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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Star Wars - Vintage Collecting Art

I got my first star wars figure when I was 7 years old. It must have been in '78 since it was on a card and I didn't get in on the early bird kit. It was R2-D2. My brother got C-3PO.

Right after seeing the movie and before there were Star Wars figures, I dreamed of them. The best I could imagine at the time were rubber bendy versions that matched a beaten up Spiderman I owned. To actually have these figures was the official start to what would be considered "collecting" to me. I needed to have them all.

What really stuck with me was the colorful card-back packaging. The toy package photos, mixed with saturated colors behind the blister where the figure resided made me hang on to the open packages so I could look at the photos and the other toys I wanted on the back. The nostalgia behind these toy memories are some of the most vivid that I can recall from that age.

This new art piece is a fun/macabre statement on collecting. On the left, I have the vivid and colorful memory of the original 12 Kenner Star Wars Figures - with the words "Collect them all!" The purest way I look back on and cherish these figures. On the right, I'm depicting the other side of collecting, where it's all about value and variants, and less about being a kid. This is accompanied with the tag line "Dissect them all". A much less attractive representation of being a collector, and a loss of innocence in the toy itself.

I hope you enjoy - AND, if you will be in San Diego this year for Comic Con, stop by booth F5 and say hi! Let me know which figure was your first.


Matt said...

Saw this print of yours at sdcc, but you were sold out. Would like one of the color prints of the 1st 12 SW figures. Very cool!

Dave Pryor said...

Thanks Matt - Prints are available for purchase if you are interested. Also let me know what your favorite figure(s) out of the original 12 are.

Matt said...

Oh I'm interested. I always loved R2 the best. The only vintage toy I had as a kid. Some reason my parents didn't buy me more. I do also like 3PO and Stormtrooper.

Matt said...

Please email me at turbowars75@yahoo.com about pricing.

Vintage Starwars said...

Great Info!!! thanks for sharing :-)

Paul H (London) said...

I just want to say a HUGE thank you Dave for the incredible Star Wars print I received in the post today. It was the perfect start to 2013. Unwrapping it this morning took me back many years to when I was a kid opening my first star wars figure for Christmas back in the 80's.
I've been collecting SW memorabilia ever since! Being from the UK I really didn't think it would be possible to get my hands on one of these prints, but you were very kind to ship it overseas for me!
I will now be framing this fantastic nostalgic piece alongside my figure collection.
Thanks again, I will definitely be recommending you to my friends and fellow SW fans.
Happy New Year
Paul H

Anonymous said...

HI Dave, Im also want to buy this print, can you email me at airfabo@gmail.com

davezilko said...

Hi Dave, I'm also interested in buying this print, can you email me at davezilko@gmail.com - My favorite figure was Luke and the Stormtrooper. I still have the Stormtrooper, Han, R2 and 3PO. I lost Luke back in the 80s.