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Adam May, Star Wars Collector Extraordinaire, Has Died

It is with the utmost sorrow and sadness that I relay to you that my very good friend, JTA regular, former colleague, and wise counsel ADAM MAY has passed away. A Star Wars collector extraordinaire, Adam has passed on and become one with the Force. Adam was greatly responsible for bringing Star Wars fan site GalacticHunter.com to its peak in the mid to late 2000s and provided the Star Wars collecting community with some of the biggest and breaking rumor reports we had ever seen, up to and including breaking The Legacy Collection “Big” Millennium Falcon story in 2008. He has the distinction of being the only Star Wars collector in the world to have an official Hasbro 3.75″ super-articulated action figure made of himself when he won a TARGET sponsored contest organized by Hasbro. This contest win entitled him to a trip at Lucasfilm to get his likeness scanned for the unique Stormy Sevenspire action figure. Adam May was an incredible journalist and writer and his contributions to the Star Wars collecting community will never be forgotten. He was an inspiration to so many, and definitely to me. I developed a passion to do what I do here at JTA because of Adam and my efforts pale in comparison. Adam, I miss you already my friend. You have been an asset in my own life and a faithful friend to me. I am heartbroken. Adam is survived by his husband Todd Vierling who lives in Atlanta Georgia.

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  • I’m in tears over this most unexpected and devastating news. Adam was a legend. I greatly enjoyed following him since at least the early ’00s and the infrequent chats we had over the years. This is just so hard for me to process.

  • Gabriel

    what a PHAGGOT

  • Agustin

    I am sorry for your loss, Paul. May the force be with your friend Adam.

    • Thanks but this is the Star Wars community’s loss and not just mine. πŸ™ He was a such an asset to our hobby. And he was so looking forward to The Vintage Collection’s return. πŸ™

  • The_Kilted_Fett

    My condolences to all his friends & family.
    May the Force be with you all, and him.

    • Darth Mire

      Amen.

  • Rogue 13

    Well that just sucks. I read Adam’s reviews for years at Galactic Hunter way back when (the site still bears his “web design by” credit) and got to meet him all too briefly at Celebration in 2010. He was an intelligent and passionate collector.

    Todd, if you’re reading this, my deepest condolences on your loss.

    • shane

      I wish I could have met him in person like you did. He was awesome.

  • This is terrible news. His rapier wit, knowledge, and passion for the hobby will be sorely missed.

    • There was no one like him in the community.

      • General Hux

        No, there wasn’t, truly one of a kind.

  • Mike_5555

    I don’t even know what to say. This is devastating. I didn’t know Adam well but I always enjoyed talking to him and his contributions to the Star Wars community are immeasurable. My thoughts are with Todd and the rest of Adam’s family and friends.

  • TM Garrington

    Such a loss, such a beautiful spirit, during my “lurking” phases here and about I’d always brighten at seeing his postings, passions and quips, and got a thrill when we’d chat here briefly, sending all those he touched and loved heartfelt condolences.

  • JaG

    Had some great times on Galactic Hunter. So sorry to hear about this. R.I.P. Adam.

  • bobcat

    aaah, i hate when people that are too young go. it just doesnt seem right πŸ™

  • General Hux

    This is absolutely devastating, I had nothing but pleasant interactions with Adam and always enjoyed his humor and wit. Some of my favorite interactions I’ve had on JTA was the friendly, sarcastic banter we all had with him.

    I may not have known him well but I am deeply saddened by this, I will always appreciate Adam and all he has done for the Star Wars collecting community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    • CT-7567

      He really was a nice guy and very funny. So sad. πŸ™

  • regeekery – JD

    ::crying::

    What the hell happened!? This is the worst news. That man was awesome. I’m sad.

    Rest In Peace Mr. May

  • Jimmy Griffin

    Very sorry to hear this; sincere condolences to Adam’s friends and family.

  • shane

    How very unfortunate. I’m glad I had the high honor of chatting with him many times. I didn’t really know him outside of JTA, but was always engaged and entertained by his rather intelligent and humorous comments.
    He came across to me as a shinning star in the action figure community.
    And he stood out as you could easily tell he had such a different and fantastic personality.
    I will miss this man.

