We’ve all done it — the shameful act that can elicit shrieks of terror and uncontrollable sobbing. Yes, I’m talking about that moment when tragedy strikes and we accidentally destroy a prized possession in our collection. It might be an item falling off a shelf and smashing to bits on the ground far below, or clumsy fingers losing an important, but tiny piece in the shag carpet. It’s an unavoidable truth — if you collect long enough, you will eventually lose or break something.
Last night, I was moving things around in the cave and reached for this plastic Planet of the Apes Dr. Zaius bank that was sitting on the floor. I grabbed the top of the bank and my thumb went right through the plastic with almost no resistance. Huge chunks of plastic broke off with the slightest touch. This bank had not been sitting in sunlight or anything, but for whatever reason, the plastic had become brittle — now, it’s like the world’s thinnest chocolate Easter bunny — if I jut tap it, more pieces fall off.
This bank is just one of seven AJ Renzi blow-mold banks that I have lined up in a row in the same location. All of the other ones seem fine, but I’m not convinced they won’t decide to crumble away one day. Luckily, this isn’t a high value item, but they’re not too easy to find. Man, I hate to see vintage toys busted up and destined for the trash heap. Every time one of these gets taken out, the more valuable they get, right? I better find a replacement quick!
What are some of your horror stories? Has your cat knocked a prized statue or figure off your shelf? Add your story in the comments below so we can all commiserate together.