Now that I’ve made the acquaintance of several hard-core Star Wars fans through the 501st Japanese Garrison and the Jedi Order, I thought I should upload some photos of my Star Wars toy collection as a whole… which is just about impossible, actually, since it won’t fit in one room (much less the confines of a single photograph)! Here’s the best I’ve been able to do, without the benefit of a wide-angle lens:
That’s the bulk of my Star Wars displays… at least, the 1:18 scale Hasbro merchandise.
Since you may be wondering, I’ll answer a few questions pre-emptively:
I don’t how many figures I have, nor how much I’ve spent acquiring them. I would estimate over 2000 Star Wars figures are in my collection, but (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) there’s a lot of other stuff on display as well, even in the toy room… and among my regular purchases, Star Wars merchandise is the least expensive. I spend far more on 1:6 scale figures, die-cast cars, and transformable Japanese toys.
Almost everything on display was purchased at Toys ‘R’ Us in Okayama (when they still distributed Star Wars toys to Japan), or through online distributors. Some of it is acquired by friends in North America, to help me save on shipping and avoid paying Japanese import prices; some of it is purchased through online auction sites, like Yahoo! Japan auctions or eBay. The only stuff that I brought with me from Canada are my vintage Kenner figures, a complete collection of loose figures I’ve had since the ’80s.
I’m not a vintage Kenner enthusiast, mind you; I much prefer the modern Hasbro toy line, and love to watch the product evolve from year to year. I lose interest in older figures and vehicles as soon as more accurate versions are released.
I don’t feel compelled to purchase every Star Wars toy produced, even within a single scale or sub-line; I’m actually rather picky about what I buy, and don’t obsess about what I have or haven’t managed to acquire. I’m even pickier about cost, and sometimes put off buying a particular figure or set until I can get it sufficiently cheap, often waiting years until it falls into my price range. Much of my Star Wars collection was purchased at considerably less than its retail value — I probably don’t spend as much as you think I do. ^_^