Collector Interview 26 for TFsource - Paul "Spacebridge" Hitchens

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  1. Maz

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    I would have waited an eternity for this. Paul Hitchens is one of the most recognisable names (and faces) in the Transformers collecting community, not just because of his numerous and significant contributions to conventions, the community, the discovery and cataloguing of variants, rarities, prototypes and history of Transformers animation, but also as a representative of the community and the brand in various media including TV, DVD, radio, print and publications. He is as well known for being a long time collector and enthusiast as he is for being one of the most reputable and enduring toy dealers in the business, The Spacebridge. Beyond all of these things, he is someone I look up to as a close friend, a father, a level-headed collector and someone I'd ask for advice given just about any situation, collecting or otherwise. It is a credit to him that his interview is probably the most anticipated of any before, and it's a credit to me that I was finally able to get him to agree to it!

    Because of Paul's long standing in the community, I have asked him to describe how the scene has changed in the last 15 years as opposed to the normal 10 years I ask all interviewees, and it's also why he's the only one allowed to use sub-headings! Bring it, Hitch.

    Collector Interview 26 – Paul Hitchens | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ

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    All the best
    Maz
     
  2. motorthing

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    Wow.
     
  3. seali_me

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    So awesome.

    Not surprised about some collectors paying for sex...
     
  4. alldarker

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    Spacebridge: he's the main man!
    I had the pleasure of buying some TF's from him last month at B.O.T.S.. But man, so many of those photo's are so familiar: his stall was (and still is) often the coolest one at the collectors fairs. Late '90's, Hitch's stall was the first place I ever saw the Japanese exclusives, like the Trainbots, the Japanese-only dino cassettes... I remember not even recognizing the later Japanese Masterforce / Zone boxes he was selling as 'proper' Transformers. If only I spent more money with him back then! But yeah, I was a college student back then.
     
  5. Sweeny

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    Superb interview and some very very wise words. Excellent all round - thanks to you both.

    Edit: the prototypes on his Space Bridge site and shown in photos in the article are stunning and glorious yet why is it all of the 86 animated movie stuff which catches my eye most. Had to wipe the drool off the keyboard. Nostalgia doesn't get much better.
     
  6. Huffington

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    Interesting to see how the collector's world has changed. It is hilarious perusing e-bay for the odd deal to see so much over-priced shit. That I can definitely agree with.
     
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    That man has an incredible capacity for making me part with money every Auto Assembly. Roll on August!
     
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    This needs the clapping hands gif.

    Great article courtesy of 2 UK Transformers bastions! Great read, kudos to both.
     
  9. TheSpacebridge

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    Glad you liked it, I rather enjoyed writing it!
     
  10. seali_me

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    ^

    The most fun interview I've read yet.

    "The Shining" TF pic is awesome too. :lol 

    The number of times I've read here about referring to eBay prices... Ugh.
     
  11. brr-icy

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    Great read. Been following the Facebook page, lots of neat info and protos I'd never heard of. Keep up the great work
     
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    A terrific and insightful piece. I had been looking forward to reading the Spacebridge's insights into collecting, given his amazing collection. Amazing pictures of variants, protos, etc.

    Great stories there too, fascinating stuff about the early days of toy shows, toy dealing, etc. The story about the recently departed sister is particularly moving. Glad that her stuff was able to be spread to the fandom, hopefully that honors her memory.
     
  13. maz25

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    This was very entertaining. Great article.
     
  14. TheShape

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    Great read! Loved the bit about the girl offering something special in exchange for a toy
     
  15. Easterling Capt

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    Nice read, I first bought stuff from Paul at AA 06, a pair of knees for Metroplex.

    And the Megaplex in the left corner in his 2008 pic int he beginning..yup bought it :) 

    Paul is a very nice guy and he and others shall be missed due to me not goign to AA this year.
     
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    I've always collected by buying stock from markets and school friends, but when I discovered Space Bridge at a Memorabilia years ago it was the start of a renaissance; I picked up a complete Blaster, Trypticon and Omega Supreme for £130. Several friends thought I was mad and he was too expensive, but these had not been released in the UK and, for me, were a bargain! Later purchases included Dreadwind and Darkwing complete for £45 and a MIB Ultra Magnus for £10 (because Paul couldn't be bothered to repack his boxes when he discovered it at the end of a show).

    Not only did he enable me to the world of non-UK Transformers, he opened my eyes by showing me a book featuring all of the Japanese Transformers. If only I'd started collecting them back in '99 before electing to finish G1!

    While I've called him many names over the years, I'm now proud to call Paul a friend. He's the sort of guy who offers to stream the last F1 race of the season over Skype when my Sky packed up, or who offers to pay for my vet bill when my cat decided to fracture his hip by getting hit by a car.
     
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    Such a great read! Always good to learn more about Hitch :) 
     
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    Such a pleasure to read this article, Hitch is a chap I've bought the odd bit from in the past but never had the pleasure of meeting. As an avid follower of the facebook page it's great to see more of his fantastic collection and hear his thoughts on collecting.

    I will be forever envious of those proto Hot Rods.

    Maz - we need to get Hitch at a Pubecon!
     
  19. TheSpacebridge

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    I'm always amazed people can remember what they bought from me, even years later

    I look at old show pictures & forget I had half the stuff I sold!
     
  20. Maz

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    Yeah Paul's already said he'll attend the next all-day weekend PubeCon!

    Maybe James can wrangle Roberts and Roche for that day too :D 

    All the best
    Maz