Meet The Collectors #24 – Ehmar Ehsan
Here’s another new installment of Meet The Collectors, and today it’s the turn of Ehmar Ehsan to tell us about his collection.
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Over to Ehmar…
How did you first get into steelbook collecting, and what was your first purchase?
I was at end of my Uni years and I remember going into the local HMV Glasgow city centre and was browsing through the bluray section and I noticed Marvel’s Captain America and Marvel’s Thor films both in a strange metal packaging and I was hooked as soon as I saw them… i must admit, i didn’t buy them until a few years later.
My first steelbook was actually a graduation present from my siblings – which was Star Trek 2009. (Still an awesome film!)
If I remember correctly, the first one I purchased myself was Batman Begins.
Do you have a favourite steelbook in your collection?
Not one, but a bunch of favourites haha! Ratatouille, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tron Legacy, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy steelbooks to name a few.
Would you ever buy a steelbook just for the art, if you didn’t like the movie?
Yes. I have done so – Godzilla, Warcraft and The Mummy Trilogy are a good example (I do love the first Mummy film… but the other 2 kinda sucked lol).
Conversely, would you buy a steelbook of a movie you love even if you hate the art?
Again, Yes… and again, I have done so – How to Train Your Dragon, Guardians of the Galaxy, Van Helsing – For me, Its more about having a more complete collection than not buying it.
What movie that doesn’t currently have a steelbook really deserves one?
There are lots of films which deserve one : Kung Fu Panda 3, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(1971), Galaxy Quest, Upgrade, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1+2, How to Train your Dragon 2 (and 3 eventually), Maverick, The Phantom, ParaNorman, Tango & Cash… I’m sure there are more, but thats all that comes to mind at for now.
Do you store your collection neatly away, or is it all proudly on display?
I display my collection proudly! I really feel steelbooks are the current epitome for film collectors… i recently ran out of room and had to buy another bookshelf – but thats getting pretty full now too haha.
I always try and leave room for more! I think I’ll save up and get the Game of Thrones steelbooks next.
Do you collect anything else?
I used to collect toys… mostly Transformers and Power Rangers, but understandably my wife felt I was far too old for that, so I reluctantly moved 90% of my toys into the attic for storage.
I was adamant in keeping a few display pieces out though haha.
I will probably sell most of it… one day.
Other than that – I love buying movie “Art of” books.
What do your family and friends think of your collection?
My kids and my siblings love it;
My friends love the idea, but feel it costs too much;
My wife thinks its a waste of good storage space for her clothes/shoes haha!
But in truth how can anyone else apart from a movie-buff or fellow collector like members of this community understand the time, effort and happiness of having a steelbook collection?
Thanks to Ehmar for sharing, and if you want your turn, please get in touch here.
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