The Best NYTF 2018 Star Wars Reveals

Star Wars New York Toy Fair 2018 Action Figure Reveals | Green Card Back

The mid-February weekend marks every toy nerd’s favourite time of year – New York Toy Fair. Each year the big guns of the toy world set out their wares for the next 6-9 months, giving us our first glimpse of how our collections are going to take shape.

Last year’s NYTF was a disappointment for this collector as far as Star Wars was concerned; the repack heavy and entirely cynical 40th Anniversary Black Series line failed to hit the mark. Meanwhile the Tatooine themed Black Series 3.75″ wave (more repacks, but at least ones I would buy) looked good but didn’t even make it to these shores.

We already knew that the Vintage Collection was coming back at some point this year while the first wave of 6″ Solo: A Star Wars Story figures were revealed this week, but we didn’t know how the rest of the line was going to shake out. Would Hasbro bring the goods to make a success of things this year?

The answer was a resounding yes. Click through to see the most exciting Star Wars reveals from NYTF 2018!

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Which is the Best 3.75″ Kylo Ren Figure?

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One, Two, Three Times a Knight of Ren…

For a character deliberately designed to ape the success of Darth Vader, Kylo Ren is not off to a bad start – after one film he’s already the most interesting of Disney’s additions to the saga, and there’s the promise of plenty more to come in the next two instalments.

Since the release of The Force Awakens back in 2015 Hasbro has been quick to capitalise on the popularity of the troubled Ben Solo, releasing no fewer than eight 3.75” figures and counting. The kitbashed version released on a Rogue One card recently came into my possession, leading me to this rather particular question:

Which Kylo Ren action figure from The Force Awakens is the best?

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The Imperial Order

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Ranking the Star Wars films is something that we’ve all done, right? Basing our choices on a mixture of personal preference and societal approval and altering the list as each new instalment settles in.

It’s not something that I’d considered for a long time as since 2005 I had come to consider the saga as a whole, and then The Force Awakens was such a confusing addition to the story that I didn’t give much thought to how it aligned with the other films (instead mulling over whether I should even accept it at all).

Rogue One brought the fun of Star Wars back for real, and with it the realisation that my appreciation for each episode had shifted. Not only was it time to make a new ranking – there was a revised viewing order to be had as well…

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Bringing the Rogue Home


Yesterday fans up and down the UK were collecting their copies of Rogue One on DVD and Blu Ray, and I was no exception (also picking up a free YA novel adaptation of the film from Sainsburys, which was a nice bonus). The Blu Ray has taken instant pride of place on the shelf, and tonight is booked in for travelling back to that galaxy far, far away and enjoying the finest Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back.

Yep, it really is that good.

It will be interesting to see how well the film ages. Of the Lucas films even Revenge of the Sith has had over a decade to mature, making it’s easier to be objective and consider each episode on its own actual merits, free from hype. Rogue One was amazing upon release, and again on each subsequent viewing. Yet if something does eventually break the spell, how many viewings will it take for that to happen? After all, I’ve now seen the OT so many times that I sometimes struggle through the Battle of Yavin or the Battle of Hoth – does a similar fate await the Battle of Scarif? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Either way, it’s only a hypothetical concern at the moment. Right now for Star Wars fans it’s all about the present, and savouring the most exciting home release since 2005.

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Embracing the Black Series

Rogue One Black Series figures - Jyn, Cassian and K2-SO | Green Card Back

So, why has the blog focus shifted to the 6″ figures?

The single main reason is that the bigger Black Series line is now the only realistic game in town for halfway-decent Star Wars figures. The 3.75″ Black Series line is distributed too poorly to be enjoyable to collect (and I say that with several big Asdas near me), whilst the 5POA figures just haven’t gelled with me whatsoever.

Yet it’s been this way for a while now, and I’ve been OK with it. I’ve still picked up the odd figure here or there whilst admiring the incredible toy photography that pops up daily on Instagram, but as a rule I’ve been able to hold firm.

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