I certainly hope you have enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, and although these are my personal recollections of being a Star Wars fan and collector for the last 38 years, I got the feeling from your comments that many of you shared some of these memories.
These memories that I have shared over the last 100 days show just a snippet of the enjoyment that Star Wars has given me. I am confident there will be many more to add over the coming years, as a new era of Star Wars is upon us. My fondest memories will always be playing with my Star Wars toys as a child in my bedroom. They gave me so much enjoyment and taught me that the power of imagination is a great gift.
In some ways I would like to think that my passion and loyalty to Star Wars over the last 38 years helped in the tiniest of ways to play a part in making this movie happen. After all, it was the fans during those many, many years without new Star Wars movies that continued to fund, through their energy and enthusiasm (and hard-earned cash!), the Star Wars phenomenon, keeping going that spark of life within.
I confess that I am feeling very emotional as I write this. Filled with excitement, anticipation and nostalgia, not just because I am about to finally see the movie, but because the journey I have shared over the last 100 days is about to come to a close. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing and photographing every single entry.
My final wish is that if you go and see the movie (and I am sure you will), that for those brief few hours you let go of reality, don’t over-analyze, don’t be over-critical, just sit back and enjoy it for what it is … a great story being told.
May the Force be with you, always
My thanks …