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Once upon a time, the galaxy seemed "far, far away."

Nowadays, it seems like movies featuring George Lucas' crew of intergalactic daredevils are beginning to pile up. 

After all. "Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi" premiered in December, while "Solo," telling the tale of a young Han Solo entered a movie theater near you a few weeks ago.

And when is "Star Wars IX" slated to be released? Christmas, 2019, that's when.

If you ask DeWolf's Non-Sports Cards & Junque Shoppe's Brian DeWolf, that's way too much of a good thing.

"Back when I was growing up, 'Star Wars' was an event because years would go by before a new movie was released," he explained, inside his 1420 Villa Ave. store. "That also meant 'Star Wars' toys seemed more special because we developed an emotional attachment to it."

Which isn't to say that DeWolf's will ever be the place to purchase the freshest of "Star Wars" swag. Instead, the store has made its name by buying and selling vintage action figures, videogames, board games and the like.

"When kids tell their parents that this isn't what Skywalker looked like, the parents can say, yes, that was him, years and years ago," DeWolf said with a smile.

"The stuff you'll see in a toy store today, you'll see in my store 10 - 20 years from now," he added.

It isn't Lucas loot that have people packing DeWolf's tiny store. Collectors are also clamoring about memorabilia associated with Marvel.

"If anything, superhero fans are even more exacting than 'Star Wars' fans," he said. "Let's say a movie doesn't get an origin story the same way the comic book had it, people would be up in arms."

Although, DeWolf said it doesn't bother him a bit.

"I'm not as rabid a superhero fan as my customers," he reasoned. "Indeed, some movies like 'Ant-Man' or 'Black Panther' feature characters I wasn't familiar with. I went into those movies with little knowledge and enjoyed them completely."

Still, the oversaturation of superhero flicks is a recent phenomenon.

"Sure, there were Batman and Superman movies as well as TV shows featuring the Hulk," DeWolf said. "However, we're seeing lots of Marvel characters in the movies and lots of DC comic characters on (TV's) CW."

Despite that, he has some advice for wannabe collectors.

DON'T BUY TO MAKE A BUCK, BUY BECAUSE YOU LIKE A CHARACTER

"This is a common mistake. A collector will buy a piece of memorabilia simple because he thinks he can make a killing on the resale market. When that sale doesn't pan out, the collector is stuck with a collectible he't not crazy about. Might as well stick with stuff that you like."

TOYS ARE DESIGNED FOR PLAY, ENJOY 'EM WHILE YOU HAVE 'EM

"Some collectors are crazy about keeping stuff pristine. The bottom line is that they're toys. It's OK to have fun with 'em." 

THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

If you're tired of Spider-Man or Batman, then get your mitts on a more random hero, like the Silver Surfer, for instance. Had your fill of "Star Wars" action figures, check out a piece of vinyl instead. "Personally, I think (composer) John Williams' soundtrack is just as dramatic as the movie. A recording can be more compelling than one more toy."

TOYS: THE PERFECT FAMILY HEIRLOOM?

"I cant tell you how often I'll see a parent come in, trying to buy a retro toy he can share with his child. The reverse is also true. A child buys something retro after hearing a parent talk about it so much. Who knows? Reminiscing about 'Star Wars' and superhero movies many end up bringing families closer together."

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