A couple of weeks ago we shared a photo on our Facebook page that a fan had sent us of her Zelda collection. At the same time we put out a call for others to share theirs. The response was overwhelming and we quickly discovered that there are some truly impressive collections of Legend of Zelda merchandise out there. We’ve decided to showcase some of these collections in a new feature called Collector’s Corner. One of the first people to send in photos over Facebook was Ikhana, who said that she thought she might have one of the world’s biggest Zelda collections. The pictures that accompanied her message were incredible, and they were quickly liked and shared when we added them to the page. This makes her the perfect person to start this new feature with.
Favorite Zelda game: Majora’s Mask
How did you become a Zelda fan? I’ve been a Zelda fan ever since I first started playing it back in 1994 or so. Me and my little brother got A Link to the Past for SNES as a Christmas present, and we were both amazed and fascinated by this mysterious legend.
What’s your fondest memory of playing Zelda?
1. Sitting alone in the cold and dark basement of my parents’ house, playing Majora’s Mask for the first time on the N64.
2. After school in sixth or seventh grade, me and my at-the-time best friend Hilde would be sitting in front of the TV having a fishing competition at the Fishing Pond in Ocarina of Time.
Do you remember what the first piece that started your collection was? Yes, I bought some Phantom Hourglass figures and the big Link plushie from eBay in 2008. I’d never tried eBay and PayPal before, but it was surprisingly fun and easy. And so, the insane shopping began.
How often do you buy (or obtain) new items? Too often. At least once a week. I spend at least one hour a day searching for stuff, preferably in the morning before I go to work and in the evening before I go to sleep.
What type of Zelda items do you collect? Anything Zelda, but not something that’s homemade or “unofficial”. My collection consists mostly of stuff, not games. I haven’t really started collecting different languages and regions of the games yet, but I’ll get there. I have however gotten a lot of the collector’s/limited/special editions of the Zelda games.
What’s your most prized item? Right now: The Twilight Princess GameCube prototype controller. I bought it off eBay in 2012. The seller of the auction stated there were only two in existence. The creator/designer of the controller on the other hand, only knows about this one piece. And he was kind enough to send me his autograph when I contacted him! I’ve framed it and put it next to the controller in my Ikea glass cabinet.
How do you store or display your collection? I’d previously had a small amount of it displayed in some shelves at my old apartment, but most of it was stored away in boxes. Collecting this way was not fun. It was almost depressing. So during the summer vacation last year, I spend a lot of time putting all of my Zelda stuff into my childhood room at my parents’ house. I’m so glad they were okay with this, or else I’d still be collecting in boxes, or not collecting at all.
Also, I’m trying to get some sort of overview of every Zelda item I own, by taking pictures and writing info about them at an amateur homepage I’m making. So far it’s looking… really stupid and pink. I’ll probably just publish it this summer, although I’m not even 5% done.
If you collect Legend of Zelda merchandise take a photo of your collection and send it into our Facebook page. Your collection might just end up in the next Collector’s Corner.