Anime Figures: An Otaku’s Choice of Obsession (Interview with DeeZee)

October 16, 2015

Collecting something is one act to show how much you love and support a certain thing, people or fandom. Old coins, stamps, merchandise, books, shoes, anything. As for Andrew “DeeZee” Ayala, he chooses Anime figures.

DeeZee is an otaku/hobbyist since his childhood days. He is an anime, manga, Japan shows and action figure lover. He has been managing a facebook page for quite some time now for his personal interest, doing an action figures updates (what’s new and what’s hot) for his fellow collectors and also for his personal collection updates.

I’m so happy that he agreed on this interview. Read our conversation below 🙂


A SUNNY HAPPINESS: When did you start collecting toys?
DeeZee: 2011 but when I was still in Manila, I have some Tamiya mini racer (from the anime Jet and Joey’s Let’s Go) then the anime Crush Gear came out on local TV, I also got some of them like my 1st one, the Garuda Pheonix then the next month, I got the other 2 (Raging Bull and Garuda Eagle) and been racing them for 2 yrs I think before I quit.


ASH: What are the reasons of choosing this kind of hobby? What/who influence you?
DeeZee: I’ve been a little bored since we came back here (Ormoc City) with my family from Manila back in 2008 and since there’s no theme parks and malls to hangout to, until year 2011 the time when I came looking for something worth my time, something that can kill my boredom, something that can make me feel alive again. And the rest is HISTORY, Lols.

ASH: What are the benefits of toy collecting to you?
DeeZee: You know, this kind of hobby may be expensive but it gives you lots of lots of good vibes. A proven stress reliever. I’ve met people in the internet (FB) with the same hobby and shares the same passion, you get complimented sometimes, some call me sempai, master etc. But the best part is when you get respect and be treated equal to some big time collectors is the BEST of FEELING ever.


ASH: What are the disadvantages of this kind of hobby?
DeeZee: When you’re BROKE, that’s the biggest disadvantage of all, ahahahahah. There was a time when I was browsing some action figure/collectors group when I saw this post, a super steal price for the figure and I’m only a few hundred pesos short. After a few minutes I checked it out again, now it was RESERVED/SOLD. And that’s the sad reality when you’re BROKE. Ahahahahaha ^_^

ASH: Of all the anime figures / toys in your collection what is your favorite? Why?
DeeZee: I don’t really have something that I can say may FAVORITE, but most of my collections came from ONE PIECE. I have this “Luffy Shrine” of about 110pcs more or less, but for some time now I stop collecting Luffy, as the saying goes “give chance to others”. About half of them now were gone, I traded and sell them.


ASH: Do you see yourself collecting anime figures 5 to 10 years from now?
DeeZee: Yes, I think so. Well, it depends on the situation.

ASH: Tips for aspiring collectors out there or any information you can share where to buy, etc?
DeeZee: Buy and Collect an authentic action figure only, which helps the industry. Buying bootleg is a waste of money; they don’t really have a value at all. Also, collecting is a kind of investments; it’s like having a time deposit. When the time comes, you can always sell them. You can never tell when emergencies come and you really need money.


Like his Facebook Page:  Deezee’s Hobby Collection
Photos by: FocusPro Photography 

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  • Reply jesma October 16, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    OMG gooooku goooooku lotsa goku 🙂 my boyfriend use to collect them too.. gashapons LOL

  • Reply Didi October 16, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I remembered my old collection as a kid – i buy K-Zone Magazine every month and would keep it on my book stand. I wonder what happen to that fave mag I had. BTW, love anime too!

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  • Reply Aurika Matias October 17, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I am so addicted in Anime when I was younger but that was before… Anyway, I enjoy browsing someone else’s collection of anime figures. I find figures expensive but if you’re really into it, I guess they are worth collecting. 🙂

  • Reply brianna October 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Great photos! 🙂

  • Reply Claire October 17, 2015 at 2:09 am

    An interesting picture, my brother in law collects super hero dolls. It’s a great hobby and there are lots of people all over the world enjoying it and connecting on social media to show and grow their collections 🙂

  • Reply Liz Mays October 17, 2015 at 6:01 am

    This is actually really interesting subculture to me. Those figurines seem to be sought after by lots of collectors. It would be cool seeing how people display their collections.

  • Reply Vanessa October 17, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I been wanting to collect anime figure(and ball jointed dolls) but too expensive for me. Right now I only collect anime magazines and Japanese Characters Plushies.

  • Reply mya.k October 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    perfect photos!!!!!

  • Reply iamsweetbie October 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Collecting stuff is a possession too. I got flashbacks of anime upon seeing your photos. It’s really fun knowing someone with some kind of addiction. I remember my friend whom I also interviewed last time about her barbie collection.

  • Reply Jonathan Key October 17, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    This is a really cool glimpse into a subculture that is so popular around the world. It’s so important to think of these figurines as a collection and collectibles. I really love all the great pictures you posted of anime characters. Seems like it would be a bit expensive to build a collection. That said, I love to see my friends collections and how they grow over the years.

  • Reply emiliana October 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    My brothers share the love for otakus!

  • Reply MITM October 17, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Oh my! If only I could show you my hubby’s Transformers collection. We live in a studio-type house, half of our place are big duraboxes with his collection since he was a kid. Sometimes, it brings us petty quarrels. I really don’t understand him. I would ask him to just sell some, and he would get mad. Haha

  • Reply Nicole Keener October 17, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    My husband loves Anime, and I do as well but I have to be honest Attack on Titan freaks me out!

  • Reply sef tiburcio (@seftiburcio) October 18, 2015 at 1:09 am

    This is a super cool collection!!

  • Reply RaNesha October 18, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This reminds me of my anime days. Love the photos

  • Reply Jennifer Villanueva October 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    cool photos! Great photography skill! I am not into anime but I had my fair share of watching dragon ball z.

  • Reply Ched October 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    What a great collection. The pictures look awesome too!

  • Reply Anne V October 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    I was an Otaku before I got married! I still love Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Detective Conan and a lot of old anime series/films, gotta love the action figures! I tried collecting Sailor Moon figures during college, but I just ended up using my money on food instead and school stuff haha. Maybe I’ll get into it again, this time with my kids.

  • Reply Elizabeth O October 20, 2015 at 3:19 am

    My kids are huge anime and manga fans and so they would love to read about this. I will share it with them.

  • Reply Karen October 20, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I believe it’s a pricey hobby, but a good investment in the future, that is if you know how to take good care of your anime figures especially their boxes.

  • Reply Yvonne October 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Oh My Gosh! I love anime and I even love figurines. I plan to collect chibi figurines and I hope to build my collection soon! 🙂 Love your photos

  • Reply Joy Priginal October 21, 2015 at 1:02 am

    I used to watch dragonball z before. I salute people who collect this kind of stuff. I know this is pricey that’s why you need to sacrifice a big chunck of your savings hehe

  • Reply Lou October 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I used to collect Bleach and Naruto figures too, but it led me to frustrations when my cousin started collecting Gundam heavy figures and it made me think mine’s the cheapest. Hahahaha Well, I guess it just got me thinking that there’s more to prioritize than those, and I think collecting anime figures ain’t really for me. Really, collecting is fun but it’s really pricey. Those in the photos are pretty much expensive looking! 🙂

  • Reply Ruth October 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    This seems to be a funny hobby! great pictures!

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