Wanted: Vintage Collection Ben Skywalker?

Is Ben Skywalker coming to the Vintage Collection? | Green Card Back

As well as announcing the upcoming return of Vintage Collection Star Wars action figures at last week’s Celebration, Hasbro also stated that the Fan’s Choice figure poll would, for the first time in a few years, be for the 3.75″ scale.

Exciting times, right? Over the last few years the fan poll has provided us with 6” versions of Darth Revan, Sabine Wren and the upcoming Jaina Solo; all Legends or Disney EU characters and (at least so far) all exceedingly popular.

It’s therefore little surprise that an active part of the fandom have united to push an EU character to the fore once again this year, and among the current front runners is… Jedi Knight Ben Skywalker.

If you’re new to Star Wars you may be thinking “he means Ben Solo, right?”, and well, my friend – you’d be wrong. Allow us to take you on a trip into the old Star Wars canon and meet the other recipient of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s assumed name…

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

Star Wars Celebration 2017 | Green Card Back

Lucasfilm pulled out all the stops for the 40th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend. The debut teaser trailer for The Last Jedi may have stolen the headlines, but there were plenty more reveals and news items released over the weekend to keep us all looking forward.

If you’re a Star Wars fan with an interest in collecting, gaming and the old EU, then you’re in the right place – and these are the #SWCO reveals that might be of the most interest to you…

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Hyperspace & The Last Jedi Trailer

X-Wing Entering Hyperspace 1993 | Green Card Back

The Last Jedi may contextualise The Force Awakens into place alongside the rest of the series. It may redeem Luke Skywalker; heck, it could even retcon Han Solo back to being the responsible leader he grew into over three films, rather than the failed smuggler and deadbeat absent dad we were presented with back in 2015.

All of the above would help. Rian Johnson’s film could (and I’m not holding my breath) perform an incredible job of papering over the cracks created by Abrams’ production, but it still can’t make The Force Awakens a good Star Wars film. And there’s one element that illustrates exactly why:

Hyperspace.

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Bringing the Rogue Home

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Yesterday fans up and down the UK were collecting their copies of Rogue One on DVD and Blu Ray, and I was no exception (also picking up a free YA novel adaptation of the film from Sainsburys, which was a nice bonus). The Blu Ray has taken instant pride of place on the shelf, and tonight is booked in for travelling back to that galaxy far, far away and enjoying the finest Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back.

Yep, it really is that good.

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Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (POTF2)

Luke Skywalker Power of the Force (1995) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Grappling Hook Blaster
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their Tatooine moisture farm, young Luke dreamed of being a pilot for the Rebel Alliance. He realized his destiny after being saved from the Tusken Raiders by the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi, who told him of his past and began to teach the boy the ways of the Force. When the Empire killed Luke’s family, he and Kenobi set off to find Princess Leia, whose message hidden inside the droid R2-D2 beckoned them to join the Rebellion.

With the aid of smuggler Han Solo and his ship the Millennium Falcon, Luke and Obi-Wan saved the Princess, but at the cost of Kenobi’s life at the hands of the evil Darth Vader. His sacrifice allowed them to deliver the technical readouts for the Empire’s deadliest weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel forces. The Rebel fleet used this information to find a weak spot in the Battle Station’s defenses and launched its attack. Luke then became a hero to the Rebellion by flying his T-65 X-Wing fighter through a furious dogfight to deliver the final blow.

They don’t make Star Wars card back bios like that anymore.

They also don’t make Star Wars figures like the 1995 Power of the Force Luke Skywalker anymore either, which is why this full-on action figure remains something of an anomaly – despite Hasbro releasing countless versions of the Tatooine farm boy since. So what makes the POTF2 Luke Skywalker so unique?

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