Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (POTF2) Review

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi Figure Review (POTF2, 1995) | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Trained by the Jedi Master Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi learned the ways of the Force and became a Jedi Knight. He successfully defended the Old Republic in the Clone Wars and was hailed as a hero. He took on his own apprentice, the young Anakin Skywalker. But Obi-Wan was not yet ready to pass on the way of the Jedi, and his student became impatient with the rigors of Jedi training. Skywalker allowed himself to be seduced by the dark side of the Force. Taking the name Darth Vader, he pledged allegiance to the evil Senator Palpatine and went on to hunt down and kill the remaining Jedi Knights in the name of the Galactic Empire. Kenobi felt responsible for Skywalker’s fall, and determined to stop his one time pupil. He confronted and defeated Vader in an epic lightsaber duel, leaving his broken body for dead.

Kenobi then went into seclusion on the Dune Sea of the planet Tatooine, where he became known as the hermit “Old Ben”. There he watched anonymously over young Luke Skywalker, whom he had hidden from his evil father before Vader even knew of the boy’s birth. Luke sought Ben out after discovering a plea for Kenobi’s help hidden inside the droid R2-D2 by Princess Leia Organa. The two quickly became involved in the rebellion against the Empire, leading Kenobi to a final confrontation with Darth Vader on the Empire’s Death Star. Cloaked in fearsome black armor, Vader was more machine than man at that point and proved to be more than a challenge for his teacher. Obi-Wan sacrificed his life to Vader’s lightsaber for the sake of the Alliance, his spirit becoming one with the Force. In doing so he became powerful beyond imagination, and later guided Luke to the final victory at the Battle of Yavin.

It’s remarkable how now, over two decades later, we can see how well that card back bio follows (or is it leads?) the story of the Prequel Trilogy. My only point of contention is the statement that “Obi-Wan was not yet ready to pass on the way of the Jedi”, because I’d argue that he’s way too hard on himself for Anakin’s fall. But then, that’s part of what makes him such a great hero.

As it was, back in 1995 Hasbro’s copywriters were working from the backstory given in the OT along with little details from Lucas himself. Whatever your opinion of the Prequels, there’s no denying that ol’ George had a good idea of how the key points would play out, at the very least.

All that aside, we’re here to look at the 1995 Power of the Force Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi. Trust your instincts and click through for more!

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Chewbacca (POTF2) Review

Power of the Force (POTF2) Chewbacca Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Bowcaster, Heavy Blaster Rifle
Appears in: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back

Card Back: As Han Solo’s partner, Chewbacca the Wookiee (or Chewie, as Solo calls him) distinguished himself as a talented pilot, starship mechanic and smuggler. After being rescued from Imperial slavers by Solo, Chewbacca pledged a life debt to the rogue pilot and followed him to several different planets as their relationship grew and the two became close friends and partners. When Solo acquired the light freighter Millennium Falcon, he and Chewbacca began their career as intergalactic smugglers. Chewbacca’s reputation as a brawler gave him a distinct advantage in shady business negotiations, and it was he who initiated the deal to transport Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker from Tatooine to Alderaan.

Chewbacca aided in the rescue of Princess Leia, posing as a prisoner to allow Solo and Skywalker (disguised as Stormtroopers) entrance to the Death Star’s detention area. After their daring escape, Chewie convinced his friend Han Solo to assist the Rebel assault on the space station, which gave Luke Skywalker the chance he needed to destroy the Empire’s dreaded Battle Station.

It makes perfect sense that, just as in 1978, the Wookiee Chewbacca was the first alien character to receive an action figure in the modern line. After all, as Han Solo’s loyal co-pilot and bodyguard Chewie is as much a part of the Star Wars experience as Luke, Han and Leia themselves.

So how has Hasbro’s 1995 Chewbacca held up? Click on through to find out!

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Princess Leia Organa (POTF2) Review

Princess Leia Organa Figure Review - Power of the Force 1995 | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Laser Pistol, Assault Rifle
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: After many unsuccessful attempts to bring change to the Empire as a senator, Princess Leia Organa became involved in the Rebel Alliance and immediately established herself as one of its most popular and influential leaders. Although it was extremely dangerous for someone of her prominence. Leia often participated in secret missions for the rebellion. It was during one such mission to recruit General Obi-Wan Kenobi that she obtained the technical readouts for the Empire’s new Death Star battle station. Moments before being captured by Darth Vader, Leia hid the plans in the droid R2-D2, who then escaped to the planet Tatooine to find Kenobi.

While being held on the Death Star, Leia was tortures by Vader yet refused to yield any Rebel secrets. She was then forced to watch the destruction of her homeworld Alderaan by the ruthless Grand Moff Tarkin. After a daring rescue by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, she helped lead the Rebel forces on Yavin to victory by destroying the menacing Battle Station.

If you consider that even now, in 2017, the toxic elements of the Star Wars fandom make exceptions for gender (as seen with the attitudes exhibited towards Rey, Jyn Erso and Kathleen Kennedy in the last two years), then in 1995 you can imagine how much worse it all was.

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Han Solo (POTF2) Review

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Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Blaster Pistol, Heavy Assault Rifle
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Han Solo’s extraordinary piloting skills, blaster-handling and daring have earned him the reputation as a top smuggler, Solo also owes much of his success to his ship, the stock freighter Millennium Falcon, which he won from associate Lando Calrissian in a cutthroat game of Sabacc. The Falcon is widely regarded as one of the fastest ships in the galaxy thanks to the mechanical skills of Chewbacca, Solo’s Wookiee companion. The team’s services are sought after even by powerful crime lords like Jabba the Hutt, who put a bounty out on Solo after he jettisoned a cargo of Jabba’s spice in an effort to flee an Imperial patrol.

Solo and Chewbacca unwittingly became involved in the Rebellion when they agreed to transport Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and their droids to Alderaan for 17,000 credits in an effort to pay off Jabba. To their surprise, this simple smuggling job brought them into the clutches of the Empire, captured on the new Death Star battle station. Through daring and luck, the group rescued Princess Leia and escaped to deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebel base on Yavin. Although reluctant at first to aid in the Rebel’s attack on the Battle Station, Solo’s timely decision to join the fray enabled Luke Skywalker to deliver the final shot, destroying the Death Star and making them all heroes to the Rebel cause.

Now that is a card back.

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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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