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.