Just did a small collectibles event. It was more of a "Show & Tell" show than regular show. I could have brought anything, but I decided on Robots. This probably represents about half my robot collection.
I think you have to consider 3 factors when deciding just how BIG a collection is. 1) What's available? 2) How hard is it to find what's available? And 3) How many other people are collecting the same thing?
Take vintage Star Wars for instance. Kenner made something like 107 figures, and 50 or so vehicles. If you have them all, well then by default, you have a big collection. Sure you can have MORE than all of them. You can have 1000 Storm Troopers, and 20 Tie-Fighters, but that's beside the point. In terms of what's out there, you've fulfilled the mission of putting together the entire collection, therefore, you have a big collection.
Now put that next to the 1980's 3 3/4" G.I. Joe line. I can not tell you how many people I've talked to over the years that have said "I had ALL the G.I. Joe figures! Easily over 100" . . . That's NOT much of a G.I. Joe collection. From 1982 to 1994, Hasbro produced right around 700 figures, and 200 or more vehicles. So a big Star Wars collection would pale in comparison to a big G.I. Joe collection. Granted, Hasbro has made about 2000 Star Wars figures since 1995, they've also pumped out another 1600 or so Joe's. But in strictly vintage 1980's terms, G.I. Joe is a MUCH larger collection.
My personal niche is the oddball G.I. Joe items. I really like G.I. Joe Halloween costumes. One would think there wouldn't be more than 10 to 20 G.I. Joe costumes produced from 1964 through 2000. Most collectors that had any interest in tracking them down would be content with 20 costumes, after that they start getting pretty obscure. But after more than a decade of collecting, I now have about 80 different G.I. Joe costumes, and several prototypes. I can tell you that aside from the the 5 or so most common ones, they are not easy to find. And I still need around 15 to complete my collection. I don't have much competition. There are other people who have added several costumes to their collections, but apparently none on the scale that I've reached. So compared to other collections, and what's available, my mere 80 is quite large.
I've had Walk-A-Tron for about a year now, and I can't find a scrap of information on him. He's made by Playwell, and stands a bit shy of 8 inches. Made in China. Beyond that, I know nothing.
The little green alien I've had for almost as long. He's a bendy. He has sort of a fire helmet on marked 3, which leads me to think there's probably a 1 and 2 out there somewhere? He stands about 3.5 inches tall. Curiously, the only markings are "Made in China" in 3 different locations: his back, and both feet.
...I neglected to pick up those new ones last year with the twirling claws.
That one can currently be found at most Toys R Us store's. They are usually up by the registers in their own display. You should be able to find him a Teacher Supply stores as well. Sadly the smaller one that uses the original mold seems to have been discontinued. I picked up the very last one I could find a few months ago. I missed all the previous modern incarnations though. It seems there have been quite a few since 1995 or so.
I haven't had much reason to post here is quite a while. But today I do.
Recently I was asked to speak at a comic and collectibles event being put on by the Ocala Public Library on June 8th 2013, in Ocala Florida. Leading up to the event they asked if I could fill a display case. Just did that a few days ago. The display includes some of my Ajax Spacemen, my Mini GoDaiKin's and their bootlegs, Astromech's, some Transformers, and some Zeroid's.
More can be seen on my Captain Cosmos Collectibles Facebook Page.