It’s “Craig the Collector!”

What’s up, everybody? Reader here.

I was sitting around the apartment last night, and realized that a) I have a lot of random stuff. And b), I need more space for said stuff!

Now, what I mean by random stuff, is that I have lots of different collectible items related to pop culture.

Whether it’s movie memorabilia, music, TV and sports-related stuff, I’ve collected a fair bit of stuff over the years.

In fact, I took to X (fka Twitter), to show off one of my favourite pieces…

I’m a huge fan of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (except for that rancid 2010 remake).

The first one I saw was actually the third film, “Dream Warriors,” at the home of one of my best buds, Randy, and with that movie, I was hooked. Freddy Krueger was a riot. Evil, with a wicked sense of humour, and an imaginative way of taking care of his victims in their dreams was very cool. To this day, Nightmare 3 is still my favourite of the series.

I love my claw… it’s been used at Halloween on a couple of occasions!
One of the few collectibles that I’ve actually left in the package!

As well, I’ve got movie posters and Halloween masks from some of my other favourite horror movies, from “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” and even “The Exorcist.”

As soon as I can get some frames, I’d like to get those posters hung up again.

Speaking of “The Exorcist,” I’ve got several different Funko Pop! figures, including their rendition of Regan McNeil, in the throes of possession in the 1973 classic.

Possessed Regan… complete with pea soup vomit!

Speaking of Funko Pops, I have several more, and could go on and on, though I will show a couple I have from another Read Brothers favourite, John Carpenter’s “Big Trouble in Little China.”

Kurt Russell starred in this 1986 classic, as truck driver Jack Burton, who bumbled his way through an adventure involving marital arts, sorcery and even a bit of romance!

Jack Burton and the evil lord of the underworld, Lo Pan! Note that they got Kurt Russell’s glorious 1986 mullet down perfectly!

Speaking of 80’s movies that I still love to this day, “Gremlins” is certainly up there.

And to me, it’s as much a Christmas movie as “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon!”

Usually, when you find any “Gremlins” merch, it’s always Gizmo. Cute, fuzzy Gizmo.

But, I was excited to find a holder for video game controllers or phones bearing the likeness of the leader of those evil, ugly little Gremlins, Stripe!

Stripe in all his glory, ready to make mischief!

I still say the original Gremlins from the first film look way better than those from the sequel, “The New Batch!”

Of course, I’m also a huge “Star Wars” fan, and I have several figures and mini vehicles, including the main baddies, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren.

Three amigos of the Dark Side. Still have to find an Emperor Palpatine, though!

And ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a big pro wrestling fan, starting with “Stampede Wrestling” on Saturday afternoons, continuing on through WWF (now WWE) and All Elite Wrestling, as well.

One guy stands alone as my favourite, though – Canada’s own, Bret “Hitman” Hart.

“The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be!” – Bret “Hitman” Hart
Got my Bret Hart pint glass ready at the office, ready for whatever beverage may comeQ

I’ve got his autobiography, “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling,” and I’ve read it many times, and it’s a real page turner!

Those are just some of my favourite collectibles in my collection, and I did a little research into what some of the most popular pop culture collectibles are.

Pop culture collectibles have become a huge trend in recent years, with so many different types of items to choose from.

As I mentioned earlier, one of the most popular pop culture collectibles right now are Funko Pop! vinyl figures. These quirky figurines come in a wide variety of characters from movies, TV shows, video games, music, sports, and more. Whether you’re a fan of superheroes, or prefer characters from popular TV series like “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones,” there is a Funko Pop! out there for you. And with new releases constantly coming out, there is always something new to add to your collection.

I’ve got Funko Pop! figures of some of my favourite Philadelphia Flyers, characters from one of my favourite 80’s sci-fi series, “V,” and even the battling Gallagher brothers, from one of my favourite bands, Oasis.

Action figures are also another big hit, from classic characters like Spider-Man and Superman to more niche figures from cult favorite TV shows and movies, action figures are a staple in any collector’s arsenal. With detailed designs and accessories, and so many different versions, these figures are perfect for display or play.

Limited edition posters and prints are also highly sought after by collectors. Whether it’s a poster from a classic movie or a limited edition print from a popular artist, these items are perfect for adding some unique flair to your collection. And with many artists creating exclusive prints for conventions and events, there is always something special to discover.

Comic books are another popular pop culture collectible, with rare issues fetching high prices at auction. From classic superhero comics to indie graphic novels, there is a comic book out there for every type of fan. And with the rise of comic book conventions and events, there are plenty of opportunities to meet artists and writers, as well as discover new and exciting titles to add to your collection. I’ve got the Superman wedding issue, and it’s actually autographed by Saskatoon artists Tom Grummett!

No matter what type of pop culture collectibles you are interested in, there is something out there for you. Whether you’re a die-hard fan looking to add to your collection, or just starting out and exploring new interests, pop culture collectibles are a fun and exciting way to show off your fandom.

Someday, I want to set up an office at home, where I can keep all my fun stuff around me (and keep my home looking less cluttered!) Dare to dream!

You’re never to old to collect those things that make you happy, so go out there and start building your collection today!

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