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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Hyperspace & The Force Awakens

X-Wing Entering Hyperspace 1993 | Green Card Back

The Last Jedi may contextualise The Force Awakens into place alongside the rest of the series. It may redeem Luke Skywalker; heck, it could even retcon Han Solo back to being the responsible leader he grew into over three films, rather than the failed smuggler and deadbeat absent dad we were presented with back in 2015.

All of the above would help. Rian Johnson’s film could (and I’m not holding my breath) perform an incredible job of papering over the cracks created by Abrams’ production, but it still can’t make The Force Awakens a good Star Wars film. And there’s one element that illustrates exactly why:

Hyperspace.

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Star Wars: The Power of the Force (1995) Wave One

Star Wars Power of the Force (POTF2) Wave One - 1995 | Green Card Back

POTF2 has had a rough ride since 1995.

The second Power of the Force action figure line, nicknamed POTF2 by collectors, brought the Star Wars saga roaring back to toy shop shelves after a ten year absence. The revitalised series featured all-new sculpts offering unparalleled levels of detail and depth, and for those of us young enough to be in the target market these figures presented the first step into a wider world of Star Wars collecting.

Yet at the time, the first generation of Star Wars fans were less than impressed with Hasbro’s offering…

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The Force Awakens Trailer #3

It’s 4:30am on a work night here in the UK, so why am I posting rather than sleeping?

Because of this:

It was accident rather than design that I woke up when I did but I’m not complaining! Finally, after years of waiting, we’re getting an extended look at The Force Awakens.

My initial thoughts:

  • The trailer focuses on Rey, Finn and Kylo. Will this be the main dynamic?
  • Those dogfights look genuinely epic.
  • What is Kylo doing to Poe?
  • We get a bigger sense of the characters of the new “big three” but very little in terms of plot.
  • The new score feels tonally very different to what has come before, more layered. I think John Williams is going to deliver in a big way.
  • That red (bad?) robot was a delightful surprise.
  • That is a big explosion.

It’s nice to get a bit more context about the characters, but on reflection (and a little more sleep) I would have liked to have seen more about the story, even just the basic premise. There are still plenty of unanswered questions (and I’m not going to ask where Luke is since that’s clearly a major plot point) but even now we still only have a few more clues to try and piece it all together with.

Still, it looks exciting and thoroughly well made. It also looks sufficiently like the future of Star Wars.

Normal action figure posts will resume shortly; but until then… MTFBWY

The Force Awakens: A Star Wars Celebration

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 is Star Wars. And it’s great to have it back.

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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…

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Cooking with the Binks – Jar Jar Binks

That’s how mesa roll.

Whatever happens with the finished film, having the opportunity to feel as thrilled about the franchise again as I do right now is already exciting enough. Let’s hope they bring it home…


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