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vader121
04-02-2008, 09:24 AM
Do you have any childhood toy photos of you with your Star Wars toys? Sadly I don't really have any. Closest I have is of a bday cake that my mom made and she put Stormtroopers around it for decoration. Other than that I can't find any. I had other photos of me as a kid with trucks and cowboys & indians but no Star Wars.

What about you?
Possible to scan them and post here for all to see?

2-1B
04-02-2008, 06:36 PM
I have some.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-04-2008, 08:28 PM
I could've sworn (but since there ain't no cussin' I'll say "e chu ta" :speech: ) there was already a thread about this topic, but found none. I know there's some in the General section's "Post a Picture of Yourself," plus a couple in this section's "Vintage Photos" thread.

mabudonicus
04-05-2008, 01:48 PM
I have one of me at x-mas holding Vaders TIE fighter, one of me and my sis dressed in home-made jawa costumes, one of me dressed as yoda and one of me in an X-mas parade on a hoth-themed float with a pretty sweet X-wing my dad and his buddies built- oddly enough, my mom made a second costume so hoth featured a snow-cave with 2 yodas and a bunch of drunken adults in parkas
I'll see if I can scan 'em
:beard: Iso&Baws

It was a COOL float no matter how wildly inaccurate

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-05-2008, 02:45 PM
I was looking through old pictures in the process of making a "senior poster" . . . I found one from late 1998 where I had all my figures and whatnot out on the coffee table; I'd say there were about 20 or 30 as I had been buying them since early 1997 but obviously it was nowhere near how it is today. There was another picture that was the first photographic evidence I was a Star Wars fan, but I can't recall the details.

vader121
04-07-2008, 01:41 PM
I do have a few known photos of me in one of those cheap plastic Vader costumes at a summer picnic.

Another pic is if me sis in a Leia costime. She was Leia and I was Gene Simmons that year. Gotta love those cheap plastic masks with the rubber band and the cheap plastic costume that just seemed to rip by the end of trick or treating no matter how careful you were.

Ji'dai
04-08-2008, 06:59 PM
I have a ton of toy photos from birthdays and holidays past. It's so time consuming scanning them though. Here are three shots from my birthday in June 1979. I had a Little League game that evening and we stopped by my grandparents house afterward. There I got to open a couple presents before my big birthday party with cake and ice cream and all the rest that weekend. As you can see, I got the Falcon and Droid Factory. It wasn't long before I had that "hunk of junk" out of the box and flying around. I probably couldn't wait to get home to put my figures in there. My Mom is sitting on the couch in the background and my little brother is on the floor by me.

1979 Birthday (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27226)
1979 Birthday (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27227)
1979 Birthday (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27228)

If you look closely, you'll see my baseball team's name was Lark. There was a brand of cigarettes in the late 70s called Lark too, but they didn't sponsor us! It was a local business called Lark Painting. The Bad News Bears movies were really popular during this time so I had to endure a lot of jokes about those movies. I don't recall our players or coaches being like the films though. The late 70s were a fun time for me. I loved getting all those Star Wars toys and looking forward to each new movie.

vader121
04-09-2008, 09:55 AM
Very nice! Cool that you have pics like that.
I like your sneakers. Were those Traxx sneakers? That's all I had as a kid.

Ji'dai
04-09-2008, 05:25 PM
They probably were Traxx sneakers! I wore a lot of off-brands as a kid and got a lot of grief from the two boys living next door who were into basketball and had Converse and Addidas.

This next group of photos are probably from 1979 or 1980. My parents took me and my brother to see Darth Vader and a couple of Jawas that were making a public appearance at one of the local grocery stores. Yes, the Dark Lord of the Sith and his band of Jawas are signing autographs; and my brother and I both got our photos taken with Vader and an autographed photo of him to boot. As you can see, the costumes look professionally done, although I don't think they had any official tie to Lucasfilm. Steve Sansweet mentioned in his Insider column a few years ago that people could rent the costumes and do appearances so this was probably what was going on.

Me and my younger brother pose with Darth Vader:
Brush with the Dark Side 1 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27229)

Vader signs my photo:
Brush with the Dark Side 2 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27230)

Vader poses with my Mom and brother:
Brush with the Dark Side 3 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27231)

Vader and the Jawas work the crowd:
Brush with the Dark Side 4 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27232)

Good shot of a Jawa:
Brush with the Dark Side 5 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27233)

Vader signs another photo:
Brush with the Dark Side 6 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27234)

Some guy I don't know with two Jawas:
Brush with the Dark Side 7 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27235)

Another boy poses with Vader and the Jawas:
Brush with the Dark Side 8 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27236)

The actual autographed photo I got on that evening. Yes, I still have both mine and my brother's photos after all these years:
Brush with the Dark Side 9 (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27237)

LusiferSam
04-09-2008, 09:43 PM
This is my personal favorite, my sister and myself (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=5426&ppuser=821). In my right hand is the Royal Guard. I had just gotten him that day. My grandparents were in town and like grandparents do they came bearing gifts. My grandpa came downstairs into the basement and said he wanted to a take a picture. So he had us get side by side. Right before he snapped the photo he told me to put my arm around my sister's neck. She let out a yell right as he took the picture, forever freezing the moment between her opening her mouth and the rest of us reacting to that blood curdling scream.

