Wil Wheaton, already one of my favourite bloggers / writers, posted this article yesterday. Man, did it bring back memories for me. It’s all about how Wil went through a phase during his childhood when he played with Star Wars figures, as I did. He remembers to this day which ones he had, which ones he had that were broken (and what was broken about them), and which ones he wanted, as I do.
My first SW figure was Obi-Wan Kenobi. Eventually, his head broke off, and despite several efforts to glue it back on, it ended up just rolling around in the box where I kept the figures. I also had:
- Luke Skywalker (lost light saber)
- Princess Leia
- Han Solo
- Darth Vader (lost cape)
- Jawa (lost cape)
- a stormtrooper
- a “sand person” (known at the time as a Tusken Raider, though that phrase wasn’t used in a SW movie until Episode 1) (yes, I’m a Star Wars geek)
- power droid
- R5-D4 (similar to R2-D2, but orange)
I always thought Hammerhead was the coolest, even though he was only in the first movie for a couple of scenes. That was it for figures, and the only vehicle I had was a landspeeder (and Wil has a great story about one of those), but I was jealous of my friend Jody who had the an X-Wing Fighter (the wings open up when you press down on R2-D2!) and Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. Spoiled rotten, that kid was.