A Closer Look at The Last Jedi

Disney used the D23 exposition to release new character posters and a video from behind-the-scenes of this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Together with the teaser trailer we’re getting a bit more of a sense of how the film will feel, if not necessarily how it will play out. There are positives – Rey looking very cool with her cloak and lightsaber, amongst some impressive visuals – but it’s difficult to take all of the “new, unique Star Wars” ego-stroking seriously after the similar praise that marched ahead of The Force Awakens.

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Hyperspace & The Last Jedi Trailer

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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Figure Review: Luke Skywalker (POTF2)

Luke Skywalker Power of the Force (1995) Figure Review | Green Card Back

Power of the Force, 1995

Accessories: Lightsaber, Grappling Hook Blaster
Appears in: A New Hope

Card Back: Raised by his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on their Tatooine moisture farm, young Luke dreamed of being a pilot for the Rebel Alliance. He realized his destiny after being saved from the Tusken Raiders by the mysterious Obi-Wan Kenobi, who told him of his past and began to teach the boy the ways of the Force. When the Empire killed Luke’s family, he and Kenobi set off to find Princess Leia, whose message hidden inside the droid R2-D2 beckoned them to join the Rebellion.

With the aid of smuggler Han Solo and his ship the Millennium Falcon, Luke and Obi-Wan saved the Princess, but at the cost of Kenobi’s life at the hands of the evil Darth Vader. His sacrifice allowed them to deliver the technical readouts for the Empire’s deadliest weapon, the Death Star, to the Rebel forces. The Rebel fleet used this information to find a weak spot in the Battle Station’s defenses and launched its attack. Luke then became a hero to the Rebellion by flying his T-65 X-Wing fighter through a furious dogfight to deliver the final blow.

They don’t make Star Wars card back bios like that anymore.

They also don’t make Star Wars figures like the 1995 Power of the Force Luke Skywalker anymore either, which is why this full-on action figure remains something of an anomaly – despite Hasbro releasing countless versions of the Tatooine farm boy since. So what makes the POTF2 Luke Skywalker so unique?

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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 Black Series Goes Retro for Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary

Star Wars Black Series 40th Anniversary Collection

This weekend it’s New York Toy Fair (yay!), which means we’re going to see a whole plethora of new action figure reveals to keep us buying plastic for the foreseeable future. It’s always great to see what Hasbro and co. have in store for us. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get to see more of the new Black Series Vader, and maybe one or two characters from this recent wish list (Bhodi Rook in particular).

A few reveals have been leaked ahead of time, but unfortunately there’s really nothing new about them. Click on through to see the unfortunate problem with the Star Wars Black Series 40th Anniversary collection…

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