Q: When and why did you start collecting Android mini collectibles?
A: I started my collection at the end of year 2012 because I’m a high-tech enthusiast and fan of the Android mascot. Android Mini Series 3 was already released so I’m not an early adopter. I started with only one, then less than 10 and now I have about 150 (or more) collectibles at home.
Q: What makes collecting Android mini collectibles interesting?
A: I’m still a fan of the Android OS so I keep my support on these collectibles. The shape is pretty simple so I love to see how artists design these little guys to be unique an awesome. Only one series is released per year and there are some Special Editions. Thanks to all these designs, I discovered some amazing artists work and the chance to chat with some of them. Another cool thing is that most designers release Artist Proof edition (numbered and signed edition of a production design) and they add prints or accessories which are very cool. By contrast, because of a contract with Google, Andrew Bell (the boss behind Android toys) has to release some design exclusive to Google employees and the prices for those could be insane (more than 1000$ for a super rare design). So, these designs can’t be owned by a lot of collectors and they feel bad for not having the possibility to collect them all.
Q: Biggest regret (that Android mini you slept on and missed)?
A: When this custom was released, I was not in the game but the one that I would be very happy to own is the “Captain America” custom made by Gary Ham for SDCC 2011. The design is pretty simple but I totally love it!
Q: How do you take care of and store your collection of Android mini?
A: At the moment, I am living in a tiny flat in France so I don’t have many places to store my collectibles. That is why I’ve bought a Detolf cabinet from Ikea and added some shelves to store more androids than the initial capacity. It protects them from dust and in order to avoid UV rays, I put it away from the windows. I leave the special editions and Google editions in their individual boxes because the antennas are very fragile, if they are dropped on the floor, they will get broken and lose all their worth and appeal J
Q: What do you think is the psychological appeal and cultural importance of collecting Android mini collectibles? Does it trigger some primal instinct that is futile to resist?
A: That’s a difficult question to answer! Yes, there is a primal instinct because like many other collectors, I want to collect them all even if I don’t like the design of some. But that’s the game of collecting. When you start a collection, you have a lot of place so you want to buy a lot of stuff. Then it becomes more and more difficult and you buy only your favorite designs.
Q: What is your holy grail?
A: I have the chance to own a “GearDroid” custom made by Doktor A from UK. Only 6 were made worldwide. This custom is really awesome, a lot of details and you can turn the head with the gear on the chest. The steampunk look fits perfectly on the robot shape. In my opinion, this is a great piece of art.
Q: First Android mini purchased and when/why?
A: The first one I bought was the standard green because it’s the most known colorway. I think a lot of people (including me) just bought it because they love the Android mascot and that was the start of the addiction to collect them all.
Q: If you could add any Android mini to your collection, which would that be?
A: I have the chance to already own a lot of them but I would be very happy to add a custom from Scott Tolleson or Gary Ham to my collection because I love their styles.
Q: What is the decisive factor when you purchase an Android mini?
A: As I said previously, I’m now addicted to this platform so I’ll buy every single released Android mini. In parallel, I started collecting designer toys from other platform as well and I collect only the ones that I love. So, the primary factors are the design, then the artist who made it, and finally the platform. My favorites are:
- Mini Qee by the French artist Fakir
- 8 inches Mahakala Dunny by Andrew Bell
- Fatcap Totem by Kronk
- And a lot of 3 inch dunnys from Ardabus Rubber, Scott Tolleson, Huck Gee, Sergio Mancini, Jeremiah Ketner, Andrew Bell, MAD, 123KLAN, Superdeux, …)
Q: Tell us a bit more about the custom series of Android mini which you are managing?
A: I’m an active member of the Android Mini Collectible community on Google+ that consists of a lot of collectors and artists. In parallel with the official release made by Andrew Bell, I had an idea to create custom series with artists from the community (and other artists that I like) to give the collectors possibility to grab some cool exclusive designs and to promote my favorite platform. I’m really happy because most of the artists I contacted answered ‘yes’ and joined the project. We are 10 artists and the actual deadline is to make the online sale at the end of March. If you want more information about the project, please take a look here or look for the #AMCCS1 hashtag on your favorite social media.
Q: How do you like PopGrotto?
A: PopGrotto website is an amazing place to share our addictions to collecting and to see what other people collect. It also provides the possibility to meet members, from other countries or near you, who collect the same thing as you. Sharing pictures of our collections is an important part of collecting because we are proud of them; we are proud to show which collectible we have successfully hunted and which one we have added to the collection.