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nohagent
01-07-2010, 10:56 AM
I was curious about how people all found SSG and how they got involved. As for myself I have been following Sirsteve since 1995/96 when I found his site SirStevesGuidetoStarWars.com. Wow, it was some of my first tinkering on the internet actually. I remember seeing the new POTF Red Card figures at the store, (originally on the side of a cereal box that prompted me to go to the store) I was so excited that I had wanted to show my dad but he doesnt go anywhere. Being new in '95 to the web I used a program called "webcrawler" to do a search for star wars figures and violla, I sound Sir Steve's site and showed my dad and soon many of my friends the new line. I didnt become a registered user on his site until 2002, I honestly couldn't tell you why, but I have been here for reading and reference for 15 year now. Wow, time flies.

pbarnard
01-07-2010, 11:37 AM
I first started looking at the site when the Episode I figures were being leaked on the internet. I joined the boards much later. I keep trying to get banned, but I just can't cross that line (yet)....

Ando
01-07-2010, 01:04 PM
I joined up summer 2008 after a few years of on again off again reading various collector sites and picked this one because it seemed to be the most organized and friendliest.

pbarnard
01-07-2010, 01:27 PM
On the news/frontpage side of things I appreciate how this site uses facts, announcements/press releases, and doesn't post rumor as fact.

sonofsokol
01-07-2010, 01:41 PM
My first SSG exposure came while searching the web for images of new Galactic Heroes around Christmas time 2008. I registered in Jan 2009 (wow it's been a year now!) Nowadays, this is my second stop after checking my email every day. I don't have any friends or family that appreciate Star Wars, or my slight obsession with it, so I enjoy having an outlet where people don't just roll their eyes at me when I start talking about it. I don't consider myself a "hardcore" collector, but I enjoy the insights and opinions of those who are. It's fun to interact with Star Wars fans from all over

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-07-2010, 03:09 PM
I found this site, I believe, in late 1998, around Thanksgiving or a bit before that. I also searched for "Star Wars figures" and was directed here, which I think had the black-and-purple scheme at the time (though that might have been another site entirely . . . I'm not sure). So I was 8, and now I'm 20. I remember seeing prototypes for the Episode I figures (I think it was on here) along with things like the Swamp Skeeto, which never came to be. I joined the forums a little bit after that, then rejoined after the upgrade a few years later, and there you go.

JediTricks
01-07-2010, 03:34 PM
We've done this thread before somewhere, but I don't remember where so I guess here we go again. The very first time I went on the internet was a pay station computer at a restaurant, I was there for work, and after I had done what I was there for, I searched Alta Vista (that was the best search engine at the time) for Star Wars figures, and SSG was among the first sites to come up. That was I think the black & purple days, it was a sub-site on JediNet IIRC. I kept coming back once I got my own computer, and eventually sent in some freelance photos and reporting in '98 until I finally joined the staff as a reporter/editor in April of '99. I stayed out of the live chat and forums for about 6 months though, as I had other worlds I was into already and knew they were time-killers. :p Eventually, I jumped in around late '99 or early 2000.

El Chuxter
01-07-2010, 03:49 PM
How did a pay station at a restaurant work in those days? Hopefully you didn't pay by the minute in the age of dial-up? That would really suck. Come to find out it took you three hours to download a 1-page TXT document at $1/5 minutes....

Snowtrooper
01-07-2010, 03:59 PM
I found SSG on probably google back in 2002 when looking for SW stuff. I liked the people that posted here, but lurked around for 4 yrs before joining in 06.

TeeEye7
01-07-2010, 04:15 PM
I started lurking around the '95/'96 era when I found the site on a Google search looking for info on the "new" SW figures for my then 6-year-old son. I think I officially joined the Old Forums around '97.....but we'll never know that date for sure.

El Chuxter
01-07-2010, 04:21 PM
Google in 1995? You were really ahead of the times, TI7. ;)

TeeEye7
01-07-2010, 04:22 PM
Google in 1995? You were really ahead of the times, TI7. ;)

Well... whatever the heck it was to find the site.....Giggle? Gaggle?

JediTricks
01-07-2010, 04:26 PM
How did a pay station at a restaurant work in those days? Hopefully you didn't pay by the minute in the age of dial-up? That would really suck. Come to find out it took you three hours to download a 1-page TXT document at $1/5 minutes....I think it was 4 quarters minimum to start and had to be fed regularly, got like maybe 10 minutes of web and access to their painful PINE email. And I seem to remember it was an ISDN line but moved no faster than dial-up, it was rough, only did it twice.

