The Rise of Skywalker Revealed at Star Wars Celebration

Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron at the Death Star ruins on Endor in The Rise of Skywalker | Green Card Back

It’s Star Wars Celebration once again this weekend, with the Force-related festivities going down at McCormick Place, Chicago. I’ll have more news and round-ups over the course of the weekend, but in the meantime let’s get straight to the lead…

You’ve seen it already, of course. But here, for posterity, is the newly-revealed first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan conflicted about The Force Awakens and with no desire to watch The Last Jedi again any time soon, I have to say that I’m more intrigued than I ever thought I could be about Episode IX.

There’s a galaxy-spanning adventure vibe on display, fitting in with the rumoured “race for the prize” plot. Kylo Ren looks back to being a pure antagonist once more, as should always have been the case after The Force Awakens. And the return of Darth Sidious… Well, wow.

Actual chills.

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The Asteroid Field

One of the biggest successes of John Williams’ Star Wars scores has been how certain tunes, be they leitmotifs or something more atmospheric, seem to transcend the description of being “merely” a soundtrack. From Princess Leia’s Theme to Duel of the Fates to Rey’s Theme, these are pure pop songs in a classical style.

One of the most surprising, yet joyous, additions to this oeuvre is Williams’ tune from the middle act of The Empire Strikes Back: The Asteroid Field.

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Leaked Art for Star Wars Episode IX

Leaked Art for Star Wars Episode IX | Green Card Back

So, the countdown to December and Star Wars Episode IX is underway…

This week saw the leak of merchandising poster art and a series of character designs for the new JJ Abrams film. The designs correspond with leaks reported at Making Star Wars, which gives weight to some of the rumours about plot revealed there – but then, we’ve all been burned before by fake spoilers.

Click through to see the images and read more!

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Star Wars at New York Toy Fair 2019

Star Wars at New York Toy Fair 2019 | Green Card Back

Mid-February marks every toy nerds favourite industry event – New York Toy Fair. It’s the premiere opportunity for the biggest names in plastic merchandising to show off their wares for the upcoming year.

Hasbro is no exception, and from Transformers to Overwatch, the Pawtucket toy company made a splash this year. But it was the company’s Star Wars reveals that I was waiting for.

And reveal they most certainly did.

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Galaxy of Adventures: Star Wars Reboot in Waiting?

Galaxy of Adventures - A Star Wars Reboot? | Green Card Back

So, have you been watching Galaxy of Adventures?

The latest animated Star Wars micro-series is a collection of YouTube exclusive 3-4-minute shorts detailing key moments from the Star Wars saga. While the scenes, sound FX and even some of the dialogue is taken from the films in their entirety, the videos themselves are stylised, hyper-kinetic traditional animation with anime flair.

Check it out for yourself right here:

Galaxy of Adventures has been generally well-received by the fandom. But while the viewing figures have not been stratospheric, what’s more interesting than outright performance is that the series even exists at all.

As well as returning to the source material of Lucas’ films, Galaxy of Adventures has a wider target audience than the young girl demographic of Forces of Destiny. Regardless of the pros and cons of either approach, there’s no denying that this feels like a safer approach to the franchise for Disney. But since the Mouse can’t live off Lucas’ six films forever, what could the long-term strategy be?

Obviously, I don’t know what they have planned for sure; but this is how I could see Disney’s approach play out. And if it does go this way… I won’t mind that much at all.

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