By: Rob Perez –
Here’s all you need to know about Jordan Hembrough, the star of the Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter. He is a self-professed comic-book geek and film buff who was bitten by the collecting bug at an early age, adorning his bedroom with Star Wars toys and comic action hero action figures. He quickly learned that he could make more money selling toys to his school peers than he could on any paper route. At age 16, Jordan began buying and selling toys professionally and never looked back. In 1998, he founded Hollywood Heroes where he both sells collectible toys and film props to the collectible market and offers consulting services to toy and entertainment companies. After being in the industry for more than 20 years, Jordan still gets a thrill from meeting new collectors and seeing all the crazy and unusual items they covet. All this means is, Jordan makes his living talking about toys.
This weekend, the Travel Channel presents a special Toy Hunter Halloween episode in which Jordan is on the hunt for some of the scariest toys to sell at the Midwest’s HorrorHound convention. Further, Hembrough’s toy buddy Mark needs help with a special client – Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who’s looking for extremely vintage, scary toys. In between scoring Ghostbusters memorabilia in Connecticut and a 1972 Parker Brothers Ouija board in Salem, MA, Jordan scours the country for the perfect monster memorabilia for Hammett. Not only is Jordan pressured to locate just the right item to ensure Hammett is a happy customer, but he risks losing a potential new rock star client if he fails. Scary stuff!
We met up with Jordan at New York Comic Con to talk toys and movies including asking Jordan what he thinks of the new Star Wars trilogy and why The Lone Ranger sucked.