The Phantom Menace Hits 20

Episode I: The Phantom Menace at 20 | Green Card Back

A long time ago…

Cast your mind back to mid-May – hasn’t the time flown since then?

Well, way back in 1999 that same period of time we’ve just traversed felt endless. While our US friends celebrated this milestone back in May it’s today, July 16th 2019, that marks 20 years since the UK release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace!

For a film that’s been mired in disdain for the last two decades it sure has been great to see the outpouring of love over the last few months. We’ve seen re-appraisals, month-long retrospectives and a general consensus that informed viewers reached years ago – The Phantom Menace isn’t perfect, but it is a bold, ambitious and creative first chapter for the saga. It’s brim full of ideas even if it does fall a little short of its potential due to some flaws in the execution.

At the time you would have been forgiven for thinking that George Lucas had made something far, far worse.

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Attack of the Prequel Black Series!

Prequel Trilogy Black Series Battle Droids | Green Card Back

Despite the inclusion of Darth Maul in the very first wave of Black Series figures way back in 2013, Prequel Trilogy characters have been slow to make an appearance in the 6″ line. However, between this year’s Lucca Comic Con in Italy and MCM here in London, it looks a lot like Hasbro is starting to right that particular imbalance…

From Jedi to Senators, we’ve got it all to look forward to over the coming months. Click through for more!

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5 of the Best 5POA Star Wars Action Figures

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Star Wars revolutionised the world of action figures with its 3.75” 5POA (points of articulation) line through the 1970s and ‘80s, as Kenner released multiple classic figures, vehicles and playsets that are still keenly collected today. Of course, since you’re on a site like this it’s safe to assume that you knew that already…

While toy technology has moved on in leaps and bounds since Kenner launched the Star Wars line back in 1978, cost cutting saw modern license holder Hasbro revert to 5POA style action figures in 2013. Since then a disappointingly high number of the figures have been poor quality retro throwbacks, but from that mass of wasted plastic a select few toys have risen above their movement deficit to become valued parts of our collections. Through a combination of quality sculpts, outstanding likenesses and pure toyetic quality, these figures represent the very best of modern budget toymaking.

Welcome to 5 of the Best 5POA Star Wars Action Figures.

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Anakin vs Obi-Wan

There are few scenes in the Star Wars saga more pivotal than that of the duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. It was a scene that fans had waited decades to see, the key piece of Skywalker’s transformation into the fearsome Darth Vader. In-universe the sense of tragedy is palpable as a friendship ends and the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. It’s a huge moment in the Skywalker story, and the maestro John Williams delivers a suitably epic score.

What I love the most about Anakin vs Obi-Wan, besides the marching re-contextualising of the Battle of the Heroes theme, is how the tension builds and breaks into a full, lush rendition of the Imperial March. Williams understands how to tell stories as well as Lucas, and the sweep of Darth Vader’s theme underscores the raw power of Skywalker.

Anakin vs Obi-Wan | Green Card Back

We all know it doesn’t last. Kenobi gains the high ground and the rest is history (at least from a certain point of view). But in that moment we get a taste of the uninhibited power of Darth Vader, and that’s in large part due to the incredible work of  John Williams.


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Fought in the Clone Wars

Vintage Collection Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker | Green Card Back

The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars) figure goes down as my favourite SA rendition of pre-Vader. It’s colourful, well articulated, and looks how I always imagined the Anakin of the Clone Wars to look – like a genuine space knight. Of course it helps that the Clone Wars series did a lot to expand Anakin’s character, making him more likeable and far more the kind of person we imagined when Ben Kenobi described him as a friend.

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