I wish I could start off with a date as to when my collection began, but it starts farther back than my memory lets me recall. I can however, start with a number. Lego set number 4483. The Lego Imperial Walker, or the At-At. My family was always a pretty tight knit group, but every family has a bit of father son bonding time. I remember loving these moments & what they consisted of. Every time we had a guys night, we’d always lick a guy movie. Most of which we’d watch Star Wars! Being so young the movies and all their special affects and action captured me. I never knew why, but the At-At always caught my attention most. It was just so massive, so invincible and so powerful. (Plus the dark side is way better!) Shortly after an Empire Strikes Back night, the family went to check out a new store that just opened up in our town: Target! Walking through the toy isle with my father who is an avid collector himself (unfortunately his weakness is Hot Wheels) I came across Lego set 4483. I fell in love! However I saw it was priced at $110. I lost all hope of every owning my favorite machine. This was probably around 2003 putting me at 11-12 years of age; so that amount of money seemed impossible to obtain. I told my parents I’d do anything for it, and that I did. It took three garages sales and an entire summer for me to sell almost every other toy I owned. I counted every penny and finally had enough! With excitement, I walked through that same isle a few months later & picked up the last box of Lego set 4483. It was almost half the size of me. I’ve always had little Lego Star Wars sets growing up, the early Droid Escape, or the Mini Building sets collection, but nothing this big. It took me over a week to build it. I’d sit down with my father after my home work was done & put together a few pages at a time. Him being a mechanical engineer, he taught me structure and why it had to be built in the order we did so. That’s all it took. I was hooked! Seeing how much I loved it, every year for Christmas, birthdays etc.. I would always get a new Lego Star Wars set. By the age of 16 I had more than I knew what to do with. Getting a bit older my focus changed a bit. I started learning how to drive, I joined a band, played sports, started dating.. My collection got put on hold for a while. I moved out in collage and could only take what I had room for in a 1 bedroom apartment. The boxes got buried in the attic or basement somewhere.
More recently, with a devastating loss of my mother to cancer, my father & I started cleaning out his house trying to get rid of, or donate anything that was hers. The father son time was nice & it was also needed. One day we came across a box with some of my old sets. We both started reminiscing & putting together pieces that had come loose or fallen off. Next thing you know it’s been hours & it’s just like being back in 2003 again, bonding over a family favorite! I decided to take some home with me that night. Ever since then, the spark has re-ignited. I started purchasing sets on eBay, Amazon, & anywhere else I could find to turn my Lego sets, into scenes. Further more, it caused me to buy a bit more of the normal building block Legos and get creative. Ive taken apart other Lego sets, or found bulk blocks online. I used them & built some of my own landscapes. I have even made platforms to showcase all of my mini-figures. (Of course I have duplicates of each one. One to show case, one-many more to have active in scenes.) It’s always a work in progress, but that’s the fun of it. It started out as a bit of father son family time, & now the collector gene has been passed down & is currently thriving in me. I’ve been avidly building & adding my collection for 2-3 years. With the recent hype & release of SW-TFA it has only kicked it into high gear! It’s safe to say that 1 bedroom apartment is now covered in Legos! I can’t wait to keep adding to & to keep sharing my collection!