Wow, this is like my first post! Its been great to read the responses, especially from us older collectors
Anyway, I have been a SW fan since ESB in '80 when I was 5. For the next two or three years, I would get the Kenner figures and ships when I could. Then GI Joe took over for a year, and then Transformers. During this time I would get a Lego space set for my birthday and Christmas, and I enjoyed building all sorts of spaceships. Then junior high came along, and I entered my dark age.
As a sophomore in high school, I took an electronics class, and the teacher brought in some Technic sets and asked us to build different things using the motors and pieces. I thought the Technic idea was cool, especially for the "older" kids, but never bought any sets, because playing with toys was uncool
So the dark age continued.
As I grew older, I would occasionally go down the action figure aisles at TRU and Kay-Bee, to see if there were new SW figures out. I would not go down the Lego aisle, and between '99 and December '06, I would regret this.
In December '06, I was in TRU looking for presents for my oldest niece, and just happened to go by the LEGO aisle, which was near the baby and childrens cloths in the old store setup. There, on the end of the aisle, was UCS Vader's TIE Advanced. I stood there for a few minutes, looking at the piece count, the features, and trying to convince myself why I should buy it. I strolled down the aisle, and carefully looked over all the other LSW sets. I was amazed at the details that were possible with the new Lego pieces. I ended up buying the B-wing Fighter that day, and Vader's TIE Advanced during an after Christmas sale 2 weeks later. I ended up buying a set a month, starting in April with the Imperial Star Destroyer, until last year, when I started buying 2 or more sets every two weeks.