JediTricks
01-07-2010, 04:53 PM
Well... whatever the heck it was to find the site.....Giggle? Gaggle?
Google didn't exist until '98. Yahoo and AltaVista were having a huge shootout by the end of '95, Yahoo lost that battle and bought their search results from AltaVista. Yahoo now owns AltaVista.

Mad Slanted Powers
01-07-2010, 06:40 PM
I didn't start collecting until 1999. It probably wasn't until 2001 when I found this site. I did not join the forums, though I might have read some of it. Mainly I was using the old database/checklist to keep track of my figures. I joined the forums and made my first post just after I saw AOTC. I think the database/checklist stopped being updated sometime in 2003 or 2004. By then I had created my own spreadsheet, and could use other sites' checklists. However, I like the forums here better than other sites, so other than the occasional look at Rebelscum, this is the only Star Wars forum I frequent.

nohagent
01-07-2010, 11:29 PM
I find it so interesting how many of us have been here for so long and that it took us years to get around to posting in the forums..lol

Droid
01-08-2010, 09:35 AM
I think I started coming here in '97. My first memory of the site is seeing pictures of the Ronto/Dewback/Jabba beast wave.

I don't think I posted here until around Episode II though. I became the most active when Tycho started his polling about which never before made figures should be produced.

autumnsdescent
01-08-2010, 09:48 AM
I was in line for one of the attractions at Celebration 1 in Denver in 1999 and someone told me about the site. I wrote the web address down and paid a visit the following week. I was a lurker until about 2002, when I think I finally registered and started posting...

I remember printing out my Sir Steves Guide badge to wear at Celebration 2...

I've been collecting since '78. I was a completest for the 3.75" inch line until 2002 when I sold off some of my collection and became a pickier buyer.

bigbarada
01-08-2010, 10:22 AM
I discovered the site in those first few months of 1999, before Ep1 was released when I was searching for pictures of the new figures. It was my first computer and I think I was using AOL at the time (which was absolutely horrible, I can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would use AOL today).

This was back when I thought that the "Steve" in SirSteve was a reference to Steve Sansweet (I wouldn't learn otherwise until 2001). :o

I finally joined the forums in early 2001 when pictures of the TIE Bomber showed up. Then I was on here every day until the end of 2002. For the next 4 years, I would post for a few days, then disappear for a year or more at a time. It was actually news of VT's death that got me coming back regularly again starting in 2006. Now I might take a break for a week or two, but I still check in regularly for new stuff.

Ando
01-08-2010, 10:41 AM
This was back when I thought that the "Steve" in SirSteve was a reference to Steve Sansweet (I wouldn't learn otherwise until 2001). :o

You're not the only one... Same thing with me.

bobafrett
01-08-2010, 10:49 AM
I don't emember when I first started posting here, or what year I found this place, but I do know I was searching for Star Wars toys, or maybe just Star Wars in general, and this place popped up. I had no clue what a forum was, and I clicked on the button, lurked for awhile, before diving in. Then I met Tycho, and my life would never be the same!

pbarnard
01-08-2010, 10:52 AM
Then I met Tycho, and my life would never be the same!

Remember, it was an optional question, "Would you give up an organ to join this site". :thumbsup:

You didn't have to click yes (but we're so proud that you did).:yes:

bobafrett
01-08-2010, 11:01 AM
Remember, it was an optional question, "Would you give up an organ to join this site". :thumbsup:

You didn't have to click yes (but we're so proud that you did).:yes:

Thank you. It's hard to believe that we are coming up on one year since that happened. :love:

DarthQuack
01-08-2010, 01:43 PM
Not sure to be honest.....I used MaxRebo34 first sometime in '03 and must have forgot that I had that account and made DQ....and here I am I guess :)

sebillba
01-08-2010, 02:13 PM
Around 2002 I was friends with a guy who recommended the site - I don't know if anyone remembers him, I think he went by the name of Darth-Havoc, or something like that, he use to make some great customs, inluding some amazing Star Wars Simspons figures. Anyway, he mentioned going onto SirSteves every day, and when I asked what it was, he said it was Steve Sansweet's site!! So I was under that delusion until only a year or two ago. So, I started visiting, but mainly for the news - not sure when or why I joined the forums, but my stats say it was May 2004, and I suspect there was a poll involved.

