Adam Pratt is a full time artist living just outside of Hartford, CT. His art usually involves customizing toys, and casting his own unique resin figures. Growing up in the 80’s really cemented his love for pop culture, and he has amassed a sweet collection of candy containers, many of which are based on pop culture characters and icons.
How did your collection start? What was the first item in your collection?
The first item in my collection was a Topps Robocop candy figure. I found him at a tag sale, and decided he was going to be the start of a new collection.
Approximately how many items are in your collection?
I have about 150 unique candy containers. I have more than that, but many came in different colors of the same figure, so I don’t count those.
Do you have a favorite item in your collection?
My Robotron robot candy container is my favorite. There is something really retro and awesome about the container. It was designed for play as well as a dispenser.
How do you store/display your collection?
At the moment, just a bookshelf, but I am moving soon and plan to pick up some nice displays from Ikea.
Is there a “holy grail” item that you would love to add to your collection?
There are a couple. Mostly the Fleer Mr. Bones coffin and fire hydrant containers. They are hard to come by for a fair price.
Do you collect other things?
I also collect vintage and modern vending machine toys. I am working on setting up a blog this winter for that madness as well.
Do you have a favorite collecting story or experience?
Not as such, but I think it is great when friends and family members go out of their way to pick up neat containers they find. It means alot that they think of me.
Do you have any advice for new collectors who are just starting a collection?
Ebay is still pretty affordable as far as candy containers go. My advice is to shop around tag sales and flea markets, as well as hitting up drug stores for the newest containers. You can usually find them at discount and get some really neat ones on the cheap.
A special thanks to Adam for sharing some of his treasures. Adam has a website devoted to his collecting pursuits that you should definitely check out if you want to talk toys or trade, and he says he has plenty of extras!
If you want to share your collection with other like-mided collectors, fill out my Collector Profile and I’ll help you spread the word!
[All images are the property of Adam Pratt]