After 24 years of collecting SW toys, this is the end. I don't know what exactly has changed - maybe I know now that I will never re-capture the thrill or fun that I once had as a child with a new SW toy, or maybe I realize that when it comes time to move it will be a lot easier if I don't have tons of toys to haul - but in any event I know it's time to move on. I'm selling my collection, and will do so until it's mostly gone. Sure, I'll hold onto a few things, like my very first SW ship and figure (Landspeeder and C-3PO) and possibly a lot more than I'm willing to admit right now, but I've given up caring anymore.
A large part of this is due to the fact that Hasbro has made it so hard to collect. I'm sick of getting excited to see a long-awaited figure get made only to have it be shipped on a one to ten basis with some green-tentacled Jedi. Hasbro has always said they never short-pack figures. Bull. The last few assortments were so staggeringly uneven as to boggle the mind. And the worst of it is they have the gall to whine about movie tie-ins loosing money. It's no wonder, cosidering that when you walk into Wal-Mart and see approximately 10,000 units, not a single one of which is Yoda.
I'll still buy something if it fits into my cantina diorama, or is just too cool to pass up (I will hunt for the interactive R2-D2 if I have to) but for the most part, Hasbro has lost a customer. I even passed up an Endor soldier the other day. It was well done, accurate and, most importanly, rare. I hope it went to a kid that will rip open the package, and play with it for many years to come. Thanks, Hasbro, for helping me see the light.