Hi everyone. I'm Val Staples, also known as JVS3 on the He-Man.Org forums. I'm the owner of He-Man.Org and event director of Power-Con. I've reached a point in my life where, after twenty years of doing what I felt is my part for helping to provide a great online resource and community, as well as working to create a fun convention for He-Man and She-Ra fans, I am asking for some help from all of you.
No one likes going hat-in-hand, but I'm hoping to recoup a small portion of what has gone into providing He-Man.Org and Power-Con. I don't want to go into exact specifics, but years of providing what I hope many fans feel have been great resources and outlets for their fandom has left me tens of thousands of dollars out-of-pocket. I've been very fortunate to have a great career in comics and toys. But a sizable chunk of that income helps me to float the losses or expenses I've put into the brand I love with hopes it brought joy to fans everywhere.
I did all of this by choice, so I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me. We all have obstacles in life to overcome and I know all of you have your own hurdles you face. For me, this is the first time in twenty years that I have ever hosted an auction that benefits me. The last three auctions were 2002, 2004 and 2008. The first helped this site, the second helped repay artists who worked for me on the 200x comic when CrossGen went bankrupt, and the third was again to help this site.
But as much as I love MOTU and POP, and the fan community, it's been hard over the years to keep it all going. I've made a lot of voluntary sacrifices that most fans aren't aware of. And, here in my later years, I realize just how little I've done for myself. For example, I got engaged in 2013 at Power-Con, but I haven't been able to afford a wedding. And I'm not talking anything fancy for a wedding, but all my available finances went back into He-Man.Org and Power-Con. And that's been a bit of a wake-up call. It was easy when it was just me because I didn't mind not having much. But when you're hoping to build a life with someone and possibly even have a family, you quickly learn how priorities need to be balanced better.
I don't have a lot to sell. I've sold off most everything I owned over the years for the prior auctions. But the one thing I do have is a MOTU Classics collection I've been building over the years out of support for the line. I've been subscribing since 2012 (except for Club Grayskull in 2016, as I couldn't afford it), and I've been very fortunate to receive some MOTUC as gifts from fans who knew I didn't have any of the earlier figures. I've been able to enjoy them these past years, but I have to let them go to get back a little bit of my life and hopefully make a small dent in building a new one. I hope fans who gave me those gifts understand, and know I wouldn't part with these if I didn't have to. It means the world to me that some of you think enough of me to have done something so generous as to send me gifts. So thank you.
This is difficult to put out there and I hope you will forgive me for this. I feel I've done right by this fandom for as long as I've been a part of it, and I hope some of you may feel the same way.
So, starting tonight, a friend of mine is selling and shipping my collection for me using the He-ManOrg eBay account, given my crazy schedule with Power-Con coming up, along with Super7 MOTU packaging I'm working on, plus my other work in comics and toys. He's a really good guy and I'm grateful he thinks enough of me to help out like this.
All auctions are starting out at $0.99 per item, and they will go for whatever they go for. Even if you have no interest in bidding to show support, you might want to check them out as my loss could be your gain. Because who knows? Some of these items could go for next to nothing since they are starting for just $0.99 each. And more items will be added throughout the week. Plus, he will also combine shipping for people who win multiple items.
You can click here to see everything that is up for auction.
I know it's a bit much to suggest, but if bidding on toys isn't your thing, donating to this site could help out as well. Even if it's just $1.00, every bit helps. It will go towards me recouping whatever I can for what had gone into keeping this site alive all these years. If that's something of interest to you, please click here to check out the He-Man.Org donation page.
I have no plans to leave MOTU and POP. I love both brands so much, and I love our community. Even when things have been rocky or there's been differences, participating and contributing to it is an important part of each day for me. So please know I don't expect anything from anyone. I don't want anyone to feel pressured as this is purely voluntary.
No matter what, I appreciate you coming to this site, and supporting Power-Con, and also taking the time to read this message. I hope I can continue to provide you a site and convention for years that you enjoy. I really appreciate all the fans and friends I've been blessed to have in my life all these years. And even if you can't help out with this, thank you for being a He-Man and She-Ra fan.