A new week means a new post for Collector of the Week here at The Art of Fatherhood. As a fellow geek and collector of all things Pop Culture I wanted to showcase some cool collections that dads share in our community. We talk about the latest movies, vintage comic books, and video games that we are enjoying at the moment.
This Week’s Collector – Sam AKA Dork Daddy – Vintage Star Wars Action Figure Collection
This week’s collection is impressive. Sam AKA Dork Daddy has a legit vintage Star Wars action figure collection. Some people day it is not the destination, but it is the journey could have been talking about Sam’s collection. Yet, the final result is just as incredible as the journey. Check out what Sam had to say.
It would be cliché to begin this story with “it all started…” but even if I did, that’s an impossible target to nail down. I was there in ’77 when it really started. For me, I got my first action figure in ’78 and more followed. I played with them heartily. They went in the bath. I buried them in the backyard. The paint got scuffed and I lost their accessories. I loved them with all my heart and I kept every single one of the ones I collected between ’78 and ’85. I didn’t have them all – nowhere near. But I had enough for a boy to be proud of his collection.
More On The Vintage Collection
Through most of the 1990’s, when I was old enough to feel nostalgia for my youth, here and there I slowly picked up some of the figures I never got as a kid. I kept those too and brought them into the fold with their brethren. During those years as the internet matured so too did the Star Wars collecting community. Word began to spread of legendary collector Steve Sansweet and his epic collection of Star Wars memorabilia – rumors that were confirmed by one or two books that he published as well as his hiring by Lucasfilm itself where he headed up the Fan Relations department. I remember during those years seeing for the first time a production-quality image of all +/- 100 of the original line Kenner Star Wars action figures. That’s when the seed was planted.
I didn’t have anywhere near the full set. Nobody I knew did. But just imagine. Wouldn’t it be cool….?
And that is what Sam did. He got the collection he wanted. To me it is a job well done.
It can be comic books, bottle caps, records, helmets or whatever you are into! I want to see what your passion is and why you started up that collection. For me, I believe that in each collection lies a better story. I want to share your story! Feel free to reach out to me and share your collection. If you enjoyed this post you may check out the an article in this series for Collector of the Week that has a Star Wars sneaker theme.