Many people have asked me a series of questions on collecting, like how I started collecting Star Wars. It wasn't a conscious decision. I was seven years old when the Star Wars bug bit me and I'm in my forties and it hasn't showed any signs of letting go. But let's back track. How was it that I started in the first place? After being completely mesmerized by the movie in 1977, my first ask during that Christmas was the action figures. As many of you know, the figures had their own "tricky" start and no toys were available during the holiday season of 1977. All I got was a cardboard back with the promise of action figures sometime after Christmas. Bummer. But I got over it. And when I finally came around to remembering I was expecting action figures, my first wave were Darth Vader, Artoo, Luke, and everyone's favorite protocol droid, Threepio...yes, we're on first name basis.
The Collection Begins
The Fabric of Our Lives
And as I grew older, I continued to find some relics that were as a religious experience for me as anything could be. I didn't set out to be a collector, but I ended up being a collector by chance. So, back to the second question I get asked a lot. Where do I start? What do I collect? Find something you love, and pick and choose what's important to you. Whether the collection has any monetary value or not, make sure it means something to you. I have been lucky enough to be able to find some great pieces from my childhood as well as some new pieces. Now there is a new stream of films coming at us faster than the Falcon can jump into light speed a new generation of hopeful seven-year-olds can start their own collection. It's never too late to start. And it's never too late to make your journey to any galaxy of collecting, near or far. Have fun.