE MAN!

Absolutely, utterly gorgeous. The consistency of character(s) and the thought put into their display is awe-inspiring. A collection to be very, very proud of.

Excellent. You can never haver too much. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you never get an earthquake

WOW! Probably the best collection i have ever seen

Am I the only one that is drooling at that El Borbah sketch?

Every time I see a collection like this all I see is a giant mess waiting for its earthquake. Probably comes from living in California.

Wow–he’s even done what I hope to do someday: own every iteration of the Game Boy.

Digging the collection. I also loved seeing the Western Pacific Airlines “Simpsons” Logojet minature on display in one of the pics. I’m an aircraft mechanic and I worked on that very plane a few times when it came in for maintenance.

The_Spice_Of_Life

November 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Holy Crap on a Cracker.

Does anybody else find that wall of Simpsons mesmerizing, wonderful, and terrifying all at once?

What a huge, awesome collection. A true collector can NEVER have too much stuff. Vaders – most impressive!

Simpsons… and Star Wars…. ugh.

There are only a handful of comic related items in here anyway. He certainly wins the prize for most things in a room though. This feels like an episode of Hoarders.

This is Fantastic! Great Display! I love the fact that you collect what you Love! Well Done!! This room would be wonderful to walk into! Reminds me of my own office. People always gasp when they walk in and are overtaken with the Passion and Excitement of seeing such a site! Well Done!!!!!

Incredible Darth Vader section.

Holy (rhymes with Duck!) !!! Mega-cool collection!

Where did you get the stands for the Iron Man Cosbabies? Great collection and love the Darth Vader shrine.

I envy you my friend! But wouldn’t envy you if you ever had to move. Congrats on a beautiful collection.

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