A Galaxy Far, Far Away

30 years. 30 years can disappear in an instant.

Ethan has been really into Star Wars the last couple months. It all stemmed from Angry Birds Star Wars. He started to learn the names of the characters and how they interacted with each other. He then found some videos online that explored the “Star Wars Universe” even further and he was hooked. He’ll watch the movies, but I’m not sure if he does it because he is enjoying it or because he feels he “has to” like them.

As we were sitting around the other night, I thought it was a good idea to head down to the basement and see if I could dig up any of my old Star Wars toys from when I was a kid. I was able to locate many of the toys from my past (thanks, Mom). Some were missing stickers, some were missing parts, some were just all-together missing. The toys look 30 years old and don’t have any of the bells and whistles that new toys do, however Ethan was thrilled to be able to play with them. He kept asking, “Dad, did you save these toys just for me?”

vintage star wars toys

It was all we all we could do to even get him to go to bed.  He’s spent the last few days and nights playing with all of the vintage toys, just like I did with my brothers and cousins.  He’s even gotten to the point that he has Ben learning the names and playing right along.    He’s even begun watching the movies.

We have portable DVD players in the car and no matter how short of long the trip is, Return of the Jedi is on a constant loop.  He is so in love with the “Jaba part” that he will play that opening half hour of the movie continually.  I wouldn’t be surprised if, at some point, the DVD is too worn out to even play these parts.

While it’s been many years since I went through the same Star Wars phase, the memories came flooding back as I watched Ethan play with all the toys and watch the movies.  It’s almost as though I could briefly look back in time and see myself at that age playing in the same ways Ethan has picked up.

My hope now is that all of these same toys, as well as those that he has begun to gather, can last another 30 years so that Ethan can have these same experiences with his children one day.


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  1. How awesome is that?! My son prefers to play with vintage toys also, I’m amazed that my husband’s Tonka trucks have held up for 30+ years. They do not make toys like they used to!

    I’m amazed at the vintage toys people sell at yard sales, I grab whatever I can so my son can have some fun and for ebay. 🙂

  2. That would make any little boy impossible to get in bed! What a great find! My mom has a bunch of our old toys and the kids love them. My favorite has to be the Gizmo figurine, although it did scare one of my kids 🙂

  3. so cool! W and I are having a very Star Wars summer and he would FLIP OUT over those toys. Your Mom totally rocks for saving those toys.

  4. OMG! Where did you get all those Star Wars toys? LOVE IT! My boys are obsessed, so wish I would of kept my Star Wars toys from the 70’s -80’s

  5. Do NOT tell my husband you have all your vintage toys; he will come over and steal them! My daughter is into Star Wars because hubby said so, it’s such an awesome thing they share. Well, that and a passion for toy light sabers. (I’m more of a Trekker myself!)

  6. I just found some of my husband’s Star Wars toys and the boys love them!

  7. My husband pulled out his 30 year old Star Wars toys for my son, too! You would have thought he was given gold…we have yet to see the movies, yet though.

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