The End of Star Wars?

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So – for the second time in 15 years we’re preparing ourselves for the end of Star Wars.

That’s right. We’re just over a week away from The Rise of Skywalker, the film that marks both the end of both the opportunistically-titled ‘Skywalker Saga’ and the first phase of Disney’s ownership of the franchise. And what a phase it’s been.

Strap yourself in. This post contains salt.

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Poe Dameron (Black Series 3.75”) Review

Poe Dameron 3.75" Black Series Review | Green Card Back

Black Series, 2015

Accessories: Blaster Pistol, Removable Helmet
Appears in: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi

Card Back: An ace pilot, Poe Dameron is a leader in The Resistance’s fight against the evil First Order. He soars into battle behind the controls of a modern X-wing fighter.

In 2015 I was too burned by The Force Awakens to collect many of the figures, even though I did like some of the new characters – Poe Dameron chief amongst them. Yet it wasn’t until four years later and the great sale at The Entertainer that I finally added the 3.75″ Black Series version of Dameron to the collection.

Why did I buckle? Three simple points:

    • Decent articulation and removable helmet
    • Great price
    • He’s a mofoin’ X-Wing pilot

That was about two months ago, and since then this version of Poe has seen something of a resurgence. Firstly this figure has been re-released in The Vintage Collection with a new head sculpt and printed face apps, making it a definitive 3.75” Poe Dameron in X-Wing gear.

Secondly, Hasbro have now also released his ship – a bright orange T-70 X-Wing Fighter – also in The Vintage Collection. It comes with all the bells and whistles included and frankly looks like a miniature masterpiece; a definite high point of the revitalised 3.75” line.

With all that context in place, today is as good a day as any to review the Black Series 3.75” Poe Dameron figure. Let’s get to it!

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I Was Wrong About The Last Jedi and This is Why

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After watching the Solo teaser trailers back at the start of February my wife asked me a simple question. Having seen The Last Jedi, was I happier now that new Star Wars films were being made?

I thought about it for a few moments before answering honestly – no. As great as Rogue One is, its existence is not worth the damage that the other films have made to the franchise.

This, I realised, is why I was wrong about The Last Jedi.

So what was I wrong about? The arguments have been heard across the internet since December, and it’s not my intention to revisit them all in my own words. What this article has always been intended to do, both as it originally existed and through the revisions I’ve made since, is to attempt to draw a line from George Lucas’ saga of Episodes I-VI to the latest instalments to try and understand if there’s any kind of craftsmanship at play in the Sequel Trilogy at all – or at the very least any basic respect for what went before.

As a primer I recommend you read We Need to Talk About Han, an article I wrote in March 2016 that set out the issues of The Force Awakens and the responsibilities inherent in creating a sequel.

Are y’all caught up? Great stuff. Let’s push on.

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Retrospective Thoughts on The Force Awakens

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My wife has always loved The Force Awakens. Following our visit to Takodana last weekend we watched Abrams’ film once more, and her enjoyment hadn’t diminished. Without the knowledge of the story that came with growing up on Star Wars it remains a charming and accessible entry point for her – although certain plot contrivances still threw her out of the film at times (Poe Dameron, looking at you).

Watching The Force Awakens at the cinema with Emma provided my most enjoyable experience of it in 2015, and watching it again with her this week was the most I’ve ever enjoyed it. So, what exactly made it better this time around?

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Star Wars IRL #1: Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood, AKA Takodana | Green Card Back

With a series as expansive as Star Wars there are opportunities around the world to visit the real-life locations that bring these stories to life. The UK has many such places for fans to go, from A New Hope to Solo, and this weekend my wife and I were lucky enough to visit Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire – otherwise known as the woods of Takodana in The Force Awakens.

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