Miscellaneous, Nerdery, Toys

I Do Not Need This Documentary on Star Wars Toy Collecting


Because I lived it. I was there. I remember waking up at 5am on a Saturday morning to stand outside at Toys “R” Us in the mere hopes of finding a new Star Wars figure at 9am. I remember drinking White Castle coffee, which I’m still convinced was only heated wood varnish, in order to stay awake and warm. I remember fighting other grown men for a Ree-Yees figure and failing. And I remember the day it all came crashing down, and I realized I had no money, no girlfriend, and several Princess Leia figures hung on my wall. Would you make a former heroin addict watch Trainspotting? Because don’t think I haven’t fished through a filthy toilet for a Snowtrooper. Metaphorically speaking. As far as you know. (Via /Film)

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.