Meet toy hunter extraordinaire Jordan Hembrough, owner of Hollywood Heroes in Ridgewood, NJ, and see his personal collections.
Skeletor and Lion-O live on Hembrough’s desk in his home office, and a Deloreon from <i>Back to Future</i> sits nearby just in case they need to make a speedy departure.
A shelf in Jordan’s personal office is home to toys from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Thundercats and Swamp Thing. A lone Chuck Norris figurine stands guard in his Karate Kommado.
“I like to feel comfortable when I work, and if that means bringing in some toys to make the day fun … so be it!” says Jordan.
Jordan inspects a precious collectible from the Thundercats’ community: the never-produced Mad Bubbler, which was recently offered on the market for $13,000.
Mickey Mouse and an original Batman painting add some whimsy to the Hollywood Heroes’ offices. Original artwork from toy lines is among the most requested by customers says Hembrough.
An assortment of new toy and collectibles at Hollywood Heroes.
“We used to race the Bat Mobiles and Deloreons against each other in the parking lot, but we had to stop. We literally got no work done during the day,” says Hembrough.
Jordan opens a treasure chest of vintage Star Wars goodness. “How can I call this work, when I enjoy my job so much and have fun doing it?” asks Jordan.
Jordan inspects vintage Star Wars action figures at his Hollywood Heroes warehouse. He calls this process “anti-working.”
The main wall in the warehouse holds toys from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Jordan unpacks a box of the original “Heroes on the Half Shell” from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
An assortment of newer toys sits on the packing shelf awaiting shipment to their new homes.
An assortment of pop culture collectibles from days gone by: Carebears, Hot Wheels, Shrinky Dinks and Disney toys.
Vintage Star Wars toys are among the best selling and most stocked in Hembrough’s inventory. Jordan admits they’re also his most favorite to personally collect.
Count Chocula, Beetlejuice and Spiderman are among Jordan’s smallest figurines. He says they’re especially popular among collectors for their compact size.
Vintage car-model kits that will do extremely well at an upcoming auction.