Talking holy grails and white whales

You might be surprised to learn that I collect a few things <pause for laugh track>. Actually, I collect waaaay too much stuff, but I’ve become pretty good at narrowing my focus, and when I open my museum to the public, it will surely spark some serious nostalgia in anyone who enjoys pop culture.

I’m always on the lookout for cool items to add to my collection. My mental “want list” is constantly changing, but if you asked me today what I was looking for, this is what I’d say…

My Holy Grail

I have been tempted by this Marx windup gorilla many times, but it has always been more expensive than I was willing to spend. I would have to have the original box, which sends the price to $500 or more–way more than I would ever spend on a toy. Of course, if I had one of these, I’d probably wear out the windup mechanism on the first day!

My White Whale

aj renzi king kong banks

blue king kong bankI have three of these large A.J. Renzi banks, but they also made these in bright blue and lime green that I have never been able to track down. There was a blue one on eBay for a while, but it was poked full of holes so I didn’t buy it. One of these days, I’m going to stumble across one of these in a box at a flea market and a few tears may be shed.

Things I just can’t pass by…

There’s a long list of items that I’m always interested in, which include:

  • Vintage spacemen and robots
  • Lone Ranger and Western toys
  • Super hero items from the 70’s and earlier
  • Boxed boys toys from the 80’s (G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Dino-Riders, etc.)
  • TV- and movie-based toys (King Kong, Planet of the Apes, A-Team, etc.)
  • Pop culture puzzles
  • Old magazines and toy catalogs
  • Movie posters
  • Vintage trading cards

In addition to collectibles, I’m also on the lookout for some new furniture:

  • Flat file for storing my movie poster collection
  • Comic book spinner rack for displaying old pulp magazines and comics
  • Library drawer cabinet to house all the little things I have amassed over the years

Well, that about covers it, but now that I think about it, there is just one more thing…


league of extraordinary bloggers logoThis is the latest post in response to the weekly blog challenge presented by the League of Extraordinary BloggersThis week’s topic asked what is your holy grail and what else do you collect? 



  1. kngfu says

    My friend had one of those banks (not your grail one) bursting at the seams with pennies years ago. Very cool.

    • says

      Thanks Mike! And I’ll keep an eye out for one of those Batman puppets for you–I already have one on my shelf, so I won’t be competing for it with you. 😉


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