  • These are images from Adam’s photo shoot and when Hasbro was tooling his action figure. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf4f1325ced3b3b40425c0549e753e3a02f3d115974a408cfa3a6f4e67a7f758.jpg

    • bmales01

      Having only seen him online, his photo always reminded me of Morrisey. πŸ™‚

      • He was OBSESSED with Morrisey. He would be happy you said that. πŸ™‚

        • As another person obsessed with Morrissey, a massive fan, I’m so glad somebody pointed that out. I didn’t want to say anything πŸ™‚

          • bmales01

            Why wouldnt you say anything? How could being compared to Morrisey in any way possibly be anything but a compliment.

          • It’s most definitely a compliment! I was just a bit too distraught to want to pull the trigger on pointing that out. Thank you for pointing it out for us! I’m sure many here will see the resemblance too.

          • Rogue 13

            Fun fact: his figure’s name, Stormy Sevenspire, was an anagram of Steven P. Morrissey.

          • bmales01

            I never knew that. awesome

          • Yes, that’s absolutely correct. Adam had me try to come up with a reasonably realistic anagram — and I racked my brain for several days before I added his middle initial, ‘P’. Then it all fell into place.

          • bobcat

            i grew up obsessed with Depeche Mode but Morrissey always seemed a bit too lame to us. haha πŸ™‚ all good. hes got a vibe to him but we were heavy into Mode.

          • LOVE Depeche Mode

    • As a tribute wouldn’t it be incredible if Hasbro made Adam a Rebel Trooper or some character they could immortalize him in plastic with? I don’t know his Star Wars preferences or what Adam would have preferred, but it would be amazing if his face was used on a Rebel Pilot, Trooper, Imperial Officer, etc.

      • CT-7567

        I didn’t know him that well,bit his comments and my interactions with him on here certainly made me laugh. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. He and his husband will be in my thoughts and prayers. I never even knew about the action figure. I also didn’t know you were that close friends with him. My sincerest condolences to you as well. πŸ™

        • The Stormy Sevenspire figure will get photo archived. I’m going to make sure it happens (and then, maybe do something with the relevant domain name we’ve been sitting on for years…).

      • Actually, Adam was insistent that the sculptors put real earlobes on the head sculpt — that wasn’t very common at the time — and because they put such effort into it, his head mold was used as the basis for several figures in both SW and other product lines. You might even be able to thank him for figures having more realistic ears ever since. πŸ™‚

        (Most specifically, I know that the head sculpt was the basis for James McCullen XXIV in the 2009 SDCC Destro Family special edition figure set.)

        • Nick Dickens

          Being Destro alone is a great epitaph for toy collecting.

          I shall now end my condolences with not only β€œMay the Force be with you.”

          But also β€œYo Joe!” And β€œHail Cobra!”

        • Derek

          Wow, that’s very cool. We have him to thank for those improvements.

    • Kevin Knight

      Do we actually know if the head sculpt was ever reused? I want a Stormy Sevenspire figure more than ever now…. this is too tragic.

  • JAL

    Condolences to his family. His contributions will be remembered.

  • bmales01

    Crap. I rarely cry and even less rarely cry over someone I only knew online.
    From my viewing of GH back in the early days to interactions I had with him online, he was an awesome person with a wicked sense of humor that fits in well with our crowd. I knew he had health issues but was always hoping he’d make it back full time to the SW online community.

    My condolences to his husband and friends.

    I cant think straight right now, but it be cool (assuming his husband is on board) if Stormy Sevenspire was immortalized as a one-of-a-kind action figure to match the one-of-a-kind Adam May. Maybe donated to Rancho OB1 to be kept for all time. Or something of that ilk.

    MTFBWY Adam.

    • I’m holding on to Stormy, but I do plan on getting the figure photo archived.

      • bmales01

        sounds like a plan.

        again, my condolences Todd. feel free to join us at JTA anytime and we can share fond memories of Adam.

      • I will be happy to help out if you need it.

