Leicester Comic Con 2018 – C’mon You (Crystal) Foxes!

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Leicester! A fine city filled with ace people, fantastic culture and lots and lots of geeky goodness. It’s always been a pleasure to visit but today was extra special, as the Emcat and I woke up early and made our way to the 2018 Leicester Comic Con.

What Star Wars characters would we see in cosplay style? What collection goals would we score? Quite a few on both counts, as it happened – read on to find out more!

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5 of the Best 5POA Star Wars Action Figures

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Star Wars revolutionised the world of action figures with its 3.75” 5POA (points of articulation) line through the 1970s and ‘80s, as Kenner released multiple classic figures, vehicles and playsets that are still keenly collected today. Of course, since you’re on a site like this it’s safe to assume that you knew that already…

While toy technology has moved on in leaps and bounds since Kenner launched the Star Wars line back in 1978, cost cutting saw modern license holder Hasbro revert to 5POA style action figures in 2013. Since then a disappointingly high number of the figures have been poor quality retro throwbacks, but from that mass of wasted plastic a select few toys have risen above their movement deficit to become valued parts of our collections. Through a combination of quality sculpts, outstanding likenesses and pure toyetic quality, these figures represent the very best of modern budget toymaking.

Welcome to 5 of the Best 5POA Star Wars Action Figures.

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Black Series Enfys Nest & Swoop Bike Available for Pre-Order

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One of the coolest breakout characters from Solo is getting more than just a regular release this July – the 6″ Black Series Enfys Nest figure comes packed with her very own ride.

As leader of the Cloud Riders, a group of swoop bike riding pirate marauders, Enfys Nest is amongst my favourite of Disney’s additions to the saga. From the obvious reasons (again, she’s the leader of a group of swoop bike riding pirate marauders) to the more idiosyncratic (young women kicking ass is a particular favourite trope of mine), this release is one of my most anticipated Black Series announcements in quite some time.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story has been reasonably well serviced by Black Series figures so far with a mainstream lineup equivalent to what we saw for Rogue One; Solo has so far seen 6 characters in 6″ (with a further two announced), while Rogue One is currently sitting at 8 non-exclusive releases. Whether we see more over the coming months is debatable, although any of the characters as they appear on Mimban would work for me – Beckett in particular stealing most of the scenes in that sequence.

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Enfys Nest and Swoop Bike is available to pre-order in the UK and Europe from these fine online retailers:

Get your pre-order in now and bring the magic of pirate marauder swoop bikers to your collection…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

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Back in April I wrote how important Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to be for the Star Wars franchise, as it presented the fandom with its first chance to show Disney what it really thought of The Last Jedi. As it’s turned out that’s pretty much exactly what happened, and it’s currently looking 50/50 as to whether the film will even break even.

Yet it all seems a bit unfair to punish Ron Howard’s undoubtedly hard-working crew and cast for the stalled sequel trilogy – especially when Solo is a competent, well-made ride that actually adds to the characters we already know. And since this is the passion project of Lawrence ‘The Force Awakens‘ Kasdan we’re talking about, it could so very easily have gone the other way…

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Positive Fandom #1: The Story

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The Art of Storytelling

As a lifelong Star Wars fan (born in ’83 and raised on the Original Trilogy while still young enough to enjoy the Prequels), the Disney era has been pretty tough to take so far. That’s been reflected by a rising cynicism in my posts here, which, while understandable given the current state of Star Wars, isn’t exactly how I want to celebrate my fandom of the greatest film saga in Western culture.

With Solo only weeks away it’s time to heed the call of the light and bring balance to the blog. Welcome to the first part of a series about why Star Wars is so special – and where else to start but with the story itself?

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