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.

Then, from seemingly nowhere, came an incentive to push me over the edge: Continue reading

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Rogue One: Right the Second Time

Rogue One Spoiler Free Review

A spoiler-free review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While some over-exuberant fans praised The Force Awakens for taking them back to their childhoods, there was a significant portion of the Star Wars fandom who felt that the recycled plot, confusing character arcs and return to a status quo resolved in Return of the Jedi was not satisfactory. The charm, or magic as some called it was certainly present in whispered glimpses; but these glimpses could only disguise the shallow plot machinations and rushed production if you consciously chose not to look. With another year to gestate The Force Awakens could have been good; the characters and their arcs could have taken true form. Unfortunately money talks, and it was not to be.

One year later and where The Force Awakens failed, Rogue One has succeeded – and spectacularly.

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The Rogue One Trailer is Here!

I know everyone on this site will have seen it already, but here’s the latest trailer for the upcoming Rogue One

So, at least as far as we can gather, the Rogue One re-shoots are to make sure that the film has a smoother tonal fit with A New Hope and to add more scenes with an existing character from the series.

These are both fair reasons for a franchise film (the artistic ship has sailed, remember), although I hope for Gareth Edwards’ sake that the changes benefit the finished product and don’t lead to years of bad blood and recriminations. As much as Disney screwing it up so soon would be a vindication for a certain point of view, it’s definitely not in the best interests of the short to mid-term health of the franchise.

Whatever happens with the film, the trailer looks good. Of course, we’ve been burned by that before


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