        • You didn’t think I was going to put anyone else through the grueling work, did you? πŸ˜›

  • Sir_Greek

    I am in the Atlanta area and losing a fellow collector saddens me. If I can be of any assistance to Todd one would only need to ask. This community is more than about toys. It’s about sharing a passion. While I did not know Adam, my heart goes out to family and friends.

  • JediRebel71

    Very sorry to hear the loss of Adam. I didn’t know Adam well but I enjoyed his comments and conversations that we had. Thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends. The SW community has lost a good friend:(

  • JACKOFTRADZE

    Rip Adam.

    I read him for many years, his figure of the day articles were Legendary and hilarious. He just posted one two days ago. Was this and accident or was he ill? I do recall him mentioning hospital visits.

    Very sad news, it was great seeing him post here in a lot of our discussions. He will be missed.

    • bmales01

      I think you are confusing him with Adam Pawlus. I dont think Adam May still works with GH.

      • JACKOFTRADZE

        I am. I always though he was the one behind them. The last name thing through me off.

        Sad nonetheless.

    • There were two Adams at Galactic Hunter. Adam Pawlus now owns and operates Galactic Hunter and writes the FOD articles. Adam May retired from GH year ago.

  • TonyE

    sad to hear about this. had a good talk on here with him a week or two ago and didn’t realize he was this well known in the community until tonite. i always made sure to read his comments on here.

    • You can browse Galactic Hunter’s archives and see what he did during his tenure there.

      • TonyE

        thank u

        • All of his articles are posted with Adam_May to differentiate him from the other Adam, Adam Pawlus, who is still there today.

          • bobcat

            i had to look at that too. realized it wasnt the same Adam.

  • Rivesjunctionite

    Speechless πŸ™

  • Tomo

    I’ve relatively new to the JTA, but I always enjoyed Adam’s posts. They were witty and insightful, and I loved it when he challenged people on their opinions. My deepest condolences to his husband, family and friends.

  • Sorry for your loss, Paul. He was a valued member of the Star Wars community.

    • Thanks Derek, but this is everyone’s loss. πŸ™ He will always be remembered.

  • Captain America Trooper

    This is sad to hear. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and wit. He is one with the Force.

  • This is truly sad news. He was a complex, but lovely man. His presence on Earth will be deeply missed.

  • Gloriouscollector

    Rest In Peace fellow collector.

  • Adam was ill, but out of respect of course I would like to leave it at that if that’s alright. Thank you for your kind words.

  • Moseisleynative

    Very sad to have stumbled across this post. Didn’t know Adam personally but enjoyed his posts & collecting insights. My thoughts and condolences go out to his loved ones.

  • Mark

    OMG I didn’t know you meant that Adam, Paul. He just replied to a post of mine a couple of days ago. Sad sad sad.

  • Funtomaz

    A while ago, when there were the usual complaints about horrible distribution in Europe, Adam offered me his help in getting a figure. And he didn’t even know me, except for a few comments here and there on JTA.
    I’ll always remember that.

    Rest in peace and shine on brightly, wherever you are.

  • TatooineSandworm

    Wow. Condolences to his family. Adam will surely be missed.

  • Tom Chorlton

    Oh no. What a terrible thing. ?

  • Brett Brocato

    Awful news to hear. I remember reading his store reports on Revelscum way back in the mid 90’s when PotF2 had just come out. And then followed his GalacticHunter page and Figures of the Day.

    I know he was sick recently, but didn’t realize how swrious it was. Hadn’t he just posted on here in the last few weeks? So sad.

    My thoughts go our to his family and close friends. Far too young to be taken away. RIP Adam.

    • Adam Pawlus is the Figure Of The Day guy. He is alive and well and owns GH now. Adam May retired from GH years ago.

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  • Daniel Schneider

    I haven’t talked to him in a year or so. This is so sad. He, and the groups he formed over the years- dating back to the Phantom Menace years, helped me fill so many holes in my collection. I finally got to meet him at a SW Celebration. He was a good friend and asset to this hobby.

  • jedicrippler

    Ah jeez, this is horrible news. I was one of the original mods for GH (and BHC before it). AM was a great guy & busted his butt keeping us up and running. Damn shame. My condolences to his husband & the rest of his family and friends.