JediTricks
01-08-2010, 03:23 PM
I think I started coming here in '97. My first memory of the site is seeing pictures of the Ronto/Dewback/Jabba best wave.That's awesome! Those were probably my photos, I had acquired those sets early and sent SSG photos boxed and I think loose as well.

It never fails to surprise me that folks think a Star Wars "Steve" must be Sansweet. It used to come up a LOT about 7 years ago too. But whatever the case, if you're part of the community for it, then good on ya.

RoonStones
01-08-2010, 04:08 PM
I think I first started coming here in either the Spring or the Fall of 1996. With the return if the SW line of figures, I was eager to get as much as much information as possible on each new item since at the time I was still an ardent completist. I think my first vivid memory was reading about the long awaited and long-overdue release of Grand Moff Tarkin. Over the years SirStevesGuide has been a site I've visited almost daily. While I haven't been as active a poster/blogger as many others, I've been enjoying the content almost as long.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-09-2010, 09:58 AM
I can't recall the title of our previous thread (IIRC, it was something like "How did you find SSG?" Alas, I am too lazy to break out the shovel), either. But like Hasbro, there's nothing like a good resculpt of a thread (maybe calling this current thread a "Tatooine Luke" would suffice).

I'm pretty sure I was an AltaVista search engine guy in 1999 (that was when I first became Internet connected... with a Hotmail email account, too! :pleased: ), so in searching for SW toys (likely TPM ones), this site appeared. So, in May '99, after having created my Jedi robes costume for E1 opening day and calling that character Bel-Cam Jos, I used that nom de plume as my user name. Due to various glitches, I have also been BEL-CAM JOS, Bel-Cam Jos., Bel-Cam Jos Jr., and Bel-Cam Jos III. I then joined the rival American Football League in 1968, ur, SW Collecting :rolleyes: a couple years ago, returning when the leag- sites "merged" like two how'd-you'-end-up-here threads. :D And then I typed in a period and close quotation mark, and hit "Submit Reply." :p

Bel-Cam Jos
01-10-2010, 09:28 AM
Now that there are two threads found, why not make this thread go by its title, rather than how you found the website.

What have you done here at SSG? What contributions have you made to its legacy? How do you normally view news pages/Forums/thread ideas/links/ads/etc.?

Mad Slanted Powers
01-10-2010, 02:00 PM
The first year I joined I didn't post much other than in Jaff's wave by wave threads. The first 4 years I had about 500 posts before the site went on hiatus and many of us went to swcollecting.com. I started posting a lot after that.

My contributions would include the most wanted figure polls I kind of took over a couple years ago, spouting off conservative talking points in the Rancor Pit, rambling on about music, and trying to come up with better puns than Bel-Cam Jos.

Bel-Cam Jos
01-16-2010, 09:48 AM
What's my SSG history? Well, I was lucky (or denied the honor?) to avoid the eternal padawan status on the Old Forums (before the dark background left, before the moveover) and had a top-five highest post level. Ah, the Cards section times... :nostalgia:

Over here, I was also honored (or denied the irresponsibility?) to be selected as a Senator, a.k.a. Moderator here. Around early 2005, I took an extended leave of absence to deal with some stuff, of which I am consistently trying to purge from my memories. I'm a list (LISTS... :drool: ) maker, a pun creator (mine hurt, I'm sure), a fairly balanced opinion giver, and occasional thread killer. :( I average about 6 posts when I post that day, which is about every 3 days or so (thus, my consistent 2 posts per day number), so I'm not a frequent contributor, for the most part. I haven't met anyone in their human forms except Tycho once, but I have communicted via email and the postal services with several Forumites here.

p.s. And I've never changed my avatar from the beginning. Horror of horrors. :rolleyes:

jjreason
01-16-2010, 08:21 PM
I was kidnapped by a Young Jedi named Jonna who was infused with a wee bit of dementia and taken to the cells where they let me rot for about a year with Mabudon, Jargo, Billfremore and JKR3K. Slicker & Cap showed up with Kidhuman to bust us out of there around the time RedEye shattered our bubble (which actually killed Jonna - but don't fret, his ghost lived on). Ever since then it's been Orange and Blue, Bub. :sleeping:

Rocketboy
01-16-2010, 09:34 PM
I first heard of SSG in either Wizard or one of the first issues of Toyfare, IIRC.
I visited the site every now and then, but never the forums.
I joined sometime between 1999-2002 (closer to '02) when Cappy suggested I join. He said everyone here was pretty cool (damn lair!) except for one certain d-bag (he's now gone - hmmm, who could that be...?).
Been around ever since.

