Sideshow Featured Collector: Justin Molina

Collector: Justin Molina

Location: New Jersey

How and when did you start collecting?

I always collected figures as far as I can remember. Having a representation of characters with amazing details was a way for me to always be a part of that fictional world. Collecting became a serious part of my life when I started collecting Spawn figures (I sadly no longer have) back in 2005. Then around 2010 I discovered Revoltech figures and S.H. Figuarts figures. I didn’t know about high end Sixth Scale Figures till about 2012. That’s when I started collecting Hot Toys. Finding they made figures with high detail and articulation based on the  movies I love with uncanny likenesses to the actors was a home run hit for me. Since then it’s been a slow process but it’s come along very well to my personal liking. And now my fiancé has shared in my journey of adding and enjoying the collection.

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

I mainly collect Hot Toys 1/6 scale figures, S.H. Figuarts, and some other things that catch my eye that I love such as: “The Art/Making of” books for the movies I like and prop replicas. My theme I would say is superhero movies specifically Iron Man, Batman (Burton and Nolan), and The Avengers. I like to pick key characters/scene to be displayed in my collection.

What makes your collection unique?

My collection is unique to me because it simply represents me. I put a lot of work to afford and enjoy my collection. I pick each figure very carefully to represent each movie and only the movies that are important to me. It consists of characters I can relate to and that resonate with me.

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

Well this one is difficult to be specific about because they are all my favorites. I buy only the ones I truly like. My fiancé and I love Captain America: Civil War.  When we both have The Winter Soilder and the Iron Man Mark 46 I’m sure they will be our new favorites. But the Hot Toys 1989 Batmobile is the attention grabber. Maybe one day a Hot Toys Hulkbuster will reign supreme?!

What items are on your wish-list?