Joey Mays' Star Wars Collection

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INTRODUCTION... 

What started as an innocent gift from my parents has grown to an addiction that will never end.  This is my Star Wars Kenner/Hasbro Action Figure Collection.


AND SO IT BEGINS...

While at Sam's Club with my family in the fall of 1996, my parents decided to buy me two Kenner Star Wars 3 3/4" Action Figure Value Packs.  The Value Pack was part of the new red carded Power of the Force (better known as the Power of the Force 2 collection, since there was a Power of the Force collection from 1984-1985) action figure line.  In the one Value Pack were Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.  The second pack contained Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and Han Solo.  Despite my urges to open them up right away to reenact A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, I didn't.  And they remain sealed to this day.

A little digression...Sam's Club had six variation of the the three figure Value Pack.  Here are the six combinations:

1. Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader (Red Card)

2. R2-D2, C-3PO, Stormtrooper (Red Card)

3. Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, Han Solo (Red Card)

4. Luke in Stormtrooper Disguise, Tusken Raider, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Green Card - Holograph)

5. Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker in Dagobah Fatiues, TIE Fighter Pilot (Green Card - Holograph)

6. Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, Leia in Boushh Disguise, AT-ST Driver (Green Card - Holograph)


IT GROWS...

I started to buy figures whenever I ventured to Wal-Mart or KB Toys (unfortunately in the late 1990's the Reading, PA area did not have a Toys R Us or a Target).  The figures I purchased after receiving the Sam's Club exclusives I opened (hey, I was only 12) and played with regularly.  The basic figures in the Power of the Force 2 (POTF2) and Episode 1 collections ranged in price from $4.99 to $6.99.  Without checking, a rough count of opened figures in my possession is probably around 50-60 (almost all POTF2 or Episode 1).


THE DOLDRUMS...

Or the Dark Ages.  These were the times when I didn't collect.  It spanned from 2000-2004 and most of 2005 and 2006.  Unfortunately my interest began to wane after The Phantom Menace was out of the theaters and I entered high school.  I had a lot of other things going on then (classes, football, hockey, Boy Scouts, etc.) so my collecting took a HUGE hit.  As in, I bought nothing Star Wars related from 2000-2004.  I completely missed the Power of the Jedi (POTJ), Star Wars Saga (SAGA), and Original Trilogy Collections (OTC).  I actually bought a few Clone Troopers in the summer of 2005 after Revenge of the Sith (ROTS) hit theaters.  These figures were all from the ROTS line.  They were displayed on my desk in my room, opened or mint on card.  I think I purchased four or five clones.  After this very small return to collecting in 2005, I completely missed The Saga Collection (TSC) in 2006 and early 2007.


THE RETURN OF MAYS WINDU...

I thought that was a creative name back in 1999 when I thought of it.  But anyway, I made my triumphant return to Star Wars collecting in the summer of 2007.  It was August 4th, 2007, and I was at the 44th Annual Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie, PA.  I was with uber Star Wars figure collector Brent Behrenshausen and his brother, Bryan.  The "Awkscht Fescht" is really a car show with a toy show tacked on.  Most of the spectators are there for the cars.  And there are a lot of cars.  But Bryan, Brent, and I are there for the toys.  We each have a few categories we look for.  Bryan usually looks for Mario Bros./Nintendo and Pac-Man treasures.  Brent is mostly there for the Star Wars collectibles, specifically vintage items that the seller is basically giving away.  And I am there for the 1980's favorites - Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - plus any trooper related Star Wars items.

My first two Awkscht Fescht trips (2005 & 2006) resulted in me finding a bunch of great Ghostbusters and TMNT items.  I'm not sure I even bought a Star Wars collectible during those first two years (part of the Doldrums).  However, things changed in 2007.

