Welcome Asylum Patrons,
We are going to be starting a new regular post entitled
“Why We Collect….”.
These posts will delve in to our Personal Collection and go a little more in depth with regards to the Toy Lines, Character Pieces, Collectibles and Comic Books we acquire and why.
I’d like to kick off this first entry with one of our more peculiar character collections and talk a little about why they have a prominent place on our shelves.
That character, as you can probably gather from our photos is the Gamorrean Guard from Return Of The Jedi….
(Kenner 1983 Action Figure Loose)
(Kenner POTF 1983 Action Figure MOC)
Now, I have to admit that this particular collection is more of a casual affair. We’re not rushing to add to it but would rather let it grow organically as we discover Gamorrean pieces on our travels.
So, the big question… Why Gamorrean Guards?
To answer this I have to take you back to 1997… I’m an ’86 baby, so unfortunately missed Star Wars the first time round. However, I most definitely did not miss them when the Special Editions released in theatres during the ’90s!
What a glorious discovery. I couldn’t explain to you now how those movies impacted my 10/11 year old brain but it’s safe to say it was the day that everything changed.
I still remember the prologue scrolling up the screen followed by the first sight of the Tantive IV and Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer blasting in to view from above. The sound of which rumbled and shook the entire screening like a mini earthquake. We all know the story from here on in….
This was the moment I knew exactly what my pocket money was to spent on this week. I had the bug, and had it bad.
Before I continue, I have to add that I had a lot of different toys before this point, most memorable were probably my Ghostbusters and Ninja Turtles, but it was the purchase of my first ever Star Wars action figure that gave me the real collectors itch I still indulge today…
It was a Saturday, like any other. Me and my Dad made our way in to town.
I had my whole £2.50 allowance burning a hole in my pocket.
It wasn’t burning for my usual pleasures.
Not for Pogs. Not for Go-Gos. Not for Pokemon Cards…
It was burning a hole for Star Wars.
Back then we had a place called the Jubilee Shopping Hall. It was a mishmash of small businesses renting retail space in one large building. In the basement was Jabba’s Palace. A dark and dingy shop that had a whole host of what we now consider vintage and retro toys. This would be the place I’d buy my first ever Star Wars Action Figure, with my own money.
(Kenner 1997 POTF2 Action Figure Loose)
(Hasbro 2011 Vintage Collection Action Figure MOC)
My pocket money wouldn’t quite stretch to the latest offerings from Kenner’s POTF2 line at the time so I began to rummage through a large storage tub full of loose vintage figures that were priced at £2.50 each.
It was fate!
I passed by so many main characters from Obi-Wan, Han, Luke, Leia, Vader and many others until what I held in my hand was what I could only describe as a green pig soldier at the time. I didn’t know what this thing was. I hadn’t even seen Return Of The Jedi by this point. All I knew was that it was Star Wars and it intrigued me.
That was it, this was my decision, I purchased him and never looked back.
It is due to this fond memory that the Gamorrean Guard has become a staple in The Asylum’s Collection. That’s why he’ll always be a permanent fixture all the time it’s growing and evolves.
Unfortunately the Loose Vintage Figure I have now isn’t the one I had as a kid.
I bought this one at a comic convention back in 2012 around the time I started toy collecting again as an adult. I don’t mind that he isn’t my original one. This one simply holds new memories and reminds of simpler times like the day that started it all. Back when the biggest decision I had to make was “which of these Toys is coming home with me”. That is what I will always hold on to….
The rest is history.
As I mentioned, this collection is a very small but we’re in no rush to add to it.
I’d say the one piece I’d love is the 2002 Saga 12” Action Figure, so if anyone reading has one available feel free to drop us a line (subtle wink).
Let us know in the comments what it was that started it all for you and what you’d like to see us discuss in future.
I’ve been Mike Of The Asylum.
As always, thank you for your time and for your support.
(Funko 2013 POP! Vinyl Figure Loose)