Celebrate the Love

Stormtroopers guard the happy couple | Green Card Back

No proper blog post this week. I’ve been a bit busy marrying the love of my life…

Needless to say, Star Wars still made an appearance! Thanks to the excellent Reaper Squad, a Kettering-based costuming group, for turning up and making a great show of the day. Under direct orders of the Emperor they were arresting ushers, posing with the ladies and being all-round brilliant sports – and the fact that they did it all for the charity KidsAid made it that much better.

If you need an Imperial presence at your next event, Reaper Squad can be contacted on Facebook.


Here for the action figures? Check out our reviews!

Figure Review: Han Solo (POTF2)

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Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Blaster Pistol, Heavy Assault Rifle
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Han Solo’s extraordinary piloting skills, blaster-handling and daring have earned him the reputation as a top smuggler, Solo also owes much of his success to his ship, the stock freighter Millennium Falcon, which he won from associate Lando Calrissian in a cutthroat game of Sabacc. The Falcon is widely regarded as one of the fastest ships in the galaxy thanks to the mechanical skills of Chewbacca, Solo’s Wookiee companion. The team’s services are sought after even by powerful crime lords like Jabba the Hutt, who put a bounty out on Solo after he jettisoned a cargo of Jabba’s spice in an effort to flee an Imperial patrol.

Solo and Chewbacca unwittingly became involved in the Rebellion when they agreed to transport Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and their droids to Alderaan for 17,000 credits in an effort to pay off Jabba. To their surprise, this simple smuggling job brought them into the clutches of the Empire, captured on the new Death Star battle station. Through daring and luck, the group rescued Princess Leia and escaped to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebel base on Yavin. Although reluctant at first to aid in the Rebel’s attack on the Battle Station, Solo’s timely decision to join the fray enabled Luke Skywalker to deliver the final shot, destroying the Death Star and making them all heroes to the Rebel cause.

Now that is a card back.

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A Closer Look at The Last Jedi

Disney used the D23 exposition to release new character posters and a video from behind-the-scenes of this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Together with the teaser trailer we’re getting a bit more of a sense of how the film will feel, if not necessarily how it will play out. There are positives – Rey looking very cool with her cloak and lightsaber, amongst some impressive visuals – but it’s difficult to take all of the “new, unique Star Wars” ego-stroking seriously after the similar praise that marched ahead of The Force Awakens.

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Fought in the Clone Wars

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The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) figure goes down as my favourite SA rendition of pre-Vader. It’s colourful, well articulated, and looks how I always imagined the Anakin of the Clone Wars to look – like a genuine space knight. Of course it helps that the Clone Wars series did a lot to expand Anakin’s character, making him more likeable and far more the kind of person we imagined when Ben Kenobi described him as a friend.

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Scum & Villainy: A Rant

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I originally wrote this to celebrate the blog hitting 66 posts, which as we all know is a significant Star Wars number. However, I ultimately held off as the flurry of news and reveals from Celebration took centre stage. There was a good vibe around Star Wars in the immediate glow of that weekend, and what I had originally written didn’t seem appropriate.

Sadly, it didn’t take long for the fandom to earn its share of scorn once more.

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