STAR WARS Shrine
I've been a fan of STAR WARS ever since I first saw the film in 1977. George Lucas opened up my eyes to the wonder of being creative and taught me from a young age that imagination has no limits.
My earliest recollection of STAR WARS was standing on my bed pacing nervously back and forth in front of the window waiting for my mom & sister to come home after seeing the movie. I was 7 at the time and my Mom said that I couldn't see the movie until she deemed that it wouldn't be too violent, etc. I kept chanting "R2-E2...R2-E2." Mom came back and gave her blessing.
That blessing led to a lifetime love and obsession of all things STAR WARS. Growing up as a kid of the '70's I used to watch "The Wonderful World of Disney" every Sunday at 7PM. They always showed old videos of Walt Disney before each movie that they aired and I knew from early on that Disney was responsible for everything marvelous relating to my favorite family films. So when STAR WARS came along I understood that this young skinny guy w/a beard was resposible for this amazing new world that sent my imagination on fire.
My Mom got for me some of the very first 3 3/4" figures - I can still remember them, they came from JC Penny. I got a 3 pack - Vader +2 Stormtroopers, Luke, Leia, and Han, and R2-D2 & C-3PO. I was hooked from that moment on. My Mom always willingly picked up new figures for me whenever we went out and about. I got a few playset type things (Wompa, TaunTaun) but I never got any ships. She did pick up for me a whole cart load of POTF figures that were on clearance at Longs for $1.00 each - most of those, even loose go for huge dollars. For the vintage figures I'm only missing Stormtrooper Luke and Yak Face along w/ a few variants.
As an adult with the rebirth of STAR WARS collecting - I've amassed a giant collection of stuff. I'm going to be working over the next year or so of catching up on stuff that I've missed over the last few years and cull out stuff that I'm just not overly interested in. Hasbro produced a ton of 3 3/4" figures between 1995-now and I have a massive amount of them. I don't need them all and plan to purge a huge amount of that collectoin to focus on 12" figure collecting.
My favorite things to collect are anything that are figural - so mugs, statues, toys, etc - whatever is shaped like my favorite characters. In other words, I'd be more excited about a clock that has a stand up 3-D C-3PO & R2-D2 next to it rather than a clock w/ a picture of them on the faceplate.
My favorite characters: Padme, Anakin, Luke, Leia, Han/Chewie, R2 & 3PO, Darth Vader, Yoda, and ewoks. I also have a general fondness for characters who had action figures made from them that I just had to have when I was a kid - like Greedo, Hammerhead, and Gamorrean Guards.
I just moved and have a new office that I'm setting up which is where my shrine will be set up. Keep checking back to this page for updates on my collection.
Please note - my collection/items are NOT for sale. I've moved across country a couple of times over the past 20 years so asking me where I got things is rather pointless...unless the item is really special, I probably won't remember. If I have a story to tell about an item, I'll share it below.
Thanks for looking!
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You can keep up with my recent acquisitions at my Star Wars Collectibles blog:
Just to give you a flavor on what part of my collection looked like on display a few years ago:
Current Collection Photos
These displays are in progress and will likely be updated in the weeks to come.
View some of my older photos HERE. Read more about the items on my Blog - Link above!
June 18th adds
More photos to come as I get my collection out.
Petition: Please Robert Tonner – Make More STAR WARS Dolls
Being a female fan of Star Wars can be frustrating. For some reason STAR WARS is considered to mostly be a boy’s franchise. As a collector, females sit on the sidelines hoping and praying that some sort of a pretty bone will be thrown our way. Now for myself, I enjoy most everything character-wise about STAR WARS, so I can find pleasure in things like Sideshow monster 12″ figures, busts of Jedi, etc. However, I’m also a doll enthusiast. And for all that the Sideshow figures are wonderfully detailed, they’re really not what I’m looking for as collectibles to fill my heart with joy.
I love DOLLS. I also have been a rabid Barbie collector over the years, as well as collected Robert Tonner fashion dolls. In 1999 Robert Tonner was commissioned to create, only once a doll for STAR WARS. It was a premium porcelain 17″ Queen Amidala doll that sold exclusively through the now defunct FAO Schwartz. You could buy either the doll alone wearing The Phantom Menace Celebration gown, or you could get a trunk that had I believe 2-3 other costumes. The trunk was extremely limited edition and is impossible to find now on the secondary market. And the individual celebration dolls are also scarce. The only affordable STAR WARS figures that we’ve ever had made available to us were the Portrait Series from HASBRO where they produced 5 dolls. Then the line was discontinued. We’ve never had any other high-end dolls produced celebrating the beautiful costumes produced for the STAR WARS heroines.
In a chat session from 2010 with TonnerDirect on Facebook, Robert was asked about STAR WARS.
Can you make more Star Wars dolls? I never got FAO Queen Amidala and a Star Wars collections will sure make fans, dolls and SW fans, very happy. Ingrid Soltero
(Robert) I am a long time fan also. I still remember going to see the first movie in Manhattan by myself when I was a student—I thought it was one on the coolest movies I’d ever seen. It’s on my “dream list” but no plans right now.
Folks, the time is now to get his creative juices flowing and get the license to make more dolls from the STAR WARS saga. With the 6 films being re-released in 3D starting next year, there will be a renaissance with collectors looking for quality dolls. Tonner has created a new “action” style 13″ body for his DC line dolls/figures that would work beautifully for making smaller STAR WARS figures that could be sold exclusively through Sideshow Toys. He could offer exclusives at San Diego Comic Con where his booth is always hopping due to his Harry Potter and other sci-fi/fantasy doll lines. And of course he can offer larger dolls for even more amazing detail. Tonner truly is the only doll artist out there who would do justice to Padme’s gorgeous costumes and for ONCE we might finally get Leia in her Bespin gown and wearing her Endor Celebration dress.
Want to see Tonner make these dolls? I created a petition asking him to do so. If he knows that the interest is out there, perhaps we can help him to get the franchise rights to produce the dolls again. Click banner to sign or HERE to sign. Save the banner to spread the word!