SAN ANTONIO - The Star Wars saga is a story known to sci-fi fans of all generations. With The Last Jedi hitting theaters Thursday night, a visiting toy expert has just the thing to kick your Star Wars obsession into overdrive.
Action figures from the films, lightsaber lunchboxes and wookiee hoodies have been around for decades. The story continuing for this generation.
“Now I hear that the main character is a woman so that’s a change.”
Natalia Lopez and her husband think back to the first time they saw a Star Wars movie as they look through a table full of collectables.
The couple will see the new movie this weekend. Lopez says she remembers when the sci-fi films were popular in the 70’s. They took on a new meaning when her adult son caught the lightsaber fever as a boy.
“I see a toy and I remember him back then,” said Lopez.
Those memories sparked by a collection of vintage toys displayed at the Springhill Suites near the San Antonio airport. The Lopez’s showed up to visit with America’s Toy Scout while he is in town.
Joel Magee travels the country buying all kinds of toys. He is even the Disney expert for the show Pawn Stars. The Toy Scout’s Star Wars items are particularly popular right now.
“I see a lot of families where it’s literally… a competition between Dad and their kids,” said Magee.
He explains that the first release of Star Wars figurines 30 years ago sold so fast, the manufacturer expanded their collection from 12 action heroes to 96.
“Back in 1977, the Kenner toy company got the initial license for Star Wars toys,” said Magee. “Obviously everybody’s just been collecting it for years and love all the variations and it’s one of those things that really is timeless.”
Whether you’re obsessed with R2-D2 and C3PO or if Barbie is more your style, Magee says reliving special moments from your childhood through toy collecting can be a meaningful experience.
If it’s time to cut the clutter and cash in on your collectibles, Magee is buying vintage toys off all kinds for the next few days. The toy buying event runs through December 16th. Just stop by the Springhill Suites at 514 Northeast Loop 410 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Magee is also offering free toy appraisals. He reminds collectors to leave the cleaning your toys up to the buyer to avoid damaging the items.
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