The Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club did not need carbonite to cement its Christmas party tradition 13 years ago.
The club, which has 100 members in Louisville, Ashland and Lexington, meets monthly to share and discuss new toys members have found.
Many of these toys were on display Dec. 3 for the holiday party, held at the home of founding member Kevin Lentz, an English teacher at Henry Clay High School. The party included a Star Wars gift exchange, and artist Scott Simmons drew a “Star Wars” scene for partygoers to admire. Also in attendance were Miles Johnson and his twin teenage daughters. Johnson is an elementary art teacher at Jessamine County’s Warner Elementary.
“I have a lot more gray hair now, but it really continues to be more fun each time,” Johnson said. “We all go back to our jobs after the weekend, and the kids go back to school for the next month until we meet for the next event. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.”
Johnson caught the “Star Wars” bug when he was 7 years old. His first “Star Wars” action figure was C-3P0. Now, as an adult, Johnson and other club members have taken numerous “man-cations” around the country in his van, stopping in Indianapolis and other cities to visit Goodwill stores in search of discarded “Star Wars” toys.
Some of the most notable finds include a Darth Vader phone, a half-dozen vintage landspeeders, and a pair of sneakers with Boba Fett on them.
The Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club will display various “Star Wars” toys and Christmas items at the Regal Hamburg Pavilionat noon Saturday.
“We love to give the public a chance to see all of the toys that have been created from the series over the years,” Johnson said.