I wish that I had Rick Springfield’s Star Wars Collection.
Thanks to movies like The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, pop culture has tried to give us a specific image of what hardcore Star Wars collectors looks like. In actuality, stars like Rick Springfield don’t come close to matching that profile, yet his Star Wars collection could make even Steve Carell’s titular character swoon.
Let’s not beat around the bush here. Yes, we’re talking about the same Rick Springfield that gave us the hit song Jessie’s Girl. And yes, we’re talking about crazy rare Star Wars figures. Longtime readers may remember when we crowned the short lived Vinyl Cape Jawa toy as one of the rarest Star Wars collectibles ever made. Well, that’s just one of a veritable ton of Star Wars toys Springfield owns. We’re not joking: this guy is hardcore.
Springfield made waves in 2015 when he invited Rolling Stone into his home to talk about his Star Wars action figures. During the interview, he reveals that he started buying the toys to play with during the Kenner era, but he got into the mindset of collecting them shortly thereafter.
“When the figures came out, I started collecting them,” Springfield told Rolling Stone. “You know, they’re like a buck each. I was just old enough that I, like, took a couple out of [the] package and, like, started playing with them and kind of… looked around to make sure no one was watching me.”
According to Springfield, his favorite Star Wars figure in his collection is “Head Man,” a Turkish bootleg figure. Now, bootleg figures aren’t normally worth much in the collecting scene, especially when they have a chance of being literally harmful to own. However, the 1980 Turkish Star Wars figures strike a perfect balance of historical significance and ridiculous design. Head Man has sold for as much as $30,000 at auction, and Springfield just loves how completely audacious the figure is.
“He’s a space guy, and he has a medieval sword and shield. I think that’s just so friggin crazy.”
Now, the average viewer looking at Rick Springfield’s collection would probably assume he’s a hardcore Star Wars fan. After all, why else would anyone go to such lengths to build such a massively impressive collection? Yet in a hilarious plot twist, it turns out that Springfield’s main motivation to collect isn’t out of reverence to the series. He’s just amused by the designs.
“They’re, like, cheesy figures dude,” Springfield explains. “They’re, like, badly painted, badly made. The only cool thing is the great artwork.”
“I love the packaging, so I just bought ’em all. I actually like the toys more than I like the movies.”
In isolation, that probably sounds a little crazy. We’re talking about a collection that’s worth hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, and Rick Springfield doesn’t fancy himself a Star Wars geek? Yet in actuality, Rick Springfield concisely demonstrates the unadulterated joy that comes from collecting. He doesn’t have a crazy fandom that drives his collection. He just loves the figures so much that he wants to preserve them and keep them in good condition. That warms my heart just thinking about it.
And to clarify, Springfield did mention on Opie Radio that he loved the first Star Wars movie when it came out. So it’s not that he doesn’t like the movies, he just likes the figures more. In fact, any wealthy fan hoping to snag Springfield’s rarest figures would be disappointed to know that he’s “not a seller.”
Rick Springfield is a collector through and through, and his enthusiasm is among the best we’ve seen here on Celebrity Inventory. That said, I do have one problem with Springfield that I need to address. I now realize that Head Man truly is the greatest character to grace the Star Wars universe, and I’m not looking forward to finding $30,000 so I can grab one for myself.