In celebration of Star Wars Day, also known as May the Fourth Day, the Anderson Public Library invited a Lawrenceburg resident who has been collecting Star Wars memorabilia for decades to display part of his collection at the library.
At just four years old, Jason Willis watched his first Star Wars movie and was hooked ever since. Enjoying the movies and Star Wars universe, he started collected back in the 1990’s when the second running of figures were being produced.
His collection quickly grew. Jason got to find a number of unusual and hard to find pieces among many common pieces. His collection of just Star Wars pieces now counts over 300,000.
And the collection is generational. Jason’s nine year old daughter also has a number of pieces. He explained that she is learning the value of keeping duplicate sets of items so she can play with one set and keep the other in its original packaging.
Although he’s only one of a few collectors in Anderson County, he is an active member of the Kentucky Star Wars Collector Club. The club, which is a non-profit organization, helps promote Star Wars to younger generations as well as serves as a way for collectors to buy, sell, or trade items. The club is open to the public and more information on it can be found here.
A small portion of Jason’s collection will be displayed at the library’s display case near the parking lot entrance through May. Jason explained that having a public display of part of his collection was a dream of his so it can show to others what he and many others grew up with back in the 1980s.