Chris Tanski is a 35-year-old husband and father, and is a self professed “pop culture fiend,” who tries to keep up to date on all the comings and goings in the world of popular culture. Chris manages to pay the bills and fund his collecting addiction by being a first assistant manager at a major movie theater chain in Rochester, New York. He was kind enough to share his amazing collection with us, so please silence your cell phones and enjoy the show.
How did your collection start? What was the first item in your collection?
My collection(s) started when I was a kid. I managed to pretty much hang on to all my important toys from my childhood–mainly my original Star Wars figures. Sadly, they are not MOC.
Approximately how many items are in your collection?
Too many to count! I collect Indiana Jones, Freddy Krueger, WWF/WWE wrestling, The Simpsons, and many other movie and tv properties.
Do you have a favorite item in your collection?
My most favorite items are usually the ones I paid the most for to add to my collection — a Powers of the Force Yak Face direct from England, a MOC Indiana Jones Truck from the Kenner series, the 12-inch Indiana Jones from Kenner, and my Matchbox Talking Freddy Krueger.
How do you store/display your collection?
I know this is blasphemous, but I open most of my toys and display them on many, many shelves. For my original Star Wars figures I have some awesome action figure display cases.
Is there a “holy grail” item that you would love to add to your collection?
The Clash of the Titans Krakken and Pegusus figures. I have the action figures but I need those two to complete my Clash collection
Do you have a favorite collecting story or experience?
I remember waiting in line for many hours to get the Star Wars Episode I figures. We were towards the front of the line, so we got first dibs on all the new stuff. Who knew the movie would eventually disappoint?
Do you have any advice for new collectors who are just starting a collection?
Pace yourself. Make sure you have the funds to support your habit (hobby) and also make sure you have enough room to display it. I am still trying to figure out how I should set up my basement with all my things.
A huge thanks to Chris, for giving us a peek at his collection. If you have a Clash of the Titans Kraken you want to sell, just send me a note and I will be sure to pass the info along to him (wink, wink), otherwise you can find him directly on Twitter @P0LISHPHEN0M (the O’s are zeroes). Chris also writes for one of my favorite new websites, www.underscoopfire.com, and contributes a movie review podcast for the site. It’s a place for children of the 80’s, so I think it’s safe to say you’ll enjoy it.
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(All photos are the property of Chris Tanski)