Who the hell is this idiot, you say? Well, I was born in 1972 and grew up in an age of wonder. An age that I shall always look back on as The Great Action Figure Era. I guess my collecting began when my uncle handed me down a bunch of 12-inch GI JOEs and Mego Star Trek and Planet of the Apes figures. After that, I can remember magical Christmas bounties of Micronauts, Zeroids, Star Wars, and Transformers. It was great to be a child of the 70’s and 80s!
In the forty years that followed, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve studied and taught history, got some academic writings published, did a lot of boring jobs, but I never stopped being a collector. From toys, to swords, to militaria, to comics. Eventually, I became owner-operator of an antique and collectible bookshop and rode that train for nearly a decade. But despite these forays into buying and selling antique blades and bartering for first editions, I always managed to find my way back to collecting toys, action figures, and comics.
Now, I suck at the cozy corporate teat with a pretty great job that bankrolls the horrific depravity of my plastic addiction. I pass most of my leisure time coiffing Jameson, and sniping action figure auctions on Ebay, while forcing people to look at my cat. And of course, writing about and taking pictures of toys.
One by one… the collection is displayed.
And we have such sights to show you!
Some Pointless FFZ-FAQ’s
Is this a great place for kids? NO! This blog is all about toys and action figures, but it is meant for ADULT consumption. I tend to use colorful language, especially when I’m drinking, which is almost always when I’m writing. Yes, folks, I likes me my alcohol. Hooch! Hair of the Dog! Liquid Indulgences! Drinky-poos! If this offends you, this may not be the place for you.
Your name is stupid, where’d you get it? Yes it is, and I remember it’s origin well. I was on a forum a long time ago, two in the morning and drunk off my ass. A bunch of fellow toy nerds were talking shit about something and I wanted to participate. When I tried to post, I remembered I wasn’t registered, so I came up with the first stupid thing my alcohol-addled brain could come up with: FigureFan. Later I used it for a LiveJournal account. Later, when I started this site, I was playing Mega Man Zero and I thought adding the Zero sounded cool. Again, I was drunk.
I am clearly not a photographer. I use a sentimental old Nikon camera that has been halfway around the world with me and banged around a lot. Then that broke and I replaced it with an equally shitty one. I make due with the bare minimum for a studio environment, but I do my best. I’d like to think I’ve shown improvement over the years and on the good days, I can keep most of the cat hair out of the picture.
And lastly, I love to hear from other collectors. I enjoy hearing about their opinions on figures, and most of all I really dig seeing their displays. So feel free to drop me a comment or send me some pics of your collection setup. One of the best things about doing this blog is all the great friends I’ve made, and I’ve always got room for more!
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