I'm 30 (31 in November), divorced, have a 3yr old son in another state, and kind
of co-habitate with my girlfriend. I was 11 when ANH came out in 1977 and was
at the premier of ESB and ROTJ the night they opened in '80 and '83. I have a
very small collection of the old toys which includes a complete large Darth Vader
and an incomplete large Chewie, and small 3PO and R2. My POTF2/SOTE collection
today far out numbers my old collection. I must say that I do like the new
stuff better except for the "action" poses. I do wish the new figures had
straight legs like the original figures. I too am curious as to the age of
some of the people who post on here. Just my .02...
All I can say is...AMEN!!! Oh, and I'm 24.
Looks like I am the senior citizen. I am 35 and and I was 15 when I saw
ANH. The line to get into the theater was nearly 2 blocks long. I have 2
kids and both, my 11 year old son and 6 year old daughter, know and enjoy
the trilogy. Infact, most of my son's friends are Star Wars fans.
>I'm just curious. I'm 25 and still collect and was wondering what the age
>group is that are buying Star Wars. I would think that the younger kids
>wouldn't know anything about the trilogy? Just wondering?
I,m 16, and I have never seen the movies in theaters, Although Ill be
going to the re-released ones. However, I buy all the books toys and
whatever I can get my hands on
The best memories are of the double features they had when Empire came
out, and then the triple features when Jedi was released. Six hours
in a theatre, watching one film after another.....ah, memories! (and
I collect the old stuff, and finally completed my collection of the
original ships and figures. I buy some of the new stuff as well, if
it is well done and doesn't look ridiculous, like the steroid-enhanced
Luke and Han.
The difference between collecting today and memories of buying the
stuff when I was a kid? Back then, there were row after row of
figures, and there wasn't any of this short packing crap or hoarding..
You could find any figure you want, and any ship you wanted was also
there. Also, when they said a figure or ship was going to be
released, it was on the shelf within days. And Kenner shipped to
everywhere at the same time, so wherever you went they had the same
The funniest thing about collecting? That people who buy the stuff
today think that the POTF2 will be worth a lot in the future.
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I'm 16. I've been collecting for about a year. I have been a fan since I
>I'm just curious. I'm 25 and still collect and was wondering what the age
>group is that are buying Star Wars. I would think that the younger kids
>wouldn't know anything about the trilogy? Just wondering?
I'm 21, and that makes me about 2 1/2 when ANH came out in '77. I kinda
remember seeing ANH later when it was re-released before Empire back in
1979, because my my mom was pregnant with my little brother (now 16), and
she would go over to her mom's (my grandma's) house to do "baby" stuff,
and one day, my dad and I went to see AHN at the local theater. Later
that Christmas, ALL I wanted was Star Wars Stuff...from toys to bed
sheets to curtains to SW Under-roos.
When Empire came out the next year, my mom and my dad were getting
divorced, so to help, my dad took me to see Empire. I guess they thought
it would be good for me to be in a fantasy world for awhile, to get away
from all the problems. I remember hearing the Wampa-roar, and seeing him
jump out to attack Luke, and I jumped on my Dad in his seat!
When ROTJ came out, my mom took me and my brother to see it. He was only
3, but he wound up demanding to get all the SW toys I got. I rember the
first ROTJ figure I got was General Madine, because he was the only one
on the racks after everyone else grabbed stuff off the shelf. When I
turned 9, my mom was REALLY strapped for money during my b-day, so we
went to the local Albertson's grocery store (they had SW figs! Really!),
and on the way to the toy aisle, I told my mom all I wanted was Leia in
her Boussh costume, because I thought the removeable mask was just so cool!
Well, when we go to the aisle, there was Leia in her Boussh costume!
Eventhough that was the only present I was able to get from her, I was happy.
Now, I have the trilogy, and all the new figs (except HanTrooper), and
just as happy as I could be. When I bought my Leia as Boushh SOTE fig, I
thought back to that birthday, and just smiled.
