Graham Hancock

    Graham’s introduction to the Star Wars trilogy came only through video tapes, but this interest turned into a full obsession with the release of the Special Editions in 1997 and the chance to experience the films on a cinema screen. This sparked him to begin collecting the modern 3 3/4 inch Hasbro figures, of which he buys one of each to open plus too many extra army builders.

    Between then and the release of The Phantom Menace, Graham began to read and collect the novels and comics. During 1999, his wallet took a bigger long-term hit when he began to collect the new Lego line, never expecting that he would ever be tracking down packaging variations and promotional items nearly ten years later.

    Graham spent time selling Star Wars merchandise from 2004 to early 2006, both online and at events, learning a lot about the ‘other side’ of Star Wars collecting and the frustrations of case mixes. On May 16th 2005 he had his finest Star Wars experience when he was fortunate enough to win tickets to the UK premiere of Revenge of the Sith, realising it really was worth going to see Return of the Jedi at about ten o’clock in the morning.

    Since the onslaught of merchandise during the prequels, Graham’s collection has grown much beyond the initial figures and Lego to include many of Hasbro’s new lines, as well as items from almost all of the different licencees and many promotional display stands. He regularly attends events across the UK.

    James is an active member of the Star Wars collecting community, and is the Brand Director for Jedi News. James is also the host of the Star Wars Collectors Cast, and co-host of RADIO 1138 on the Jedi News Network.