Collect Together @ Wizard World

One of the great joys of being a pop culture collector and fan is the thrill of attending a comic or fandom convention.  We are fortunate to have a plethora of convention options today, from the locally-organized to the mega-studio PR events that dominate our social feeds every summer.  Regardless of which Con you attend, there is always a sense of anticipation and excitement leading up to the event; choosing what panels and events you want to hit, which guests you have to meet, and compiling your short-list of must-haves collectibles to add to your collection.

Wizard World Comic Con

The Clect Team is feeling that same sense of anticipation as we busily prepare to descend on Wizard World Chicago later this month. As many of you know, Wizard World is the largest producer of pop culture fandom events in the world, and Clect is fortunate to have a deep partnership with them. That partnership is key to helping us add more Clectas to our ever-expanding community of geeky greatness!

So, where will you find Clect at Wizard World Chicago, you ask?

Start by visiting Our Clect Booth:

We’re conveniently located right in the middle of the action.  Our booth is #118 in Premier Hall A (next door to the Wizard World Exclusives booth).  The whole team will be there and we look forward to meeting our fellow Clectas, so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.

Need a more compelling reason to visit us other than seeing our smiling faces in person? Fair enough, how about this:

Enter to Win this Cool Mondo Print:

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We’re giving away this incredible original, limited edition, out-of-print Back to the Future Mondo print, by artist James Flames.  This gorgeous print will be on display at our booth and one lucky Clecta is going to add it to their collection. Since the original cast of BTTF are attending the Chicago convention, we thought it essential to celebrate one of the great pop culture properties of all time!

Attend our Panel Discussion on Saturday

2:00-2:45PM COLLECT TOGETHER (ROOM 42)
How the Clect platform wants to bring together the many millions of collectors globally to help them build and share their amazing collections!Hear from Clect CEO and Founder Steve Brumwell (@ObiWanBrumobi on Clect), Co-Founders Morgan Spurlock (@Morgan on Clect) and Karl Roberts (@ClectaKarl on Clect), Clect Marketing Chief, George McGowan (@iCollectMonsters on Clect), plus Clecta Bill McBride (@BillMcBride on Clect) owner of the world’s largest Darth Vader collection.  We profiled Bill and his collection in a previous blog post which you can read here.

See the full schedule of panels and events on the Wizard World Chicago website.

Compile Your Collecting List Check with Wizard World Chicago Exclusives Pack on Clect

One of the coolest aspects of attending any Comic Con is the ability to get your collecting paws on convention exclusives and Wizard World is no exception.  As part of Clect’s partnership with Wizard World, we are showcasing exclusives with their own dedicated Pack on Clect.  Check out the Wizard World Chicago Exclusives Pack on Clect here:

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Follow Our Event Page on Facebook

Reading this blog post will get you up to speed on our plans, but in order to have all our Wizard World Chicago activities at your fingertips during the con, just check out our handy Clect @ Wizard World Chicago 2016 event page on Facebook:

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Collect Together with Us at Wizard World Chicago

So, we’ve got a busy convention lined up.  In between, we’ll be buying cool stuff, meeting cool people, lining up for autographs, attending panels and events, and reveling in all the geek awesomeness that we can absorb.

Tickets are still available. Click the image below to get yours and  let’s Collect Together at Wizard World Chicago

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In our next post, we’ll share ideas for using Clect to plan and journal your con-going experience. Until then keep on Clectin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collect Together @ Wizard World

Meet Darth Vader Clecta Bill McBride

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Clect is based on the simple premise that collectors love to Collect Together, so we like to feature members of our community – we call ourselves ‘Clectas’- and hear about what they love. This week, we’re featuring Clecta @BillMcBride, the Guinness World Record Holder for Darth Vader memorabilia.

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1. What got you started collecting?

I grew up in a family that collected all types of things, and that collector-DNA certainly carried over. The Star Wars Original Trilogy was a huge part of my childhood growing up, and it was just a natural process to start collecting Star Wars toys at the time. (as we all did, I think). Darth Vader was immediately my favorite character, so I found myself naturally asking for anything and everything Vader. While I’ve been only been actively collecting as an adult for 25+ years, I can say my Vader “focus” started right there in 1977.
 

2. Why Darth Vader?

The easy answer is because I think he’s the most amazing, brilliant movie character of all time. I thought that the first time I saw him in “Star Wars”, and that’s never changed. There was more world class talent poured into Vader, than any other character in movie history. It wasn’t just me, he was also the runaway fan favorite as well, and we see that when we look back to the first vintage products that were being sold. Posters, patches, even the infamous “Vadar Lives” campaign from Factors. Just the sheer volume of Vader-themed items is staggering. When I started collecting seriously as an adult, I just naturally gravitated to Vader … I’ve never had any interest in collecting anything else.

3. What are your 3 favorite pieces and why?

1) Early hand made prototype 4″ figure from Kenner – this is one of the earliest prototypes known for the figure, and was also the very same figure that was used for all the early product photography. It is a truly historical piece in every sense of the word.
2) Prop Darth Vader Helmet – George Lucas Superlive – My collection has evolved over time, and I now find myself going after only original props and production items. Being able to find *any* Vader prop is a feat in and of itself, but finding a helmet is a once in a life time opportunity. This is another truly remarkable piece on it’s own, but it’s history is unparalleled in the hobby. It’s a superlative piece in every way
3) The original blueprint & color rendering for the 4″ Darth Vader figure (a two-for-one here, as they are a set) – these are the original blueprints and designs which
were used to create the Darth Vader figure. You can’t get much more historical or significant than that, and it’s an honor to have these types of items in my collection
today.
 

4. Is there a holy grail piece you still need?

My current holy grail would be any Vader prop from the Original Trilogy. That’s sacred ground for Star Wars fandom, and to own an original Vader OT prop
would be a dream come true. My other grails are closely guarded secrets 🙂
 

5. What advice would you share with other Collectors?

I think the holy mantra of collecting I would share with anyone is – “Learn, learn to be patient, and have the patience to learn”  So many people succumb to the “collecting bloodlust” and rush headlong into things without taking time to educate themselves, or having the patience to sort out good deals from bad. Especially in the Star Wars world right now … the market we are seeing is unprecedented in both demand and values. People that don’t take the time to educate themselves about the items and absolutely setting themselves up for failure, and possibly crushing financial errors.

6. How could we improve Clect for you personally?

I have a bit of a unique problem – I have the largest collection of Darth Vader memorabilia in the world, so the sheer volume issues from cataloging those items is staggering. (I’m sure I would need a full time assistant just for that)  However, what I think is the key benefit from the app is the global dynamic we are seeing with instant resourcing and information. We can’t carry around armloads of reference books and tools to each show and Con we attend, but having an app, with this type of content at your fingertips is invaluable to collectors.
Click on these images to see these items, and much more, from Bill’s incredible collection on Clect:
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Meet Bill @ Wizard World Chicago!

Bill will be joining the Clect team at Wizard World Chicago later this month for a special panel discussion called “Collect Together: How the Clect Platform wants to bring together the many millions of collectors globally to help them build and share their amazing collections.”  and will give us a detailed look at his ever-growing collection.  He will also be at the Clect booth throughout the convention, so grab your tickets and come hang out with Bill and the Clect crew!
So, what do you Clect?  Collect together with Bill and the thousands of other members of the Clect community and help us build the best platform for collecting in the Galaxy!
Register at Clect.com
Meet Darth Vader Clecta Bill McBride