P.S. Just something on my mind: If I could have any SW fig product that
I could imagine, I would have 2 different 4-fig packs, set up like this:
...It would be nice to have leaders to boss around the figures...
ok, i'll play along. i'm 26. got into heavy-duty collecting in 1990. i saw
all the movies in the theatre and grew up in the heyday of sw. i was 7 when
i saw sw. i distinctly recall the line for jedi being wrapped around the
theater and then having to leave because it was sold out. i saw it later on, so
it was no biggie. i remember the holiday special on tv, but my dad wanted to
watch an animal show so i only got to see like a few seconds here and there when
there was a commercial break. i saw it 16 years later though. it sucked.
i didn't really play with my old toys, i just bought them and set them up. i
still have many boxed vehicles and playsets in fantastic condition that i bought
at retail back in the late '70's / early '80's. i sold off lots of stuff in
order to buy the figures carded. i enjoy the packaging. the logos, the names,
the photos, the offers, the backs. the whole thing.
i've gone overboard on collecting. i primarily collect the old carded figures
but i do pick up the new ones just to have. i also go bonkers for prototypes
from the old toy line, especially figure-related ones.
i have spent an obscene amount of money on my collection, so i will readily
admit that i care about values. it's not the reason i collect, but it is fun to
see the prices rise and nice to know how they are being more and more sought
i have noticed that most collectors nowadays are in the 20-30 year old range
since these were the folks that grew up with it. there are many older folks in
to it which is cool. i think the new involvement with teenagers and younger
folks these days is cool. but i hate to see them get duped on paying scalper
prices for new toys.
i'm also a hound for information on sw collecting and i have tried to amass a
nice stockpile of books and magazines on the subject. i also have a scrapbook
of every cool thing that has ever shown up in toy shop magazine. for folks that
read that magazine they can uderstand what an undertaking that is. i have
everything dating back to 1991. and i mean *every* cool and unusual sw piece
that has ever shown up. countless hours reading, rereading, rerereading and
clipping ads from various places. some stuff has shown up in there that has
never been seen before or since. that's how big of an info-hound i am.
plus i love the art and act of collecting. i love to find the really rare stuff.
that's why i got into prototypes. i got to toy shows as often as possible, i
network with folks all over the place. i love to swap info. i love to find out
about stuff that few people know about. and i love to share that info with
people. that's why i contribute to the sw collector's archive. keeping
collectors informed is the best way to battle ripoffs and scams and keep the
hobby fun and interesting.
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I'm 15. The first movie I saw in my life was ROTJ.
I'm 25 as well and married, I lean alot towards collecting the
old instead of the new though.BARRY!!!
First off..I'm 20. I'm told I was in the theatre as a young tike to see
I'm 13. err..13 and 1. <It's 3:10!> For my bday yesterday, I got 3
shadows figs, new stormtrooper blaster, 12" darth <I already found my
Obi> and the Illustrated guide to the SW universe <which rules!>. I am
goin' back to target 2morrow to hopefully find the only SOTE fig I still
I'll be 17 in about a week.. most of the people I talk to who are into
Star Wars are either under 12 or over 20 though. However, on AOL, there
are Star Wars SIMS (like RPGS) and most of the people who play those are
teenagers. You'd be suprised how big Star Wars still is in the younger
http://www.afn.org/~afn37335 (Emperor Palpatine's Dark Jedi Temple)
Well, I'm 22.
I was 3yrs old when i saw Star Wars in its original release at a Drive-in.
It is my fondest childhood memory. I can remember my father have to read
the opening to me for i was too young and could not yet read the large
After that i was not only hooked on Star Wars but was spoiled rotten by
giving me Toys a holidays and birthdays. I remember opening Clothing
FILLED with figures. An yes, i still have it all, every last bit of it
stored away in the attic thanks to parents who were smart enough to save
boxes...or at least SOME
But now with the re-release and the NEW toys, I feel just like a kid
Now being an Illustrator i can project my Star Wars memories onto paper.
which IS something i do in my spare time between projects.
Happy Noodle Boy
I am 31 years old. Saw ANH at 12, still have my ticket stubs and since
I still live in the same city I plan on going to the re-releases in the
same theaters! My favorite Star Wars memories are of a SW theme birthday
party (14th I believe), including a R2-D2 cake, I even have a picture of
me, the cake, the R2-D2 model and the R2-D2 Kenner figure, guess you can
say R2-D2 is my favorite character. My second favorite memory consists
of attending the ANH re-release, watching *all* the screening for two days
solid, feeding my face with Sees Candy suckers and the cookies from Darth
Vader's Activity Book (I even baked them myself).
