JOHOR BARU: Growing up in the 1990s influenced teacher Mohamad Amirul Fahmi Abdul Ghani into becoming a collector of memorabilia of the popular Japanese children’s television show, Cybercop. The 29-year-old said he became a Cybercop fan when he was five years old and watched it on television.“Back then, Cybercop was among the most popular Japanese children’s shows – not only here but throughout the world.
“It’s different from other shows, such as Ultraman or Power Rangers,” he said during an interview here yesterday.
Cybercop, which aired 34 episodes from Oct 2, 1988, to July 5, 1989, tells the story of a special taskforce set up by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Force to combat crime.
Codenamed “ZAC”, which means Zero Section Armed Constable, the department is designed for special missions, with scientists developing high-powered armour or Bit Suits outfitted with the latest technology.
Mohamad Amirul said he started collecting memorabilia from the show about three years ago after finding some of the Cybercop toys online.
“I have everything from the show, including toys, action figures and video tapes.
“I have spent more than RM10,000 collecting memorabilia from the show,” he said.
As the items are only available in Japan, Mohamad Amirul has to order much of his stuff online, even making a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun in 2017 where he visited a shop in Tokyo that sells Cybercop merchandise.
Among his memorabilia is a life-sized helmet of one of the TV show characters.
“So far, my wife is not complaining about my hobby and I have a special room in my house for my collection,” he said.
Mohamad Amirul said that to show that he was Cybercop’s biggest fan in Malaysia, he even set up a Facebook group for collectors and fans like himself.
“We have about 3,000 members – some of whom are even from countries like Brazil – and we share and discuss everything Cybercop.
“Although the show is no longer around, collecting its memorabilia reminds me of my childhood and how great it was,” he said.