This morning, my Wendy and I were watching The Travel Channel and we realized we hadn't heard anything lately about a fourth season of Toy Hunter. I quickly went to Wikipedia and noticed they had no info about upcoming episodes either. I immediately jumped to the Twitter feed for the Toy Hunter himself, Jordan Hembrough; and my worst fears were realized. Tweet after tweet about the show's cancellation. The Travel Channel did the unthinkable and cancelled a great show with so much more left to give.
For those who don't know, Toy Hunter followed the cross country adventures of Jordan Hembrough, the owner of a New Jersey toy store known as Hollywood Heroes. Jordan made his way through the attics, basements, and garages of our country searching for rare and awesome toys to sell in his store (see link below) and at major pop culture conventions. His show gave a voice to toy collectors the world over. He showed that toy collecting wasn't something meaningless or stupid. It's a way of reconnecting with the better parts of our youth and our pop culture.
I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Jordan at the 2013 Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington. He is every bit as awesome in person as he was in the show. Meeting him was a major highlight of the trip for me. I'm really going to miss the show.
Toy Hunter was my only real reason to watch The Travel Channel. I can't relate to anything else on that channel be it bizarre culinary offerings or exotic airport layovers. Then again, I seriously doubt losing me as a viewer is foremost on the mind of anyone at The Travel Channel. Still and all, they dropped the ball with this decision.
|Me and The toy Hunter himself at the 2013 Emerald City Comic Con !|