Did you or your parents give away anything you wanted to keep?

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Sad fact is that I believe most or all of my original childhood Star Wars toys were either given away or thrown out after I (supposedly) grew up and out of them. I know one year we gave away our entire Atari console and games to a family whose house burnt down during the holidays. I don't regret it but I sure miss those SW toys, especially when my old man says he remembers buying me the Death Star playset! LOL. Oh man. I was like 4 when SW came out in theaters, and didn't remember getting the Death Star. I do remember playing with the X-Wing, Vaders Tie-Fighter, and Landspeeder, and also having many of the first wave figures (Luke, Leia, Vader, R2, Jawa, etc.) Even now I remember how they smelled straight out of the package. Ah, the sweet smell of toxic play things...how I wish you were still around.
 
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My stuff was sold in a garage sale,

Not by me

Yup exact same thing happened to me. All of it, except my Boba Fett I got as a mail away in 79, still have that one. But all the rest, gone. Been a hell of a time trying to get them back one fig at a time. Luckily now I have reaquired all my loose figs. Now working on some playsets.
 
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Yes, a lot of my early stuff was given to my second cousins and my mom pulled my stuff out of my storage closet when I was away at college. They were little kids at the time and played with a bunch of them in the pool and several figures went missing. It's what made me get back into collecting once I got on my feet and bought my home.
 
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Yeah, I'm sure the pool skimmer swallowed at least one of my childhood originals. Seems like a popular death for SW figures in the late 80's. So then I'm also curious: What was the first item you repurchased to start collecting again? For me it was a carded POTF Jawa. :D
 
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Yeah, I'm sure the pool skimmer swallowed at least one of my childhood originals. Seems like a popular death for SW figures in the late 80's. So then I'm also curious: What was the first item you repurchased to start collecting again? For me it was a carded POTF Jawa. :D
It was an afa 80 graded carded Small Head Han. That was the figure I loved the most after Boba Fett that went missing. I always disliked the large head Han.

After that it was Boba Fett, Chewy and then just the first 12, and then just the first 21, and then just everything I could find and afford.
 
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Snowballed for me too. Got a bunch of loose figures, some carded ones, and some vehicles/playsets. I kind of lucked out when I got the droid factory. It had 2 complete three-legged R2D2's, though one had no sticker. I was also lucky to get into some of my rarer ones like the Droids Canadian carded 3PO/R2 before prices went into outer space! One yeah my wife even gifted me a carded POTF Amanaman AND carded ROTJ Luke X-wing Pilot. Most other stuff I try to get on the cheap when possible. No sense in throwing tons of money at stuff IMO.
 
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I'm lucky that my mom really didn't get rid of much of anything, but unfortunately that included like every magazine for about a decade plus...so that was a fun recycling exercise. I have all of my figures and almost all of the accessories/weapons (across the board, not just Star Wars). The only exception was MOTU, which I'm sure I played with outside much much more, and broke a lot of the accessories, like Teela's armor, or outright lost it.

I had always wanted to display my Star Wars stuff, and finally started getting around to it with IKEA Detolf's around 2018, which is when I discovered that I had only thought I had a near-complete Kenner Star Wars run, and was missing most of the last 17, which put me back into it. I don't think I bought a figure from '03-ish until '18.
 
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I'm lucky that my mom really didn't get rid of much of anything, but unfortunately that included like every magazine for about a decade plus...so that was a fun recycling exercise. I have all of my figures and almost all of the accessories/weapons (across the board, not just Star Wars). The only exception was MOTU, which I'm sure I played with outside much much more, and broke a lot of the accessories, like Teela's armor, or outright lost it.

I had always wanted to display my Star Wars stuff, and finally started getting around to it with IKEA Detolf's around 2018, which is when I discovered that I had only thought I had a near-complete Kenner Star Wars run, and was missing most of the last 17, which put me back into it. I don't think I bought a figure from '03-ish until '18.
That's cool that you were able to keep most of your stuff complete!

I know that there are some G.I.Joes in the junipers in my parents front yard. It was great to have the imagination to make H.A.L.O. fall from the sky and survive to fight with the Joes, but alas we's been MIA for 30 or more years now... Also in the landscaping are some NASA shuttles, Hot Wheels, etc., that were lost in my youth. Good times.
 
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That's cool that you were able to keep most of your stuff complete!

I know that there are some G.I.Joes in the junipers in my parents front yard. It was great to have the imagination to make H.A.L.O. fall from the sky and survive to fight with the Joes, but alas we's been MIA for 30 or more years now... Also in the landscaping are some NASA shuttles, Hot Wheels, etc., that were lost in my youth. Good times.
That's awesome.

He-Man regularly fought Skeletor in the Sandbox and magnolia bushes and the stone wall next to it, which "looked" like Castle Greyskull. I'm surprised the figures were in okay shape when I got them out of storage, but most had dry rot on the leg bands.
 
