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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Does The Last Jedi Improve The Force Awakens?

Does The Last Jedi Make The Force Awakens Better? | Green Card Back

In March 2016, after three months of careful consideration and impassioned forum activity, I finally gained the clarity to compose my thoughts on The Force Awakens.

It was hard to do. On the one hand I had enjoyed returning to the galaxy, loved the new characters, and thrilled at the lightsaber fights and moments of the score (the remainder of Williams’ work for the film has grown on me immeasurably since). On the other hand I was sorely disappointed with the failure that had befallen the OT cast.

As Han Solo was the focal OT character his failure was the most explicit; a deadbeat absent father who abandoned his duties and returned to a criminal lifestyle after his son turned to evil. It wasn’t subtle. At the time I was astounded by the reception that The Force Awakens received, at least from fans, but found myself firmly in the minority of the wider discussion. People loved Han Solo, people loved the film, and the more prominent criticisms of the story being a rehash of A New Hope (neither entirely accurate nor that big a problem) dominated any discussions about the films’ merits and flaws.

It’s not the subject of this blog article, but I just want to make the point: everything that happened to Han Solo is precisely why the outpouring of anti-The Last Jedi sentiment is so stupid. We already knew that the OT heroes had failed, it was explicit in The Force Awakens. Why people are upset that Luke Skywalker made a terrible mistake and struggled to live with the consequences now, two years after we were told just as much, only goes to show how little attention some actually pay to these films.

Anyway, moving on. As I read more spoilers for The Last Jedi and started to understand the themes at play a little more, I re-watched The Force Awakens in order to refresh my memory and to try and understand it within the new context. Did some moments still grate? Sure. But has The Last Jedi changed my overall opinion of Episode VII?

Absolutely. And here’s my reasoning why…

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C-3PO (The Last Jedi Budget Line) Review

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The Last Jedi (Budget Line), 2017

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Appears in: Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi

Card Back: C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2.

One of the nicer yet more inconsequential surprises of Star Wars collecting in recent years has been the line of cheaper, limited articulation action figures on sale in budget stores. These affordable figures have spanned the saga with sometimes as little as 3POA, but the price makes them almost worth it for certain shelf-filler characters.

I say almost worth it, because there’s a key issue with the line – size. Way too big for the 3.75″ line and that little bit too short for 6″, after getting the undersized Darth Vader from 2016’s Rogue One line I had consigned these figures to their own odd little subsection marked ‘no need to buy’.

That all changed when C-3PO saw release in this year’s The Last Jedi wave. So is he a game changer? Click through to find out!

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The Last Jedi Review: Lucasfilm Strikes Back!

The Last Jedi Review - Lucasfilm Strikes Back | Green Card Back

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has finally hit our screens amidst a flurry of Porgs, Snoke theories and enormous expectation. I took the hype of the last few weeks with a Crait-sized piece of salt, and you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

The Last Jedi excites, awes and entertains in equal measure, as Rian Johnson takes the figurative lightsaber from JJ Abrams and tosses it nonchalantly over his shoulder. Star Wars has entered brand new territory here, which is a most welcome surprise indeed…

Click through for the review but be warned: spoilers are present!

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The Rian Johnson News

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It’s crazy the difference five years makes.

On October 30th 2012, the news that Disney had purchased Star Wars and intended to produce a new trilogy dominated news cycles. Now, just two films later, the news that Rian Johnson has free rein to helm a trilogy of his own barely gets a look in (although, to be fair, Western democracy has steadily collapsed in the meantime).

But it’s still big news for Star Wars fans all the same.

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