I know it's been AWHILE(!!!) since the debut of 500th Figure Vader (which, to this day, in 2010 has seen countless
repacks), I joined the boards in 2009, and I would very much like to post my story as to when I got my figure.
I was 10 (or 11?
) when 2005 hit and so did 500th Figure Vader, and I remember going into a video store and seeing a whole stand dedicated to these Vaders. Now, there were at least 2 Targets and 1 Toys R Us in the same area around that same time in 2005 (that Toys R Us has since closed down
), and I remember that I had NEVER seen them at those 3 stores. This being in the day when I had no computer access, I didn't even know this Vader existed! When I first saw it in November (around that time), I begged my mom and dad to buy it for me, but it was pretty expensive - this place sold it for like $24!
But when Christmas came, guess what Santa (
) had left for me? 500th Vader! I was so excited - I had gotten both this and a "Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide", which was also preeetty pricey. That was an insanely happy, memorable Christmas!