On Sunday, August 4th, 2007, I walked up and down the aisles of the toy show field and found two great Star Wars booths.  There were a few other vendors that I bought Star Wars stuff from (like the elusive, for me anyway, Kellogg's 1995 Mail-Away Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise, a TSC Scorch, and two SAGA Clone Army Builders) but these two tables were like gold mines.  The first was a collector with a large white tent.  This certain vendor focused predominantly on clone troopers.  When I started looking at the wide variety of figures of my favorite Star Wars character that I was missing, I knew my wallet was about to open.  From this man I purchased three Target exclusive Order 66 two-packs as well as a few TSC and ROTS clones.  The next stand that caught my attention had a large selection of Star Wars items, not just figures or the recent collections.  I found out that they were members of the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society (PSWCS).  I bought a few items from them, including another Target exclusive Order 66 two pack.  The rebirth of my collection had begun!

 

THE PRESENT...

I have been purchasing Star Wars figures ever since the 2007 Das Awkscht Fescht.  This time, my collection would be mint in package and mint on card.  In the months since the Toy Show I have completely restocked my collection.  There are very few clones/stormies from any waves (excluding vintage) that I do not have.  Most of the items I'm searching for presently are exclusives, multipacks, battle packs, vehicles, and variants.  My goal is to have all of the modern clone/stormtroopers in the 3 3/4" lines.  Even the repacks.  If it came out on a different card or just with a different sticker I'd like to have it.  I have already started delving into the plethora of sticker variations in the TAC line.  Some of the Saga Legends were shipped without the "Fan's Choice" sticker.  Other have the sticker spelled "Fans'".  Then they added the Clone Wars 2008 Captain Rex offer to the packaging.  There are a number of variations in the TAC line.  Hopefully, one day, I will have them all (pipe dream, I know).

I joined PSWCS in late August after I realized I wanted to start collecting again.  The daily emails from fellow collectors has really helped me.  People are constantly reporting the status of figures at retail stores (Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, etc.) and even passing along some internet coupons.  One email in particular that helped me was in November 2007.  The Target exclusive AT-RT Assault Squad, ARC-170 (Clone Wars Deco), and ARC-170 Elite Squad were all to be released at the same time.  A PSWCS member passed along that Amazon.com had these Target exclusives up for sale at retail value the day they hit shelves (Amazon and Target have a contract together).  I was able to land all three (I never saw the AT-RT Assault Squad or ARC-170 Elite Squad at retail).  Although I am currently in Indiana, when I return to Pennsylvania I will definitely be stopping by at this groups monthly meetings.  I look forward to meeting fellow collectors.


THE FUTURE...

In 2 months Kelly and I are getting married.  Luckily the spring and early summer time are slow periods for Star Wars collecting.  However it will pick up at the end of July, with new Star Wars stuff expected as well as Ghostbusters figures right around the corner.  Bryan, Brent, and I hope to get to the Toy Show this year but no word yet on when "Toy Town" will be open.  While things may be slow now, they're sure to pick up in just a few months!

View my Q & A about my collection.

  

FYI: I will be adding a few items to my collection over the next few months but won't be able to photograph the new stuff until the end of April.  Until then you can see what is and isn't part of my collection with these helpful pictures.

 

This image indicates an item I own but have not photographed and placed on the site yet.

 

 

This image shows an item that I do not yet own but is one that I am actively searching for.

 

 RETURN TO THE JOEY MAYS STORY           UPDATED: May 3/4, 2009

Changes: updated books, variants, TCW, TLC, Mighty Muggs, and Gentle Giant pages 

MY COLLECTION

Q & A with Joey

 

BY LINE
Power of the Force 2

Power of the Jedi

Star Wars Saga

Clone Wars - Animated

Original Trilogy Collection

Revenge of the Sith

The Saga Collection

30th Anniversary Collection

The Clone Wars

The Legacy Collection

 

BY GENRE 

 **not yet active**

Movies

Expanded Universe

 

BY CHARACTER 

**not yet active**

Clone Troopers

Clone Commanders

Clone Pilots

ARC Troopers

Republic Commandos

Stormtroopers

Sandtroopers

Snowtroopers

Scout Troopers

TIE Fighter Pilots

 

BY STYLE

 **not yet active**

Realistic

Animated

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Wanted

For Sale

Other Figures

Trooper Variants

McQuarrie Concepts

Disney

Master Replicas

Gentle Giant

Star Wars Transformers 

Titanium

Bobbleheads

Mighty Muggs 

Chubbies

Kubrick's

Books

Comics

Magazines

 

OTHER
Brent Behrenshausen

Star Tours