Lego 30276 First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

One Lego mini building set I missed on its initial release was the First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter. In a stroke of luck, I came across a bunch of these sets on clearance at Target this week for only $1.98US ($2.89NZ).


Once again, Lego have hit the ball out of the park on this sculpt. The easily-recognisable silhouette of the TIE Fighter is there, while the cockpit antenna and addition of cogs to the wing struts clearly denote the features that distinguish the 'Special Forces' variant of the starfighter. I love the asymmetrical splash of red (also a signature of the SF TIE), and the printed cockpit window puts this leaps and bounds ahead of previous Lego mini versions of this ship. My only real citicism is in regards to the colouring. The wings of the SF TIE are supposed to be a stark white, while on this model, Lego have opted instead for a standard light grey. It's a minor innacuracy, but one that seems as though it could have been easily remedied.

All-in-all, this set will make a great companion to both the Lego mini Poe's X-Wing and Kylo Ren's Command Shuttle I've added to my collection over recent months.

May the 4th Be With You!

May the 4th has come around again, and you know what that means. It's Star Wars day! May the Fourth be with you!


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Pocketmodel TCG Imperial Power-Up Pack

Among the basket of Easter goodies given to me by my girlfriend was a real blast-from-the-past - an Imperial Power-Up Pack for the Star Wars Pocketmodel TCG game.


I first came across the Pocketmodel line back in 2012, when - only a couple of weeks after first moving to Houston - I found a number of the Order 66 and Ground Assault game packs on clearance at Target. Each pack contained 4 to 8 random vehicles that (along with the included micro dice and game cards) could be used to play a table-top strategy game.

Instead of containing a randomised assortment of miniatures, this Imperial Power-Up pack comes with a specific force comprising the Star Destroyer Executor; Darth Vader's Imperial Shuttle, four TIE Fighters, and - to ensure you have some foes for target practice - two X-Wing Starfighters. Also included are a pair of dice and 30 game cards. The vehicles come as sheets of punch-out plastic pieces that assemble much like those old glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeletons we loved as kids. What's really impressive is how authentic these simply-constructed models end up looking on the table-top. Ships like the TIE fighter are relatively easy to portray in this medium, but it's clear that a lot of thought has gone into how to best represent more complex designs like the Imperial Shuttle (my favourite vehicle from this pack).

I've yet to give the game mechanics a try, but once I have I'll be sure to add my thoughts here - so stay tuned for updates!

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer Released

This morning's Star Wars Rebels panel saw the release of the trailer for the fourth - and now confirmed final - season of the show. You can watch it below.


While I've had nothing but praise for Rebels from the outset, I'm not hugely disappointed that it'll soon be coming to an end. We all knew that the show would have to stop short of the original trilogy- and with the events of Rogue One and A New Hope only months away, it makes sense that there's not a whole lot more for the show to explore. Further, Rebels has always been a show fueled by character development, and it's clear that every member of the Ghost crew is now bearing down on the final few chapters of their own personal arcs.

The trailer itself shows that Rebels continues to be the glue binding the Star Wars galaxy together. Featuring a number of as-yet unseen elements from the original trilogy (X-Wings!) and a swath of head-nods to Rogue One, the final season of Rebels looks as though it will complete its task of beautifully stitching the original and prequel trilogies together.

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The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer Released

As most fans predicted, this morning's The Last Jedi panel at Star Wars Celebration saw the release of the very first teaser trailer for the film - and our first glimpse at the next installment in the Star Wars saga. You can check it out below!


It's hard to get any strong sense of the film from just these disparate shots, but that (as my girlfriend sagely noted) is the whole point of a teaser trailer. From the looks of things, The Last Jedi will have a very different aesthetic to previous Star Wars films - featuring some stunningly unique visual elements unlike anything else we've seen in the galaxy before. Fans will also be happy that Luke looks to be playing a much larger role in this film than in The Force Awakens (though that really isn't saying much). It's also great to see the return of the much-underused Captain Phasma. Here's hoping that this film will give her a chance to truly shine.

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