As a side note, in this month's Green Lantern (#81) the associate editor
Eddie Berganza states at the end of the letter column, "Only five more
months until I can take my kids to see Star Wars in the theaters! Wahoo!".
Who said what?!? We don't know him. go away. - my employer
" I like to keep a more open mind" Fox Mulder
"One man's morality should never by way of ideaology become another's legality"
Waited in line in 1980 with friend's from 8th grade to see the Empire
Strikes Back on its opening day. Still remember hearing that famous line
for the first time vividly "NO, I AM YOUR FATHER!"
Saw Return of the Jedi with a cute date from high school. I loved the
film. She said it was too much of a guy's movie. Oh well...
Looking forward to the special editions. It's like doing it all over
BTW, I'm 30 going on 15
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I was 14 when Star Wars came out and could not get my parents to take
me... :-( I finally saw it during it's rerelease the following summer in
1978 (I had a friend who just got his license.) The one thing that
haunts to this day is the rememberence of a fat guy who sat behind me
and laughed at the most inopertune times. Like when Vader states that
"The force is strong in this one" , refering to Luke in the Seath Star
trench. I could help but wonder what this guys problem was...
Unfortunately, I did not even know that SW toys even existed because it
had been years since I set foot in any toy stores. (I was heavy into
collecting comic books... I still have all my old FF's... :-).
When the Empire came out I had my license (being 17) and saw the movie
14 times at the theater. I was hooked. I did discover the toys hunting
for a birthday gift for a friends nephew, but by then I though I was too
old to play with them. (What collect toys? That's what you do to comic
books....) I did however buy a few figures (6) and open them to place on
my desk (thought it was cool). In 1992, shortly after playmates came out
with their new Star Trek figures, I searched my parents attic and found
those 6 SW figures and have been on a collecting frenzy ever since.
Yes, I admit it, that I like Star Trek. I am in rehab for it and ever
since The Next Generation went off the air I have been SW crazed. Now, I
find that I have always been fascinated with action figures and love
most of the new figures that Kenner produces. Though I do wish that
Playmates got the new license to produce the toys. I do believe that the
5" is better scale for detail for figures but understand that if you
want to make and sell ships that actually use the figures, the 3 3/4"
scale makes sense. But if you wanted more realistic faces and less
muscles playmates would have delivered.
Just my 2 cents.
I beat ya - 27! And I still get SW toys for Xmas, Bday, etc.
I started in 78 with the original 9, went through the wee end, but stopped near
the B-wing, Imperial Shuttle - too much money! I've since replenished and
am near completion of the vehicles (have all figures without variants (except
I have the blue snag.)). Ah, the joy of collecting!
B O B A - F E T T
I'm 41, saw ANH when I was 22, so I'm an old-timer. I began collecting
POTF2 because I've always been a fan of the trilogy. Plus I collect
other toys, old matchbox for instance. I realize the value, (mostly
nostalgic not monetary, though that can be a bonus), of saving the toys
of one's youth, (something I and my parents failed to do), and so I'm
saving a set of these toys for my soon to be 5 year old, and getting him
a set to play with today.
He is really getting into it as we set up mock battles. I can't wait to
take him to the re-release next year!
BTW, I have a 1977 dated Hildebrandt poster, the small, (approx. 18x24"),
Star Wars classic pose,(Luke w/lightsabre, Leia at his feet), blue
background etc. I don't put posters up anymore, so if anyone is
interested, LMK with an offer. thanks.
Yes, you guys have actually helped me to appreciate my true age.
::Stay on target::
I remember after the movie came out in May of '77, I really, really
wanted toys. I was big into GI JOE at the time (go, Adventure Team!),
but never really cared for the size of the JOES. I always had a
fascination with smaller things. As a kid I had a huge collection of
little figurines and toy animals, the smaller the better. I remember
telling my folks that I wished they would make Star Wars figures
"about this big" and showing the size I hoped for with my fingers.
What size did I wish for? Oh, just about 3-3/4"!
I remember months later seeing a commercial for the Kenner early bird
set, and seeing the 3-3/4" figures for the first time. It was a dream
come true. And with POTF2, the dream lives on!
