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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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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Black Series Most Wanted 2017

Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted 2017

Let me throw some names your way.

With Qui Gon Jinn, Chirrut Îmwe, Baze Malbus, Jaina Solo and a (much needed) new Darth Vader on the way, the future looks bright for the 6″ Star Wars Black Series. That said, there’s still a galaxy of characters out there waiting to be made, from the Original Trilogy through to the Spin-Offs. With that in mind, Green Card Back presents:

The Star Wars Black Series Most Wanted List: 2017 Edition!

Without further ado, and in no particular order, let’s get on with the selections…

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How The Force Awakens Can Still Work

Reboot Theory - How The Force Awakens Works | Green Card Back

Personally (as you may have guessed since this is my second successive post on the topic), I’m still struggling with The Force Awakens.

New Star Wars will always be exciting, no question – it’s the single most-important cultural mythology of the last century. But knowing that I’m being fleeced as part of a deliberate and calculated marketing plan tempers my enthusiasm by incalculable degrees, especially when the new entry to the series is as underwhelming a sequel as The Force Awakens was. But then (and this is what Disney is counting on), it’s still Star Wars.

Today I came across a point of view that gave voice to my concerns and helped me to realign my feelings on Disney’s stewardship. Given that this is currently proving the single most divisive event across fandom, I thought it might be useful to share this take on the subject…

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