Ryan’s internet is out at the moment, but he texted me this pic of the Last Jedi line 3.75″ Yoda he found at Target this week! I’d only heard of those showing up at Wal-Marts so far, but looks like you’ll be able to grab him and the new Obi-Wan everywhere soon.
Jason Gibner Chewbacca Painting
First, and most exciting this week, is actually a gift I picked up for my brother Jason’s birthday. Jason and my sister-in-law Erin share my love of Blast Points, the preferred Star Wars podcast of our entire family. We often end up messaging each other our favorite Blast Points moments after each new episode drops, so I bought a Chewie painting from host Jason Gibner’s Etsy shop. Even though I gifted it to Jason, I’ll definitely be placing another order from Jason’s shop soon, and you should too. You can even grab a Blast Points shirt while you’re there.
Ryan is awesome and he sent me the much-coveted Disney Store porg coffee mug!
Birthday Presents for My Son
My youngest son turned four this week and while he mostly wanted Ninja Turtle stuff, we snuck a few Star Wars treats in there for him too.
Chewie mask (that’s my mouth inside Chewie’s mouth there)!
Galactic Heroes AT-AT with driver!
Galactic Heroes speeder bike with scout trooper!
Target exclusive 3.75″ 7-pack set! This photo is a bit of mash up though as it’s missing the included RotJ Luke Skywalker and Finn from the Vs. pack with Phasma is there in his stead.
The Super Star Wars games were super popular upon their release and they played a significant role in bringing a new generation of kids into Star Wars at the time, so I’m thrilled to be playing them for our Power of the 90s series. The games are known for their sometimes brutal difficulty, and that’s certainly part of what I remember about them, but after revisiting Super Star Wars with my copy of Volume 42 of Nintendo Power by my side and exploiting a secret free life-farming area, I had a surprisingly smooth experience playing through the game. And it’s absolutely worth tracking down Super Star Wars (even if you don’t have nostalgic memories of playing as a kid) for it’s bright, colorful visual interpretation of the Star Wars universe, it’s 16-bit renditions of classic Star Wars themes, and its giant green womp rats! Check out the videos below to watch my recent playthrough of the game with Star Wars in the 90s-focused commentary.
The Blockade Runner Plays Super Star Wars – Part One:
The Blockade Runner Plays Super Star Wars – Part Two:
The Blockade Runner Plays Super Star Wars – Part Three:
The Story of A New Hope As Told By Super Star Wars SNES (1992):
It occurred to me while recording my playthrough of Super Star Wars that the story screens are so impressive that they would be fun to break out and cut together as their own video. It actually reminds me of reading a children’s picture book version of A New Hope, only with excellent 16-bit visuals and sound!
Super Star Wars TV Commercial:
In case you were wondering if you want this game or not (you do), check out this sweet television ad from the time of the game’s release!
We’ll be back later this month with our Power of the 90s episode cover all things Star Wars in 1993, and we’ll definitely be posting our playthrough for Super The Empire Strikes Back too! Whether or not we can beat the game remains to be seen…
Ryan and John discuss a bounty of Star Wars toys, books, porgs, and more on Saturday, August 2nd (otherwise forever known as the day following Force Friday II!). Join us as we breakdown our pre-Force Friday II expectations, share a bit of footage from the line at our local Toys ‘R Us (video version only), recount our favorite purchases, and even take a quick look at a few interesting pages from some Journey to the Last Jedi books!