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    Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    This thread will attempt to get to the psychological root of what the heck is going on with us. Invididual responses may very.

    I'll start with some reasons.

    1) When I was a kid, I enjoyed countless hours playing with these toys in mud, outdoors, making "bases" and set-ups for them to battle in. Writing my own "movies" with their continuing adventures.

    Most of the things I like to do that give me this much distraction and satisfaction now are much more expensive or challenging:

    ie - jet skiing requires it be daylight, the weather and traffic conditions within my taste and tolerance, food and drink preparation (or expenses), gas prices (yeah...), and I have to leave home and prepare for being away a long while.

    by comparison - I can sort through my Star Wars collection or test-set dioramas without any preparation, and in any conditions.

    I've attempted to recapture this satisfaction. Some circumstances are different though - the first time through I wasn't old enough to drive or buy a SeaDoo. I didn't have the opportunity to go most places without a parent driving me or giving me permission, and I didn't have the kind of money to sustain myself if I did take off. Now with more choices, it could be said that Star Wars is a less than completely perfect substitution for other things I can do with my time and money. The other choices did not exist for me when I was younger. Again though, the situation is that Star Wars is still satisfying, is very simple, and requires little planning or preparation to enjoy.

    2) When I was younger, I did not have the room to create large standing "permanent" dioramas. I didn't have the funds for 100 troopers, nor the permission to set them up literally everywhere. I am single, live by myself, have no children, and for this part of my life, can finally do whatever I want within my own living space. This includes purchasing a large family home, and using it all for myself before one day when I may have a family. This is about "finally getting to do whatever I want." I'm able to be selfish living at home as I do not have to "get along with others and share my space." As an only child, and a quiet person, sort of artisitic or deeply thoughtful by nature, this is an ideal environment to express myself at peace.

    3) Ironically, I like to express myself with control over chaotic battle sequences. I like my independence and I am medically unable to serve in the armed forces. Nevertheless, if there was a mission - like the hunt for Bin Laden, that I had the resources and control over undertaking, that'd be great. In the military, they might tell me to clean radio parts so that the people who were really hunting Bin Laden could call for backup - or just as likely, pizza. That is being part of the team, (the pizza team I suppose) but it is not the same as being Jango Fett in the Afghanistan wild country. Meanwhile, I do not have the resources to outfit a paramilitary organization at the present time, but $400 will buy you a lot of Clones so you can miniaturize your own adventure (hunting Grievous instead of Bin Laden). The fantasy seems simpler than reality. In reality, if my unit caught Bin Laden, our mission would be over and we'd have no more purpose. If we were killed, then we wouldn't have to worry about that. A soldier can generally stick to fighting, but finding something to do with oneself that one likes during peacetime might be far more difficult. Leaving the military to become a pizza chef for example, leaves you with stress (over getting orders out in 30 minutes or whatever), while you feel you are doing something far less important - perhaps even if you OWN the pizza franchise and make some good bucks doing it (and of course it's worse if you're just an employee).
    But even if you are only setting up dioramas, you are the Supreme Chancellor over your own Star Wars universe. If you say the Wookiees should shred the Gungans to pieces, than so be it. You get to play God for something like $400.

    4) The universe seems to have it's own improved rules. Right now, if you had the resources, I suppose you could move to Taiwan, and work for the mob (like the Hutt crimelords) and get false ID docs to enter the United States and do contract kills and then leave, living in high fashion like Jango Fett. Many of us might like our toys to fantasize about doing that, whereas we have too much to give up in our real lives to actually do it. You may have friends and family who will miss you if you disappear like that. You have an action figure collection you can't easily transport with you (or would want to) from country to country as you lived abroad so as to not be captured and tried for your crimes. If you are a killer, there's no gaurantee that your employers will pay you, since you can't take your contract to court and sue them. You might have to spend considerable resources to kill your employer's target, then only have revenge to get back from your employer. You need living satisfied customers in the Las Vegas underworld or wherever to help your reputation grow and command the fees that characters like Boba Fett did. By reverse, if you go vigilante and try to aide the police like a Jedi Knight would, you'll never get paid. You could be a legal bounty hunter - that's true. But you'll work paid on delivery. If you don't go to that trouble, you'll just be a vigilante like Batman - except that Bruce Wayne was independently wealthy. All in all, for $400 for a clone army or whatever you're buying from Star Wars, you can be anything you want, and command things to be however you desire. If you want Taun We to accept a contract hit on R4-G9 (for whatever reason) you can have her travel to Coruscant and sneak into the Jedi Temple to blow the droid to bits - or follow Obi-Wan to the moons of Bogdan to get a shot at his droid there. However ridiculous it may seem, it seems better than being arrested by the F.B.I. because you went into some Vegas gambling den and asked for wet work.

