Sideshow Featured Collector: Gary Butler

Collector: Gary Butler

Location: Ojai, California

How and when did you start collecting?

I started collecting in my early 20’s. As a child I loved Star Wars. I remember I was 2yrs old when a new hope came out. My mom tried to take me to the old FOX Theater in Ventura but they were sold out. Somehow and extra film reel was found and they showed it at Buena High Schools theater and I remember. I had the figures but I also had the 12″ figures when I was a kid. So when Kenner came out with the 30 year anniversary retro 12″ I was hooked. Not to long after Sideshow became prevalent and I have been collecting ever since. I have unfortunately transferred my love of collecting and star wars to my now almost 20 yr old son.  I have collected all the Kenner/Hasbro 12″ from every movie of the prequels, anniversary and sideshow.

What do you collect? Does your collection have a theme, such as Star Wars, Batman, etc.?

Star Wars 90%. but my kids were blessed with the great TV series that have played out. They were a part of the Arrow-verse  when it started. We are Arrow, Flash, DC lovers as well. Marvel too. We have Arrow 12″ signed, many of the figures from the show signed and quotes, Punisher, supergirl, flash,. Pictures of actors with my kids and auto’s.

What makes your collection unique?

Many of my Star Wars are signed, quotes. In addition to our Arrow-verse and DC stuff. I was able to meet many of the Star Wars actors many times, Carrie, Mark ect. Carrie I saw at her last Celebration just before the force Awakens and her death. Great Story there. Great stories with Jon Bernthal and many of the DC cast shows as well.  I also love my collection because it was a family affair. My son and I went to Ikea for the cabinets, built and set up display. I tied it to Alexa as a routine. My son is currently building the clone wars REX suit to join the 501st. This will be a future part of our collection.

What are your favorite or the most prized pieces in your collection?

I purchased the Han in Carbonite diorama in Jabba’s palace from sideshow years ago. My last meeting with Carrie she signed it beautifully and quoted “I love You” my hope is to one day have Harrison ford sign “I know”. It’s probably one of my favorites. Ian McDiarmid is another. All quoted.

What items are on your wish-list?

Kylo Ren, Rey Skywalker, Darth Maul with robot legs