On the Hunt with Jordan Hembrough

When you step inside Hollywood Heroes in Westwood, N.J., you can literally smell the nostalgia (for those of you who are unfamiliar, nostalgia smells similar to dust-covered cardboard and childhood memories—but like, in a good way). In the collectible toy shop, bright lights beam down on glass cases displaying superhero relics with more than 40 years under their utility belts, making these toys anything but child’s play.

Owner of Hollywood Heroes and star of the reality TV show Toy Hunter, Jordan Hembrough poses with a plush version of himself.

Owner of the shop and star of the Travel Channel series Toy Hunter, Jordan Hembrough is an expert in the art of toy collecting, with more than 25 years of professional experience dealing toys. However, toys were always an integral part of Hembrough’s life. From schoolyard selling, Hembrough entered the big-time after college, when he secured a job as a buyer for StarLog, a chain of science-fiction-focused retail stores. Despite a lack of business background, Hembrough eventually went on to launch his own company, Hollywood Heroes. “I had the passion, and I think sometimes passion will drive you more than a business plan,” he says. [Read more...]

Cabbage Patch Kids and Jakks Pacific Help Build Voter Awareness

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe 
Biden, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney, and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan are recreated as highly unique and collectible Cabbage Patch Kids that will be auctioned on eBay starting Tuesday, October 30. All proceeds from the auction will go toward engaging and mobilizing political power for young people in the U.S. and will benefit Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

The 
exclusive Presidential Kids were created by Jakks Pacific, Inc., to raise awareness of this year’s
election with voters young and old and to celebrate the rich tradition and pop-culture relevance of the lovable and adoptable Cabbage Patch 
Kids. The Presidential Kids will be available for bidding on eBay Giving Works from October 30 to November 6 at cpkauctionforcharity.com.

Jakks Pacific is the master toy licensee for the Cabbage Patch Kids, and a variety of Cabbage Patch Kid products are now available at major retailers nationwide. Visit www.jakks.com for more information.