One of the very first things I do whenever I get home from work is to take a step into my game room and gaze upon my many Legend of Zelda collectibles and memorabilia. Now, I know that sounds very superficial but I can’t help but feel a tiny bit of the same magical sensation of playing a Zelda game when I see the statuettes, amiibos, books, imported cartridges, etc etc all on display. It’s all part of the collection.
Not only, on a basic level, is having all of this Zelda stuff just fun to have around, but to me it feels like I have a piece of this amazing franchise’s history physically with me. The games themselves take us on the adventures that we all know and love, but there’s something special about having my own Master Sword hanging from the wall; having somewhere to display my unopened Japanese copies of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask (oddly specific, I know, but I’m just very proud of them).
Speaking of which, pride plays a little part in having the collection. I’m extremely proud of putting something like that together and putting it on display for friends and family to see. It’s something that can start conversations, however awkward or uninterested the person asking may be, enlightening them on why you have such an undying love for such a cleverly crafted video game series.
With such a variety of printed literature, one could essentially have their own library of Legend of Zelda books. Books could be a huge part of a collection; 18 different iterations in the series and a walkthrough for each, as well as the awesome manga, and that’s not to include the Dark Horse series books. I’m extremely proud of the Legend of Zelda: Arts and Artifacts special edition that I have. At the time it went on pre-order it was stated to be only one of ten thousand copies printed (once again, oddly specific but it’s definitely a spectacle).
Now I know that it may sound weird but whenever you have the perfect setup with your collection on display and you walk into the room, you can’t help but look at it with a giant sense of pride and happiness. My favorite piece in my collection is an original copy of the walkthrough for Link’s Awakening, not because of what it is, but because of how I found it. If you haven’t been to a store called 2nd and Charles then I highly suggest you meander on over there because it’s where I find all of my retro goodies. They have a section that is strictly video game guidebooks and I happened to find that Link’s Awakening book, in near perfect condition. I know it doesn’t sound all too special, but just by looking at it you can tell that it’s dated. Link’s Awakening was also the first Zelda game I ever played handheld.
I know I kind of went on a couple of tangents but it’s because of those tangents that you can tell just about how much my collection of Zelda memorabilia means to me. Some people have their coin collections or stamp collections (cliché, I know) but there’s nothing quite as priceless or as valued as a Legend of Zelda collection. What are your thoughts? Does having some collectibles help boost your foundation of being a fan? Definitely does for me.