Solo Official Trailer Released

With only seven weeks until its premiere, Solo: A Star Wars Story finally had its official trailer released this evening. You can check it out below:


Lucasfilm's marketing is on-point, because in the matter of a few short months they've managed to take me from largely indifferent about this film, to incredibly excited for its release. Solo certainly looks like it may be the 'coolest' Star Wars film yet - brimming with a charm and swagger that we haven't really seen in this universe before (except, of course from its titular character).

How about you? What are your thoughts on the official trailer for Solo: A Star Wars StoryBe sure to let us know via Facebook or Twitter, or by sending an email to relicsoftheforce@gmail.com!

Future Star Wars Miniatures Projects

I've been thinking about Wizards of the Coast's Star Wars Miniatures game a lot lately. Between 2005 and 2009 I amassed a decent collection from this line, and - after playing a lot of River Horse's Labyrinth board game with my fiancée lately - I've had a real hankering to get back into some strategy gaming. 


But that's the thing. Unlike other tabletop wargames such as Warhammer (which, don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved - and played to no end), Miniatures wasn't just a strategy game. The complex scenarios, unique abilities of characters, and small party sizes (sometimes limited to only two or three miniatures) meant that there was a real sense of story around each game. An evening's worth of play felt more like a mini RPG session than it did a military campaign.

For now, my collection of miniatures is safely in storage back at my parents' place in New Zealand. I hope to break them out again in the near future - and when I do, I have a few projects planned. This post is a way of bookmarking some of those ideas and the inspirations behind them.

Kinder Surprise Twistheads

It's Easter Sunday today, and among the parcel of chocolate treats my fiancée and I received from my parents were four Star Wars-themed Kinder Surprise eggs. We didn't know what to expect inside, but it turned out to be a second series of the wonderfully weird 'Twistheads' line that first debuted back in 2013 - this time featuring a line of new characters from the sequel trilogy.


Each figure comes with a twisting head (as the name suggests), though the previously-included dial mechanic is no longer present. The attached string on the the head means the figure can be used as a phone or bag charm, or even as a keyring. There are eight Twistheads in the series, and by a stroke of luck we managed to get four unique characters: C-3PO, Finn, a First Order Stormtrooper, and - our favourite - Captain Phasma. The latter is made even more awesome by the inclusion of a tiny fabric shoulder cape that ties around her neck!

The Hunt Is On - Force Link 3 3/4" Battle On Crait Pack Found

The last item to be released in the Force Link line of figures is the "Battle On Crait" set, which continues the recent tradition of releasing a four-pack to coincide with the home video release of the latest film (in this case, The Last Jedi). Mine turned up in the mail this week courtesy of Target - and at $24.99US ($34.56), it's a great little set.


"Battle On Crait" is a vast improvement on the "Takodana Encounter" pack that accompanied the home video release of The Force Awakens. That set disappointingly came with three repacks - but it was the only way to get hold of Maz Kanata (and her adorable lightsaber chest). This time around, we're seeing three brand new characters: Rose (Crait Defense), the First Order Gunner, and the First Order Walker Driver. Granted, the latter is a repaint of the Force Awakens First Order Snowtrooper - but I'm a fiend a for trooper variants, and will take them any way they come. Rose and the Gunner are entirely new sculpts, however. The Gunner (who, with his flared trousers and ostentatious helmet, certainly wins the award for most ridiculous trooper uniform) is a basic sculpt, but looks great alongside his other 3 3/4" First Order comrades.

The Last Jedi Target Exclusive Blu-Ray and DVD Set

This week saw the home video release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. There were a battery of different purchase options available, but I eventually decided to go for the Target exclusive Blu-Ray and DVD set.


This pack includes The Last Jedi on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital as well as a Blu-Ray disc containing the standard assortment of special features and the Target Exclusive DVD disc with the "Meet the Porgs" featurette. The included special features give some wonderful insights into the film-making process, but the real standout is The Director and the Jedi - a heartfelt feature-length look behind-the-scenes of The Last Jedi. It's a wonderful tribute to the contributions of both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to the saga, and might just be my second favourite Star Wars documentary yet (after the wonderful Empire of Dreams that accompanied the 2004 DVD release of the original trilogy).

The deleted scenes are another great highlight. Whereas these scenes are usually dull and uninspired - making clear the director's reasons for their omission - the deleted scenes from The Last Jedi are, for the most part, truly excellent. More than once, my fiancee and I found ourselves saying "I wish they'd left that in". It's a real credit to director Rian Johnson that - even after assembling a two-and-a-half hour film (the longest Star Wars movie to date) - there was still a raft of great scenes left on the cutting-room floor.

