The End of Star Wars?

The End of Star Wars? | Green Card Back

So – for the second time in 15 years we’re preparing ourselves for the end of Star Wars.

That’s right. We’re just over a week away from The Rise of Skywalker, the film that marks both the end of both the opportunistically-titled ‘Skywalker Saga’ and the first phase of Disney’s ownership of the franchise. And what a phase it’s been.

Strap yourself in. This post contains salt.

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The Full-Length Rise of Skywalker Trailer is Here!

A defining period for Lucasfilm has kicked off with the release of the full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer launched overnight here in the UK and as of this post has already been viewed 2.1M times (including 2 views by yours truly).

Is it exciting? I wouldn’t quite put it that way. That in itself is definitely a change from the last time we were in this position with Revenge of the Sith

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Hasbro and the Star Wars License

Hasbro and the Star Wars License | Green Card Back

Is Hasbro Building an Empire… or Replacing One?

The next 12 months will see modern Star Wars collecting hit uncharted waters as Hasbro enters the final year of their current license agreement with a new deal not yet in place.

Of course that leaves plenty of time for Hasbro and Disney to come to a new arrangement – and my personal thoughts are that this is what will happen. But given the current state of the Star Wars brand, along with what we know (or can reasonably speculate) about Hasbro’s license, I’m no longer 100% confident that the Star Wars toy line will stay with the big H.

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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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