Richard first saw Star Wars
at the Priory Cinema in Royston which has now sadly been pulled down to make way for
housing. This film inspired his imagination that all things were possible in in the galaxy far far away and as
a result this has led to a love of all things in the expanded universe and the people who are inspired by but
refuse to be restricted to the films.
A collector of the books, comics and comics he has even been known to dabble in a bit of fiction himself but this
needs a lot of work.
His first Star Wars
figure was Chewbacca which he had to share with his little brother and between them they managed to
gather a large collection of the original figures and vehicles. A few years after Return of the Jedi
they gave the whole collection to a neighbour's nephew. If only they had known!
His Star Wars
highlights include going to the UK premiere of A New Hope
Special edition and being 10 feet away
from George Lucas and also getting hold of a cinema display stand for the Special Edition trilogy.
Not a figure collector or autograph hunter Richard prefers to look for the more unusual collectables although
his Star Wars
toothpaste from the USA may now be a bit dodgy!
Graham's introduction to the Star Wars
trilogy came only through video tapes, but this interest turned into a full obsession with the
release of the Special Editions in 1997 and the chance to experience the films on a cinema screen. This sparked him to begin collecting
the modern 3 3/4 inch Hasbro figures, of which he buys one of each to open plus too many extra army builders.
Between then and the release of The Phantom Menace
, Graham began to read and collect the novels and comics. During 1999, his wallet took
a bigger long-term hit when he began to collect the new LEGO line, never expecting that he would ever be tracking down packaging
variations and promotional items nearly ten years later.
Graham spent time selling Star Wars
merchandise from 2004 to early 2006, both online and at events, learning a lot about the 'other side'
of Star Wars
collecting and the frustrations of case mixes. On May 16th 2005 he had his finest Star Wars
experience when he was
fortunate enough to win tickets to the UK premiere of Revenge of the Sith
, realising it really was worth going to see Return of the Jedi
at about ten o'clock in the morning.
Since the onslaught of merchandise during the prequels, Graham's collection has grown much beyond the initial figures and LEGO to include
many of Hasbro's new lines, as well as items from almost all of the different licencees and many promotional display stands. He regularly
attends events across the UK, as well as Celebration IV and Celebration Europe, where he saw for himself that Star Wars
Adam's fascination with the galaxy, far, far, away, began in 1978 when his Dad took him to see the original
Star Wars movie.
Soon after, his collecting began, when he bought his first action figure; whilst Princess Leia Organa was not
his preferred choice, it was the only one left in Harry Packs and he was desperate to spend his hard-earned pocket
money. Such was his eagerness to start re-creating scenes from the film however, that he ripped her off of the
card and promptly lost her pistol between the toy shop and home!
Adam continued to collect the action figures throughout the earlier 80s, stopping like most people with the
last 17, by which time he had reached an awkward age where toys were for kids and his reputation with the girls
was not going to benefit from such behaviour.
His interest was rekindled with the launch of 'Heir to the Empire' and fuelled by regular releases of the
Lucasfilm magazine and soon after, 'Dark Empire', once Hasbro released the new range of action figures, there
was no turning back. With the impending Celebration Europe, Star Wars has come a long way since the 'Empire
Day' conventions held at Elstree and in Watford, when collecting vintage figures was still the order of the
day, Q&A sessions were filled with frequent bouts of uncomfortable silences and autographs were free.
Looking back on it now, it almost has echoes of the Rebellion in its infancy, getting bigger over time as
word got out, and fans re-discovered their love of the original saga and rallied to the cause.
During this time, Adam has focused on collecting the Hasbro line of 3 3/4" figures, which he keeps carded,
although he has recently branched out into several other lines, such as the Master Replicas 0.45 scaled
lightsabers and Kotobukiya figures.
Adam left Jedi News on the 21st March 2012 citing the need to spend more time with his family and to concentrate
more on work. He also felt JediNews.ca (Canadian version of Jedi News) had never managed to step out of the shadows of JediNews.co.uk and he never
thought that would ever change. Soon after leaving Jedi News he joined Rebelscum.com
Watto has never seen the original trilogy in the cinema, he first saw Star Wars
on VHS and grew up watching the Ewok cartoons and
playing with the 'vintage' toys. His favourite being the Millennium Falcon which he received as a Christmas present, unfortunately he
rather foolishly sold off his toys - forever to be regretted.
During his secondary school and college years Star Wars
became forgotten. His interest in Star Wars
was rekindled when he was lent the
1997 Star Wars
special edition VHS tapes to watch while he was ill.
Then came The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace
has become one of Watto's favourite films and launched his Star Wars
collecting passion. His collection started with Hasbro's
3.75" figures and now he concentrates on collecting Gentle Giant Statues, maquettes and mini busts. Watto also enjoys collecting Star
autographs and reading the books of the Expanded Universe.
Yamaro is part of the Original Trilogy ilk and collected some of the figures and toys when he was a lot younger. This collection dissipated
as he grew older until his passion was rekindled in the early Noughties and he discovered Ebay. Yamaro started off amassing a collection of
LEGO kits and since then has digressed into anything Star Wars
. The main character that he likes to collect is Yoda and so he will
tend to look for anything to do with him first, after this if it has the Star Wars
(and/or Lucasfilm) logo then he is interested.
He has a passion for the Star Wars
computer games and has spent many an hour playing the X-wing and TIE Fighter games, along with the
first person shooters (namely Dark Forces) on the PC format and more recently the games released on the Playstation format.
In June 2007 Yamaro set up his own business and in September 2007 'Master Collectables' exhibited at it's first event. He now attends
large and small events up and down the country and looks forward to meeting you in person at one near you soon.
Yamaro's other interests in life (that he squeezes in around Star Wars
) are raising his family, sport in general but mainly motorsport
and martial arts (limited to watching).