I've read several posts here and elsewhere from folks wishing
Playmates or McFarlane Toys had gotten the SW license, and all I can
say is, I am happy with what we got! The new toys for '97 look even
better (Bossk? yes!! My 2nd favorite bounty hunter!). Gonna need WAY
more shelf space!
ok...I will do it for you...12 + 19 = 31
I have been collecting SW for only about a year though, and my bank account
has not been the same since!
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Bob & Toni Hall Enterprises
Elizabeth A. Hall
45 Santa Ana Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA
Always looking for Star Wars toys, Elephants and Vases.
...24...i saw all the releases zillions of times - jedi at its' first
screening in my city, of which i was very proud...i've very distinct
memories of all those times, the theaters, the pre-release newspaper
...i got my first fig, c3po, on night after the third or so time i saw
ANH...i can remember being so proud of him, taking him to show and tell
only to discover that all the other boys had four to nine figs apiece; so
much for being innovative!..
...as a child, my parents moved around very often, so i never really
got to know many kids well...as a result star wars *was* my life, and the
toys were its' substance...i had a nice little cache, which i thought was
all the world, and that was my so solo occupation outside of attending
...what was so amazing to me about the star wars toys was that they
were an instant connection between me and the other kids i met moving
around; no matter how little i knew anybody, we could always get together
with our star wars figures and have a great time...i suppose for many kids
this would have been baseball or whatever, but i never cared much for
sports and star wars was the great universal truth then...
...at age nine i finally settled into one place, and again quickly made
great star wars friends, some of whom i've had for life...so i lived and
breathed and embraced the world these films and toys brought me into,
losing myself in fun that seems unmatched with lots of kids these days...
...at age eleven, shortly after jedi came out, my parents made me give
all my toys to charity...i was devastated...eventually i found
substitutions in robotech or transformers or whatever, but star wars toys
were always my true first love...
...i've been a bit slow to accept the new stuff, thinking it inferior,
or he-manish (which i took to be the first phase in the decline of recent
toys), but was always fascinated by the action fleet, as it's almost a
perfect emulation of what i always deramed would be the ideal robotech
toys...i finally this summer broke down and began collecting it, picking
up POTF2 to satiate my craving in the inbetween spaces...now i'm going
back and getting micro collection, which always fascinated me as a kid,
but was then beyond my (parent's) means...
...i open everything, and prize play value in the toys above all else;
thus i've been a bit disspointed in the POTF2 line so far...
...i'd say that i open and play with everything, and am damned proud of
it, but that's not really true...i try to play with it, really i try very
hard, but i just can't seem to get into playing by myself like i used
...still, the memories of playing, and the thoughts of play to be had,
warm me and keep me collecting and opening and dawdling; maybey it'll come
back to me sometime...
*collecting action fleet and micro collection*
*if you've any leads, please do pass them on!*
Darth Vader and John Williams fanatic
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The Force will be with you....always.
I'll be 24 in November, and my friend who collects with me will be 23 on
I've seen all 3 movies on the big screen, own the Letterboxed laser
discs, and have over 40 stormtroopers (all open, and I just love saying
I like Star Wars, that's why I buy the toys... I had a lot of the ships
& figures growing up, but not everything, and I didn't take care of it
like I should have. I love the new stuff, especially stuff I didn't
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I'm 25. On my sixth birthday, my parents took me out to dinner. After
that, they said they were taking me to get ice cream but instead they
took me to see A New Hope. I willl never forget it.
RyAn -- Collector Of Gallatic Space Junk
George Mason University http://athena.gmu.edu/~dbradle4
email: dbra...@gmu.edu 'Sweet Fuh Days'
Then you have the best memory on the planet! I'm 20 (going on 8) and
Star Wars was the first movie my parents took me to, and I was less than
one at the time! If your 19 that means you were born in late 76
(me...Oct 1, 76), or sometime in 77, making you younger than me at the
time. For some reason I don't think you remember seeing "A New Hope" in
"Do. Or do not. There is no try." -Yoda
"The Force will be with you....Always." -Obi-Wan
William H. Nickelson (wnic...@eng.ua.edu)
NEW WEB SITE COMING SOON!
