Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards: The Collector.


The Collector is an Elder of the Universe, one of a handful of beings who have lived since shortly after the Big Bang. The Elders sustain their lives through their monomaniacal obsessions with certain things. The Collector’s life-sustaining obsession? Collecting, of course.

Like all good hobbyists, the Collector strives to complete his sets. He has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to add the Avengers, Earth’s greatest super-heroes, to his collection. At least it keeps him alive.


The following passages are from the Collector’s wikipedia entry, with bold emphasis added:

Taneleer Tivan is one of the Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow Elder En Dwi Gast (the Grandmaster). He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet Cygnus X-1. He is an enormously powerful being who wielded the Power Primordial, though at first he took the appearance of an old human his true form is a powerful alien.

For millions of years, the Collector lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation. When his wife lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, the Collector realized he would need a hobby to maintain his own sanity, and began collecting interesting artifacts and life forms from around the universe. Eventually, his obsession reached such heights he collected anything he considered rare or valuable often just for the sake of collecting. As such, he has a wide variety of rare or unique items at his disposal.

The Collector possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including projecting concussive force beams, and the increasing of his size and mass (and hence physical strength) at will. He also possesses limited shape-changing abilities. His precognitive abilities give him brief visions of alternate future, although he must meditate for long periods to identify the individuals he sees in the vision and its apparent point in time. He has telepathic abilities that enable him to make limited contact with the minds of other Elders. Due to a vow by Death, Collector and all the Elders cannot die and are effectively immortal.

The Collector has a vast knowledge and comprehension of, and a large collection of the advanced science and technology of numerous alien worlds. His armored battle-suit is made of the alien metal etherion that amplifies the wearer’s strength to superhuman levels and has jets permitting flight. He uses various weapons from many time periods and different worlds. Among his arsenal from Earth’s past are catapults, Tibetan crystal balls that emit mystical rays, and magic beans that can conjure up warrior giants. He possesses a magic lamp that can summon a four-headed djinn with mystical powers. His Vegan “Boxes” are rectangular “interdimensional traps” that can weaken a victim’s strength or sanity. Other weapons include gigantic robot guards, a stun beam, and stasis beams. The Collector also has zoos of alien beasts which he can release to attack his adversaries. Among this is Snake-Eyes, an enormous alien serpent with hypnotic powers. Other items in his collection include: the Obedience Potion, with which the Collector can compel a human victim to do his bidding; the Cosmic Viewer, with which he can monitor events on various worlds; a Kymellian translation/control device resembling a flute, with which he can communicate with other living beings; and a time probe enabling him to find and procure artifacts from other time periods.


With crystal balls, magic beans, and a giant hypnotic serpent named Snake-Eyes, the Collector seems like a Vs. System team affiliation all to himself. At the very least he deserves Legendary status. The creative juices are flowing, and my mind reels with the possibilities sitting there waiting in his vast cosmic inventory. Who knows what kind of kooky cardboard cornucopia will be spilled from the treasure chest of the Collector? Maybe you have some ideas?

Leave a comment with any potential abilities and mechanics while I head to the Magic Set Editor to paste-up some versions. This will be the most fun the Collector has had since the Big Bang.


Filed under Comic Books, Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards, Vs. System

15 responses to “Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards: The Collector.

  1. Personally, I will be working on a team affiliation called “The Collection”. Right after I create a Magic Beans equipment card…

  2. Donnieman

    LOL, and here I thought he would just be unaffiliated…

  3. Actually, that’s a great idea. He can be unaffiliated, but able to team attack and be reinforced by his collection.


  4. I made a Collector card (two, technically…) for my 13th and final card design article.


  5. The depth of that article leaves me speechless.

    I will have more of a reaction when I digest it all.

    Truly amazing work.

  6. Donnieman

    Bravo Spud. Truly amazing article.

  7. Anonymous

    The Collector:

    7 Drop

    At the start of the combat phase if you control a character, a location, an equipment and have played a plot twist you may choose one of the following:

    You gain 15 endurance, target opponent loses 10 endurance or stun target character.

    Plot Twist:

    “He with the most toys…”

    Play only if you control the Collector.

    If you control more objects in the in game zone than an opponent choose one of the following:

    KO target equipment, stun target character, replace target resource or counter target effect from a non-ongoing plot twist.

    ” I win.”

  8. You could do something like a deck thinner theme or revolve his theme around a time thief mechanic. Going into your opponents deck and using their plotwist and characters to beat them.

  9. Donnieman

    (Points up)

    That Collector and plot are pretty tight. Very thematic, too.

  10. Rian Fike Stubarnes, Too Cool for Art School.
    Cost 2


    Whenever you Shift Rian Fike into play, search your deck for X army character cards, and put them into your hand where X is the number of resources you control.

    Whenever Rian Fike enters play, your next army character costs you one less to recruit.

    Lurking in the shadows is a crazy bearded man with a thing for mullets…

  11. Oh man, that’s tight work.

    Rian Fike needs to be affiliated with The Collection, since the Collector surely has him on the list for capture.

  12. PirateDevon

    I am glad you like the card and plot twist. It was a quick thought…so quick I forgot to put my handle in the posting box…

  13. djvehovec

    i like Spud’s idea about him interacting with rare cards. situational? yes. cool? definitely!
    maybe some kind of Spheres of Solitude effect as he collects things? or he can use rare plot twists from opponents KO pile or face up? bonuses from the number of rares you control?

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