    I don't collect carded figures and it doesn't interest me to have every single one, each variation, etc. When I see guys that do, I say "gee that's impressive. It's a curiosity. Let's see what that looks like. And I admire Hasbro's work on their products. And I think this guy had some persistance or luck in tracking it all down." No rare items really escape my grasp if I want them, but my thrill at getting them is marginal. I'm not really surprised by my obtaining rare or hard to get items. I have a strategy I've employed for years to do just that and I'd be more surprised if it didn't work. So I won't be impressed with your Toy Fair Vader / Anakin packet or whatever. I could obtain one if I wanted one -even if it meant e-Bay. I don't have that piece, so sure I'd come over to look at it as a curiosity. But I'm more interested in seeing what guys like NiubNiub do in their dioramas.

    Now why do you think YOU buy Star Wars toys?

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I like them 'cause they are SHINY!!!

    Now seriously, I think it is because Star Wars was a big part of growing up for me so when I look back on my collection it's like having tiny 3 3/4" flashbacks. Also My collection is something that I be rpoud of. I sucked a** in soccer and t-ball when I was a kid so to me it's kind of like my trophy room

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I'll be honest, I buy them because it's something to do. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love SW and the collecting is fun but now I'm too far in to stop. It's not as fun as was about 5 or 6 years ago but it's still a rush to go into a store and see new toys sitting on the shelves. I feel like a 23 year old kid.
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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I Started When I Was 10 And Have Been Collecting Ever Since.that's Way Back In '78. All Our Friends Would Get Together And We Would Swap Figures And Each Of Us Would Have A Different Faction.i Was Always The Empire Because I Had The Most Imperials. And We Would Play Out Our Own Stories And Wars.i Think I Still Collect Because I Miss Those Days Of Base Building And Ruling The Universe How I Saw Fit.

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I honestly can not say why I collect the stuff I do. Like Tyco, I was too young to make my way around to the stores, and definitely did not have the funds to buy everything I wanted. Star Wars has been the one consistant love in my life, though I must admit it waned (sp?) slightly when the figures and toys started to dry up, and I started hitting my early 20's. When the toys started coming out again, and the Star Wars special Editions came out, I had a job, had my own place, had a car to get around in, and I had no one to tell me that I could or couldn't buy or collect Star Wars and it's related merchandise. I get a "high" when I find new toys, and I only regret buying a very small amount of my collection (ie. the $25 limited edition PEZ dispensers, or the bootleg Kubrick figures). I have considered selling off my 3 3/4 inch figures, and focusing my collecting on GG busts, and more mature SW collectible pieces, but I just can't bring myself to do so. I often wonder if my father had not been so against me buying Star Wars toys when I was younger, and instead supported my habit, would I still find pleasure in collecting it?
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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    It is a disease. I CAN'T stop. I have every figure released in the States since '77, and I know I couldn't sleep at night knowing that I don't have them all.

    It is a sickness.

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I collect action figures mainly because now that I'm an adult I can afford to buy whatever I want and I guess I'm making up for a poor childhood

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I don't buy much, but when I do its a figure of a character that I really like (Obi-Wan for example). Or it is something that I consider really neat and more of a 'piece of art' ie. Unleashed figs.

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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    Mines more to make up for not having the figures when i was a child. I was born in 83 so it was way too late for me to get in the game. I loved the movies and wanted to recreate and/or design my own adventures, but had very few figures to do so. I used to pretend my lone stormtrooper was a gang of twenty guys. Most of my figures were found at garage sales and the goodwill toy section. The only Star Wars figure i ever bought at a store was Crix Madine, found at a now long gone KB toystore. Aside from my love of Star Wars, the lack of the toys when i was a young boy is another reason why im such an avid collector. Now i can make up for it.
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    Re: Why do you buy Star Wars products? What is it with you?

    I buy, therefore I am. Has alot to do with the childhood collecting, plus I have a disease that makes me buy more and more stuff. No cure in sight.
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