Sunday, September 27, 2009

Why do I do it?

Well, my collection has moved south from the office to the stairwell. That is where all my vintage stuff is now displayed…or most of it anyway. My focus is the original 21 (carded and loose). The collection is complete, for now anyways. I just got my “Style A” STAR WARS poster back from the frame shop and it looks great. Not exactly where I want it yet because where it hung is well…10 feet off the landing…and I’m a little afraid of heights. So it needs to go right about 2 inches and down about 5 inches. Currently I’m peeking out of my home office and admiring the collection that is slowly taking shape outside on the stairs. And ya know what? It really takes me back to when I was a kid! The carded figures for sure…but even that poster. I remember back in 1977 when Star Wars came out we actually had that same poster hanging up in our classroom wall for a few days! There are a few folks that I know from way back that might help me confirm this…but with the help of that poster hanging on the wall, we had a little project where we could draw our favorite scene(s) from the movie so we could hang them next to that poster for those brief few day the poster was up. I actually think the poster belonged to Josh Woods…I wonder if he remembers that. Luckily I have found Josh again on FaceBook. So maybe he can chime in. Well…anyway… it’s so fun for me to see this stuff on a daily basis because to be honest these silly pieces of plastic and cardboard are the treasures of my childhood. And seeing them everyday makes me feel good. So for me, that’s what collecting is all about. You do it because it makes you happy. And I know I’m not alone, because so many people have these same kinds of memories. So many people ask “Why do you collect Star Wars, you’re such a nerd….” Well, to be honest I do it because I love it. I love the way it helps me remember fun days with my friends, and lonely days where playing with my Luke figure seemed to make that day just a little better. And if that’s nerdy…well then I guess I’m the biggest nerd out there.

Keep playing with your toys my friends!!!!

-Tom Berges

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