Blue2th
01-16-2010, 10:32 PM
My history here is more of a checkered past.

jjreason
01-17-2010, 08:03 AM
Forgot to mention RB as part of the rescue squad. Mad props & my apologies, oh noble Wings fan. *prostates himself ifo RB*

CaptainSolo1138
01-29-2010, 02:19 AM
Back story!

I was ***** *** to Wookiee porn one night and stumbled upon this place.

Years later I've settled for simply fondling myself to Caesar's posts.

JimJamBonds
01-29-2010, 05:58 PM
Back story!

I was ***** *** to Wookiee porn one night and stumbled upon this place.

Years later I've settled for simply fondling myself to Caesar's posts.

You're going to be bummed then when you find out that Caesar doesn't post here anymore..... (kinda). :p

CaptainSolo1138
01-30-2010, 12:37 AM
Back story!

I was ***** *** to Wookiee porn one night and stumbled upon this place.

Years later I've settled for simply fondling myself to Caesar's posts.

Oops. Should I have said "rubbing one out" instead? "Firin' off a few knuckle children"?

2-1B
01-30-2010, 09:46 AM
Cap, I think the PC phrase to use is, "Taking care, Sir" ;)

As in:
"Cap was taking care, sir, to Wookiee porn one night and stumbled upon this place."
I hope that helps clear things up.

CaptainSolo1138
01-30-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks. That clears up a lot. I was under the impression that I should have been saying things like "answering the bone phone", "chokin' Kojak", "playing couch hockey", "dropping stomach pancakes", "Jackin' the Beanstalk", "having a tussle with the muscle", "dancin' the Roman Helmet Rhumba", "shaking hands with the unemployed" or "waxin' Jackson".

Thank you for being a friend. (http://www.fugly.com/media/IMAGES/Gross/Golden_Girls_Gone_Wild.jpg)

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
01-31-2010, 08:01 PM
I found this site, I believe, in late 1998, around Thanksgiving or a bit before that. I also searched for "Star Wars figures" and was directed here, which I think had the black-and-purple scheme at the time (though that might have been another site entirely . . . I'm not sure). So I was 8, and now I'm 20. I remember seeing prototypes for the Episode I figures (I think it was on here) along with things like the Swamp Skeeto, which never came to be. I joined the forums a little bit after that, then rejoined after the upgrade a few years later, and there you go.

Wow, an 8 year old on teh internets. You were a precocious youngster JJ.

I believe it was around May of 2000 that I joined the original forums. I was exclusively a Micro Machines/ Action Fleet poster since that was all I collected back then. I remember my first post was on how Rite Aids were a treasure chest of old, hard to find figures.

I joined the new forums when they were revamped in Aug. of 2001 and since then have been a proud member of the site. Unfortunately, with waning frequency lately. :cry:

TheDarthVader
02-01-2010, 12:27 PM
Funny: I was looking on ebay for star wars figures, and someone had used a picture of a star wars figure that had "sir steve's guide" on it. So I googled the term, and it brought me here. I was curious as to what sir steve's guide was...so I joined and have been here ever since.

InsaneJediGirl
02-05-2010, 07:45 PM
I came to SSG around late 97/early 98. I remember the chat with Uncle Owen and thought it was so cool(it is, when you're 11/12). After that I got off the chat room and just lurked around til Jan 2002 when I joined back on the forums. I switch between lurking and being active, I think it just depends on my schedule.

Anyone remember DickTracey in the chat rooms? Or someone with a similar name?

Outer Rims Jedi
02-06-2010, 02:01 AM
Ok...so I am new to these message boards as of today, however I have been visiting this site for quite some time. This topic finally prompted me to join the message boards. Like most of you I stumbled upon this site at random...I couldn't have been more than 13 or 14 and I'm 26 now. I don't remember the color of the packaging when I found SSG but I do remember a list of figures that were going to come out in the near future and Zuckuss was one of them. Anyway I've been a frequent of this site ever since and like others have expressed already I'm not sure why it's taken me this long to post.

Neuroleptic
02-06-2010, 09:03 AM
I started looking at SSG back in 1995 (I think, since I remember being 14 at the time, but I could be wrong!). I was trying to find variants of the then new first wave of figures and came across a picture of the 'charcole' colored darth vader. Preaty sure that was this site. Only fairly recently joined though, as I'm never realy sure what to say. Even now that I have an account I rarely post unless I find something particularly interesting to talk about.