Solo: An Unexpected Saviour?

The hype for Solo: A Star Wars Story is building and it’s hard to not want to get on board – the OT setting, Oscar-winning director and the fact that it’s yet another Star Wars movie for our eyes and brains to appreciate are all compelling reasons to book tickets for the day of release (May 25th, AKA the real Star Wars day).

But with Solo coming out so soon after The Last Jedi, the spin-off finds itself in a precarious position. Despite the production dramas and the fact that most observers have seen Ron Howard’s prequel as somewhat of a pointless project, this is fast becoming the story that will define the short to medium term future of Disney’s Star Wars.

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We Need to Talk About Luke

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After watching the Solo teaser trailers back at the start of February my wife asked me a simple question. Having seen The Last Jedi, was I happier now that new Star Wars films were being made?

I thought about it for a few moments before answering honestly – no. As great as Rogue One is, its existence is not worth the damage that the other films have made to the franchise.

This, I realised, is why I was wrong about The Last Jedi.

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The Best NYTF 2018 Star Wars Reveals

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The mid-February weekend marks every toy nerd’s favourite time of year – New York Toy Fair. Each year the big guns of the toy world set out their wares for the next 6-9 months, giving us our first glimpse of how our collections are going to take shape.

Last year’s NYTF was a disappointment for this collector as far as Star Wars was concerned; the repack heavy and entirely cynical 40th Anniversary Black Series line failed to hit the mark. Meanwhile the Tatooine themed Black Series 3.75″ wave (more repacks, but at least ones I would buy) looked good but didn’t even make it to these shores.

We already knew that the Vintage Collection was coming back at some point this year while the first wave of 6″ Solo: A Star Wars Story figures were revealed this week, but we didn’t know how the rest of the line was going to shake out. Would Hasbro bring the goods to make a success of things this year?

The answer was a resounding yes. Click through to see the most exciting Star Wars reveals from NYTF 2018!

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Force Visions: Kilian Plunkett

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Titan Publishing’s Star Wars Magazine was essential reading back in the early days of the internet; a monthly hit that created a regular gateway to that galaxy far, far away. In 1998, while visiting my Nan in Hemel Hempstead, I picked up the latest issue and instantly lost myself between the covers.

Featured amongst the interviews and pictures of that sweet, sweet merchandise was an exclusive comic about two alien swoop punks on the harsh desert sands of Tatooine. It was a savage, world-expanding story with stunning art – my first exposure to the work of Kilian Plunkett.

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First Look at Solo: A Star Wars Story

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This week the deadlock finally broke as Lucasfilm brought us not just one but two advance looks at this May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

First out of the traps was the ‘Big Game‘ TV spot, which debuted in the US with the Superbowl and caused chatter amongst nerd keyboards globally. The one minute reel gives us the briefest of looks at the core cast (hey there, moody noir-lit Han) and some cool visuals, along with a most un-Star Wars take on the soundtrack.

On Monday morning (US time) the full teaser trailer saw release on Good Morning America. It gives us a bit of a better look at the characters (hey there, double-bandolier strap Chewie), a few more impressive character designs and visuals and a bit more understanding of the plot (so it’s a heist film, right?). In short, it does everything a good teaser trailer needs to do.

Read: 4 Reasons Why Solo: A Star Wars Story Might Not Suck

There is still the big question that’s going to loom over the entire film – and no, I don’t mean whether or not Alden Ehrenreich the right choice to play Han (first impressions are so-so on that score, but I’m willing to be impressed). What Solo: A Star Wars Story needs to demonstrate to me is whether there was ever a good reason to make it at all.

Lucasfilm has already slaughtered the Original Trilogy‘s sacred cows with the Sequel Trilogy, so we shouldn’t be surprised by anything that fundamentally changes our understanding of the Han Solo character. As far as I’m concerned, if the film manages to get anywhere near Rogue One quality while also giving us a good reason for Han to return to smuggling in later life (because The Force Awaken‘s deadbeat absent dad really didn’t fly), then I’ll be happy. Anything more than that will be a bonus.

Buy into the hype train (or don’t). We’re going to find out all about Solo on May 25th.


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