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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2009 by Shaun in Labels:
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For the record, this site's name is a combination of Superman's home, 'The Fortress of Solitude' and the term 'testicular fortitude', coined by wrestler Mick Foley. It takes quite abit of balls to collect such stuff, as you either endure copious amounts of ridicule and/or bust the bank for the next hit. And of course, you need a place to store your scores. Hence the name.

I started collecting toys in 1999, with Star Wars Episode 1 being the catalyst. I never really sat down to watch and rave over the Original Trilogy as a kid, though Mum did buy Power of the Force merchandise for me as a kid and I do remember being particularly fascinated with the Royal Guard. I still am.

Hasbro Star Wars Red Royal Guards
Hasbro Star Wars Blue Senate Guards

I remember watching the light saber duels in Episode 1 and thinking that it would be cool to own some memorabilia from the movie.



That's when I really started collecting. I took up part-time work at my school's computer lab to fund this hobby, and looking back that led to me eventually finding my way into an IT profession.

I wasn't much into pop culture before that, and my interests largely revolved around Liverpool FC and The Beatles.

Supporting Liverpool FC is like life, full of ups and downs, and not always rosy, but once you've sworn your allegiance to a football club, you're in it till the end.

I make it a point to pick up their shirts where I can.


At the point of writing, only two members of the Beatles are still around. What magic they made.

The Beatles McFarlane Boxset

The first figure I remember Dad buying for me was a Kenner Super Powers Superman, which probably was the first comic-related toy I owned. Superman has always been ridiculed for being a boy scout and being out of touch with the human condition (owing to his god-like powers) but these are not the reasons why he's my favourite superhero. Clark's true power comes from Ma & Pa Kent and Lois, his family, not the yellow sun. That's the aspect of his character that I identify with, as my family is important to me.

Hot Toys Superman Returns 2-in-1 Superman/Clark Kent
Hot Toys Superman Returns 2-in-1 Superman

Then, an aunt actually sewed a simple shirt and pants to fit over that small figure, and I used Play-Doh to form his glasses. Not very ingenious, but I guess that triggered my fascination with comic alter-egos figures.

Hot Toys Superman Returns 2-in-1 Superman/Clark Kent
Hot Toys Superman Returns 2-in-1 Superman/Clark Kent

My collection started with Star Wars, then evolved to Transformers, then Marvel & DC figures, Gundam and now 1:6 figures. I don't know how long my 1:6 fascination will last, but I'm still very much enamoured with the sculpt and detail of these figures.

Each time I wanted to go into a new line of figures, I'd sell off huge chunks of the previous collection to finance my new forays. My brother, who's nine years younger than me, shared a room with me and kindly put up with the amount of living space that my collection took up then.


Moving house in 2006

Thankfully, my dear wife allowed me to have my own toy room in our home when we got married in 2006. Arthur helped me with the move, and my No 1 Fan Girl, Em, christened it, "Shaun's Hacienda of Action Figures & Toys", a nod to my favourite private detective, John Shaft.

Shaun's Hacienda of Action Figures & Toys

I also have a slight interest in kicks from adidas and Nike...

adidas Superstar White/Black

Nike Air Force 1 White Black

...as well as sportwear from adidas and Nike.

adidas and nike sportswear

I've come to make great friends through this hobby, my Best Pal, TED (a.k.a, The Enormous D@#$), whom I've known since '02 and been on many toy runs with, as well as my 1:6 Guru, Alex, who's always willing to share his encyclopedic knowledge about 1:6 figures and whose massive collection has always been an inspiration. I'm privileged to have an annual membership (bestowed upon by the owner's descretion) to his toy museum, which is 15 minutes from where I live. Through this blog, I've also come to know fellow toy collectors who rave about our common interests and it's always a pleasure getting to meet them in person.

I currently pick up all of my 1:6 and Transformers action figures from The Falcon's Hangar, whom I've known since the beginning of my collecting days, and clearly remember Roy giving me the address of his mailing list at his flea market stall back in Clarke Quay. It was a chore getting to their original store at Katong Shopping Centre, much better when they relocated to Far East Shopping Centre, and a joy to visit their present premises which is a 15 minute stroll from my office.

The Falcon's Hangar 1:6 Meet

My DC Direct 13 Inch and comic needs are met by G&B Comics who have also grown quite a bit since I first visited them in 2002. Do check out their fantastic figure display. Over the last year, they have organised fun events for members, such as Free Comic Book Day and a Christmas party.

G&B Comics Free Comic Book Day

G&B Comics Christmas Party

I'm lucky to be a toy collector in Singapore as the contacts that our specialty shops have built up over the years means that we get the best of toys from both US and Asia. That said, while Singapore is my home and the shops here sustain my monthly toy habit, my favourite shopping destination is Hong Kong, where the toy shops are legion and sportwear shopping abounds.


Toy Hunters, CTMA, Hong Kong
Tanka Sports Outlet, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

The highlight of my toy collecting hobby so far includes being featured in Fareplay, Toyfare's site, attending the inaugural Singapore Toy & Comic Convention and contributing items from my collection to the Comics & Superheroes Exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum.

Shaun Wong's Toy Collection on Fareplay, Toyfare's Site

Comics & Superheroes Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

If you're a fellow toy blogger who'd like to trade links, e-mail me at isolation9 at gmail. If you're a Singaporean blogger, I'd like to list your blog here.


Singapore Toy Collections Online

"this my story both humble and true, take it to pieces and mend it with glue"
- John Lennon

10 comments:

  1. Brandi says:

    Hey I really like your blog..and love your collection! I thought you might be interested in joining a new social network for collectors called f'n cool stuff. http://cool-stuff.ning.com
    Have a look and let me know what you think. Thanks Brandi

  1. CG76 says:

    This is a great blog. Very impressive collection.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looking at thoese boxes stacked up like that, I just started getting into 12" figures and only own a couple but I'm sure it would look like that by the end of the year if I bought everything in sight. Matter of fact if you combined this stuff with my Transformers collection and what not, you could probably get 1/3 of that room filled. Not a whole lot but still "a lot" in the limited living space I have right now. And this a full size family home, lol.

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  1. Joey Lim says:

    Yo Boss man...

    Lord Angelus here.... :x

    Nice blog you have there and your toys are still growing.

  1. Dear Fortress of Testicular Fortitude,

    I am an enthusiastic of 1/6 scale figures and photo stories. Let me tell you that I am a follower of you work. I think it is exceptional, thanks for entertain us.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The best for you and your family in this coming year.

    Best Regards,

    Action Figure Stories
    http://actiolandnation.blogspot.com/

  1. Joel says:

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back and we'll talk about it.

    Thanks!

    Joel Houston
    JHouston791@gmail.com

  1. Your photography is exceptional. You are very skilled. I am creating a DC Comics Checklist Book and wondered if you would be willing to let me use some of your photography in the book? Drop me a line at garyz60625@aol.com and let me know. I would of course give credit to you. Thanks!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your collection is awesome, but your ability to display the stuff in an eye pleasing manner is utter shit. What's the point of getting all of these awesome toys if you make them look like pieces in a fucking flea market?

  1. Hi, luv ur blog. Interesting. I am interested more towards Lego. Saw ur comments. Wonder if u any idea which shop in hong kong offer the best Lego toys. Jenson. If u dun mind, to drop me an email of the info. thanks. email: jensonsow@hotmail.com