Collection Intervention and Toy Hunter: How do you feel about them?
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 by Pixel Dan
After years of the toy collecting hobby being pretty much ignored by mainstream television, we suddenly have two shows that focus almost directly on it. But are they doing it the right way, or are they just helping to give the hobby a bad name to those who are not involved?
Honestly, I don’t really know the answer to that question. That’s why I’m bringing this discussion up with YOU!
I’ve been watching both shows, and honestly I still don’t know how I feel about either of them. I’m an all-around fan of toys in general. I like learning about the history of toys. I like seeing cool collections and rare items I’ll probably never own. And while both of these shows give us tiny glimpses of all of those things, they certainly are not the focus of either show.
Collection Intervention is much more focused on the collectors of toys, comics, and other items who have basically gotten “out of control.” Their collecting habit has taken over their lives and is basically getting in the way of more important things such as paying bills or a marriage. Now I am certainly one to agree that there are things in this life that are far more important than collecting toys, and I have always felt I’ve known my limits. But sometimes this show still peeves me a little bit, specifically when the focus always seems to be on how much a collection is worth. The host of the show always seems to bring up the question of “why collect this if it has no value?” and “If this is worth money, why aren’t you selling it?”
The reason I don’t like that is because a lot of us aren’t in this hobby for the value. We don’t all collect things simply because they are rare or valuable, and we certainly don’t all collect with the idea in mind that one day we’ll sell it all and retire on the mountain of money we get. Of course, I’m not saying there is fault with anyone who does enjoy collecting the rare and valuable stuff, I just don’t like that all collectors seem to be lumped into this category on this show.
Toy Hunter I’ve had a bit of a problem with since day one. I try to enjoy it. I do. And I’m sure that the host Jordan Hembrough is a nice guy in person. But the only thing I can see when I watch this show is a dealer who is lowballing people for their toys so that he can make a buck.
I feel bad for generalizing Jordan like that. But as collectors, we all know how we feel about the seedy dealer who overprices his toys at toy shows and conventions. Most of the time, a dealer is not our friend. And I think that’s the barrier that is keeping me from really enjoying this show.
I would love to see a toy show that focuses solely on the history and the FUN of toys. I wonder if anyone has ever thought of doing a show like that before? Hmmm…
Anyway, enough from me. I would really like to hear what you guys think of these shows! Do you love them? Hate them? Disagree with my views? Post below and tell me why! Let’s have a nice, civil discussion about this and see if we can get a general feeling of how the collector community feels about these shows!