My Star Wars journey began simultaneously with the original Star Wars Trilogy and reading the Expanded Universe Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights. Having always been an extensive reader, I polished off the series following the twins of Han and Leia, Jacen and Jaina Solo, and their friends Tenal Ka, Lowbacca, and Zekk as they navigated Jedi training and Dark side temptations. I got into other books (mostly focusing on Han and Leia) like The Courtship of Princess Leia which focused on the Nightsister from Tenal Ka’s homeworld of Dathomir. Somewhat different-looking Nightsisters from a very different-looking Dathomir but equally intriguing. I had become so invested in this Expanded Universe and Star Wars content in general that, when The Phantom Menace was announced, marketed, and released, I was just so excited to jump back into the film world of Star Wars. It was not a great experience. By that time I had gotten into classic films like 12 Angry Men and Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and could recognize a mediocre to a terrible script. Coupled with the fact that I was too old to find Jar Jar appealing but not old enough to appreciate the political elements. I still loved the EU books but, when Attack of The Clones came out in 2002, I decided a break from Star Wars would be a good idea.
When Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens marketing campaign got up and running, I found myself slowly being pulled into the Black Series line, more specifically the troopers. I started collecting every trooper mold from prequels to the sequels (Clone troopers, Stormtroopers, First Order troopers, and TIE Pilots). Two films into the sequel trilogy (more on this down the line) I switched gears, sold all my troopers, and rebuilt my Star Wars collection around three main things: action figures (6 inches and 3.75), books, and comics.
Now with a focused collection of popular but also some unique side characters and delving deeply into the current Star Wars canon, this blog will serve as an intersection between Star Wars toys, books, comics, gaming, TV and film, and the business. I will cover everything from thoughts on current Star Wars stories in canon and what they might mean for the larger universe to the economics of all areas of merchandising and why certain characters might be worth investing in.
Exciting stuff and I am looking forward to talking (and writing) Star Wars here. Welcome!