I'm a kid of the 80s, grew up with the usual suspects of heman, transformers, thundercats and gijoe. I loved animation of all sorts. Since I was overseas and not in North America certain toys were harder to find, but I was also exposed to more shows that I guess were shown in the British or European market.
Toywise heman, thundercats and gijoe were my thing. Though I loved those shows I would also get exposed to great shows like Robotech ( Macross ), Spiral Zone, Galaxy Rangers and so forth.
I'm really into mech / robots and when I was younger one of my friends cousins had this toy from Hong Kong it was the Transformers Jetfire in a Macross like box setup with armor. I was so amazed at the clicky sounds and the decent amount of transforming and just the amount of detail in it.
Came to Canada when I was starting High School and was always reminiscing about how cool it would be to track down all my old childhood toys and thanks to ebay I did just that like i think most collectors did.
Also I was collecting comics at the time and Silver Snail also opened my eyes to a lot of older toys and japanese imports.
I think this hobby is not so much how many items you accumulate, but the joy and honesty of a time in your life when things werent as complicated as life now.
My passion for robots started with Voltron. That and I lived in a neighborhood full of chinese shops that sold tons of chogokin. Even before Voltron, my mom would come home with weird obscure robots with boxes I couldnt read. She was bringing home Valkyries, Orguss toys, Iron Gear/Xabungle toys, Dunbine and a bunch of other random stuff. Even some cool knockoffs. My first real full blown chogokin was Daitarn 3. Unpacking that started my obsession for robots. My passion started to die off in my 20's until I realized why... The robots I was collecting at that time were not metal...soon as I discovered SOC, I got hooked again. Now I am in my 30's and I have more chogokin than I know what to do with, but I'm damn happy. Now trying to collect what I had as a kid too. I have been a writer for this site for a few years. I also attend the Toy Fair and Comic Con with other CDX staff to provide content for the site.
I like super robots, Saint Seiya, Gold Knight Garo, and comic book stuff.
Rob. Live in WA. Shows I like: Saint Seiya, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Zyuranger, Dairanger(sort of), Kakuranger, Transformers G1 and the films(I guess?) Fairy Tail, fate/stay night, Inuyasha, Death Note Clamps' X, Cardcaptor Sakura, Samurai Troopers, Devil May Cry.
Games: Just about anything Legend of Zelda. Most of the older Mario games, Dishonored, Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, Destroy All Humans(I like the second better), Tomba, the original Spyro Games.
Former CollectionDX site-stalker that admittedly has WAY too many toys for my age. I may not set records with my collection but it is only because I am not filthy rich.
My geekdom is not just relegated to toys or collectibles though.