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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby SAVORY100 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:19 am

Welcome on board everyone!
On the hunt for items for my Han Original big head / pinhead focus

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Pabs1977 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:34 pm

Hi everyone - I've been a regular visitor to SWF.UK for a while but I haven't got round to a who's who post until now. Better late than never I suppose!

My story is very similar to many others on here - I loved the toys as a kid and now I'm a bit older (though still a kid at heart) I've got into collecting. Even when I was 7 or 8 years old I used to keep my eyes open at jumble sales and the like, but I'd also get vehicles and mini rigs for birthdays and Christmas (praise be to the Argos catalogue) and the odd carded figure here and there.

(I know I'm not the only one who wanted an AT-AT for Christmas but got a rebel transport...)

As I grew out of the toys I kept them packed away and I feel very fortunate to have nearly my entire childhood collection... except that damn pop up lightsaber and whatever other accessories that ended up down the back of the sofa! I kept all my old cardbacks too although they ended up being the only SW casualty of a parental clearout.

I remember getting a few trilgos (as I know them to be now) at the market some time in 1986-87. Two for 50 pence - figures I'd never seen before like Paploo, Romba, Han Carbonite and pop up R2. How times change.

I briefly started recollecting in the mid 90s - on a minuscule budget - and picked up a few loosies to fill some gaps in my collection. Anyone remember the old Star Wars Emporium in Norwich? (The first / second location, not the final one. A small cave of vintage.) After a long hiatus I dug out my old stuff and began collecting again in late 2016. Prices were a bit of a shocker but there are still bargains to be had out there with patience...

Likes: Finding missing parts to complete vehicles. Bargain beater MOCs. Anything first 12 / 20 if not horribly expensive. Having an AT-AT for the very first time in my late 30s!
Dislikes: U-grades. Repros, particularly the latest ones that are harder to spot. Early on I bought a bundle of repro accessories - 'for display', I thought - but they started to annoy me so I cut that out and now only have a few hidden away for reference.
Focus: I went a bit scattergun when I first returned to collecting (not uncommon) but I've completed my loose run (except for the black endor blasters and a pop up saber, which I don't think I can justify at current prices). I really enjoyed putting together a run of SW, ESB and ROTJ cardbacks - I keep them in 6x9" toploaders and they're great. I'm a bit more focused now and I'm slowly putting together a run of budget first 12s - either beater MOCs or reseals. I also have a bit of a Vader focus which I should showcase at some point.

I've found SWF.UK to be an absolute goldmine of information about the hobby. For anyone new to collecting, I'd highly recommend going through old threads and of course listening to the amazing podcast.

That's quite enough from me for now I think!

Cheers, Paul

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Mini99 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:09 pm

Welcome Paul, great story!
Glad you like it here, join in and immerse your self in all things Star Wars! :D

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Ruby2511 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:11 pm

Hi Paul, welcome to the forum :D

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Snaketibe » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:45 pm

Hi Paul,

Welcome to the Forum and thanks for sharing your story, which was both interesting and hauntingly familiar in places! :lol:

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Snaketibe » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:47 pm

And also welcome Warf, and all the other new members! Glad to have you along for the ride :-)

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Taffius » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:52 pm

Hi all. Great to see the stories and read the tales. Many thanks and welcome.

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Pomse2001 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:57 am

Welcome to the forum Paul :D

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby jpjsavage » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:33 am

Hi everyone, I'm Jonathan and I've built up a collection of Star Wars art work in recent years which I display in a music rehearsal studio. I got a lot of this through purchases and trades through a watch forum (I also enjoy buying and selling watches). I'm in my late 40s and remember watching the first Star Wars films as a youngster. Like many of you I"m sure, they made a big impression on me.

Anyway, I'm sure posts benefit from pictures so here are some of the bits and pieces I've collected so far. They include a set of the Joe Johnston and Ralph McQuarrie 'supersnipe' lithographs, some tickets from the first screening of the Empire Strikes Back, some storyboards from the ROTJ and some more modern stuff too. I hope I can learn more from you all about collecting this stuff!

Anyway, enough waffle. Here are some pictures (including a random one of another famous musician and artist who we love):

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Taffius » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:56 pm

jpjsavage wrote:Hi everyone, I'm Jonathan


Hi Jonathan and all recent members. Its a great site and community here. Nice displays.

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Mini99 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:42 pm

Welcome Jonathan, many thanks for sharing the pictures of your collection, you have some very nice pieces.
Particularly like the way that you have displayed the Topps cards and the pencil drawing of the Tie.

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby jpjsavage » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:12 pm

Thanks, it has been fun collecting some of this stuff. I have some new pieces arriving over the weekend which I'm very excited about. I will share more on Saturday!

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby jpjsavage » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:14 pm

Mini99 wrote:Welcome Jonathan, many thanks for sharing the pictures of your collection, you have some very nice pieces.
Particularly like the way that you have displayed the Topps cards and the pencil drawing of the Tie.


Meant to say, the Topps cards were a fun project. I used those plastic holder things and then had an artist friend of mine (who is also a framer) to make up the frame itself. It is pretty massive and cost a fortune ( :D ) but I'm glad you think they look good. The kids love looking at them as they are about their height and I remember collecting them back in the day too! These pieces create great conversations and it is lovely that it has become a truly inter-generational passion for us all to share.

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Ruby2511 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:17 pm

Hi jonathan

Welcome to the Forum, Lovely selection you got there, hope you enjoy speaking to us, great bunch on here and always tons of advice 8)

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Re: Who's Who - Introduce yourself!

Postby Mini99 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:59 pm

jpjsavage wrote:
Mini99 wrote:Welcome Jonathan, many thanks for sharing the pictures of your collection, you have some very nice pieces.
Particularly like the way that you have displayed the Topps cards and the pencil drawing of the Tie.


Meant to say, the Topps cards were a fun project. I used those plastic holder things and then had an artist friend of mine (who is also a framer) to make up the frame itself. It is pretty massive and cost a fortune ( :D ) but I'm glad you think they look good. The kids love looking at them as they are about their height and I remember collecting them back in the day too! These pieces create great conversations and it is lovely that it has become a truly inter-generational passion for us all to share.

That’s the best way to display Topps cards that I have ever seen, I bet they weren’t cheap, even if they were made by a friend, lucky you.


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