Sideshow Featured Collector: Jeffrey Schechter
Collector: Jeffrey Schechter
Location: Los Angeles, CA
How and when did you start collecting?
I started collecting during the first season of my TV show “Stitchers” just a few years ago. I collect figures that creatively mean something to me; figures from movies and television shows like Star Trek TOS and Batman (1966) that inspired me as a kid to become a writer. I also collect figures that, as an adult, make me excited to be part of the entertainment industry. My dream is to create something that means as much to someone else as the pieces in my collection mean to me.
What do you collect? Does your collection have a theme, such as Star Wars collectibles, Batman, etc.?
I began with some Hot Wheels Elite cars from their movie collection, and then quickly moved to Hot Toys and Sideshow 1/6 scale figures, and then Premium Format figures and maquettes. Thematically, my collection is very science fiction heavy, particularly Star Wars characters. On the superhero side, I lean towards Batman. I love what Batman symbolizes — the idea that, without superpowers, you can rise from adversity and build yourself up to be a hero.
What makes your collection unique?
For me, the uniqueness of my collection comes from what each piece says about me and my personal history. I can look at my Speeder and Scout Trooper and be instantly transported back 35 years to the long line I stood in when The Empire Strikes Back first opened. My Star Trek figures and collectibles, including a phaser and communicator from the Wand Company, take me back to those early days of Star Trek conventions in the 1970s, when my parents would let me check into a Manhattan hotel with a scraggly bunch of friends for a long weekend to listen to people like Gene Roddenberry, David Gerrold, and Harlan Ellison talk about the magic of writing and creating science fiction.
What are your favorite or the most prized pieces in your collection?
I’m kind of in love with my Tweeterhead Batman and Robin maquette. The detail is incredible and when you put both together you create a Batcomputer as their backdrop. While I’m a fan (though not a superfan) of Batman vs Superman, the Armored Batman Premium Format figure is incredibly detailed and looks great. That being said, Iron Patriot, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith Premium Format pieces are also very intricate and well crafted. I also have the complete Ralph McQuarrie set of Star Wars figures, as well Iron Man and Captain America, but I’ve run out of room in my home office to display them, though they will figure prominently in my office when I get my next show.
What items are on your wish-list?
The piece that I would love to get would be the Ben Kenobi Mythos maquette. Coming late to the party, it was sold out long before I started collecting. I check eBay from time to time to see if one is available, but the best price I’ve seen is almost $2000 dollars. I love the piece, but I love my marriage more! Honey, if you’re reading this, you now know what to get me for my birthday.