« on: August 24, 2007, 07:11 AM »
I never thought I would end up with what I currently own. I started back in early '97 when I was senior in college. My Mom had gotten me the mail away Han in ST disguise. I stopped by a KB shortly afterwards and picked up Boba Fett, Han in Carbonite and Jedi Luke. A few months later, I had about 35 loose figures...I was coming pretty close to catching up with every figure that was out at the time. Then, there was a mail away figure...Muftak and Kabe I believe. They required a current receipt. Well, I did keep the old cards from my loose figures, so that is when I decided to buy one loose, one carded. Around the same time, my Mom took me shopping for my birthday. Toys 'R Us had several 12" figures for $10/each. Lando and Ackbar were among them I think. That is when I started collecting the 12". Toys 'R Us also had vehicles cheap around the same time ($20 AT-AT) so I started buying vehicles. I found ebay in 1999. That helped me fill all my holes in 3 3/4" figures, 12" figures and vehicles. I went to midnight madness for Ep. I and bought all the Hasbro stuff...same thing for AOTC. Then there was C2 and I found the Master Replicas booth. I purchased the Anakin FX. When I got home, I went to the website and purchased the Han Blaster since Han is my favorite character. My wife (gf at the time), said if she were a collector, she was just get the MR stuff. That sent me down the high end path. She even encouraged me to get the AT-AT when I was going to pass on it because of cost. Once Hasbro ditched the 12" line, I figured I was done. I was a little leary about Sideshow because of the price increase. I said I would order the Jedi Luke and wait till it shows up just to see how it was. Well, that didn't work. Next thing I know, I have at least a half dozen figures on preorder before ever receiving Luke.
At this point, I have so much stuff that I have trouble displaying it all. I'm in the midsts of building a collection room so at the point I'll finally be able to see how far I've gone...much farther than I ever thought back in '97.