The Best NYTF 2018 Star Wars Reveals

Star Wars New York Toy Fair 2018 Action Figure Reveals | Green Card Back

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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Black Series Most Wanted 2018

Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted 2018 | Green Card Back

The 6” Star Wars Black Series is going from strength to strength. In recent years the line has broken free of its reliance on film characters to start drawing inspiration from other parts of the saga, including TV (Rebels and Clone Wars), games (Battlefront II) and even the non-canon ‘Legends’ EU.

Despite this wealth of new figures we’ve either already had or have to look forward to, us Star Wars fans are a demanding bunch. And so it is, without further ado Green Card Back presents:

The Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted List: 2018

Let’s get straight into it!

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C-3PO (The Last Jedi Budget Line) Review

The Last Jedi (Budget Line) C-3PO Figure Review | Gr

The Last Jedi (Budget Line), 2017

Accessories: N/A
Appears in: Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi

Card Back: C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2.

One of the nicer yet more inconsequential surprises of Star Wars collecting in recent years has been the line of cheaper, limited articulation action figures on sale in budget stores. These affordable figures have spanned the saga with sometimes as little as 3POA, but the price makes them almost worth it for certain shelf-filler characters.

I say almost worth it, because there’s a key issue with the line – size. Way too big for the 3.75″ line and that little bit too short for 6″, after getting the undersized Darth Vader from 2016’s Rogue One line I had consigned these figures to their own odd little subsection marked ‘no need to buy’.

That all changed when C-3PO saw release in this year’s The Last Jedi wave. So is he a game changer? Click through to find out!

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Back to Black

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the opportunity to take any action figures out for a photo shoot, but the recent changing of the clocks has sharpened my focus. This weekend I took a couple of hours to go for a walk with a bag full of Black Series, resulting in the following pictures of plastic goodness…

These were the strongest of all the shots that I took. They’re definitely not quite up to Sgt. Bananas quality, but overall I’m still pretty happy with these considering the short amount of time I was out. The darkness… it falls early now.

It’s been a long while since I last took the opportunity to get out and attempt to get some good shots. More often than not I’m content to rely on found images and studio-style pictures to illustrate articles and reviews (although studio style shots do suit reviews the best, to be fair). Taking the time to do this has served as a great reminder that these highly-articulated plastic lumps are all characters in their own right – and every now and again it’s good to play with them as such.

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C-3PO (POTF2) Review

C-3PO Figure Review (POTF2, 1995) | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: N/A

Appears in: A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Designed as a protocol droid, C-3PO’s main programming function is to interact with human society. He is an interpreter fluent in over six million galactic languages, specializing in the areas of etiquette and translation – especially important during diplomatic missions. To aid in these tasks, he is equipped with microwave and olfactory sensors, photoreceptors, vocabulator speech units, energy transducers and broad-band antenna receivers. He was programmed with an elegant, human sounding voice, but more often than not C-3PO is heard whining and bickering with his companion, the astromech droid R2-D2.

C-3PO was once a simple interpreter aboard the transport ship Tantine IV, but a twist of fate made him one of the most wanted droids in the galaxy and a reluctant but loyal hero in the Rebel Alliance’s struggle against the Empire. When her transport was attacked by Darth Vader, Princess Leia Organa hid secret technical readouts for the Empire’s new Death Star in the memory banks of C-3PO’s companion R2-D2. The two droids then jettisoned from the ship in an escape pod, setting about the chain of events that brought Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi into the Rebel Alliance and ultimately led to the destruction of the Empire’s ultimate Battle Station.

I thoroughly enjoy the Prequels, but also firmly believe that the execution of the rather brilliant story could have been better. And so, if I could change three things about The Phantom Menace, they would be thus:

My first priority would be making Anakin Skywalker older. Imagine Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi encountering Anakin at 15, a veteran pod racer and Mos Espa slave on the verge of being sold off – how much more believable would his anger be, or his relationship with Padme? Secondly, I would make his accidental destruction of the Trade Federation control ship a deliberate action, the culmination of the Queen’s plan that only he had the skills to pull off. Show him as truly the greatest starfighter pilot in the galaxy.

My final change would be simple: the ‘Darth Vader built C-3PO’ connection would have to go.

Even though the concept gave us a rather excellent comic tale, that’s not enough to make up for the unnecessary and somewhat belittling connection between two characters that should never have had that level of relationship.

Such an idea was so out of the left-field that it would have been laughed out of town in 1995 – which is exactly when we’re going back to for the POTF2 C-3PO review…

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