I have quite a bit of nostalgia for the POTF2 era. Having grown up with the vintage Kenner offerings, it was a real thrill to see Star Wars back on the shelves. These figures had been officially released for a few weeks before I found a lone R2-D2 on the pegs at a local Kay-Bee store. This was a fun time. Star Wars was back, the new movies were in production, and people were once again excited about this property. Many of the fan and collecting communities also started to form at this time; many that endure today.
The scalpers were sure out in full force in the Cleveland area. The same dealers that hawked baseball cards, comic books, and female short-pack action figures weren't about to let the Star Wars market go untouched. Not that I necessarily have a problem with scalpers. It's the collectors that pay their asking prices that keep them doing what they're doing. Still, it did require quite a bit of store-hopping which, in a way, was also fun.
I loved the POTF2 era but what I didn't necessarily care for what the explosion of "high-end" Star Wars collectibles. A lot of these were just tacky and seemed a bit cynical to me: plates, gold plated ship models, and other sorts of overpriced emphemera seemed to clutter the hobby right from the get-go.