I started collecting (playing with my toys) figures in the early 80's and had about 60 figures and a few vehicles and playsets. I stopped collecting Star Wars and collected G.I. Joe figures and vehicles. I got married and I sold all my old toys at a yard sale (stupid) . I didn't start collecting again until potj was about half way through. I only collect the basic figures (carded) figures and only a few rare items that aren't carded figures. Right Now i have 849 different carded figures from 12 back on up though Saga. I am a big variation fan and keep no duplicates of anything. All my figures are in star cases and I use up almost 600 sqare feet of wall space to display them.
I love collecting Star Wars but it is hard to keep my 7, 5 and 2 year old boys out of them and explain that those are daddy's toys.
My favorite figures are my #8 of 20 japan tour mara jade and aura sing i picked up while stationed in japan. I also am proud of my Freeze Frame Weequay, Takara rocket firing C3PO (mint in box) autographed toy fair silver vader, my army of 3 MTT Japan Pepsi Cooler Boxes and both color variations of the Marmit Boba Fett.