Sideshow Featured Collector: Ramil Yao
Location: Perth, Western Australia
How and when did you start collecting?
I have been fascinated by comic book characters since I was a kid. Growing up in the Philippines, I used to buy comics every time we visit the bookstore or comic book shop, my favorites include Spider-Man and the X-Men. I was a boy growing up in the 90’s who’s into comics, video games (I love the arcades!), and watched a lot of American cartoons (e.g. GI Joe, Transformers, X-Men, etc). All these became a big part of my life and ultimately a part of who I am today. I can’t remember clearly when I started collecting, but it was probably about 10 years ago now and only started when I can finally afford it! My very fist Sideshow statue was the Spider-man Comiquette, which remains to be my all-time favorite up to this day.
What do you collect? Does your collection have a theme, such as Star Wars Collectibles, Batman, etc.?
What makes your collection unique?
I would say each collector’s collection is unique for each and everyone of us because it gives other people a glimpse of who we are. Anyone who has seen my collection would immediately get an idea of what I’m into, what I love talking about, and what I enjoy doing in my pastime (which includes watching superhero movies!). Another thing that’s unique about my collection is I have bought them from various countries including Philippines, America, Australia, and Japan.
What are your favorite or the most prized pieces in your collection?
I am an amazing Spidey nut and I love my Spider-Man collection (Comiquettes and Premium Formats), which also include my favourite Spider-Man villains – Venom and Carnage!
What items are on your wish-list?
THE NEW LEGENDARY SCALE SPIDER-MAN! I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE FINAL PIECE! Also, the new Miles Morales PF looks awesome, and if Sideshow comes out with a new Spider-Man Symbiote Costume PF, I’ll be super keen to get it!