I am 44, and i went to the cinema to see Star Wars when i was 11. Since i first saw the trailer in the TV, something happened to me. Back then, in Spain, we did not get many Star Wars items, and the ones that came here, were expensive. When i was in the shool, a friend of mine went to London, and brought me a couple of the small figures..... that was all that i had for many years. Years after i got my first XWing kit.... and many years later, today, i have 7 lifesize characters, and many many many things...
Today, because we have internet, communication is so easy and fast... and thanks to ebay, things that i could not ever dream off before are now in my reach.
Sorry for this long introduction , but i think that it was useful.
But the question is... how did fans got the things ...let´s say 20 years ago? or maybe in 1977? I mean in the US and outside....