Sideshow Featured Collector: John Rufano

Collector: John Rufano

Location: New Jersey

How and when did you start collecting?

I got my first piece in the beginning of 2015. It was the sixth scale exclusive Cobra Commander. After that I got the Deadpool Sixth scale later that summer. Since then it’s been about 12 + pieces a year.

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

Most of my stuff is Marvel & DC based, but I don’t stick to a theme. If there is something I like I’ll get it, regardless of what genre it’s from.

What makes your collection unique?

I have a couple of OG sideshow pieces that I hunted down. Those along with the new pieces, artwork and the items I built myself. Such as my arcade, captain America shield, and some of my artwork. I also built the pax display with full acrylic, I have them in. It has enough room to display just about anything up to 28 inches height.

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

I finally got a hold of a OG Green Goblin. I remember seeing this sometime in ’98-99, when Tech Tv just started broadcasting E3. I looked it up online and thought, no way I can buy this… Along with that I recently acquired the exclusive GL, and Lord of darkness. These two might be the best pieces I have. Another favorite are the custom deadpools of my two dog’s “Luna” & “Dexter”. I came across an artist at comic con 2016 who created them.

What items are on your wish-list?

I have a bunch of things preordered. Thanos is the one I’m most looking forward to. After that, the 1:5 scale Hulk & Thor to go with my Cap & Iron Man