My mom's favorite is of me in a Darth Vader costume. It was one of the lame vinyl suits with a mask. In the photo I've take the mask off and have a rather mischievous grin on my face. I'll see if I can make a scan of that one latter this week.

Ji'dai
04-16-2008, 07:32 PM
This is my personal favorite, my sister and myself (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=5426&ppuser=821). In my right hand is the Royal Guard. I had just gotten him that day. You must be a tad younger than the rest of us old timers. Was ROTJ the first SW movie you remember?

I posted two photos from my 1979 birthday party. I had already received the Millennium Falcon and Droid Factory earlier in the week on my actual birthday.

The first shot (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27256) has me with my birthday cake with the candles lit. I'm wearing one of the many SW t-shirts I had as a kid. Check out the friggin' huge watermelon on the counter in the background. Ah, summer... :cool:

In the second photo (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27257) I've got a couple of gifts in both hands as my cousins look on. In my right hand is the classic Kenner TIE Fighter and the large posterboard thing in my left is the equivalent of a SW color-by-number that came with a fistful of colored permanent markers rather than paint.

DarthQuack
04-16-2008, 08:37 PM
You must be a tad younger than the rest of us old timers. Was ROTJ the first SW movie you remember?

I posted two photos from my 1979 birthday party. I had already received the Millennium Falcon and Droid Factory earlier in the week on my actual birthday.

The first shot (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27256) has me with my birthday cake with the candles lit. I'm wearing one of the many SW t-shirts I had as a kid. Check out the friggin' huge watermelon on the counter in the background. Ah, summer... :cool:

In the second photo (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27257) I've got a couple of gifts in both hands as my cousins look on. In my right hand is the classic Kenner TIE Fighter and the large posterboard thing in my left is the equivalent of a SW color-by-number that came with a fistful of colored permanent markers rather than paint.

Was the watermellon for Gallagher??? Was he doing birthday parties back then? :laugh:

LusiferSam
04-16-2008, 11:17 PM
You must be a tad younger than the rest of us old timers. Was ROTJ the first SW movie you remember?

Yes, I'm a bit younger the normal vintage crowd. ;) But ROTJ is not the first SW movie I remember. That was SW itself. In fact it's the first movie I remember period (but second one my parents took me to). I believe it was during the '81 or '82 re-release I saw in theaters. It's a bit hard to remember whether it was '81 or '82 because I was awful little at the time. I do know it was before my sister was born and before E.T. came out.

Ji'dai
04-17-2008, 12:52 PM
Was the watermellon for Gallagher??? Was he doing birthday parties back then? Gallagher may be reduced to doing birthday parties these days, but back then he was huge. You couldn't have a watermelon without someone asking where the Sledge-O-Matic was. I think my parents actually went to see him perform when he did a show in my hometown.


Yes, I'm a bit younger the normal vintage crowd. But ROTJ is not the first SW movie I remember. That was SW itself. In fact it's the first movie I remember period (but second one my parents took me to). I believe it was during the '81 or '82 re-release I saw in theaters. It's a bit hard to remember whether it was '81 or '82 because I was awful little at the time. I do know it was before my sister was born and before E.T. came out. Well, if you didn't see Star Wars in '77 or '78 then you don't count :razz: Did you see ESB in theaters or on tape?

bobafrett
04-17-2008, 01:51 PM
Gallagher may be reduced to doing birthday parties these days, but back then he was huge. You couldn't have a watermelon without someone asking where the Sledge-O-Matic was. I think my parents actually went to see him perform when he did a show in my hometown.



My mom many years back worked at a hotel where Gallager was staying. She sent him a watermelon when he sat down to eat. He was not amused. Probably gets it all the time.

Back to the topic, I have been scouring my old pictures for at least one picture of me with something Star Wars. No luck yet.

vader121
04-17-2008, 04:26 PM
I actually saw ESB before I saw ANH. I was born in 1973 so you can do the math. I do remember seeing ANH shortly after ESB because he re-released it in theaters.

I wish I had some pics to share but really don't.

LusiferSam
04-17-2008, 10:33 PM
Well, if you didn't see Star Wars in '77 or '78 then you don't count :razz: Did you see ESB in theaters or on tape?

Says you. :razz: I missed ESB in theaters. In fact I didn't see ESB until about a year after I saw ROTJ. I remember begging my mom to rent ESB before we saw ROTJ, but that ever happened. I knew the story pat because of a book I had (ok still have). It was the large hard back story book of ESB with Vader on the cover. I read it so many time the thing just fell apart. It's just two covers with some 30 odd loose pages these days. But still it's not the same thing as see it, either on TV or in theaters.

