Collecting Memorabilia

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

During slow times at the day job, I’m often reading random news articles and this particular one about a gentleman and his extensive collection caught my eye.

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Everyone knows that being a geek is an expensive hobby, what with the video games, the art books, the comics, the soundtracks, among other types of merchandise to collect. Rachel and I have a decent collection, and have showed off a few results when it comes to our shopping sprees and gift hauls. Our only issue is the lack of space we have for all of our merchandise.

Then there’s this dude who has over $150k worth of X-Men memorabilia and a giant basement dedicated to everything. He holds the Guinness World Record for largest X-Men collection since 2012, and is on the page opposite of the late legend Stan Lee, whom he’s met. The pictures in the article look fantastic, and having the space to dedicate to such a large collection is part of Rachel’s and my plans when we save up enough to buy a house.

I have a sizable comic book collection and Rachel has tons of Pokemon cards, but neither of us could ever come up with a collection as extensive as the gentleman in the article (perhaps in a decade or so — his collection has been growing for the past 30 years). Being able to have a big enough collection to properly display is a good enough reason to splurge on merchandise, right?

What kind of geeky collection to you have? Anything in particular that you would like to collect? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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EGLX 2018 Merch Haul

For our trip to Canada, we went to one of our banks to do a little currency exchange, thinking that we may need some Canadian cash for tips and food for the hotel, perhaps taxis. Considering that everything was just charged to our credit cards, we used all that cash at the artist alley at EGLX.

There were so many skilled artists in their own booths at the expo, and we were delighted to help support them. One of our first stops was Pixel Parasite by Daryl Santos.

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He recreates iconic video game characters and items from perler beads. As soon as I spotted Geno from Super Mario RPG, I had to nab it. Rachel chose the Charmander to bring home and, the next day, we returned for a couple of key chains. Rachel grabbed Boo while I opted for the ocarina from the Legend of Zelda. We had also gotten key chains of Yoshi and Pikachu for our younger cousins, but we gave the gifts to them before we had gotten a picture

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We had also gotten a couple of Batman lanyards (along with a Fenniken plush for Rachel) from a booth, and the lanyards became the home to pins and key chains that we collected throughout the weekend.

Other key chains came from gyoGUTS and Geek @ ❤. Rachel got a double-sided key chain of Breath of the Wild’s Link and Zelda, while my key chain had Urbosa from the same game and Sans from Undertale from gyoGUTS. From Geek @ ❤ came the hand-crafted Wonder Woman symbol and Gameboy icon.

Geek @ ❤ also made these gorgeous prints from all sorts of fandoms, looking like they were painted sketches over book pages or music sheets. I have to say, I believe these prints are some of my favorite treasures from the expo:

We also got plenty of other posters from Game Room Posters (at the time of this posting, the website is pending):

All in all, we got a pretty good haul from our first expo. The only question now is…. where do we put all this?

What do you think of our haul? What kind of merchandise would or have you picked up at a convention? Let us know in the comments below!

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Some New Threads

Double Jump Kris MiiAh, it’s Monday again, but this week is the start of the holidays. I hope everyone in the US has some wonderful plans for Thanksgiving! And, hey, if you’re not in the US or don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful week anyway!

So, being a woman, it’s kind of a pain to clothes shop. It’s not one of my favorite activities to do in the first place (I’d much rather be playing video games), mostly because I have horrible luck with finding clothes that fit properly what with being so short. That, and women’s clothes are expensive — manufacturers put so much emphasis on the pricey designs (most of which are absolutely misses with me) rather than fabric quality. More than once I’ve gone over to the men’s section of the store for basic shirts and the better designs, like t-shirts and hoodies with superheroes on them.

Of course, I work for my city, so my wardrobe needs to be a bit more professional than a t-shirt of Batman, so that’s where most of my money goes. However, there’s a site called TeeFury that a good writer friend showed Rachel and me the last time we met up with her, and I would love it if my closet could be filled with shirts and hoodies of those designs!

Rachel and I have been scrolling through the site at all of the Pokemon-themed shirts, mostly because it was due to our friend wearing a Cerulean City Gym shirt that had prompted us to ask about the site. And, c’mon, Sun and Moon just came out, so of course Pokemon are on our minds. We’re being very good waiting for the holiday weekend to open our games, but it’s agonizing, haha!

Other awesome sites that sell amazing video game — and other pop culture — merchandise are The Yetee and The Pixel Empire. Has anyone had any experience with these sites? Their collections are definitely giving Rachel and me decorating ideas for whenever we’re able to get a house!