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Like many of you my mom coerced me into selling all my vintage SW in a garage sale…before the garage sale even started that am my savvy uncle I will never forget showed up -(he lived 45 mins away and his side hustle was comic books 40 years ago)- he must have known somehow my starwars was being sold. Now that should have signaled to my dear mom that perhaps these might be worth something someday. But alas the whole lot was put in a box and my Uncle got the goods! No clue what he paid my mom but Im sure I was rewarded w a five dollar bill.
 
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Like many of you my mom coerced me into selling all my vintage SW in a garage sale…before the garage sale even started that am my savvy uncle I will never forget showed up -(he lived 45 mins away and his side hustle was comic books 40 years ago)- he must have known somehow my starwars was being sold. Now that should have signaled to my dear mom that perhaps these might be worth something someday. But alas the whole lot was put in a box and my Uncle got the goods! No clue what he paid my mom but Im sure I was rewarded w a five dollar bill.
Ever ask your uncle?
 
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When I hit middle school, I packed up most of my childhood toys and put them in the attic. My parents threw it all out. I have less than 10 of my childhood toys. None of it is Star Wars.
 
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When I hit middle school, I packed up most of my childhood toys and put them in the attic. My parents threw it all out. I have less than 10 of my childhood toys. None of it is Star Wars.
I always find this situation amusing (not to rub you the wrong way). Parents will complain about how much they paid for your toys when you accidentally (OK, maybe intentionally) lost or broke one of them as a kid, but not long afterwards they throw out what would become hundreds of dollars worth of toys without the blink of an eye.

The only thing I really found in my folks attic was a single Topps SW card that I still have. It's the only childhood thing I've found to date.
 
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When I started getting into G.I. Joe and toy storage space was getting harder to find, my mom sold nearly all of mine and my brother's 1970s toy line toys. So all our Big Jim, Stretch Armstrong, Micronauts and most of our Adventure People ended up in a garage sale. At one point, I also had a fairly large collection of Lego's. Some were sets, but I also had two huge boxes of pieces from generic collections of pieces. Having learned from the garage sale experience, I stored them all in comic boxes next to my actual comic book collection, which I stored at my parents' house for a few years after I got married. I got an email one day telling me that she'd given them to my much younger cousin and asking if it was okay. It absolutely wasn't, but since she didn't ask beforehand, I never was able to get them back.
 
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My mom had been wanting to get rid of them for awhile since I had outgrown them. I finally caved and bagged up all of my vintage Star Wars toys and gave them to a much older neighbor kid who was into collecting. I must have been around 9 or 10 at the time. Funny thing is when he brought them home his mom made him give them away to his younger cousins because she thought he was too old for toys. The only item I kept was the rancor monster which I still have to this day.
 
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Yeah, I'm sure the pool skimmer swallowed at least one of my childhood originals. Seems like a popular death for SW figures in the late 80's. So then I'm also curious: What was the first item you repurchased to start collecting again? For me it was a carded POTF Jawa. :D
not a single item, but a plastic tote of items, sold at a resale shop. They had an original millenium falcon, atst, y wing, and a few mini rigs tossed into a plastic tote. they had it posted online for a total of twenty minutes (after 5 minutes I was at their store). the mf is missing 3 pieces, the y wing missing 2 struts, and one of the minirigs is complete. I also managed a vinyl case and about a dozen figures at a garage sale for twenty bucks (the resale shop find was twenty five bucks)
 
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Went away to college, mom gave it all to goodwill in 1992.

About the time the special editions were released in theaters (1995 or so) I inquired about my childhood figures to find out in horror that they had been given away. I did find a box that had my first figure, ANH luke and the yoda I got for christmas missing all his accessories.

I started collecting POTF2 with a vengeance by 1998 and my kids grew up on POTF2/prequel figures for the next 10 years.

Now that they are grown, I packed away all the star wars stuff, with all their accessories, and they await the day when my boys ask me "whatever happened to all our star wars toys?"

Now the figures only risk is me wanting to cannibalize them for customs. That used to not be an issue, but the price for used figs is out of control now.
 
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I had several sets of Star Wars and Star Trek micromachine sets, ships, characters etc. got them at $2 each set, when we moved cross country, and the movers proved crooked, they stole several boxes of things, counting the micromachines!
 
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I had a really nice collection most I bought myself, I have mixed feelings about losing the old stuff but if I had actually kept it I might be a vintage collector today, which I don’t think would work out to well for me.
I have issues with more older brittle plastic & the value I attach to it. Same reason I won’t be a mint on card collector.
 
