Star Wars at New York Toy Fair 2019

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Mid-February marks every toy nerds favourite industry event – New York Toy Fair. It’s the premiere opportunity for the biggest names in plastic merchandising to show off their wares for the upcoming year.

Hasbro is no exception, and from Transformers to Overwatch, the Pawtucket toy company made a splash this year. But it was the company’s Star Wars reveals that I was waiting for.

And reveal they most certainly did.

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Galaxy of Adventures: Star Wars Reboot in Waiting?

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So, have you been watching Galaxy of Adventures?

The latest animated Star Wars micro-series is a collection of YouTube exclusive 3-4-minute shorts detailing key moments from the Star Wars saga. While the scenes, sound FX and even some of the dialogue is taken from the films in their entirety, the videos themselves are stylised, hyper-kinetic traditional animation with anime flair.

Check it out for yourself right here:

Galaxy of Adventures has been generally well-received by the fandom. But while the viewing figures have not been stratospheric, what’s more interesting than outright performance is that the series even exists at all.

As well as returning to the source material of Lucas’ films, Galaxy of Adventures has a wider target audience than the young girl demographic of Forces of Destiny. Regardless of the pros and cons of either approach, there’s no denying that this feels like a safer approach to the franchise for Disney. But since the Mouse can’t live off Lucas’ six films forever, what could the long-term strategy be?

Obviously, I don’t know what they have planned for sure; but this is how I could see Disney’s approach play out. And if it does go this way… I won’t mind that much at all.

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Star Wars Black Series: Most Appreciated

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This year marks the fifth Black Series Most Wanted list I’ve put together across two successive collecting blogs. As you’d guess, Hasbro have checked a fair few figures off these lists since 2013 (albeit with a few notable hold outs). Therefore, today I’m taking a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the great work they’ve done so far…

Let’s start with the earliest list and move forwards from there, shall we?

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Star Wars Fan Films: A New Hope?

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Fan films of any stripe used to garner negative reactions, whether from the general public or even the wider, non-filmmaking, fan base. Star Wars fan films have been no exception to this; in fact, they’ve often been bad enough to justify the criticism.

But in recent years the standard of these films has gotten much higher, and we’re now at a point where fan-produced Star Wars content is good enough to sit alongside the official product. As someone who’s struggled to get fully on board with Disney’s take on the story it makes me happy to see the work of these talented, passionate fans, which more often than not ends up being far more in-line with my own take on the saga.

It was Oscar Isaac’s great reaction to The Last Jedi backlash that got me thinking about fan films again. His hope that disgruntled viewers would produce their own work struck a chord with me; after all, it’s one thing to critique from the sidelines, but something else entirely to put your own passion project out there.

Since falling down the fan film rabbit hole a few productions in particular have stood out for me. Click through for some of the very best Star Wars fan films out there!

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Revised & Updated: 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.

So what was I wrong about? The arguments have been heard across the internet since December, and it’s not my intention to revisit them all in my own words. What this article has always been intended to do, both as it originally existed and through the revisions I’ve made since, is to attempt to draw a line from George Lucas’ saga of Episodes I-VI to the latest instalments to try and understand if there’s any kind of craftsmanship at play in the Sequel Trilogy at all – or at the very least any basic respect for what went before.

As a primer I recommend you read We Need to Talk About Han, an article I wrote in March 2016 that set out the issues of The Force Awakens and the responsibilities inherent in creating a sequel.

Are y’all caught up? Great stuff. Let’s push on.

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