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Old 07-04-2014, 09:00 AM   #26
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No I was 5

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Old 07-04-2014, 02:24 PM   #27
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I don't think I've ever experienced such a culturally wide-spread anticipation for a movie, or anything really, like there was for Episode I. I was the perfect age for it at the time and I remember collecting the fast food collectibles and generally being inundated with the marketing and hype for the movie. Star Wars was just this massive thing that everyone knew about and liked. I must have seen the OT before that but I don't remember when. It was like it was always there.

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Old 07-22-2014, 10:37 AM   #28
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I remember QVC, the shopping channel did shows to promote the film…still have my Ep 1 watches , and I have the Pizza Hut (?) lids/cups, Jar Jar and Padme stare back at me every time I open my closet….but back to QVC, I always remember a lady, a customer calling in saying how sad she was when she found out Anakin becomes Darth Vader…lol.

actually…I miss when the shopping channels did film and comic book related shows…the last comic related shows I remember were for X-Men The Last Stand…

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Old 07-26-2014, 11:38 PM   #29
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Grown adults fighting for toys is my lasting memory of the Phantom Menace hype/marketing.
I distinctly recall several TPM toys trickling out and giving collectors the false impression that they were rare. Online selling was starting to rise at this point, and those collectors flocked to MBs and auction sites to buy "rare" toys. Then a colossal glut of TPM toys (perhaps the most ever for any movie) hit just about every store in the country. By 2000, toys for which people had paid 5X retail were clogging pegs in the clearance aisles.

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Old 08-06-2014, 06:58 PM   #30
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It was absolute madness.

And I loved every minute of it.

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Old 08-10-2014, 10:57 PM   #31
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I remember the first Darth Maul figure was the one everybody was clamoring for.

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Old 08-11-2014, 12:17 AM   #32
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^ And his double-bladed lightsaber.

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Old 08-15-2014, 05:51 PM   #33
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Haha yep, I remember I was queuing up to pay for that Darth Maul figure at my local toy store and the woman behind me was trying to convince me to let her have it.

I did not.

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Old 08-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #34
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I printed the "Anakin with Vader shadow" posters from the internet to bring into school and show my friends and SW loving teachers.

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:12 AM   #35
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I can't remember if any adults killed each other over Star Wars figures in my country, but I remember a documentary about fat, scary nerds buying Star Wars products, dressing up as Darth Maul etc. But that was probably in our capital city.

My first exposure to Star Wars was the comic book adaptation of A New Hope. I always wanted to see a Star Wars movie as a kid, but we didn't have a VHS player...so when I heard about The Phantom Menace, I crapped my pants in excitement.

I had a sticker album, legos, a comic book adaptation (yeah, I spoiled the movie for myself), Pepsi bottles with Qui-Gon, Anakin and Jar Jar, and the Playstation game based on the movie. I don't think any of the other boys in my class gave a crap about the movie, because no one talked about it.

I saw the movie in theatres with my mother, cousin and my stoner uncle. It was the best thing ever...I loved Jar Jar Binks, the pod race, the duel at the end. And I think I fell in love with the Queen, even though she looked like a member of the KISS army. I wanted to live in the Star Wars universe! I watched it again last week, it's been 14 years or something. Jar Jar isn't that funny anymore, the pod race was a bit boring...the best part is the duel. What happened?

But even though I think The Phantom Menace is the weakest episode, I still have many fond memories of it...it made me really love Star Wars.

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But even though I think The Phantom Menace is the weakest episode, I still have many fond memories of it...it made me really love Star Wars.
You expressed what I often think very beautifully. To go back to 99

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Old 09-05-2014, 02:21 AM   #37
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You expressed what I often think very beautifully. To go back to 99
*heterosexual man hug*

I miss the 90's

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