When I was 6 years old saw Star Wars & Empire Strikes Back for the first time and I was able to see Return of the Jedi in Theaters! I had my parents, grandparents anyone I could get to buy me Star Wars figures and ships...which I promptly destroyed and buried in the snow and threw down the sewer and fed to the dog......
When POTF2 came out I was so thrilled to go out and buy everything that I had as a kid that I foolishly killed. I wasn't in it for the money value, or resales or trading or variations or cards, just loved Star Wars and all the figures...I quickly ran out and bought He-Man Luke and Ally McLeia and Big Bad Lando not really realizing how bad these figures looked. It was just that they were back again. As the line grew....(and slowly the price)...I searched all the Meijer, Toys' R Us, Kaybee, Targets and Wal-Marts that the greater Lansing, MI area had to offer and I did very well. The line recreated the figures I once had and expanded to figures that there always should have been and I was in heaven.
Phantom Menace comes out and after seeing it 4 or 5 times in the theater and realizing that I actually get bored halfway through it I begin wondering if I want the now higher priced figures and vehicles. I decided to slow it down and only buy the figures I liked from the original trilogy...but I already had TPM figures and I hate imcomplete sets....I ran out of room in my house, and wallet for things like $70 B-Wings??? $100 Royal Starships???
I quit collecting for about a year, recently I pulled out my figures and decided to complete the POTF2, POTJ and TPM figure lines and get ready for the AOTC figures....Well I just saw them and I have to say they pretty much look sucky. They look bigger, unposeable, how the freak is Padme going to stand? Are they 3 3/4" anymore or did the guys who made He-Man figures start making Star Wars figures. What happened to normal figures who had arms and legs and we decide what to do with them? I'm afraid that the Star Wars figure collecting days may soon be over come April 23. When I saw those figures today I practically shed a tear. I have to get a new hobby....at least He-Man really is coming out again this year........... Lament of a betrayed Collector