I was pretty much hooked on Star Wars the moment I saw it when I was a kid. I really don't remember A New Hope in the theaters very well (I was born in '72) but I remember loving the movies and the few toys I had. I had one of the remote controlled R2D2's and a 12" C3PO doll. I also had a picture book of Empire Strikes back. Strangely, I didn't get much SW merchandise back then - boy am I making up for it now.
My love of Star Wars covers collecting things, reading the books (although I'm not as fond of the New Jedi Order series and I haven't really been able to collect many comics yet), meeting fellow fans and I'd even love to try costuming (yes, even stormtrooper armor). I've actually been working on a Royal Guard costume for a while but real life kept getting in the way. I'm honestly not sure if that will be my first costume or if I'll simply put it on hold for the moment. I also enjoyed doing some art - mainly of Darth Maul. I still have some unfinished pieces I need to get back to but at the moment I don't really have the ability to finish them.
When I was a kid, I loved Han and Chewie. I also loved the droids. I still love those characters (and others I didn't list), but for some weird reason my favorite character is Darth Maul. Yes, I know.. he didn't see much screentime. What a shame :( He's the ultimate in what I love with a character. Cool looking, a martial artist, and well.. just all around awesome :) Even still, I love the SW Universe and look forward to continuing collecting and reading/watching more about the characters.