An avid collector for well over 20 years. His collection started with GI Joe and exploded from there (they are still sorting through the debris). He moved into comics and has spent years building a large collection. Tracy is also a collector of Star Wars vintage toys that evolved into a love of all Star Wars products. Doctors have long thought that had it not been for toys and comics, Tracy would have started collecting women. A fact that has not gone unnoticed… except by women. He has found that his collection matured while he stayed the same. Tracy has been a mainstay on the comic and toy convention circuit and has been involved with several online communities as well (including GI JOE, Star Wars and comics). He has served on staff for some of the largest web sites around. His knowledge of the business end and the inner workings of comic and toy companies has been an invaluable asset to the Needless Essential site. As a graduate of Milligan College (can you believe this guy got an MBA? Neither can we) he hopes to bring some critical knowledge into the site. Tracy’s goal is to bring our readers the hottest news, entertaining articles and insights into our nerd-filled hobby.
A toy collector through and through, Scott has been seriously collecting since Christmas of 1997 when his parents gave him a G1 Jetfire Transformer they found at a flea market. Little did they know the fire they ignited that day. Scott is very knowledgeable about most any 80’s – current toyline regardless of how obscure or mainstream. If he doesn’t know about a toy, he’ll learn all he can in a short amount of time. His other passion is photography, thankfully he’s been able to put those skills to work taking pictures of toys for his reviews. He hopes to show off new and old toys and fan the collector flames within everyone.
Stan’s first comic was Superman #305, which hooked him on comics at an early age. Except for a year in High School after a girl laughed at him for reading Uncanny X-Men Annual #10, he’s read comics ever since. His one love in comics is the Legion of Super-Heroes, especially since it is the source of his favorite comic of all time, Legion of Super-Heroes #305, “Violet’s Story.”
Stan loves comics, and has turned that love into an honest criticism for bad storytelling but balances that with a need to rave about great moments of storytelling. He’s also taking a turn at expressing this love through drawing, both illustrations and webcomics, including creating the sci-fi comic Jet-Pack Jenny. His artwork and comics can be seen at carpaltunnelpress.blogspot.com. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to the entire website gig, Barry has been a fan of most things 80’s nostalgia, such as Transformers, Star Wars, G.I. Joe and the like. An avid gamer, Barry has an extensive collection of vintage games, ranging from NES to PS3. Admittedly being a bit of a nerd, Barry also loves comics and has a budding collection of Masterpiece Transformers. A graduate from the MBA program at Milligan College, Barry spent a lot of time writing his papers along with Tracy’s. Perhaps one day Barry will figure out what he wants to be when he grows up…then again the growing up part probably will never happen.
I must admit I am a noob when it comes to online reporting but I can bring a ton of fun to the Needless crew. As a collector of fine LEGO building sets, I have the knowledge and passion to bring you all the LEGO news and reviews I can find. On the side I am a true blue comic book guy as I manage one of Charlotte’s finest Comic shops. This gives me an edge with many things such as early reviews, having time to educate people on LEGO and just having fun. Hopefully I can bring something that these others guys cannot do….class.
As the latest addition to the staff here at Needless, I hope to bring a few things these guys can’t do…..class. I might be new to the online news reporting scene but I definitely know how to entertain. I am an avid gamer and comic book reader who is not afraid to get down with the latest release. I hope to bring several ideas and view points from the female point of view and I look forward to entertaining and schooling these guys above me.
I’m a quirky guy who really goes deep when starting a collection. As a fan of Funko, I do believe I have amassed one amazing collection. One that might even rival Funkos showroom at Cons! I do kid but yeah, I am a Funko finatic and besides POP’s I am an avid video game connoisseur. Throw in some action figures and comics and I am definitely at home with Needless Essentials. I am not new to the online news reporting and I am sure I can show these guys a thing or two. My goal is to help spread the word on Funko products and much, much more!
Jay grew up–actually, that’s a lie. Jay never grew up. He lives in a fantasy land filled with little plastic people, visions of rock stardom and tattoos. That he is a functioning member of society with a wife and kids is really pretty impressive, all things considered. His collecting varies from GI Joe, MOTUC, TMNT, horror figures, Marvel Legends, Star Wars, vinyl (figures and records) and honestly anything that just looks cool. Seriously. He’ll buy almost anything, much to his wife’s chagrin. Currently he lives in a suburb of Akron, OH with said wife and kids, plus a dog and two cats. If you don’t agree with his opinions, it’s a shame that you’re so wrong.
Allen Jack Schaffer
I’m not your father’s collector, that’s for sure. I’m not into toys as much as some others. But, when it comes to everything else, I’m your guy. Table top master, video game lover, card games to the max, tv, comics, and movies are all my thing. Outside of collecting, I am a husband, father of two tiny furry beasts, one dog and one cat. My goal is to bring back the idea of playing, collecting, and watching with your friends and family in the same place by resurrecting split screen and table top/card games.
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