This morning we are celebrating Maddie’s awesome steven collection. It always brings me great joy to see Maddie’s smile when I do the Southern California shows. She has a passion for toys and art, so I am very stoked to interview her.
3.5 Questions for Maddie-
Me- Is that you behind the camera lens? Those pics are quite wonderful.
Maddie- It’s all me! I got a light tent set up that I’ve been tweaking over the years. Still using the same Canon Rebel XTi. LOL
I like taking pics and sharing my collection with other collectors. I like cataloging my toys. Someday I want to make a collector album book but I gotta be hella organized to do it and time has been hard to come by.
Me- What is your favorite Steven Sculpt?
Maddie- Favorite Steven Sculpt – I love the Gargamel sculpt. By the time I got to collecting Steven I arrived at the end of the Super7 versions and I was fortunate enough to snag one custom from that particular figure. I also heard about the fire that consumed a majority of those figures. Can’t remember if they were blanks or painted versions though.
The Gargamel sculpt was coming out and I fell in love with the compact look he had. It only had one point of articulation but that’s all it needed. How his wings were shaped and his face and fangs and ears. Everything looked perfect. I collected what releases I liked. Not sure if I have achieved completist as there are some unpainted out there but not sure which ones I am missing. I relentlessly collected that figure and tried very hard to obtain customs. Still looking out for pieces when they cross my path.
Me- When did you start collecting toys, and or soft vinyl, and what makes you the most happy about it?
Maddie- Funny I still remember the first one. I still have it. It was July 2006. OG White Treeson by Bubi Au Yung produced by Crazy Label. A gift from Nate when we were still dating.
Like many other collectors, I started with Urban Vinyl then moved onto Sofubi when the quality suffered and interest waned with designer toys. Sofubi attracted our attention because we’ve always loved everything from Japan. The quality of the vinyl was superb. No screen printed designs. All hand painted or expertly painted with masks. The personal touch was there from the artist to the product, it was hands on and Nate and I liked that. Plus the designs were awesome. I am always drawn to amazing paint jobs and awesome sculpts. You see the artist’s vision of their work and you get to be a part of that wonderful creative world. I think that’s what makes me happy the most.
Me- If you could have your own "Maddie" release of one of my, or anyones sculpts, which would it be, and what colors?
Maddie- Maddie Release – OMG. It has to be the OG Sleeping Killer. I wish bigger. Not as big as the huge ones that you’ve had although I wish got one. But kind of like the size of the Krackle and Kong but lower. Nesting like a cat. Actually sleeping with his feet curled under him. It will be the crown jewel of a killer collection. Handpaint and colorful, I love reds and yellows with designs on him and shimmering rainbow-y like an octopus or squid changing colors. That kind of Killer. LOL
Me- Dang. Can i have one too. That would have to be a Gargamel or Beth Graves sculpt. I’m imagining something actual tiny kitten sized.
You can see more of her Steven collection and so much more awesomeness on her flickr page.