I had originally planned to visit Galaxy’s Edge in March 2020, but, well, March 2020 happened. I finally made it to Batuu this week and naturally, I took some pictures.
It’s weird to think of theme park photos as “spoilers,” but in this case they may be. To me, the best part of Galaxy’s Edge was the feeling of discovery, that *you* are exploring an authentic Star Wars locale. If you feel like my photos could potentially take away some of that magic for you, feel free to peace out. Thanks for reading this far! But if that’s not an issue for you, here are a bunch of pictures I took.
Time has not been kind to The Force Unleashed in both gaming and Star Wars fandom. I’ve always had a soft spot for the multimedia project in my heart, and after revisiting it recently, I’ve found even more to love. Here are some reasons TFU deserves to be reevaluated.
As I continue to read through a recently purchased lot of 90s Star Wars magazines, I can’t help but share some of the weird/cool/ridiculous stuff I come across. Issue 9 of Galaxy has a big Shadows of the Empire focus, which is not terribly surprising considering the time of its publication (Fall 1996).
I recently purchased a lot of random Star Wars magazines, and included were a few issues of Galaxy, a magazine that was totally new to me. Published by Topps (the trading card company), Galaxy came in at the tail end of the 90s comic book boom, and ran for 13 issues from 1994 to 1997. The magazine differentiates itself from Insider by having less of a focus on the films and more on the EU and collecting.
“The Old Republic” calls to mind many different feelings for people. For some, it’s modern Star Wars “done right,” with all of its action and original trilogy archetypes. It’s the anti-Prequel, prequel. Despite its roots in comic books and tabletop RPGs, other fans grimace at the mention of the era, with its oftentimes edgy imagery and “(video)gamification” of the Force: reducing the light and dark side to a point meter.
Although most of the stories set in The Old Republic have been folded into the Legends banner, the era lives on in the form of an online role-playing game, simply called Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR). I enjoy massively multiplayer online RPGs (or just ‘MMOs’ if you’re nasty), and played SWTOR when it launched in December of 2011. I enjoyed it for a few months in the same way I’ve enjoyed other Old Republic content, which is “kinda.”
But recently, like many characters in Star Wars itself, I’ve been interested in the history of the galaxy. The Jedi, The Sith, The Old Republic, and the MMO that released 8 years ago, is still updated today, but seems to be absent from most Star Wars discourse….
Ah, the 3.75″ Star Wars figures. For many, they represent the cornerstone of their collections, their introduction to collecting, and maybe even their youth. If you want a history lesson on the origins of the figures, and to see why they’re so important to so many fans, check out the Star Wars episode of Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us.
After the Disney deal went through and the canon “rebooted,” I made a commitment to start fresh collecting Star Wars comics in earnest. I had a handful of original Marvel books and kept up with the Dark Horse titles for a few years, but I was never fully able to catch up (same with the novels, etc.). The continuity reorganization gave me a fresh starting point and as of this moment I’ve read pretty much every Star Wars comic published since the change. I love what Marvel, IDW, and the Lucasfilm Story Group have been doing with the comics, bringing in some of the absolute best talent in the industry to tell great stories that compliment the films. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some of this talent at various conventions over the past few years, and it has been great to be able to let them know how much I appreciate the work they’ve been doing (and to get signatures for my collection). So that’s what this post is all about, just sharing the books I’ve had signed and my appreciation for the creators.