1. I grew up in Canada, & I have been a member of the online Megomuseum since '97. I have been collecting Megos since '72: The first word I spoke was "bat": Thus, my Dad gave me a Mego Batman. It was a touchstone to my connection with family, meaningful childhood memories, and my deep appreciation for art and sculpture. Megos will forever take me back to good memories and family trips to K-Mart, Zellers, Woolco, smaller Mom-&-Pop stores, and ordering Megos annually from the Sears Wishbook.
2. I am an artist, and a great admirer of product and design. Not only do I collect and cherish good work, but the Mego forum nurtures a community of like-minded persons, where we share with one another our interests, our memories of growing up, our in-roads as adults, and how to best support each other in accessing figures.
3. I lost my Dad last year. My Mego collecting has been part of how I have processed his legacy, as he consistently fostered a barrier-free understanding of my hobby and interest in the figures (and how it connected to my own art). Not only are your company's product availability most accessible with price and in-Country availability, but Brian is "good people": His word is reputable. If he names your company, it *is* a good company. Equally, it is with sincere respect that I have purchased from Derek's collection. If I may share, I wish the family to know that parts of Derek's interests, passion and his legacy are going to a good home, with someone who also "gets" the parts of Mego connectivity: With community, and strong connections with our own childhoods and our families.
I am personally greatful for your service (and especially your email). As your client, the proceeds going to Derek's family is particularly meaningful to me. I will always cherish the figures that I have ordered from DH Collectibles.
MichaelOur response:Hi Michael,
Thank-you so very much for your kind words and sharing your wonderful memories with us. This is exactly why we chose to offer Derek's memories in this fashion, rather than take the easy route and just sell off his years of devotion, hard work and passion to just anybody.
Your email confirms that we have made the right decision. This experience has shown us that there is great base of collectors looking for someone based in Canada who can offer what they are looking for with good value. When we started this , we quickly saw how many good people there are in this community who share the same passion that Derek did.
This has lead to our decision to carry on this business even after we have re-homed Dereks collections. We have learned so much about the hobby and business, that we feel that we can really help the Canadian collector and keep Derek's memory alive.
If it is okay with you, I would like to post your email on our blog, either with or without your name.
Thank-you so much
Tim and Dana
and finally , Michael's response:
Tim & Dana,
I am honoured by your words. Oh course, I am comfortable with you publishing my response for your website. I am ok with you providing my name. When I studied sociology before going into military social worker, I wrote a final term dissertation on the importance of collecting action figures, customizing, and making community (I have an academic / research-based standpoint validating my experiences). I was very close with my professor in my final year; we later became friends, and socialized with other academics with this type of community-building. Subsequently, I used my action figures and the mythology of superheroes to support members and their families with PTSD. It's all positive work. Kindly consider how your family touches the community in countless, unknown ways.
I am thankful for your reach out, and I
am very touched by your letter.
Thank-you Michael. Thank-you so very much.
Tim and Dana, and I'm sure somewhere Derek as well,