Collector Spotlight - Brandon Holeva

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Brandon Holeva

Brandon is our first figure collector in the new Collector Spotlight series. Doing the Favor will be featuring collectors' stories, figures and more.

Twitter: @Hovaaa

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DTF: How did you start collecting?

BH: I started seriously collecting in about 1999. Growing up in the Attitude Era, it was the hottest thing on the planet. It was only natural to buy the figures, seeing as I was glued to the TV on Monday nights. I was really into collecting MOC, even at a young age though, so I guess I was basically born a mark.

DTF: What all do you collect (just wrestling or other areas, figures, memorabilia, cards, etc.)?

BH: Seeing as I’m only a fan of wrestling, no sports/TV shows/superheroes or anything like that, everything I collect is wrestling related. Figures are my first love, but I collect anything obscure or strange related to the wrestling world. Keeping figures MOC and getting them signed is my main collection, but I’m starting to build a pretty awesome “wrestling junk” collection. 


DTF: What is one wrestling figure you want, that is not yet in your collection?

BH: Since I started collecting in 1999 (and haven’t looked back), there really isn’t any common figure that I want and don’t have. I have my eye on more “high end” pieces now, like some of the Jakks classic 1 of 100s. That glow in the dark Undertaker has been on my radar for YEARS but I haven’t pulled the trigger...yet. 


Once Mattel got the license and they started making the Legends series, a lot of those guys were already Jakks classics and I was like “these are cool, but I already have most of them” so I passed. It wasn’t until that Macho Man WM7 DM that I was like “ok, I’m collecting Mattel now” haha. So with that being said, I have a few Legends and earlier Mattel elites that I wouldn’t mind picking up. Honestly, anytime I get a figure I don’t have it’s because of a signing. I’ll pick up an older figure just to get it signed to add to the collection. 

DTF: What figure do you have that you never thought you would get?

BH: When I picked up a complete Hasbro collection from a private seller. I remember when it came in the mail (all 5 boxes), I just looked at it all on my dining room table and I was like “wow, it’s over.” Hasbros were a series that I would hunt down at comic cons/garage sales or wherever, and it just seemed like I would never track all of these down - I was doing it for years. Just seeing an entire collection was mind blowing to me, was a huge accomplishment in my collection. Although, it was a bit of a bummer because I had a shit load of fun hunting for those! 


DTF: What is your favorite figure in your collection?

BH: Some of my favorite figures are some of my signed figures. Having autos from guys like Undertaker, Austin, HHH are amazing. Then some guys like Hogan, Iron Sheik, Harley, HBK are just as amazing. I don’t have a “favorite figure” really, I have so many awesome signing stories when it comes to figures that I can’t just pick one. 


I guess I do have to mention having a Harley Race flashback is a favorite part of my collection just given that it’s so rare/desired. Unfortunately, I was never able to get this one signed but that would have ruled. 

DTF: MOC or loose and why?

BH: MOC 1,000,000% when it comes to Elites/Jakks Classics. Not only for signings, but I think packaging goes into the entire look of a figure. My favorite figure series of all time are the Jakks classics and a huge part of that is the packaging stayed consistent for SO many series, 2 packs and even 3 packs... no other line did that for so many figures. They look absolutely amazing signed and displayed, no other figures can touch that IMO.


That being said, I have a full Hasbro collection loose, and I’m currently working on an LJN loose collection and a ECW OSFTM loose collection. I think the LJNs/Hasbros just look so good loose and honestly even with some “wear” on them. Just knowing that some kid played the hell out of them always makes my black heart feel full. The ECW loose collection is because I had the ECW figures as a kid and played with them a bit, but I was such a ECW mark so I need to finish off this collection.


DTF: What is the best deal you have ever gotten on a figure?

BH: My biggest “deal” is that I’ve bought them on the pegs lol. It’s crazy to see the prices on some figures, and I’m like “yea I remember picking that up at KB Toys.” Jakks Classics have gone up in price and my bank account is relieved that I picked up most of them while they were on the pegs. I’d say that’s a deal.


DTF: Do you have a favorite #Legwork store/website?

BH: Obviously I love hunting at retail, and I miss the hell out of TRU and even KB. My favorite places to do some #LegWork is at comic conventions. It’s so fun and you can find some really interesting things that maybe weren’t even on your radar. Along those same lines are thrift shops and estate sales. I’ve found a ton of wrestling related items at both of those. They take a little more work, and most of the time you come up with nothing, but it’s a lot of fun. 

DTF: Is there a #Legwork experience that stands out as a favorite, or your most memorable?

BH: Anytime I’m out doing #LegWork and I can talk with someone in the wrestling section, that’s my favorite. I’ll never forget meeting GBM for the first time randomly in Target while we were hunting for Elites. We ended up talking for what seemed like hours. Now me and GBM are awesome friends all because of wrestling figures, it’s pretty wild. 


DTF: Where do you see the evolution of figures in the next 5 years?

BH: Right now really is the greatest time to be a wrestling figure collector. Not to sound like Scott from Fully Poseable or anything, but it really is. You have SO many companies putting out figures which means we have more options than ever before. I think that the figures are only going to get better with competition and that’s obviously a win for all of us. As far as Mattel, I hope we continue to get more “first time” names as well as more “obscure names” in the upcoming years. Personally, I would also like to see some more rare figures, I know AEW has some limited to 1000 or even 500. I would LOVE Mattel to do something similar. 

Note from Brandon:

Just wanted to say thanks to Doing The Favor for allowing me to share some stories, the website is such a awesome idea and is really going to take the community to another level. This entire figure community is the greatest, I strongly encourage everyone to follow me on Twitter @Hovaaa and Instagram Instahovaaa, and if you EVER see me out and about at a wrestling show or convention, come up and let’s talk some figures - just buy me a beer first. I love this community, let’s keep building it up. #FigLife #LegWork


If you would like to share your collection in an upcoming Collector Spotlight, send an email to doingthefavor@gmail.com!

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