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Mark Racop, Founder, Fiberglass Freaks

Mark Racop is the founder of Fiberglass Freaks. In this edition of The Friday Five, Mark explains how his replicas of the Batman ’66 Batmobile caught the attention of DC Comics and why opening a Batman museum was the logical next step in his stewardship of the original television series.

Liam Robinson, Horror Collectibles

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Liam Robinson collects horror movie memorabilia. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Liam shares his approach to creating a one-of-a-kind collection and discloses the 1981 horror classic that unexpectedly introduced him to the genre.

Sydney Brey, Stereoscopic Toys

Sydney Brey collects stereoscopic toys. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Sydney details how a visit to an antique store unexpectedly served as the inspiration for her collection and she shares why a particular reel featuring the cast of Bonanza is her personal favourite.

Brian “Box” Brown, Writer and Illustrator, The He-Man Effect

Brian “Box” Brown is an award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. In this edition of The Friday Five, we talk to Brian about his latest book, The He-Man Effect: How American Toymakers Sold You Your Childhood, and discuss how the Reagan administration played a pivotal role in how toys are marketed to today’s consumers.

Gene Miguel, CEO and Co-founder, Shortboxed

Gene Miguel is CEO and co-founder of Shortboxed, a marketplace designed specifically for sellers and buyers of comic books. In this edition of The Friday Five, Gene shares the company’s origin story and explains how they are circumventing some of the risks inherent in comic book collecting.  

Andrew Burtch, Historian and Curator, Canadian War Museum

Andrew Burtch is a historian and curator at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. In this edition of The Friday Five, Andrew talks about War Games, an exhibit that reveals the connections between war, games, military, and civilians in the ever-changing landscape of politics.

Dani Bunda, Tamagotchi

Dani Bunda collects Tamagotchi. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Dani shares her thoughts on the impact Tamagotchi can have on mental health and why real-life pets don’t always make good housemates for digital pets.

Donal Carlston, Game Inventor, Personal Preference

Dr. Donal Carlston is the inventor of the Personal Preference board game. In this edition of The Friday Five, Donal explains how his work in social psychology inspired the game and reveals the role fan demand played in updating the game for new generations. 

Brian Hickey, Designer, My Palitoy Story

Brian Hickey is a collaborator on the upcoming retrospective, My Palitoy Story: The History of a Famous British Toy Company written by Bob Brechin. In this edition of The Friday Five, Brian talks about how toy collecting led him to meet Brechin and divulges the franchise that untimely contributed to the demise of Palitoy.

Bruce A. deArmond, Vintage Dolls

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Bruce A. deArmond collects Madame Alexander dolls. In this edition of Collector Spotlight, Bruce discloses the advice his mother gave him that serves as the philosophical foundation of his collection and explains why his collection rarely sees the light of day.