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Monday, December 6, 2010

Star Wars state of mind

Maybe it's the time of year or just having some of my collection displayed in the office and easily accessible, but I have been thinking about that galaxy far, far away a lot more recently. Believe it or not at one time Star Wars was my only collecting focus. In 1997 I had about six of those standard six foot shelving units packed to the brim with nothing but Star Wars. Of the one shelf that contained books it was all Star Wars. That was probably what I called my hey day of collecting. I have since carved that collection down, focusing more on the original trilogy, more specifically Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.

I can't say I have a ton of vintage stuff, or even the high end stuff. I never really went after vintage holy grails or for that matter gone back and retraced my childhood for those items I never had. I mostly just now collect what I like, but have been feeling a little more vintage coming on, mainly the odd loose vintage figure here or there. I think I am also at a place where I enjoy some of the toys other's would think are pure trash, I'm looking at you 1995 Power of the Force buff Han and Luke. I'm not saying I am ready to chunk everything and go whole hog Star Wars again, just it's nice to revisit that time back in 1977 and 1978 were we only had our imagination and no clue what was on the horizon for the Star Warriors. Enough rambling like an old man...







5 comments:

chrismandesign said...

heck !!! when u begin to remember so much, then u realize that u r getting old... well, is not that bad man =) u get experiences also, u live !!!... my story with collection figures is pretty recent, barely 4 years or so, but i hav a lot of good experiences, indeed is one of my passions... u can digress whenever u want...

Doc Atomic said...

The nice thing about collecting is that it's extremely personal. You can go after the stuff you like, you can ignore the stuff you don't. People might say "this is toy is important" or "your collection *needs* to have this toy in it," but they're wrong. Your collection needs to have in it whatever you want it to have in it.

So if the odd vintage figure strikes your fancy, go for it! And if those hulking '95 Hans and Lukes have your name on them, then clear some extra space on your shelf for their broad shoulders and bulging biceps!

I will say, though, that you've got impeccable taste in displaying your "Darth Vadar Lives" pin. That's gotta be the most iconic misspelling in geekdom -- and it's pure awesome.

Keep on keepin' on, man.

Super-Duper ToyBox said...

i'm very new at collecting toys, and not focusing on the toys of my childhood either- just the stuff i like. i think that is pure love of toys :D
those '77-'78 years were magic for toys were they not? i was pretty young, but i remember- and the years that unfolded and toys produced in the following years were sura a lot of fun...

jboypacman said...

I have not been a fan of Star Wars for years. But recently i was looking at my friend's collection which is pretty awesome so i been thinking about picking a few odd figures sometime in the future.

Brian Ashmore said...

That new 3PO looks pretty good!

Stop it! You're going to have me buying more Star Wars!