As a child of the 80’s, I greatly enjoyed Transformers, GI Joe, Masters of the Universe, and other beloved 80’s properties. I drifted away from these toys as I progressed through school, but rediscovered my love of collecting when Beast Wars: Transformers released in 1996 while I was in college. I spent the next few years collecting, buying, and trading various vintage 80’s toys on the fledgling internet in Usenet newsgroups. After graduating college in 1999, I had the summer off and decided to try selling toys full time before looking for a “real job”.
I started the summer with a few boxes of vintage Transformers and got to work. The summer was quickly consumed by purchasing large collections of figures and reselling them individually on eBay. These were very fun and exciting times, packing and shipping orders by day and listing auctions by night. By the end of summer I had amassed a small storage unit worth of inventory and had shipped thousands of figures out to auction winners. I spent the next 3 months buying and selling on eBay and then decided I needed to expand and begin selling brand new items at retail. It was this decision in the fall of 1999 that led to the creation of BigBadToyStore with my brother Dan Boblit