Some great stories here, and I'll add mine, too (this is my first-ever FBTB post
I grew up with the original three SW movies and had some Lego Space sets, but grew out of those as I got older. Little did I know that adulthood and having a son later in life would lead me back to Lego and SW ...
While living in Japan in the mid '90s to early '00s, my wife got me the Anakin's Podracer (7131) set as a novelty gift after we saw the re-released movies at the theater. I remember putting the set together, thinking "Cool," and then taking it apart again with the intention of giving it to my young son once he got old enough to not eat the bricks
Fast forward several years later and we'd moved back to Canada. My son had a small but growing (non-SW) Lego collection and I figured the time had come to finally give him my Podracer set. He was delighted with it but knew little about SW at that point, and so the pieces and minifigs got mixed in with the thousands of other loose parts of his other sets, which were kept in a huge plastic bin. As he got a couple of years older, my son finally saw the movies and decided (as many of us do) that the SW series was the ultimate in cool. I rediscovered SW (and Lego) with him, remembering why I liked both as much as I did.
Then, about a year or so ago, I discovered FBTB (but couldn't join because of the ban at the time on free e-mail accounts), BrickLink and Peeron, among others. Since the original building instructions for my Podracer set had long been lost in our move overseas back to Canada, I was thrilled to find the PDF online and immediately set upon the painstaking task of salvaging each of those 134 pieces. After about a week of searching though bins, baggies and toy boxes, I was able to find most of them and presented my little guy with a (mostly) complete Podracer.
From that point on, I was hooked. Now, whenever my son gets a new SW Lego set, I have a blast putting it together with him (often staying up into the wee hours to get it done
. Plus, I tend to pick up a set or two of my own, usually when I find them on sale, occasionally through ePay, or, if luck is on my side, through one of the local buy/sell websites if the price is right.
Sorry for the long read, but that was cathartic