Like many 'boys' now in their mid-Fifties I grew up with Thunderbirds and the 1969 landing on the Moon. It was our Star Wars.
When Star Wars actually came along in 1977 I was a teenager aged 16 and my old toys were already locked away and the electric guitar ruled the roost.
I imagine being 8 or 9 in 77 was the best age to see Star Wars maybe?
So basically I was too old to have got any Star Wars toys in the Seventies. My own childhood space operas, Thunderbirds and the Moonlanding, although long gone had provided me with all the toys a lad would ever when I needed them as a kid.
It would be decades later in the 1990's before I held any of the Star Wars Kenner action figures. They were loose Darths and Lukes, by now cast-offs at West Yorkshire's Car Boot Sales, nuzzling up against Thundercats' Lion-O and Ghostbusters' Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
How about you readers, when did you first get any Star Wars toys?
My early Star Boot sale haul.