Everyone stop. Mark Hamill has a new online series coming to Comic Con HQ and when Mark talks, we all need to stop and listen.
Mark is a passionate toy collector and his new series highlights other collectors, and also, anything to do with comic books. He has a great new interview and he spoke about a lot of different topics.
On Toy Collecting: “My family moved around a lot and my mom would give away my toys whenever we moved to a new home. I’d say ‘Where is my Beany and Cecil talking hand puppet?’ And she’d say, ‘Oh, I gave it to Goodwill.’ I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘Because, come on, you’re 11 years old. That’s a baby toy. Think of all the poor starving children in China that’ll appreciate a talking Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent puppet,’” said Hamill. “It made no sense, of course. Basically, when I struck out on my own, I just started seeing things that I had when I was a kid that I wanted back.”
His First Big Collection: “The first big jump into collecting that I did — in fact, we just found the receipt for all the items that I bought — it was $124 dollars, and it was like 11 Beatles items,” he said. “The Yellow Submarine lunchbox… there weren’t any thermoses, but still. I got the bobbing head dolls [and more]. Any one of these items is now more than $124. This was back in 1970 when they broke up. I only collected their music, I never collected The Beatles Flip your Wig game, or the Revell model kits, or any of this stuff. I’d go, ‘That’s silly, that’s for girls!’ So I didn’t buy any of the toys or anything like that, just the records. Then when I realized they were gone, suddenly that became very interesting to me. It’s 1970, you’re only a few years off from when these toys were new and it just had a sudden appeal for me. So I bought them. She’s going off to college and I looked at all the stuff and I said, ‘What do you think this is all worth?’ She said, ‘Well, I don’t know…’ She did all these numbers and said, ‘Do you think $124 is fair?’ I said, ‘Sounds good to me!’ This was back in the day when that seemed like a lot of money. Now I look back and think wow, what a deal I got. The Beatles memorabilia was the earliest stuff.”
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