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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New “Solo” Kylo Ren Comparison Review

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Thanks to The Entertainer getting in a load of unsold Star Wars stock from the last few years those of us here in the UK have been able to pick up recent 3.75″ and 6″ figures at amazingly cheap prices.

This weekend was no different, and with a proliferation of Solo figures hitting my local store I was finally able to get a 3.75″ Kylo Ren from the 5POA basic Solo line – which means I was also able to update the Best 3.75″ Kylo Ren Figure article.

Click on through for more pictures and the verdict!


Poe Dameron (Black Series 3.75”) Review

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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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Vintage Collection: Sale and Return

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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

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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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