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

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.

Star Wars EVII: The Force Awakens Poster | Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures 1995 - 2000 2015 Celebration
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.


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…

Jar Jar Binks, The Force Awakens and me. Green Card Back - Star Wars Action Figures 1995 - 2000
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.