Vintage Toy King
My toy collecting hobby started back in the early 1980's when I was a young child. My Papa would buy me Star Wars figures for Christmas, my birthday or when I would help him in the yard mowing or pulling weeds. He would use a figure cardback to check off a figure every time he or my parents got me a new Star Wars figure. If new action figures came out he would get a newer cardback to use. This checking them off really fueled the desire to "Collect Them All."
When Star Wars figures started to disappear from the store shelves, my Papa wanted me to find another toy line that he could get for me. I remember walking around the toy isles of a store in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, wondering what I was going to collect next. Then I saw a GI Joe Snake Eyes figure. I was really into military items since my Papa was retired Army. So when I saw a military toy line with so many cool figures, I had to pick GI Joe for my next collecting frenzy. A Straight Arm Snake Eyes was my first GI Joe Figure. My Papa would use a cardback to keep track of these figures as well. I really have great memories of my childhood and my Papa helped create some of the best.
I sold off most of my collectibles when I was in high school. I kept a few that had special meaning, such as my Star Wars AT-AT and GI Joe MOBAT. When I was in college I got the fever to start collecting again. I haven't stopped since. I mostly collect 1970's & 1980's toys, but I have a few older and newer items. I really enjoy finding box lots at flea markets with countless treasures. I will buy an entire box just so I can go through it and try and piece everything back together.
I love to buy, sell, and trade collectibles. This site is designed to share what I have in my collection, what I have for sale, and what I am interested in buying. Feel free to contact me if you see anything that you like or if you have any 1970's or 1980's toys for sale.
As of November 2014, I have been privileged to have opened a store in Ocala, Florida where I live. The store has been a wonderful experience. I have met some great people, come across toys that I have not seen in a long time and have been able to live my life long dream of owning a Toy Store. I get new stuff in constantly and try to post pictures on my Facebook Page. If you are ever in the Ocala, Florida area, please stop in.