I don't collect Star Wars figures ... but have a "friend" who does. ;)
My "friend" is .... I ... um he forgets how old he is, but was born in
1971. [after much math] I guess that makes him about 25.
Yes, he has seen the films over and over and over again. In fact, he even
once had a professor move an exam back, because USA was playing the
Trilogy the night before ... cool professor, eh?
He kept all of his old stuff, is repairing it, and now has his parents
hunting & looking for more of the old stuff.
Oh, and yes. I ... make that he ... buys the new Stuff (posters, books,
toys, cards, etc) all the time.
I'm 27 now.I used to have all the figures and most of the vehicles when they
first came out. Star Wars had a real impact on me when it first came out. I
can't wait to see it again on the big screen.
I started collecting again about 2 years ago.I had sold all my stuff years ago
at a silly price (they were'nt collectable back then) so I have given up on
the old stuff and I am now collecting the POTF2 range.
I'm 16. I saw ROTJ when I was three and I remeber my mom taking me out
of the theatre because I was crying. Those damn Ewoks! :)
I started my SW fanatasiscim my Freshmen year in High School thanks to
my English teacher. We had to do a movie review and I got Star Wars.
My mom bought it for me bcos we couldn't rent it. Then I got hooked.
My first "Bought bcos I like SW" toy was the first ESB MM set with the
TIE and the AT-AT. The first SW toy I got was an original R2D2 with a
weird hole in his head. (It's not weird anymore! :) Then I got an OB1
and a Tusken Raider. I also remember having a bunch of others, but they
disappeared. I musta traded them off to my friend. I traded everything
I liked for BS toys. I traded an original Scourge and Hot Rod for a
bunch of Legos I don't even use. I'm not saying Legos are bad. As a
matter of fact, my girlfriend got me Majisto's Magical Workshop for our
monthaversary. Anyhoo, and that's how I got hooked.
MadVega the Magnificant
Major Smashing Pumpkins fan and ShRoOmEr!
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage...
(p.s. Muzzle, coming October 1996! Enjoy the ride!)
I've collected things all my life . I remember truly enjoying Star Wars
when it first came out, but I was too heavily into Rock-n-Roll concerts
and school to go crazy over it..
A funny thing happened last Christmas ....
My wife bought the trilogy for my son ...... And if any of you have kids
out there, you know that you get stuck watching the same videos over &
over .(i.e. Barney ad nauseum)...
Well these were the first videos that we looked forward to seeing on a
steady basis ... we started buying POTF2's for my children and we have one
of each character to date ..... our boy now has the new Milleneum Falcon
(boy is that cool !) ...our daughter loves R2D2..
This past weekend our family spent some time hitting all the big stores
for SOTE items !!!!! We're hooked & we love it...
My wife & I have also been reading the novels that have come out over the
past few years..
I'm convinced my wife uses the Force to find things around the house that
the rest of us always lose !!!
Take care, May the Force be with All of You .....
I saw ANH in the theatre five times at the age of 10/11. I never saw ESB
in the theatre, because I think my parents were afraid of my obsession and
never took me to see it. I played hooky from school in the 8th grade to
see ROJ on the day it opened. I saw it twice that day.
My collection of both old and new SW stuff is massive and huge. Most of
the old stuff is unboxed, tho.
I also publish a SW 'zine, Blue Harvest (see below)
BLUE HARVEST MAGAZINE
Orders for Episode Ten being accepted now!!!
Will ship around Halloween!!!
This printed Star Wars Œzine is published by James Addams with Mary Jo Fox.
This issue features:
An interview with Star Wars comic book artists Cam Kennedy, Oliver Vatine
and Fred Blanchard.
A transcript and commentary of the record album ³Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell²
Tips and strategies for the Star Wars CCG
The Star Wars / Simpsons connection
³Heirs Apparent²: a look at the post- ROTJ bad guys in the SW saga
³SW: The home-made version²
Lots of Reviews: SOTE and more.
Plus news, rumours, gossip, editorials, and more, more, more!
Available by sending a check or money order for only $4.75 per copy made
out to Mary Jo Fox to:
PO Box 215
Episodes three, four, five, six, seven, eight and nine are still available
for the same low, low price, and are also jammed full of great features...
Submissions now being accepted for Episode Eleven (February).
'J' is for James who took lye by mistake