Sideshow Featured Collector: Fernando Mondragon
Collector: Fernando Mondragon
Location: Houston, Texas
How and when did you start collecting?
I spent my childhood in the 80’s with the fuzz of Star Wars and He-Man figures. I even collected the Rambo figures (Rambo First blood was my favorite movie for so long!). I loved them, I did not have many, but they were the beginning of my toy collection. Unfortunately like many of us right after I moved away my mother threw everything away.
During my High school years I began reading comics and fell in love with the super heroes universe. Spider-Man was my favorite.
Years passed, I got married and started a family. As my boys were becoming interested in their own toys I figured why not start all over again?!
So I would be visiting every single toys store to check superhero toys and became obsessed. First there were small toys, then larger and more expensive, until one day a saw a phoenix statue and fell in love with it.
Today my collection is not big but requires a special place that I have arranged for me and everyone who is interested in toys and heroes. I select every piece with a lot of love and attention.
What do you collect? Does your collection have a theme, such as Star Wars, Batman, etc.?
I collect a little bit of everything. Star Wars is a must. Hero girls are my preference. Lady Deadpool, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, but Wonder Woman is my favorite from all. Hulk, Batman, and Superman are also part of my collection.
What makes your collection unique?
I guess what makes my collection unique is:
1. that I have a little bit of everything for I am not married to a specific Brand or company, I can give the luxury of having a Hulk next to a Batman! I collect big and small. I have statues, legos, figures, puzzles, picture frames, cars, etc..
2. I choose very carefully the furniture where I put my collection. I assemble it my self and sometimes I do not show a collectible until it has a proper space to be shown.
What are your favorite or the most prized pieces in your collection?
My Wonder Woman statue is definitely my favorite.
What items are on your wish-list?
A Venom bust, another Wonder Woman statue, a Darth Vader statue holding his helmet on his hand
a few Batman Statues.