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.

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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Black Series Most Wanted 2018

Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted 2018 | Green Card Back

The 6” Star Wars Black Series is going from strength to strength. In recent years the line has broken free of its reliance on film characters to start drawing inspiration from other parts of the saga, including TV (Rebels and Clone Wars), games (Battlefront II) and even the non-canon ‘Legends’ EU.

Despite this wealth of new figures we’ve either already had or have to look forward to, us Star Wars fans are a demanding bunch. And so it is, without further ado Green Card Back presents:

The Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted List: 2018

Let’s get straight into it!

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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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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:


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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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