Singapore’s Biggest Toy Collector

He is probably the biggest Toy Collector in Singapore and I had the chance to visit his home or should I say museum of Toys. They range from the likes of Hot Toys to even Bowen statues. Spencer Song runs a business that specializes in creating acrylic displays to preserve such toys and of course I got one from him which I’ll show you at the end of this article.

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So enter the toy museum and you’ll see so many different movie replicas, comic replicas and so on. I’d actually describe Spencer as more of a collector and not so much a toy collector specifically.

It’s not just the toys that capture you but the way he displays them as well, some of which were his own custom dioramas. Any toy collector would understand this because sometimes just displaying the toy alone isn’t enough, you want to recreate the “battle scene” from either the movie or the comic.

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Lord of the Rings is certainly one of his favourites as you can see, with much attention paid to the menacing nature of the figures!

In any comic book hero there are always different costumes or incarnations of the same character. Spencer is focused that way. He would collect different versions of the same character and display their different costume designs in one case. Take for example this one which features Angel / Archangel and Jean Grey / Phoenix.

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Here’s another one for the “family” portrait – Spiderman! Of course while the costumes are pretty much the same, you gotta love the different poses that Spidey can do and any Marvel fan has to have a Spiderman or two! Spencer wins just cos he’s got Blackcat in there too!

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This display caught my attention because I’m a huge Iron Man fan and here we have so many different versions which include the Hulk Buster, the stealth version and some of the more classic designs like the fully gold one.

Again it’s a draw on the kind of focus Spencer has with his collection as you can see the various Captain America figures and a nice touch with Red Skull surrounded by Hydra soldiers.

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Posing style is also another way he groups his figures, take for example this “game of thrones” display with Thanos and Loki in the back. Pretty sure Thanos figures will be a hit by the time The Avengers 2 hits cinemas.

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Below are some of his prized Bowen statue collections, the ones I fell in love with while there1 Just look the colour and dramatic poses! I’m guessing that I was in a room with thousands of dollars worth of statues. One of the things I learnt was that with the different designs for the same character, Spencer made sure he was able to get the same serial number for the “groups” so that alone is an increase in value of the figures.

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This one is another unique feature in Spencer’s home. What we have here are small, maybe 2 inch figures in an acrylic case that’s mounted over a door! Cool right, imagine this baby swinging and leading to your toy den!

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Personally I’ve always thought that the Bowen statues of female characters were nicer than the male ones. Perhaps it’s just the way they pose that make it more eye catching.

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You can see again that Spencer decides to put most of his female characters in one showcase. The likes of Emma Frost, Mary Jane and Elektra among them!

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This one below is one of my favourites, I actually really hope Hot Toys will make Fantastic Four movie replica figures, especially since it would be based on the movie, invisible woman would be Jessica Alba!

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When his son moved out, Spencer took over his bedroom and converted it into a toy den with some of his most prized Bowen statues in there! Just take a look at the photo below. You can see how all the panels of the wall is covered with display shelves of toys and in the middle, it’s kind of a toy collector king’s chair where he goes to for some quiet time or to relax on his own! Pretty neat idea!

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Ok moving out of that room (because I was half tempted to steal a Ms Marvel) and into the hall area that is equally surrounded by toys, take my word for it, there are no walls in his house!

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Spencer created his own version of Gotham City! With multiple Batman designs and of course the latest being the Tom Hardy version of Bane! This one is really one of the highlights that greats you when you enter his house but I had to come back to it. In a way I was somewhat lost while touring his home because there are just so many displays to look at.

It’s like being in candy land, you just feel like you’re in another world where it’s ok to be a boy and play with toys!

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Of course I had to ask, which was his first toy and it was this Superman figure that was high up on one of the display shelves. I had to really zoom in with my point and shoot but there it was just standing there! I suppose that’s how it is with a lot of comic book fans…..the first hero to you ever start following is almost always Superman!

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Here’s the man himself, Spencer (far right) together with Jacky (bottom) the architects behind Hob Buddy, a company that specializes in acrylic displays for your toys! You can find out more here and take a look at some other displays from Spencer!

As you can see in the background, that’s the display shelf I got Spencer and Jacky to design for me and it is amazing!

By Elliott Danker

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