We here at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss are complete suckers for nostalgia-inspiring Star Wars t-shirts. So it goes without saying that we had to ask graphic designer Andrew Morley to share a little bit about himself, his action figure fandom and his fantastic new line of Kenner cardback t-shirts!
Like most children of the 70’s/80’s I was a Star Wars fan… nothing strange… almost everybody my age was!
I have fond memories of taking bus trips into town with my Grandmother, visiting the local toy store and having a real hard time choosing between which Star Wars figure I would get as a treat… often coming home with two, I imagine because my Grandmother could get me out of the store or get on with what she needed to do! Not because she didn’t understand my love of Star Wars or that she was mean… far from it! She loved me more than words can say… and I loved her far more than a few plastic figures. Sadly she is no longer with us… but my love for her and Star Wars still remains!
Over the years my collection grew… every figure, every ship, every accessory…up to the age of 15 or 16 (1984). Trust me… it wasn’t that cool collecting Star Wars toys at that age in my school – and of course you can’t impress a girl with a couple of inches of plastic!
Unfortunately…but quite rightly… I call this moment in my life “the stupid years”
Stupid being that I, against my mothers wishes, who did rightly warn me that one day “I’d regret what I was about to do” sold my complete Star Wars collection…
My only consolation I carry from “the stupid years” is that the infamous last 17 figures had yet to be released… and I had never owned any of them! Can you imagine how I could have made a really stupid decision into a cataclysmic event that I would never have recovered from. It’s hard enough as it is…. let alone… Well I can’t bare to imagine!
The years passed by… “the dark years” I like to call them – when the words “Star Wars” were whispered in hushed tones between self confessed geeks!
During this time I worked hard, got married (to my ever tolerant wife Michelle) and had two boys… we enjoyed the Star Wars movies together of course but it wasn’t until 1995 when my children could enjoy Star Wars toys as much as I did when I was there age.
The Power of the Force range was great….some people may disagree! I have a complete collection….a substitute for “the stupid years” The vast majority are in a display cabinet right next to where I’m writing this….
I say a substitute… of course not! They are new and shiny and complete and never been touched by anyone other than myself…. but they just don’t compare!
Every time I see a vintage figure I am instantly transported back to my childhood… endless hours of space battles in a galaxy far far away…. scanning the toy store shelves for new figures to add to my collection… and of course my Grandmother!
It’s these factors that keep us cherishing Star Wars… its part of our lives to the point that its impossible to think of a time when it wasn’t there… Obi-Wan Kenobi certainly summed it up; “the force will be with you…always”
I have grandchildren now of my own. I introduced the youngest (almost 3 years) to his first Star Wars figure just yesterday… an old R2-D2 that was spare from my POTF collection.
I enjoy the collecting scene… sometimes buying and selling around car boots and flea markets and selling my Star Wars related T-Shirts at conventions.
I have yet to embark on starting a collection of vintage figures… I know what my wife would have to say about it for sure!
But you know what they say….Never say never….
Being a graphic/web designer by trade – coming up with the design wasn’t hard…. although I was limited to what you can achieve with the heat press vinyl process. I started with an exact reproduction of a Star Wars card and stripped it back as much as I could so to keep it both recognisable and still be able to be done using the heat press process! Of course everyone has their favourite figure/character and so having them as T-shirt choices was unquestionable. I have 15 designs at the moment… and another 6 lurking in the background.
I then started creating other T-shirts around certain groups of figures like the droids!
Will I ever replicate the entire collection, I doubt it… that would be absurd!
I’d like to get all the bounty hunters done though…. that would make a great t-shirt wouldn’t it!