Welcome to the amazing
collection and display techniques of
Alex Teo, Singapore, E-mail: email@example.com,
an avid toy collector from Singapore
and the proud father of two rascals, Jared
and Javon. Man, do they grow up fast!
Why do I collect toys? Every collector
has his or her own reasons and mine is simply because toys are
3-D works of ART. I've always enjoyed the many visual arts and
I grew up on comics rather than books or novels. So when a comic
book hero becomes a 3-D rendition that you can actually hold
in your hands and scrutinize from every angle, it's a must-have!
What is even better is when the same comic
heroes get made into movies and then movie merchandise and memorabilia.
1/6th scale versions (big enough to be appreciated and small
enough to be displayed en masse) of characters dressed in their
costumes and carrying their accessories are the best. One MUST
appreciate the artistic talent that goes into making them.
The other reason I collect military-themed
figures is because of the history, uniforms, weapons and paraphernalia
that come with them. Almost every boy growing up played "cops
and robbers," or "soldiers" and the like because
it's just so cool to play with guns, throw grenades and take
Collecting soldiers from different eras
and different countries help me appreciate the discipline those
soldiers had (and have) and the sacrifices they make to try and
make the world a better place for all of us. Because in the end,
thanks to them, good triumphs over evil.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of my collection!
WOW! Collectors take
note...notice how Alex has created a "wall of heroes"
using those fantastic IKEA
If you ever thought about getting some for your own collection,
this ought to make your mind up for you.
And it looks like he's also using aquariums as supplemental glass
display boxes up there on top. Fantastic idea!
Taking a closer look
inside the IKEA cases reveals logical groupings of all types
of action figures. Starting with the upper left, you'll notice
pilots of many forces, then on the second row infantry, and so
on. The glass walls allow maximum light penetration from all
sides making the figures easier to see.
WOW (again)! This is
some serious attention to detail display-wise. Look at all of
Alex's wall-mounted, glass-door display cabinets that snake throughout
the rooms in his home. And notice that he's painted the outer
edge trim of these cases to match the wall paint colors, tying
it all together stylistically and making the cabinets appear
to be all that more "built-in." That's REALLY nice
work. Great job, Alex!
It just goes on and on!
Another shot of some more of Alex's beautiful wall-mounted /
glass-doored / color-edged display cabinets in another room.
Notice the careful attention to painting the trim pieces in green
and blue. And check out the Gabriel Lone Ranger and Tonto in
their own aquarium glass box. And all of those variations of
the batmobile and batplane. Sooooo sweet!
Alex isn't done yet.
Here's more top-of-the-line glass-doored display cases, each
carefully custom painted and loaded to the gills with even more
GIjOEs and action figures of all types. What an amazing collection!
Alex and his family have
clearly made peace with his collecting obsession. Here's another
room showing how he seamlessly manages to blend his gigantic
collection into his daily life. See how by elevating the collection
and mounting it up on the walls, Alex is able to preserve valuable
floor space and "room real estate" for furniture and
"normal" living purposes. PLUS...it puts most of his
collection up at eye-level for better viewing.
In this opposite view
of his study, you can see how Alex continues to take advantage
of every wall with even more wall-mounted display cases. And
Alex clearly likes to use COLOR wherever possible. Notice how
EVERY single surface seems to have been hit with some beautiful
pastel color even down low. Every drawer, shelf, display
case and wall appears to have some color on it. (Heaven forbid
you should leave something unpainted, Alex. HA!) :-) Seriously
though, this is an amazingly well thought out and organized collection.
Let's start taking a
closer look at Alex's collection. Here's a closeup of one cabinet
revealing GIjOE astronauts, MPs and Cold Weather soldiers of
all types. Notice the arctic paint scheme on that Troubleshooter
ATV and the Action Man astronaut with a space jet pack. Sharp!
A look in another display
case reveals an impressive group of 12" Star Wars figures.
Go Boba Fett!
The Sith Lords are well
represented as well. Boo! You're the bad guys!
And of course, what's
any Star Wars collection without a gaggle of stormtroopers and
a couple of Darth Vaders?
Alex's collection takes
on a definite "Asian twist "with this amazing group
of figures from Masked Riders and Ultraman.
Ultraman collectors can
officially start drooling now. WOW!
Captain Action fans can
rejoice that Alex hasn't neglected them. Check out the 8"
Mego versions in the back row. I guess Action Boy doesn't feel
so short anymore! (or KID Action, depending on the decal you
have on his chest).
Oh mama! Can you ever
have enough vintage style GIjOE pilots? These are all modern
repros, but boy are they cool!
There's also row upon
row of top-dollar movie and television figures from BBi, Sideshow,
Dragon, Takara, etc. Alex has spared no expense gathering figures
for his unique hall of heroes (and villains). This Rocketeer
and Captain Jack look fantastic. And is that a Predator turning
invisible in the back?
Whoa. This lineup looks
awesome, dude. GO VASQUEZ! It's time for another "bug hunt,"
Colonial Marines style!
Beautiful closeups of
one of Alex's modern paratroopers and a Korean War era Sabre
pilot from Bbi.
Batman never looked better
in 1/6th scale. What a FANTASTIC figure from Hot Toys!
These shots show the
value of accurate and logical posing when displaying figures.
Alex has clearly mastered this skill.
The Apollo 11 astronaut
figure by Dragon. Is this the best 1/6th astronaut figure ever
made? (Yup.) What a stunner!
Holy psychotics, Batman!
Have you ever seen such a great Joker figure? Man oh man oh man.
And again, check out Alex's great posing.
Some more heroes and
villains. Hellboy and Wolverine look amazing. Is that an Inspector
Gadget in the back? Cool!
Sharp lineup of G-Force
figures. The girl is obviously the best one. Hamana, hamana,
And some more of Alex's
G-Force figures. Great lineup. The ninja guy looks fantastic.
Not just 1, or 2, but
THREE Batmans from Medicom, Takara and Hot Toys respectively.
Which is YOUR favorite?
Alex hasn't forgotten
that superheroes were the inspiration for his collecting figures.
Cap's shield is PERFECT.
Some more great heroes
and villains. Wolverine looks like he means business and the
Green Goblin (or "Gobby") looks as nasty as ever.
Finally, here's the vintage
Action Man Alex's wife bought him long ago that helped start
his amazing collection. What a great figure. And what a great
collection. Thanks for sharing it all with the world, Alex. I'm
sure other collectors also appreciate seeing all that you've
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