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I was lucky enough to have the opposite. I was at my parents house several years back and was drinking out of a worn out Burger King Star Wars glass. (Chewbacca) It had about 90% of the paint gone. I said that I wished we saved the glasses and never drank out of them. My mother then went into the attic and pulled out a shoe box with the complete set of 4 glasses wrapped in tissue. Only drank out of once while at Burger King. She said that we used the ones I had and the ones she bought for her meal she saved because she thought I might have wanted them one day in the future. That was brilliant of her.
 
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While I managed to talk my mother into letting me keep almost all my Star Was stuff, I did have to sacrifice my original Darth Vader and C3PO figure cases. They insisted I sell something at a yard sale, so those seemed like the easiest things to part with. Now, my Ghostbusters collection was not so lucky. The A-Hole my mother was married to at the time basically forced me to sell that as well as a mostly complete GI Joe Cobra Terror Drome.
 
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My parents got divorced, I chose to stay with my Dad. My mother burned most of my stuff, toys, clothes, books all in the front yard...before we could come back and get them. The only things I have from my childhood are what few things I had left at my Grand Parents, my dear sweet Grand Mother kept them put up a shoe box for me. She had about twenty of my 1980's G.I.Joe figures, five Star Wars figures, and the G.I.Joe Mobile Command Center. That didn't fit in a shoe box, that was in an old toilet paper box lol.
 
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My parents got divorced, I chose to stay with my Dad. My mother burned most of my stuff, toys, clothes, books all in the front yard...before we could come back and get them. The only things I have from my childhood are what few things I had left at my Grand Parents, my dear sweet Grand Mother kept them put up a shoe box for me. She had about twenty of my 1980's G.I.Joe figures, five Star Wars figures, and the G.I.Joe Mobile Command Center. That didn't fit in a shoe box, that was in an old toilet paper box lol.
Must have broken your heart twice. Sorry to hear that, friend.
 
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Oh it did, it still hurts. especially the A-Wing and A-Wing Pilot. I'll never get to replace those two. I was 16 when it happened, when I was 12 or 13, getting too old to play with toys anymore. I put everything up, I was so careful to make sure everything had it's parts and weapons. Took batteries out, I put them away as best I could. Took parts off the vehicles like flags and antennas to make sure nothing ended up broken. I had some boxes and all of the paper work that came with everything, Star Wars and G.I.Joe, and everything else. I was a bit of a pack rat.

My Star Wars figures were inside of my Darth Vader carrying case. Really wish I had left that at my Grand Parents house.
 
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Um, yes...all of it, and I have been struggling all of my life trying to get it all back with the new stuff haha
 
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I have lost things twice in my life that I miss VERY much, Back in 1967, I had a collection of new(at the time) X-Men comics, some Superman and other Marvel comics. I gave them away to a fellow "child" at the time because I could not pay him for helping me with something, I can't remember. Then, in the 80's, I had to sell more X-Men, Spiderman, Superman and others to pay a bill, money was short! Now I have another collection of New Mutant comics, Spiderman and mostly Marvel things, they are not going anywhere! but I still am angry at myself for being "generous".
 
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I have lost things twice in my life that I miss VERY much, Back in 1967, I had a collection of new(at the time) X-Men comics, some Superman and other Marvel comics. I gave them away to a fellow "child" at the time because I could not pay him for helping me with something, I can't remember. Then, in the 80's, I had to sell more X-Men, Spiderman, Superman and others to pay a bill, money was short! Now I have another collection of New Mutant comics, Spiderman and mostly Marvel things, they are not going anywhere! but I still am angry at myself for being "generous".

I gave my Turtles, He-Man and others to my nephew, thinking let him play with them and enjoy them, but I'll get them back some day. Mom gave them away to a cousin and did not even flinch nor show concern when I opposed her doing so. Imagine the hell and fury if I gave away her childhood dolls? My Star Wars was packed away in a box and remained fairly untouched, thankfully!

There is very little that I have interest in selling now. And that 'little' is mostly my modern stuff.

I had a chance to buy the entire Uncanny X-Men collection (1-544) for around $3000 several years ago. Most were in real nice shape. Really wanted to pull the trigger. Saddens me to this day that I did not!
 
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I gave my Turtles, He-Man and others to my nephew, thinking let him play with them and enjoy them, but I'll get them back some day. Mom gave them away to a cousin and did not even flinch nor show concern when I opposed her doing so. Imagine the hell and fury if I gave away her childhood dolls? My Star Wars was packed away in a box and remained fairly untouched, thankfully!

There is very little that I have interest in selling now. And that 'little' is mostly my modern stuff.

I had a chance to buy the entire Uncanny X-Men collection (1-544) for around $3000 several years ago. Most were in real nice shape. Really wanted to pull the trigger. Saddens me to this day that I did not!

Kinda hate when people do stuff "on my behalf", like give things away. It's not that I'm super greedy, just would rather do that myself so there is no friction, such as what you described above. BTW, I got some X-Men action figures, you want? LOL
 
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