I have been thinking a lot about scrapbooks lately, especially as they relate to Star Wars collectors. In going over old papers, I have rediscovered my earliest collecting experiences. I used to think I was the only one, cutting out newspaper clippings, toy store ads, and writing and sketching about it. Turns out, there are quite a few of us who held on to these memories. These books have turned up long lost stories, memories, and facts lost to time.
Let's take a look into the past with this small series on Star Wars scrapbooks and how they relate to collecting.
Part 1: Dear Diary
I begin with a trip down memory lane, finding my high school diary from 1997. Check out the clippings from the POTF2 line and Galoob Micro Machines! I can't believe I ever thought that POTF2 figures were 'lifelike' but here it is in writing.
It was another entry from 2/8/97 that was the most valuable for me:
"I had a fabulous time this weekend. The highlights were when I saw Star Wars with friends and purchased my own Han Solo in carbonite figurine."
This was the weekend I purchased my first Star Wars action figure. I thought I started buying figures in 1995 when I got the movies on VHS but it turns out I actually got my start in 1997. This is one of many reasons why scrapbooks are so great -- sometimes they help settle the score.
Next time we'll take a look at Star Wars homework.