The force is strong in this Rockhampton Star Wars fan
NATHAN Emerson was three years old when his mother took him to Return of the Jedi.
The force has been with him ever since.
Now, 32 years into the future, and Nathan's Star Wars collection is so big he has had to put some of his collection into a storage container.
Nathan said after he watched his first Star Wars movie, he was hooked and convinced his mother to buy him six toys which was where it all began.
Like many others across the region he is eagerly anticipating the premiere of the latest Star Wars instalment and has bought his tickets to the December 16 midnight screening.
Nathan, who has bought tickets to three different screenings, said he had been collecting Star Wars paraphernalia for as long as he could remember.
"My fiancée doesn't like me collecting all the stuff too much," Nathan laughed.
"I have books, video games and comics, not all of it will fit in the house so I have a storage unit full of stuff as well."
He said he had collected so many pieces he had lost track of how much he had collected and how much it was all worth.
"My favourite piece would probably be the video tapes and the first three books which I got when I was 11," Nathan said.
"They mean a lot to me because I've had them since I was a kid… I have all the formats of the movies there is."
Nathan said he had passed the love for the movies onto his daughter who had started a collection of her own.
"My daughter loves it, she prefers Star Wars over anything else," he said.
The 35-year-old Rockhampton man said he ran his own Facebook page called Star Wars Fans Australia and has found other Star Wars fans in Rockhampton.
"I was surprised at how many Star Wars fans there were in Rocky and I have a few good friends here now," Nathan said.
"We are kind of like one big nerdy community."