I thought I would interview my co founders to give everyone an insight into the horrible dysfunction and geek in-fighting that is Clect….First Karl Roberts, ClectaKarl.
Tell us how you got involved in Clect?
I’ve been a geek, although I may not have identified that way at the time, since watching Star Wars at the cinema in 1977 at 5 years of age. Since the massive star destroyer loomed overhead and Darth Vader strode on to the Blockade Runner it set me on a path that led me to books, action figures, comics, role-playing; really anything Star Wars related, I couldn’t get enough. That passion was something I shared with Steve Brumwell when we first met 20 years ago and is still a common bond today. When Steve conceived the idea for Clect I’m proud to say I was his first call.
What is your role in Clect?
The main aspect of what I’ve been doing for Clect is being the point man for both acquiring new users as well as helping manage the growing community of collectors we have. Also, if we imagine Clect were the Fellowship of the Ring then I see myself as fulfilling a Sam Gamgee type role. I don’t mean I carry Steve up volcanoes, but rather I just try and support him with whatever challenges we currently are facing.
What are your hopes for Clect?
My hopes for Clect are that we become a true home for collectors wherein that they can both share their own and discover the collections of others, whilst also having a space to socialize, chat, trade and generally geek out, all in a single space. We’re like a small Rebellion taking on an evil Empire *cough* *Facebook* *cough*.
When did you start collecting?
There are kind of two answers to this question. Like a lot of folk my age (early 40’s, since you asked) I had a pretty great collection of stuff back in the 80’s which it kills me to remember that I “grew out of” and just plain gave away and sold them all. Although my passion for all things sci-fi and geek has always been with me, it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I rediscovered my love for collecting and that’s still alive and well in me today.
What do you collect?
I have a pretty broad taste when it comes to collecting. I love the Marvel Select range and have a whole cabinet of those. There’s nothing better than taking a few hours to build a big Lego set so I have a bunch of those too, all Star Wars related of course. I have some Kotobukiya statues and an eclectic collection of other action figures in genres as varied as Dune and Nightmare on Elm Street. But what I really love collecting the most is comics…. I have a few hundred, Marvel mainly, but DC and independents too. I love the tactile feel of a new graphic novel in my hands maybe too much; it’s a sickness.
What frustrates you most about collecting?
Scalpers and flippers are a frustration, especially for the unwary. My biggest frustration though is the problem for which we believe Clect is the cure, namely that collectors have a fragmented and unsatisfactory online experience. We have to use certain sites to buy & sell and yet other sites to socialise and display our collections with none of them geared up specifically with collectors in mind. That changed when Clect arrived.
What do you enjoy most about collecting?
I’m a bit of a magpie so I’m not all about completing a certain range or run of figures or toys. I enjoy looking at my display cabinets with all their variety and reorganising them occasionally too. I get a buzz from knowing others are enjoying looking at my collection too, and I love browsing the amazing collections added to Clect by others.
What are your top 5 pieces and top 3 across the site and why?
And your top 3 Cards in Clect as a whole?
Frak me thats tough…but…