Have you ever dedicated so much passion to a simple hobby that you could make the headlines with passion alone? Not many of us have done it, but there is one Star Wars fan out there who really loves what he’s doing. This is the story of Jarrod Roll and his Star Wars collection. And it is not a modern day Star Wars collection that you can find in any shop. These are vintage, oldschool toys that were made back in the 70s and 80s. You don’t really get so see those anymore.
Jarrod Roll let his passion loose in 1990, when he decided that he wanted his Star Wars universe back. At the age of 4 his mother took him to see the series’ first installment, but even if the love for the movie ran deep in his veins, he had to wait until he was in college to rediscover it and embrace it. Talk about the “one day I woke up and decided to do that” type of story, right?
When he was in college, Roll discovered a trade newspaper which was dealing exclusively toy collections. He saw his old Star Wars toys, so his first reaction was to go home and find them. This is where Jarrod thanked his mother. Miss Roll is not apparently “like most moms” and did not dispose of the toys in a random garage sale. She kept everything and Jarrod found everything.
The condition of the toys was not exactly what he was expecting. Nevertheless he cleaned everything and started roaming through second hand shops looking for bits and pieces that would make his toys whole again. Money was not an issue. He actually sustained his collection through student loans and selling some other toys that he was never interested in. Now Jarrod has a full collection of Star Wars toys created in between 1978 and 1984.
There is another reason why Jarrod appreciates these toys very much: because they were the heart and soul of the Star Wars movies back in the day. Today’s generation will perhaps remember only the stunning visual effects and green backgrounds, but our generation will always remember that we needed toys to make movies and a 12 hours make-up (or even more) to get Chewbacca done.
This is the story of Jarrod Roll and his Star Wars collection: a world known result that came to be because of a childhood passion.
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