Tomb Raider Tours #14: Max Murray

Max Murray not only has an incredible Croft collection, he’s a dedicated Tomb Raider webmaster (MaxRaider.com). How dedicated? He’s got Lara’s signature tattooed on his arm.

Seriously. Awesome.

Check out the impressive pictures of Max’s collection above, and read about his hobby below!

Name: Max Thomas Murray 

Country of Origin: United States 

How long have you been a fan of Tomb Raider? 
I would have to say since 1998. I was about 11 years old when I first played Tomb Raider II. I had just gotten a PlayStation and I rented the game. Right from the get go I was obsessed with the Manor level. The assault course, the butler, everything was great! Of course I had to go back and rent Tomb Raider I and III. I absolutely loved it, the feeling was awesome!

What is your fondest Tomb Raider memory? 
Playing Tomb Raider III. My nephew and I would get up at the crack of dawn to play it. To this day, my favorite part is when Lara gets the kayak in the South Pacific. I remember thinking ‘This is what it’s like to be Lara Croft!’ Also, getting the Lara Croft signature tattooed on my arm was pretty rad.

Where did you get the bulk of your Tomb Raider merchandise? 
I order most of my collection online from Amazon and Ebay. There are not many shops where I live that carry Tomb Raider merchandise. I was able to get all my comics from local comic book shops though.

How do you store or display all of your Tomb Raider goods? 
Everything is displayed in my office. Most of the figures are on bookshelves and surrounding my desk. I have so many posters that I have to store most of them in tubes. I tend to rotate them out though so I can change up the look. I also lay out my magazines coffee table style. It is a small space, but I make it fit.

What is the gem of your Tomb Raider Collection? 
It is difficult to choose just one. My Art of Tomb Raider book holds a special place in my heart. It was given to me by my partner on Christmas. It was the first time anyone that I knew had given me a Tomb Raider gift. The pages are beautiful and so fun to go through. It is such a great piece of Tomb Raider memorabilia. I also love my Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Sideshow figure. The detail is exquisite.

Is your collection complete? 
I wish! There are way too many treasures out there for it to every be complete. In a way I am glad. It would take all the fun out of it if I had everything. Something that I have wanted for a long time is one of the life size statues! Preferably the Legend statue, but the others are awesome too. Let’s just say, I will be keeping an eye out for a Tomb Raider (2013) version! ;)

If you’ve got an impressive Tomb Raider collection and would like to show it off, send an email to community@crystald.com.