Richard Hutchinson was born in 1976 and cannot remember a time without Star Wars in his life. His highlights of visiting his relations in the early 80’s include taking action figures to have space battles with his cousins and watching endless reruns on Star Wars on pirate VCR.
As with most children in the North, he had to grow up fast and his toys were given away to younger relations. However, this led to an evolution of his Star Wars enjoyment and toys were replaced by the Expanded Universe books, comics and video games which are his pride and joy to this day. Of course there were also the prequels which he loved from first viewing and many hours were spent wasting time on the Internet in the mid 90’s chatting to fans online throughout the world getting involved in the growing online community.
It wasn’t until a brave eBay purchase around 2011 that he started vintage toy collecting again, telling anybody who would listen that he only wanted one of everything loose. Like most collectors, he was immediately hooked and now has a diverse collection of vintage and modern items together with a lack of space to display it properly.
Outside of Star Wars Richard is a school teacher who teaches Computer Science to pupils aged 11 to 19. He can also be found wandering the hills and moors with far too many groups of pupils in his role as a Duke of Edinburgh leader.
His love of the community side of Star Wars is infectious and he can often be found supporting toy shows, such as Farthest From, and Celebration. He is co-host of The Vintage Rebellion podcast which is a monthly vintage Star Wars collecting show.