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

Leicester Comic Con 2018 | Green Card Back

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

Best 5POA Star Wars Action Figures | Green Card Back

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

Star Wars Black Series Enfys Nest & Swoop Bike on Pre-Order | Green Card Back

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.

Enfys Nest Black Series Figure | Green Card Back

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.

Enfys Nest on Speeder Bike from Hasbro's Star Wars Black Series | Green Card Back

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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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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