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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Collector Spotlight

Uncover objects of play through the eyes of collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Chaz George

Chaz George collects Batman comics, toys, and memorabilia. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Chaz explains his obsession with Batman and shares details of his expansive collection, including the one item that had been forgotten in an attic for forty years.

Collector Spotlight: Hans Geyer

Hans Geyer collects merchandise from the 1987 series, Dinosaucers. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Hans explains the opportunities and pitfalls of curating a collection based on a short-lived animated series.

Collector Spotlight: Trey DuBose

Trey DuBose collects action figures of the 1970s, ’80s, and beyond. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Trey shares details of the more-than ten thousand figures in his collection and discloses which item took a year to secure.

Collector Spotlight: William Hedges

William Hedges collects toys and memorabilia from the original Lost in Space television series. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, William explains what attracted him to the science fiction series as a child and how his collection of original series props led him to create models and dioramas based on the show. 

Collector Spotlight: Rick Goldschmidt

Rick Goldschmidt is a historian with a special interest in Rankin/Bass Productions, the animation studio that created holiday television classics such as Frosty the Snowman. Here, Rick shares how Rankin/Bass informed his childhood and led to a career preserving the legacy of the production studio. 

Collector Spotlight: Linda Guillory

Linda Guillory holds two Guinness World Record titles for her collection of gaming systems. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she explains the role a house fire played in her approach to collecting and shares her thoughts on the recent record-breaking auction prices for some games.

Collector Spotlight: Susan Suazo

Susan Suazo holds the Guinness World Record for her Slinky collection. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Susan shares with us how her quest for a Guinness World Record started and why one of her Slinky toys caught the attention of state and federal enforcement agencies.

Collector Spotlight: Gerda Scheuers

Gerda Scheuers holds the Guinness World Record for her collection of Smurf merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, she shares how her mischievous brother instigated her collecting, and which Smurf figure she’d most like to add to her collection.

Collector Spotlight: Union Jack Ranger

Union Jack Ranger collects Power Rangers merchandise. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, the UK-based collector shares details of his possibly one-of-a-kind collection of autographed Funko POP! figures and how his work in money management plays into how he approaches collecting.

Collector Spotlight: Soupie

Soupie collects keshigomu, mono-coloured plastic figurines also known as keshi. Here, he details the role collecting has played in his life, and the importance of establishing a trusted network of fellow collectors.

Collector Spotlight: Mary Wernke

Mary Wernke collects dolls from Mattel’s Barbie brand, including Barbie’s long line of family and friends. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Wernke shares her early start as a collector and why she focuses on Skipper, Barbie’s younger sister.