Bel-Cam Jos
04-19-2008, 10:41 AM
Here's a couple. I might've posted one of 'em before. One's a birthday party with pseudo-SW party favors (a yellow X-Wing style ship and colorful planets), and the other is on Christmas morning (note the vinyl SW carry case with figures inside).

[edit] Well, pics don't seem to want to load. I'll try later... which should be there now.

TeeEye7
04-20-2008, 12:03 AM
Is that you between the Burnt Sienna and the Emerald Green in the second photo, BCJ?

LusiferSam
04-20-2008, 01:40 AM
I said would try to get this picture and here it's. Me in a vinyl Vader costume. (http://i274.photobucket.com/albums/jj271/LusiferSam/mevader.jpg) Like I said before this is one of my mom's favorite photos of me. Despite being a black and white photo, I'm really surprised how much this has yellowed. A cheap frame and in a room with lots of light for 20+ years will do that I guess.

bobafrett
04-20-2008, 07:38 AM
Cool picture LusiferSam! You look like a dark lord in training~

Bel-Cam Jos
04-20-2008, 09:51 AM
Is that you between the Burnt Sienna and the Emerald Green in the second photo, BCJ?Being the color-coded anal retentive person I am, it'd have to have been Burnt Siena and probably Raw Umber, or Olive Green and Sea Green (don't believe EG was a color then, TI ;) ). But yep, I'm in both pics. Somewhere stored is that very same sleeping bag. :cantthrowanythingaway:

Ji'dai
04-26-2008, 10:16 PM
The earliest photos I could find with SW in them come from the summer of 1978. Kenner's SW toy line was still very much in its infancy, with the first product releases hitting stores nationwide just a few months earlier.

The first photo (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27297) is from my June 1978 birthday party. I'm sitting in the chair opening a present. Barely visible in the lower left-hand corner is a Kenner Darth Vader bop-bag. Dig my plaid pants!

The next two shots were probably taken a short time later to use up the roll of film. The first one (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27298) has me posing with the inflated Vader bop-bag. Check out that gold velvet couch and faux wood paneling! Ah, the 70s... :laugh: The bop-bag makes another appearance with my brother in the second photo (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27299).

Bel-Cam Jos
04-27-2008, 09:52 AM
I'm more concerned about the flop-down-dead person next to you on the couch, Ji'dai. Victim of a Bop Bag-related injury? ;)

BTW, when people wonder about the pre-1950s being a world of black and white, I wonder myself if future questioners will believe our '70s and '80s world was faded orange/brown. :D

Ji'dai
04-27-2008, 02:19 PM
I'm more concerned about the flop-down-dead person next to you on the couch, Ji'dai. Victim of a Bop Bag-related injury? ;) I knew someone would ask about that thing. It's either a Raggedy Ann or Andy doll; my Mom had both. Fortunately I was spared the indignity of being dressed in the doll's clothes, a fate my younger brother, however, was unable to escape.


BTW, when people wonder about the pre-1950s being a world of black and white, I wonder myself if future questioners will believe our '70s and '80s world was faded orange/brown. :D Oh yes, kids today take for granted this wonderous world of color. They don't appreciate the long arduous process we endured from the black and white of yesteryear to the orange-brown hues of the 70s & early 80s to this vibrant world of color we enjoy today.

Ji'dai
05-01-2008, 07:21 AM
In honor of the official return of Indiana Jones toys to stores nationwide on this first day in May, I posted a pic from my June 1982 birthday. In the photo (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/showphoto.php?photo=27301), I'm holding the Parker Brothers Raiders of the Lost Ark "Game of Adventure and Intrigue."

Check out that console TV with push-button keypad. Man, I thought that was the bees knees at the time. So much more advanced than the old set with out-dated knobs and dials!

I still have the Raiders game too; it's complete with even the original plastic bags the pieces came in. The box is a little worn, but the game board, spinner, and clue cards are still crisp and like new. This was probably because it was a rather boring game and I didn't play it much. I think an Indy game would've been more fun had they based it on something like Mousetrap with booby-traps and pitfalls.

mabudonicus
06-08-2008, 05:06 PM
Ahh finally I got around to this, a classic image from hell I don't even know, probably 1979

:beard: Iso&Baws

My sister got the x-wing that year

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-08-2008, 05:59 PM
I like how you guys all had the same haircut. :D

mabudonicus
06-09-2008, 10:34 AM
having that haircut for 15 years is the reason I have long hair now :D
:beard: Iso&Baws

That's no joke

Bel-Cam Jos
06-09-2008, 05:27 PM
And the kids today don't have the same haircuts? :rolleyes: :beuniquebybeingjustlikeeveryoneelse: