Figure Review: Darth Vader (POTF2)

Figure Review: Darth Vader, Power of the Force (POTF2, 1995) | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Removable Cape
Appears in: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi

Card Back: Once known as Anakin Skywalker, expert pilot and hero, Vader studied the ways of the Force under young Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. His impatience with the Jedi training made him susceptible to the dark side, which corrupted him as he gave in to his anger and aggression. Vader was almost killed in a confrontation with Kenobi, and was forced to adopt his current life support systems and fearsome body armor.

No OT Star Wars action figure line would be complete without Darth Vader and POTF2 was no exception. As surely as he adorned the card back, Vader took his place among the very first collection of figures…

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Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (POTF2)

Luke Skywalker Power of the Force (1995) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Grappling Hook Blaster
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their Tatooine moisture farm, young Luke dreamed of being a pilot for the Rebel Alliance. He realized his destiny after being saved from the Tusken Raiders by the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi, who told him of his past and began to teach the boy the ways of the Force. When the Empire killed Luke’s family, he and Kenobi set off to find Princess Leia, whose message hidden inside the droid R2-D2 beckoned them to join the Rebellion.

With the aid of smuggler Han Solo and his ship the Millennium Falcon, Luke and Obi-Wan saved the Princess, but at the cost of Kenobi’s life at the hands of the evil Darth Vader. His sacrifice allowed them to deliver the technical readouts for the Empire’s deadliest weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel forces. The Rebel fleet used this information to find a weak spot in the Battle Station’s defenses and launched its attack. Luke then became a hero to the Rebellion by flying his T-65 X-Wing fighter through a furious dogfight to deliver the final blow.

They don’t make Star Wars card back bios like that anymore.

They also don’t make Star Wars figures like the 1995 Power of the Force Luke Skywalker anymore either, which is why this full-on action figure remains something of an anomaly – despite Hasbro releasing countless versions of the Tatooine farm boy since. So what makes the POTF2 Luke Skywalker so unique?

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Right the Second Time

Rogue One Spoiler Free Review

A spoiler-free review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While some over-exuberant fans praised The Force Awakens for taking them back to their childhoods, there was a significant portion of the Star Wars fandom who felt that the recycled plot, confusing character arcs and return to a status quo resolved in Return of the Jedi was not satisfactory. The charm, or magic as some called it was certainly present in whispered glimpses; but these glimpses could only disguise the shallow plot machinations and rushed production if you consciously chose not to look. With another year to gestate The Force Awakens could have been good; the characters and their arcs could have taken true form. Unfortunately money talks, and it was not to be.

One year later and where The Force Awakens failed, Rogue One has succeeded – and spectacularly.

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Review: Titanium Series X-Wing Fighter

Titanium Series X-Wing Fighter Review | Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures For A More Civilised Age

Black Series, 2015

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

Given how the Prequels showed us a steady evolution towards the ships of the Original Trilogy you would have been forgiven for thinking that the Episode VII spacecraft would take a similar stylistic leap forward. Thankfully that isn’t the case, as JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm recognised the value of retaining the iconic X-Wing and TIE Fighter designs with only minor tweaks.

The new designs look good and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them in action. You really can’t beat a classic though, and so despite the choice of several Resistance and First Order vehicles, my first Titanium Series purchase was the Black Series X-Wing Fighter: Red Five edition.

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Figure Review: Ric Olié

Ric Olie Figure Review | Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures 1995-2000The Phantom Menace, 1999

Accessories: Helmet, Naboo Blaster
Appears in: The Phantom Menace

Card Back: Ric Olié is the pilot of the ill-fated Naboo spacecraft carrying Queen Amidala to Coruscant, the capital of the Galactic Republic. Their quest is to recruit help for the besieged planet of Naboo.

When the first wave of figures for The Phantom Menace was revealed way back in early ’99 I distinctly remember seeing the spacer garb of Ric Olié and thinking “this is a cool-looking character that I want to know more about”. I was under the impression that this pilot of the Queen’s fleet was going to have a bigger role in the film than he ultimately did, and perhaps play some kind of Han Solo-esque rogue who would teach young Anakin the first things he needed to know about flying. Continue reading