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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Antiquities: Great For Autographs, Not So Much For Toy Collecting


I love going to Antiquities, the autograph, memorabilia, and collectibles retailer, located at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. It is there that I have met and obtained the autographs of the likes of Billy Dee Willaims (Lando Calrissan, Harvey Dent), David Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), which I have always dished out the bucks to meet these pop culture icons.

Autographs aside, it is a blast to walk thru the museum like establishment and see the shadow boxed props, costumes, musical instruments, and pieces of written and signed material. Others have quoted the retailer as such:


"I love walking through this place and looking at all of the amazing pieces of memorabilia and rare autographs that are all for sale. You will find anything from a framed Pulp Fiction movie poster signed by the entire cast to a guitar used by Jimi Hendrix in concert. There's even stuff from historical figures like Presidents and other famous people."



"I was so overwhelmed, I really did not want to leave this store."


I agree with these folks and would love to grow the size of The Batcave Toy Room to match Antiquities size and quality of collectibles, but interestingly, in the other reviews I found, no one discusses the vintage toys that can be found there.

Most of the toys there are like they came from The Batcave Toy Room itself. You can see the great amount of Mego's, both carded and boxed specimens, in the display case.


They also had a few Kenner Super Powers Collection action figures. I'd love to add the carded Shazam to my collection.


I once had a Super Friends lunch box. I now only have my Superman lunch box with depicted scenes from the Christoper Reeve film, but I do want get the Super Friends lunch box back in my collection as well.



The one major thing that is missing from my collection is the Kenner Star Wars 12 inch action figures. They had a nice display going there.


Unfortunately, after this picture, one of employees notified me that taking photos was not allowed. There were a lot more vintage Star Wars toys to show among other classic icons from the 70' and 80's.

As I was saying before for autographs I would be all over it, but as for buying toys, not so much. The quality of the toys is great, but the pricing for the items is more that of dead mint specimens. Unless, I really wanted something so bad and was not able to obtain it anywhere else, I would take my chances on the likes of eBay. Nevertheless, visiting the store makes me feel like a boy again. I think I'll go hang out in my toy room for a while.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

4 comments :

  1. Great looking place and one i would enjoy walking through for sure.

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    1. Definitely a place to check out.

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  2. I wish that we had someplace like that near here...
    I once met David Prowse.... He was "grouchy & pretty much of an "Asshole"... and I was not paying $13.oo for him to sign my item...

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    1. I've heard that about him before, but he wasn't bad when I met him. Can't blame you though, I wouldn't care to have anyone's autograph, if they were a jerk to me either.

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