Also included is a gorgeous 40-page 'Gallery Book' featuring factoids, concept art, and behind-the-scenes photographs. The packaging features stunning photographs of the cast - all suffused with the red palette that became the signature of this film. At only $27.99US ($38.71NZ) it is - in my estimations - the best way to go if you're looking to add this movie to your collection!

Micro Force Blind Bags Series 2 Figures

Coming hot on the heels of series 1, the second wave of Micro Force figures is now flooding into stores. My fiancée and I once again hunted these down with abandon - and yesterday managed to complete the set with only minimal double-ups.


While the first wave consisted mostly of repacks from the old Fighter Pods line, series 2 features a slew of new sculpts - predominantly from Rogue One and the sequel trilogy. There are also a few older characters (like Darth Maul, young Obi-wan, and Emperor Palpatine) to help round out the set of prequel and original trilogy characters from the first series. The real highlights here, however, are Phasma and BB-8. The latter even comes with a little sculpted dust cloud to simulate his frantic rolling.

The paint applications are once again top-notch - with tiny details (like the fact that Phasma's blaster should be a slightly different shade of silver to her armour) paid mind. My excitement continues to grow for this line, and I'm fascinated to see what comes next!

The Hunt Is On - Force Link 3 3/4" Rose (First Order Disguise), BB-8, and BB-9E 2-Pack Found

Although it's taken a little longer than in other parts of the country, the Rose (First Order Disguise), BB-8, and BB-9E 2-pack - one of the last releases in the Last Jedi Force Link line - has finally turned up in my area. 


This set is everything a 2-pack should be. While Rose is a great figure - and would have always been a must-have for me - current stock levels at brick-and-mortar stores suggest she would most likely have become a peg warmer had she been released single-carded. So instead, Hasbro have packed  her with two highly-desirable droids: a resculpted BB-8, and the all new BB-9E. They've even eschewed the usual oversized missile-firing accessory in favour of a fantastic screen-used cannon that'll look great alongside a cadre of first order stormtroopers.

Jon Favreau to Executive Produce and Write Live-Action Star Wars Series

Another day, another announcement about upcoming new Star Wars content. (They just keep coming, don't they?) StarWars.com this morning announced that Jon Favreau is set to executive produce and write a new live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.

(Image courtesy of Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

For now, I'm assuming that this live action series is the very same one that Bob Iger announced back in November 2017. Best known for Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Favreau has also appeared had roles in  both The Clone Wars and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Hunt Is On - The Vintage Collection Figures

(New items from the Vintage Collection line will be added to this list as they are announced.)

Along with the release of the new Force Link 2.0 line, April 13th will also see the return of the wonderful Vintage Collection. As a 3 3/4" figure collector, I couldn't have hoped for better news. The original Vintage Collection (lasting from 2010 until 2013) featured some of the most high quality, super-articulated Star Wars figures we've ever seen.  I picked up a large chunk of the line (and, in all honesty, wished I'd grabbed more). Having them come back is a dream come true.


Yakface.com has once again compiled a list of the initial releases from this line. Details are a little fuzzy about the wave assortments and when we can expect to see them - but there are already a couple of figures that are definite must-haves for me:

The Hunt Is On - Force Link 2.0 Figures

(New items from the Force Link 2.0 line will be added to this list as they are announced.)

Between a handful of leaks and the official announcements at Toy Fair 2018, Yakface.com has been able to put together a comprehensive list of what we can expect to see from the Force Link 2.0 line on April 13th. Using that, I've been able to put together my own huntlist for the next series of 3 3/4" figures a little earlier than usual.


Things have been pretty easy this time around - especially since the first wave only features four figures from Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Mimban Stormtrooper and Range Trooper are easy choices given my penchant for military figures, as is Qi-Ra - one of the lead characters from the film. I'll be passing on the rest of the wave, however. The last thing I need is another Chewbacca (even if he does come with a new bandolier) and the remaining three figures are simply repacks of characters I already have in my collection. The following two waves won't be giving us a whole lot of new Solo figures, either. In fact, there's only one: Moloch, Han's apparent racing rival. Despite this, there's a very welcome non-Solo inclusion in Wave 2 - namely, Supreme Leader Snoke. Despite almost two and a half years passing since his screen debut, this will be the first chance we've actually had to pick him up as a single-carded figure. (His only prior release in the 3 3/4" line was with the massive - and hugely expensive - BB-8 playset.)