Why Collect Star Wars Merch?
Why would anyone collect anything? That is the real question for any person that does any kind of collecting. There has to be connection between the person and the items they are collecting. For everyone in the world of Star Wars there are different reasons for collecting. Some people collect based on character, some collect a certain type of item and still there are others that collect because family and friends give them items so often a collection forms.
So why specifically collect Star Wars? Many people can argue that to collect Star Wars means that you are potentially buying an item that will undoubtedly go up in price over the years. This is not the reason for all people though because true Star Wars fans know that Star Wars merchandise is held to a high standard and while not every piece is of an amazing quality it usually is good quality and will hold some monetary value in the future. Most Star Wars collectors are the toy collectors that focus much of their energy on action figures. The action figures were the first real merchandise made for Star Wars but as we all know the awesome bed sheets, T-shirts and books were soon to come. Still there are other collectors that collect books, comics, T-shirts, keychains, marbles, puzzles, posters, kitchen items and more.
So to really decipher why anyone would collect Star Wars I can start you off by explaining why I collect Star Wars. Collecting for me is not just about buying limited edition pieces orautographed items. It is not about trying to buy anything and everything that has the Star Wars label. To me it is an art and if it is done right and placed well in the home it can create great conversation pieces. In addition to this I collect Star Wars because of my passion and love for the saga. My connection between the saga and my soul is something that drives my collecting to wonderful places. Over time I have decided that I have to focus my collecting and try to really hone an area that is truly me. I am not the typical collector in that I don’t collect the action figures. Well, at least not the traditional ones. This does not mean that I don’t know all about them because I definitely do it just means that they are not my focus. I primarily focus my art of collecting on Star Wars LEGO, Fighter Pods, Playing Cards, Disney Star Wars Vinylmations, Hallmark Ornaments and certain character items. My character collecting centers on R2D2, Darth Maul, Bounty Hunters, Aayla Secura and Ewoks.
Collecting in and of itself can be very taxing. The work that goes into collecting and finding the right items can be very hard and sometimes you can only find those special items atconventions. The flip side of it though is how rewarding it can feel when you do finally get that one missing piece. Then there are the times when a collection is officially considered discontinued because the company has decided to move on to a new line. This moment can be very sad especially if a collector has not completed the collection. It is always sad to see a line of collectibles end but the sunny side is that eventually a new line will be announced and collectors will have new items to focus on.
The best part of collecting is the community. When you have friends that collect the same itemsthere is a camaraderie that is special and valuable. I have found through my years of collecting that the other collectors in the world appreciate the same things that I appreciate about the items we collect. Collecting brings people together in much the same way that our fandom for Star Wars does. So I ask the world “Why NOT Collect Star Wars?”
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