My oldest memory from anything Star Wars came from two books. The Star Wars Storybook (1978), and Shiny as a Droid (1986). I remember looking through those two books just for the pictures. Because of those books I knew who Darth Vader, Luke Skywatcher, and Chewbacca was before even seeing any of the films.
I didn’t get heavy into Star Wars until 1995 when the original movies made it to VHS. My mom bought the THX Mastered Trilogy (Black Box). Before then I don’t remember one time seeing Star Wars on TV until 1995, but I knew the story, characters, etc. probably because of those storybooks, and other TV shows referencing Star Wars.
Around that same time is when Star Wars: The Power of the Force action figures were hitting stores and my mom and grandmother got me my first two figures that I still have today. Darth Vader, and Chewbacca. Since I only had two figures they faced each other a lot in battle. Vader came with a red lightsaber, and Chewy came with his bowcaster & blaster rifle. Vader dodged a lot of blast pulse in those early days of play.
From 1995-1999 I was collecting Star Wars figures. Anything from Hasbro (Kenner), Micro Machines. And at the same time Shadows of the Empire was released on the Nintendo 64, along with that game and WCW vs. nWo: World Tour I was playing them none stop. And on a side note… Super Mario 64, not a fan.
Shadows of the Empire is my favorite EU material. I didn’t read the book until years later, but the N64 game and action figures were some of the best. Prince Xizor, and Dash Rendar look me beyond the original trilogy into the expanded universe and that’s why I like Star Wars today. There’s so much out there, there’s no stopping point.
In 1999 Episode I – The Phantom Menace was hitting theaters in May. I was out on summer break and on one weekend my family and I went to see Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. That was the first time I’ve seen the opening crawl on the big screen and it was great! I loved the podracing scene, and the ending lightsaber fight between Darth Maul – Obi Wan & Qui-Gon was mind blowing. That was the first time a lightsaber fight was flashy.
Anything after 1999 I was in and out of Star Wars. I saw the remaining prequels, bought a few more figures, and read EU books. Star Wars has never left me. I’m still a fan. I’m buying Black Series figs, and seeing the latest films in theaters. It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan…