Vintage Collection: Sale and Return

Star Wars Vintage Collection figures on sale at The Entertainer, UK | Green Card Back

What a week it’s been for my 3.75″ Star Wars collection. Thanks to the UK’s high street toy shop The Entertainer I added the Imperial Assault Tank Driver, two Range Troopers and Enfys Nest to the ranks – my largest single purchase for some time.

For sure, the sale price helped hugely. But each of these three figures are ones that I have been waiting on for some time, particularly Enfys Nest. And that’s not something I’ve been able to say about Star Wars for a while…

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I Was Wrong About The Last Jedi and This is Why

We Need to Talk About Luke | Green Card Back

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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It is a Period of Civil War…

How Infinity War Does Franchise Filmmaking Better Than Star Wars | Green Card Back

May 4th came and went this year with notably less Star Wars fanfare than we’ve come to expect since 2013. Absent were the Disney store offers or Solo teaser drops, and on a personal level it came up just once in a muted office conversation. As far as I can tell the only significant Star Wars related event yesterday was that tickets for Solo were finally on pre-sale.

It’s understandable. Even on its own terms, this May 4th was always going to be difficult for Star Wars. Disney has lost control of the narrative to the extent that The Last Jedi is now accepted as a problematic – at least – entry to the saga, while the box office drop speaks for itself. May 4th is obstinately an event “for the fans”, yet Disney knows that widespread fan disenfranchisement is a huge obstacle for promoting Solo. Why would they risk giving the fans a voice just weeks before the new movie hits?

These factors alone would be enough to dampen any Star Wars Day celebrations. Yet unfortunately for Lucasfilm, that’s only half their problem.

41 years ago Star Wars may have written the rules for summer blockbuster event movies. Yet this year, Infinity War became the crown jewel in a new beast of fully-armed and operational cinematic universe.

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Solo: An Unexpected Saviour?

The hype for Solo: A Star Wars Story is building and it’s hard to not want to get on board – the OT setting, Oscar-winning director and the fact that it’s yet another Star Wars movie for our eyes and brains to appreciate are all compelling reasons to book tickets for the day of release (May 25th, AKA the real Star Wars day).

But with Solo coming out so soon after The Last Jedi, the spin-off finds itself in a precarious position. Despite the production dramas and the fact that most observers have seen Ron Howard’s prequel as somewhat of a pointless project, this is fast becoming the story that will define the short to medium term future of Disney’s Star Wars.

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