  • Lord Toys

    Its Sad to always loose a Fellow Collector, He was Knowledgeable and Very Polite, My Condolence go to Todd and his Family…….

  • Alientek

    I didn’t know Adam, but knew of him from this site and his comments etc. His shared love & passion of collecting is enough reason for me to wish I had known him. Seeing and reading the heartfelt words for him from everyone here, shows how much and how many lives he touched.

    Adam, the force will be with you…Always.

  • Darth_Rizzen

    I never knew Adam besides his quirky and fun interventions on JTA.

    I was aware of his cool Stormy Sevenspire, Jedi Archaeologist figure but I had no idea how much he’d brought to the community.

    My condolences to his family and loved ones.

    You will be sorely missed, Master Adam. ☹
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/437e35d22822a1785cdf02df36810158668ea2bacd29ffff8b7077d5a5bc4f12.png

    • CT-7567

      Perfect image, DR.

  • This is just terrible news. I always took note of his comments as they were fun to read, but also painful when he talked about the realities of his life and health. May his family grieve and find the peace Adam has now.

  • darthmo

    This is very sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.

  • David Harrison

    He was a fantastic contributor. Very sad.

  • LadyFerry

    I am devastated beyond belief. He was a wonderful friend and ally.

    • Gosh, you two were like brother and sister. πŸ™

      • LadyFerry

        We were. I am very numb at the moment and to be honest I still cannot quite believe it. It is truly shocking.

    • shane

      I don’t think there was anyone that DIDN’T like him. He was really really cool.

      • I can think of *one* person who disliked him, but said person owns a website which shall not be named. πŸ™‚

  • grugz

    condolences to his family

  • Binary_Son

    So terribly sad. While I didn’t know him personally, his well informed, witty and always entertaining musings will be sorely missed.

    During our only ever exchange on these threads I mentioned how it was impossible for me to find any Black Series 3.75 figures in the UK following Force Friday I. This lead to an email exchange the result of which was Adam acquiring and mailing me three of the figures I’d listed. Despite many attempts on my part he refused to accept any payment for these, instead simply saying that the next time he was in London he might want to sleep on my couch!

    This remarkable generosity, and his good humour throughout our exchanges points to someone who was a great asset to the Star Wars community and beyond.

    You will be missed, Stormy Sevenspire.

    • valdacarr

      I too had some email exchanges with Adam and I was able to send him a figure that he couldn’t find.
      Thanks again for Adam for all you have done.

    • General Hux

      He offered to help me out and send me some figures that I missed out on as well. I’ll never forget that, such a nice guy. πŸ™‚

  • rebelsfangirl

    So sad. πŸ™

  • Jerry Hancock

    Such a sad thing to wake up to this morning. I was a member on TradeFederation and traded with ADAM many times over the years. Living in Atlanta, we used to meet up regularly to talk shop and catch up. He was an exceptional collector, hated scalping and always looked out for “the good guys” and our collecting needs. Any time he attended conventions he would always load up with exclusives to bring back to those in the community who could not attend. On more than one occasion, he literally hand delivered exclusives to my door and would never ask for a penny over retail! He had a big heart and will be sorely missed. Prayers to Todd during this difficult time.

  • Paul B

    R.I.P. Adam, you’ll be greatly missed.
    My condolences to his family and friends.
    Sad day.

  • Rykrof_Enloe

    Very sad news. I always enjoyed his sense of humor. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. Hope he’s in a better place and smiling down on the world.

  • Jawa_Fetish

    I did not know him personally, but I always had a fun time interacting with him here. May the Force be with you, Adam.

  • Eradicator

    Sad to hear this. I am always sad when another collector dies. May the toys be with him.

  • Mother_Talzin

    My condolences to his husband, family, & friends. His sharp wit will be missed.

  • G-Damn! I always looked forward to his comments on here. Was hoping he was being honored for something when I was scrolling through and saw this. Had no idea what an important figure he was to the collecting community.

  • BlackBeltJohnson .

    Oh no, this is sad news indeed! I regularly visited Galactic Hunter back in the day too, and really enjoyed it. I never knew or interacted with him personally, but I loved his work. So young too πŸ™ May I ask what happened?

