I think some form of action figure collecting has existed for at least 30 years, longer if you count Barbie. But the release of Star Wars in 1995 really put collecting in a frenzy. It started the era we are in imo. Will this era ever end? I don't mean ending action figures in general, but ending an era in which an almost disturbing amount of adults spend thousands of dollars on various action figures and accessories. Anyone have any insight as to what existed before widespread adult action figure collecting? Hot Wheels? Baseball cards? And what will come after action figures are dead?