Mr.H/Collector(6)

“There is a young man who brings a lot of real finds.”

Saying so, familiar shopkeepers began to introduce Mr.H to other collectors, which spread his routes to get things.

 

He brought a tin toy to “Heroes”, a toy shop in Shimokitazawa, and got an electric monster “Pegira” of Marusan in exchange for it.

It was around the early 90s.

Pegira was 180,000 yen then.

An electric Buusuka was 60000 yen at “Natsukashi-Ya.”

 

Mr. H traveled with his friends and drove along the seashore.

While looking outside, he moved his eyes restlessly, searching for a shop.

If he found a toy store, he entered there and kept on watching the things for hours.

He was not satisfied until he had seen everything once he entered.

 

Mr. H says, “I wouldn’t go to watch a woman in a bathing suit.”

His friends went to hit on women. Mr. H alone hunted for plastic models absorbedly.

His friends said that he was crazy, and they would leave Mr.H.

All his friends left Mr.H, saying to him, “You are not healthy. We couldn’t enjoy going on trips with you.”

Mr. H was in the flower of his youth, but he did not care for a woman in a bathing suit nor colored leaves nor a hot spring. He kept scavenging for things even without returning to the hotel.               

 

Mr.H/Collecor(7)

In the early 90s, Mr.H got acquainted with a plastic model shopkeeper in Wonder-Festival. Mr.H’s problematic life accelerated at this time.   

When he visited the plamo-shop in Higashi-jujo, he found that many old magazines formed a line at the storefront in a row.

Dating back to the 60s, the covers of prewar and postwar magazines, the cover of Gekko-Kamen etc.

Mr.H looked at them and was excited.

“What are these magazines? I have not seen anything like this. Is there such a world?”

 After a long absence, a grand shock came.

 In fact, he was about to lose his passion for plastic models.

Mr. H looked at an old magazine with keen interest and started hunting for “Shonen” “Bokura” and an older one, “Shonen Club”

He developed from there and crept into the world of Kashihon (books for lending)…. “Kitaro-Yawa” “Yohki-Den”

In the early 90’s, it was the time when Mandarake began to publish the first catalogues. He went around shops selling old magazines attentively.

 

Mr.H/Collector(8)

Mr. H said:

“In general, people buy a thing that they had bought in their childhood or which they couldn’t buy then. But I buy things which I hadn’t bought in my childhood.”

Many collectors start from the starvation that was not satisfied in their childhood.

They get stuck in collecting because their treasures were discarded by their parents or they were not able to buy it in those days.

 

Mazinger Z and Kamen Rider goods should have been enough to fulfill Mr. H’s wants.

Kamen-Rider and superalloys were his dream toys in his childhood.

But it was not them that shocked him from the bottom of his heart.

 

He sees others’ collection and thinks:

“What is this? I wonder how this person manages to gather things like this.”

 “What on earth is this? I can’t understand it, but it looks nice. Then, I become crazy. I can’t stop myself.”

 

He did not follow nostalgia but longed for an unknown thing. When he was caught up in the surprise of discovery, he couldn’t control himself anymore.

 

“I make friends at an event and go their home and see their various collections. This person collected so many things, it’s great to collect extremely, I think. I begin to want it when I see that a person has a rare thing.  I begin to want it when I see other’s collections.”

 

The storekeeper of Higashijujo had wide interests in things and was also a collector of American comics.

He displayed many comics of Batman, Superman, and even the picture books of Disney. Mr. H learned English conversation and flew to San Francisco.

While he looked for American comics, he picked up a Batman figure in a toy store over there, and brought the captain cyborg series of “Idial”, and so, he got deeper and deeper in this craze.

 

Mr.H/Collector(9)

“You are strange. You collect this and that. Besides, you buy only expensive things.”

Someone said so to Mr. H.

Mr. H wants the best thing in a genre, if he is going to collect at all.

Therefore he always aimed for the best one .

  

“But while collecting, I find that a really great thing would not readily come out. Besides it’s very expensive.”

 

When collectors reach a certain point, they enter the period of waiting still.

It was hard for Mr. H, active by nature.

While waiting, he gradually got tired.

But at that time, the next shock wave approached.  He left some best ones and parted with his previous articles for the next ones.

 

The shock wave comes suddenly.

“I want, I want” begins suddenly, and before he knows, he would have about 80 skeleton key holder charms from cheap candy stores.

When Mr. H sees other people’s collections, he always longed for the unknown world.

 

Mr.H got shocked with monsters. He is from the generation of the second monster boom, but the first boom felt more novel to him. Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra-Seven (1966 – 1968). …When he looked at its’ illustrated books, he felt shivery.

 

He got a shock with an old notebook, too.

He saw “the can-character-collection” in magazine “Figure Oh” (NO.6), and he got another intense shock too.

As for the reproduction of the superalloy “Superalloy Soul”, he made a reservation and bought it for a while, but he gradually got bored. At times, he was collecting Spider-Man, Batman, Cola bottles and so on temporarily.