The Imperial Order

The Imperial Order: Ranking the Star Wars Films | Green Card Back

Ranking the Star Wars films is something that we’ve all done, right? Basing our choices on a mixture of personal preference and societal approval and altering the list as each new instalment settles in.

It’s not something that I’d considered for a long time as since 2005 I had come to consider the saga as a whole, and then The Force Awakens was such a confusing addition to the story that I didn’t give much thought to how it aligned with the other films (instead mulling over whether I should even accept it at all).

Rogue One brought the fun of Star Wars back for real, and with it the realisation that my appreciation for each episode had shifted. Not only was it time to make a new ranking – there was a revised viewing order to be had as well…

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Star Wars Celebration 2017

Star Wars Celebration 2017 | Green Card Back

Lucasfilm pulled out all the stops for the 40th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this weekend. The debut teaser trailer for The Last Jedi may have stolen the headlines, but there were plenty more reveals and news items released over the weekend to keep us all looking forward.

If you’re a Star Wars fan with an interest in collecting, gaming and the old EU, then you’re in the right place – and these are the #SWCO reveals that might be of the most interest to you…

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An Ambitious Man

POTF2 Captain Piett action figure | Green Card Back
An Ambitious Man – Captain Piett, Imperial Officer, Stormtrooper

Given this figure is called Captain Piett you would assume that it’s based on all 30 seconds of Piett’s screen time in The Empire Strikes Back before he earns his promotion – however, the two by six bars of his rank insignia badge coupled with the two code cylinders indicate that this figure is in fact an Admiral. And yes, I had to look that up; I couldn’t say that Imperial rank has ever been my strong point… Continue reading

The Force Awakens: A Star Wars Celebration

Han Solo & Chewbacca: Star Wars EVII The Force Awakens Trailer | Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures 1995 - 2000 2015 Celebration Millennium Falcon
Han Solo & Chewbacca – Star Wars EVII: The Force Awakens

Exciting news! Friend of the site Eddie U alerted me to the fact that the RA-7 droid I picked up the other week was a repaint released with the OTC Sandcrawler, way back in 2004. Clearly the most important Star Wars-related event of the day, right?

Oh wait.

Yep. We’re home.

Live at Celebration and streamed to computers around the world, the second The Force Awakens trailer got its premiere today, and man, did it take my breath away. The first thing that got me was the sheer scale of that crashed Star Destroyer… and I was on tenterhooks from there on in.

And that’s been the same every single time I’ve watched it since.

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Stormtroopers – Star Wars EVII: The Force Awakens

From “best frickin’ pilot in the galaxy” Poe Dameron to the incredible sight of Han and Chewie back together again, this was Star Wars. And it’s so, so good to have it back.

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And we have to be grateful to Disney and Verizon because how good is the live streaming for the Celebration event? There were a few technical glitches on my end to begin with, but once I was up and running it was great to be able to feel a part of it all. And speaking of technical marvels, how good is BB-8 – and in real life?! I really wasn’t expecting that, but it was a joy to behold.

Anyway, the nature of the event meant that me and another orange-coloured fan favourite could enjoy the show whilst still being productive around the house…

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Cooking with the Binks – Jar Jar Binks

That’s how mesa roll.

Thank you JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. Whatever happens with the finished film, having the opportunity to feel as thrilled about the franchise again as I do right now is already making it completely worth it.

A Royal Audience

A Royal Audience | Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures 1995-2000 Emperor Palpatine Darth Vader POTF2 Power of the Force 1995 1997
A Royal Audience – Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader

I’ve mentioned before that there are a few POTF2 figures that still stand as the definitive plastic version of a particular character, and Emperor Palpatine is arguably one of them.

Released in 1997, the year of the Special Editions and just as the POTF2 line was beginning to hit the heights in terms of sculpts and paint apps, Emperor Palpatine updated the vintage version with a spot-on likeness and fearsome visage that Hasbro hasn’t managed to top in nearly two decades. Not bad for a figure with less articulation that your average Happy Meal toy…