"Toy Hunter" host Jordan Hembrough picked through the Knoxville area recently to examine toy collections.
The results of the visit will air 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, on the Travel Channel. "Toy Hunter" premieres 10 p.m. Wednesday.
For the show, Hembrough travels the country to find authentic and vintage collectibles. His specialty is mainly 1970s and 1980s toys and comics. "It's the hunt that has always driven me. The next cool find is always right around the corner," he is quoted as saying on a Travel Channel's official website.
Hembrough visited two Knoxville-area collectors. One was a man identified as "Greg." According to the Travel Channel, Hembrough "knows Greg has been collecting toys since he was in college, but he's only in his early 40s so Jordan is apprehensive about the collectables he may have.
"Jordan is so accustomed to 'lifetime' collectors. Jordan goes in digging and mainly finds toys that Greg has accumulated from flea markets and yard sales including: a 1973 MEGO Davey Crockett figure, a 1960's Johnny West Buffalo by Marx, a 1973 MEGO Wild Bill Hickok and a 1966 American Character Bonanza Little Joe Full Action Man."
Then, in Seymour, Hembrough found a collector named Keith, who started collecting in 1989. Keith "began collecting a lot of Batman and got into the 1960s vintage Batman as well as G.I. Joe and World War II items." Later his wife and kids got into collecting. Their collection includes: a 1960's Marx Marvel the Galloping Mustang ride on pony, a 1966 Hasbro Batman and Robin Board Game, a 1970's Marx Guns of Navarone Playset and 1973 Ben Cooper super hero costumes."
For more on "Toy Hunter" and Hembrough, go to travelchannel.com.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com.
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