I was similar to your story Bob.
I was buying MicroMachines actually... That was my thing. I eventually started going online about the same time too and started looking at modern figures.
Before all that I bought some of the RPG books for just "good reading", some of the miniatures, and I collected/customized Vintage.
I was a G.I. Joe brat though, not a Star Wars fan till proobably the later 80's. I liked Star Wars as a kid, but didn't collect it because G.I. Joe was just a better toyline to me from a child's standpoint (more fun, more vehicles, etc.)...
Joe was my life though... Had EVERY figure. In fact the only things I didn't have were redeco exclusives, Sears Exclusives, etc... Oh, and the FLAGG which wouldn't fit in my room.
Had that all though, and hardly any Star Wars. They were good for accessories for my Joes and for use as the helpless scientist or something.
Vinty caught my eye when I was watching Empire and Jedi on NBC one night, and I wanted to collect the old toys... Before long talk of new films, re-released films, and then in 1995 a whole new action figure line. And the rest is a sad pouring of $ into Hasbro.