Richard Astill

    Richard first saw Star Wars at the Priory Cinema in Royston which has now sadly been pulled down to make way for housing. This film inspired his imagination that all things were possible in in the galaxy far far away and as a result this has led to a love of all things in the expanded universe and the people who are inspired by but refuse to be restricted to the films.

    A collector of the books, comics and comics he has even been known to dabble in a bit of fiction himself but this needs a lot of work.

    His first Star Wars figure was Chewbacca which he had to share with his little brother and between them they managed to gather a large collection of the original figures and vehicles. A few years after Return of the Jedi came out they gave the whole collection to a neighbour's nephew. If only they had known!

    His Star Wars highlights include going to the UK premiere of A New Hope Special edition and being 10 feet away from George Lucas and also getting hold of a cinema display stand for the Special Edition trilogy.

    Not a figure collector or autograph hunter Richard prefers to look for the more unusual collectables although his Star Wars toothpaste from the USA may now be a bit dodgy!

    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.