We had a chance to catch up with Josh Lohrenz, one of the minds behind The Collectionary, and specifically the Incredible Hulk Collectionary. To find out just what a “collectionary” is and what it has to do with everyone’s favourite green giant, read our interview below!
What inspired The Collectionary into existence?
The Collectionary was built because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect. There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items. Whether it’s the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.
What made you coin it The Collectionary?
Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary. A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand.
Why is your site devoted solely to the Incredible Hulk?
No, the Incredible Hulk Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join. We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add new and cool items to the site. In fact, we would love to have more Incredible Hulk moderators willing to help out.
Why did you decide to do a Collectionary for the Incredible Hulk specifically, then?
The Incredible Hulk is a comic book hero and we wanted to build a places for avid collectors to find and document every item ever created. Eventually we’d like to have a Collectionary dedicated to every single superhero.
Are there Collectionaries for any other superheroes at present?
We currently have different Collectionaries for The Incredible Hulk, Superman, Spider-Man, The Green Lantern, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We’d love to have moderators helping with these subjects and of course, build more Collectionaries for every single superhero!
What’s the coolest and/or strangest thing you’ve come across in the Hulk Collectionary?
The coolest things I’ve seen are some very rare comic books. Some a few decades old. We’ve also come across some really amazing costumes, pin-ball machines, action figures, you name it!
Do you collect anything yourself (other than Collectionaries)?
I personally collect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures. I had a massive collection as a kid but lost most of them. The past few years I’ve been working on adding all of the Action Figures I used to own back to my personal collection.
Is there a particular Hulk item that you hope to one day add to the Collectionary?
We hope to have every single Hulk item ever made! We would love to showcase all of the screen used props from all the movies and document each comic book, action figure, costume!
Of the many actors who have played the Hulk over the years , which would you say currently holds the title for most collectables based on their particular incarnation?
Lou Ferrigno really popularized the Incredible Hulk so we’ve noticed an increase in the number of comics and action figures in the 1980’s. Our goal is to preserve the history of all these great items!
What’s the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site?
We hope anyone checking out our site will enjoy looking at all the amazing collectibles ever created. Looking at the older, nostalgic items we want them to bring back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life. We also want people to learn about Collectibles as we point to where those items are for sale anywhere on the internet.