This episode of collection Intervention begins with Howie, who is a huge pop culture collector who collects underground Americana, horror memorabilia, movie posters, and records. Unfortunately, Howie spends more money than he really has, and is constantly juggling priorities to pay for his collection.
Elyse arrives and is actually impressed with Howie’s collection–he really does have some amazing items — but there’s nowhere to sit! She says he has a pop culture museum but she’s worried that his collection is taking over his life.
The next collector in need of an intervention is Sean, who collects mostly modern toys. Sean reviews his toys online and makes his living through his online videos. His girlfriend, Raquel, wants to move in, but there’s no room — everywhere you look, toys are piled high. Raquel says that “he pays more attention to his toys than me,” and at one point, she even says that sometimes she “wishes she was the toy” so Sean would pay more attention to her. It’s pretty obvious that these two have some issues to deal with.
Most of Sean’s toys are not mint in box since he had to remove the toys to review them. He does have an impressive collection of Hot Toys figures in a glass display cabinet, which Elyse tells him are worth $250-800 each. Sean’s pride and joy is a vintage collection of Thundercats figures and his collection of Masters of the Universe Classics figures, but Elyse can’t believe there’s a cup of coffee, gum, and other food items on the same table. A true collector would treat his collection better than this, she says.
Elyse calls in a therapist. Sean tells him that toys have always been his “happy place” and they are always there for him, while people have left him and hurt him in the past. I’m sure the therapist is very good at his job, but he lost me when he called all of Sean’s figures “dolls.” How can you effectively treat someone when you basically insult the things that they love?
Back at Howie’s house, Elyse finds some rare Ed Wood books and some Spookshow posters. I can’t imagine the treasures that Howie must have buried in all those piles. Everywhere you look, there is an amazing item sitting on a shelf or hanging on the wall.
Back at Sean’s apartment, Elyse calls in Jeremy, an appraiser, to look over Sean’s toy collection. Sean seems surprised at how much his Hot Toys figures are worth. Really? I’m sorry but if you spend hundreds of dollars on a toy, you know what it’s worth. I’ll blame the editing for this.
Jeremy tells Sean that his vintage Thundercats Cat’s lair with the box is worth $400-550. In total, Jeremy estimates that Sean’s entire collection is worth over six figures. That’s a lot of toys! He offers to buy the Thundercats lair, but Sean refuses to sell.
Elyse is still finding treasures at Howie’s place, including some prints by Robert Crumb, which are worth $200-350 each. Howie is still resistant to Elyse’s suggestions, so she calls upon a therapist and Howie is not thrilled. Howie reveals that he’s not even comfortable in all his clutter, and doesn’t enjoy being in his apartment, because it makes him anxious.
The therapist suggests getting four boxes and going through some items — keep, sell, storage, discard. Howie gives it a fairly lackluster effort and when the therapist leaves, Howie is really annoyed.
Sean has selected a large pile of toys to sell and he and Raquel go to Toyfusion, a local toy store to see what they can sell. I honestly don’t know where they find these stores,but it seems like every episode has another amazing shop that is filled with vintage toys? Is there a shop like this on the East coast, because I really want to go!
After a slow start, the toys start selling and Sean ends up unloading a lot of toys and makes $410 in the process. Sean goes on to clear out his apartment and Raquel is ready to move in. Success!
Elyse has set up an exhibition to show off some of Howie’s collection. At exhibitions, sometimes people offer to buy the items that are on display, so she wants to make sure Howie is prepared for that possibility, but he’s more afraid that his things will get damaged. This exhibit is a big step for Howie since he doesn’t really like people to paw through his collection.
A good crowd of people arrives and a lot of them want to buy some of the posters and books, but Howie keeps declining their offers. he finally agrees to sell a small Demolition Derby poster for $300. He also sells over $4,000 worth of items to a single buyer. In total, Howie sold over $5,500 worth of items but doesn’t seem too happy about it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went out and spent all that money on more items for his collection, and I’m not sure that Elyse can call this one a success.