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In 1994, I stumbled on a magazine article about movie prop collecting. The article, entitled Toys for Big Boys, inspired me to become a collector myself.

In 1996, my personal and professional interests intersected when Paramount Pictures sued prop maker Richard Coyle for making unlicensed Star Trek prop replicas. Following an introduction by another collector, I agreed to help Richard, and I managed to persuade the studio to resolve the case amicably. Following this experience, I embarked on the first of many adventures as a "prop lawyer." Highlights include similarly helping Gerardo Follano, whom Lucasfilm sued for making highly coveted but unauthorized Star Wars costumes, and negotiating the transfer of the copyright for the design of Yoda's lightsaber from one of its creators to Lucasfilm for use in Star Wars: Episode 2.

Fast forward. Since that fateful day I came across Toys for Big Boys, I have become part of an extraordinary community of avid hobbyists and talented prop makers, whose ranks include entertainment industry professionals, as well as interesting people from all walks of life. And I have accumulated a modest but ever-growing collection of toys for big boys. But most importantly, I have made some great friends. I hope you enjoy your virtual tour of my collection, and I welcome your feedback.

John

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