  • Shabby Blue

    Wow, this comes as a big surprise. I used to chat with him regularly on AIM when we were both active with GalacticHunter and its message boards, and we’d often collaborate on the Hasbro Q&A sessions (back when Hasbro actually participated in them on a regular basis). Anyone know how he died?

  • Axonrey

    I see no reason why Stormy Sevenspire shouldn’t be”repacked” in TVC’18.

  • Sithewok

    What awful news to see… Adam was among the best of us. He was one of the kindest members of any SW community.

  • Indiana Skywalker

    For Adam’s loved ones/friends/family I dedicate … The Smiths “There is a light that never goes out”….may his light never go out.

    The Force will be with him…always.

    • Shabby Blue

      He was a big Morrissey fan as I recall

    • I played that in a loop that night. In fact, that is inscribed on his mother’s tombstone, as: Est lucem quod nunquam extinguitur.

  • Indiana Skywalker

    Paul…It would be wonderful to feature a collection of his humor and commentary in a tribute article to him. What do you think?

    • General Hux

      That is a tremendous idea and I was thinking of something along those lines as well.

      Heck, I would even help finding some of his humorous posts on here if a collection were to be made!

  • Night Manager

    I believe he also, and please correct me if I am wrong, started the trade groups Trade Federation and Star Wars Collectors Union

    • Yes. SWCU in 1997 (just e-mail lists; I think I even still have a copy of the old archives!) and switched to TF with a full website about a year after TPM came out.

  • Adam had a blood infection (sepsis) early this year that had him hospitalized for two months. A pre-existing blood clot in a leg vein developed further in that time, and (autopsy pending) it is likely that the clot dislodged before it dissolved enough to pass through safely, forming a pulmonary embolism. A PE leaves almost no time for resuscitation, because it causes rapid fluid buildup in the lungs and hypoxia. In short, it happened extremely fast.

    We were very aware that this was a possible complication, and were prepared for that possibility, since it had close to a 50/50 chance of happening. So I’m thankful for the time we did have left since his return from hospital.

  • Thank you everyone for the sentiments. It’s very appreciated.

    • RogueLeader

      Deepest condolences, Todd. I think we only ever met at an ASWCC get-together once or twice, but I had occasion to meet Adam a few times in person (in addition to some trading) and he was a good guy.

    • shane

      Glad to see this is posted on Bantha Skull too. Again, very very sorry for your loss. It’s our loss too. I’ll remember him more for his sense of humour than action figures actually. He had a dynamic personality that went far and beyond.
      I can’t even imagine what your going through. But cheers anyway.

  • GH was the first collecting site I ever connected with. I appreciated Adam’s “voice”and it was never the same after he gave up those reigns. ?

  • I’m very sorry to read about this.
    My condolences to his partner, family and friends.
    I never interacted much with Adam except on a rare occasion on JTA, but I always felt that he was a stand-up guy.

  • Very sad news. Sending love and prayers to his loved ones.

  • Nick Dickens

    Rest in Peace Adam. My deepest thoughts go out your husband Todd and your family.

  • RumSleg

    Adam’s comments were always a highlight on these pages. He will be missed.

  • Kevin Knight

    no no no.
    Didn’t need that gut punch today. Like many others on here I read this and literally couldn’t move for a few minutes. I didn’t personally know him, but he was like a celebrity in this realm. RIP…

  • Derek

    This is very sad news. My condolences to Todd and Adam’s family. Life is so precious. Thank you Paul for posting this news and it warms my heart to see all these fellow collectors who knew Adam and have all these warm memories to share.

  • I didn’t know him, never spoke to him, but his entertaining posts on JTA were always some of the best to read. A witty and true Star Wars fan if there ever was one. To his husband, I am sorry for your loss.

  • There will be a permanent memorial at http://stormysevenspire.com/ — a placeholder page is there now, and it will point to the real page soon. (I have had a lot to do, so this hasn’t been set up yet, expect it to be available by Sunday at the latest.)

    • Please let me know when this goes live and I will post a new article linking to it. Thank you!

  • Lloyd G. W. Wynn

    I started collecting in 2006…and what amazing years followed for collectors!

    I REMEMBER HIM.

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