Sometimes, you like a movie and sometimes you really, really love it. And sometimes, that love translates a massive collection of paraphernalia including toys, props, concept art, and anything else that might have been associated with the film since its release. That's E.T. memorabilia collector Nicholas Gjoka's story. This superfan and self-proclaimed E.T. expert began his curating all things E.T. 30 years ago and hasn't stopped since, documenting his collection on his site, http://www.iloveet.com/.
With the Blu-ray release of the film hitting today, we thought we'd ask Mr. Gjoka to show off some of his favorite pieces, along with a little commentary about what makes each piece so special.
This is a kids E.T. big wheel from 1982. After years and years of searching for it I finally got one and still in the original box, which makes it more valuable in the collectibles world.
This is a display piece from the first VHS release in 1988. All the artwork for this release an E.T. an a lot of other items over the years have been done by one of my favorite artist, Drew Struzan.
These are rare concept sketches of the Spaceship from the movie.
This is a hat that was given to the crew that worked on E.T.
"E.T. and Me" was a working title for the film.
This is the E.T. item that started it all! In 1982 I received this E.T. talking doll from my only grandfather. I clearly remember opening the toy up in his living room during Christmas morning.
Out of my whole collection this holds the most value to me.
The restored, feature-packed E.T. is available now on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures.